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How The B&V All Started

How The B&V All Started

"I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing."
- John 15:5 -

"The Branch and the Vine" all started one Sunday service when the pastor was preaching about how we, as humans, are like branches and Jesus is the vine. Branches, alone, cannot survive without its vines; and so, in everything we do, we need Jesus to continue to grow and be fruitful in our lives and this world.

Ever since I was young, I loved to draw, almost as much as I loved God. I would carry a 500 stack of paper up and down the stairs with my markers to make sure I could draw whenever I wanted. To this day, instead of buying presents, I'd always make my own cards and gifts for family and friends during special occasions and birthdays. People would tell me that I should sell the things I made, but my fear of failure and people not liking my designs hindered me from starting my own online shop.

It wasn't until that Sunday service when I finally gained the courage to actually do it. The verse, John 15:5, stuck with me and I realized that by putting my trust in Him, I can be fruitful in anything I put my mind to. Therefore, The Branch and the Vine is not just my company name, but is also my constant reminder to stay grounded in my faith no matter what obstacles or new adventure may come my way. 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
Tiffany May
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The Beginning.

The Beginning.

First of all, I’d like to say, “Welcome to The B&V Blogs” My name is Tiffany and I’m the owner of The Branch and the Vine. I’m also an Interior Designer by day, and Creative Director of a new, start-up Not-For-Profit Organization called Thriving Kids Care Society. It may look like I have everything all figured out, with all my different roles in the career world, but I can definitely tell you that I do not.

Everyday, I question what I should really be doing in life, but more importantly, I always question what God wants me to do. As a young adult slowly growing out of the “young adult category” and into the “you should be more of an adult who’s got a stable job with steady income category,” it puts a lot of pressure as I wonder if my dream of starting my own thing is just plain crazy.

Starting a company or any sort of business is hard. It’s a lot of work and sometimes very little return in the beginning. And it’s usually at this point where one questions, is this the right thing to do? And everyday I question if I should be doing this instead of just finding a full time job at an interior design firm and work there 40 hours a week, from 9 to 5, come home and be happy that I’m making stable income.

But as I go through my walk in life and share conversations with my loved ones, close friends and acquaintances, it always breaks my heart when I learn of the struggles they’ve been dealing with, whether it may be their job, loss, or not knowing their purpose in life. And it’s then that I knew I was meant to use my art and love for Christ to spread a bit of joy, encouragement and love to people I touch.

I’ve needed Christ since I was young and He has been my rock through all my obstacles, insecurities and sadness. Therefore, I hope to not only introduce people to Christ, but also strengthen their faith through my work. I want to create things that serve as constant reminders of His words and unending love for us. But I also hope that my work will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and overcome their fear of change, so that they can use their God-given talents to achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small. May this be everyone’s daily reminder that “[You] can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us]” (Philippians 4:13).

I’m not an English major. I’m not always gramatically correct. Nor am I pastor or anything of that sort. But what I am is a girl who loves Christ, has a passion for drawing and creating, and a dream of making a small difference in even just one person’s life: through my creations and the things I write. I want to be as transparent and real as possible.
Tiffany May
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