Meet Mae Stier

It begins with the Lake. It always does for me. The story of how I found myself in a small Northern Michigan town on the brink of my thirties, living alone in a tiny house and writing poetry every chance I get, only makes sense if I mention Lake Michigan.

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Meet Kendall Effinger

When I was in college, I spent a few summers doing research and living at a science station in Northern Michigan. Life was slow and easy – on any given afternoon, you could find a troupe of students heading out into the woods to hunt for morel mushrooms with plans to fry them in brown butter that evening…


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Creative Business: Outsourcing

In one of my favorite business books – Principles by Ray Dalio – he teaches you that one of the most important things you can do in building your business (and just your personal growth for that matter) is to honestly identify your weaknesses. Once you know what you’re bad at, you will actually be more likely to achieve what you want!

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Creative Business: Balance

I’ve identified what I don’t like doing, what I’m not good at, and what I’m not efficient at. Aside from spending more time painting, I also get to help other small businesses flourish. My graphic designer has become a friend in real life and the two of us have grown to support each other and our businesses in beautiful ways. What a gift.

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Creative Business: Branding

I started looking away from what everyone else was doing and focusing on what I have always loved - nature, the lake, northern Michigan, cozy & welcoming homes, beautiful and ethical clothing… and from there both my painting style and brand have organically grown to where they are today.

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