The heart of Favorite Families is to help families choose each other. To provide practical tools, strategies, support and encouragement to help families become each other’s favorite, to live the values that matter most to them, and to create a legacy for future generations.
Rather than try to pick up the pieces after a ‘situation’ (although that does happen), Beth Hoff has a proactive approach to relationships. A passion to help people build strong marriages & families. She holds a Masters in Counseling and is the Director of Marriage & Family for a multi-campus church. But there are times when an appointment with a counselor or pastor isn’t enough.
Here's What Happened to Me
Beth really wanted to provide simple strategies for marriages & families in a broader way, so she started a blog in November of 2018. You’ll find no preachiness or lecturing here. Each post is thoughtful, sometimes fun, always helpful. And best of all – FREE!
Posts on Family Culture, Marriage, and Parenting are based on Beth’s own experiences. Start with ‘here’s what happened to me’, read through ‘here’s how I dealt with it’. Then, ‘here’s what I learned from it’. And sometimes, ‘what do you think about it’. Beth writes in the same spirit as if you and she were settled in easy chairs. Picture a crackling fireplace, and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa with mounds of whipped cream. Comfy. Friendly. Caring.
If you decide to take action on your own, Beth offers helpful tools like printables, challenges and mini-courses. She’s working on developing a master class to help people shape the culture of their families. That’s set to launch later this year.
Here's How I Dealt With It
Besides the Favorite Families website, look for Beth on Facebook and also Instagram. Whatever your preference for connection, Beth has made things easy for you. And she has an ulterior motive. Relax, it’s a good thing.
Feel free to give your feedback on Beth’s posts and freebies. Tell her more about what you need the most, right now. Help to influence the digital courses and products she’s planning. Take part in designing practical resources and solutions for marriages and families.
Every time you respond about how you were touched, inspired or transformed because of what Beth wrote, that’s a huge success. It motivates Beth to keep moving forward, even though being an entrepreneur can be quite the crazy adventure!
I’ve never had a great eye for design, but I know that branding is SO valuable for a business. So one of the first things I did when I started creating my business was to look for help with branding. I happened upon Autumn Lane Paperie through Pinterest and fell in love with the designs! When I saw they offered a basic branding package for a very reasonable price, I jumped on it and I’m SO glad I did. They helped walk me through the process one step at a time, so that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Launching my website with a logo and branding has really helped me to get off to a great start. I’ve already had a TON of comments from people about how beautiful my logo is and how they love the colors of my website and it draws them in. ALP made it easy for me to take the general ideas I had in my head and turn them into a gorgeous, specific “brand” that makes me unique.
Here’s What I Learned
The biggest obstacle to Beth’s own success has been her own fear of failure. Once you get to the point where you are putting yourself out there to the public – your content, your design, your reputation – you feel very vulnerable.
The whole process of creating a brand and applying it to different platforms has been a great opportunity for Beth. Taking the risk, she recognizes that she’s offering something that will help bring transformation to people. And even if it’s not perfect, it’s still valuable.
As the teacher instructs, so also she learns. (Corollary to ‘as a man thinketh, so is he’.) Beth has come to realize that she can continue to learn and grow as a writer, as a family member, and as a business owner, through each step of the process.
What Do You Think About It
You get what you give. Karma. What goes around, comes around. However you describe it, if you’re interested in doing something similar, Beth has some thoughts to share.
Get connected with a good community of people doing what you want to do. They have so many great ideas & resources to help speed your process, as well as providing encouragement along the way. Then just put your mind to it and start trying things until you find what works for you and your audience.