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Meet Olivia Michel of ByGrace Expressions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Michel.

Olivia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?My personal passion has evolved into providing an outlet for gratitude and expressing personal sentiment to others. The goal is to use this platform to reveal an existing beauty in the hand written note.

I founded ByGrace Expressions LLC (BGE) in 2016 and wanted it to be a company that reinvented the art of gratitude and the celebration of simple things. The company’s foundation reflects the beauty of God’s Grace – emphasizing the art of gratitude through hand written communication. I translated this concept into a line of premium hand-crafted stationery and goods that speaks to the elegance of one’s unique voice and personal experiences.

From each piece of hand-cut stationery to recognizing your beauty needs with the Ref•hair•ence® Hair Journal, to providing you with an exceptional experience for your Program Management needs, the ByGrace Expressions brand encompasses everything that speaks to my purpose.

When I’m not wearing my business owner hat, I’m a wife to a handsome husband and a mother to a sweet little girl, and ALWAYS live each and every day with God in my heart. My hope is you find comfort and connection through ByGrace Expressions and the many offerings I’ve created with YOU in mind.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I will say that I have had a lot of support throughout this journey. My peers, family, and the community, in general, have engaged with my business in so many positive ways – and I am extremely thankful.

But no, the road has not been continuously smooth. You hope to garner retail opportunities and larger brand awareness but there have been more “Nos” than “Yeses'”. They look at your yearly earnings and social following and already judge the potential and optimal success of your business.

That has been a frustrating part of this journey as I know the beauty of what my brand offers. But I understand these are growing pains that all entrepreneurs go through.

We’ve been impressed with ByGrace Expressions LLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
ByGrace Expressions is a multifaceted organization, founded in 2016, that branches out into two major areas of interest – customized stationery + goods and consulting services in program management and marketing.

Our mission is to reinvent the art of gratitude, productivity, and the overall celebration of simple things. We truly stand out as we have a specialty shop where all stationery is handmade from scratch. Every envelope liner is cut out by hand and every design is individually heat embossed – all done by Founder and Master Craftsman, Olivia Michel.

The company also expanded its efforts in the field of Program Management… helping companies manage projects as it pertains to their several Marketing initiatives. I’m truly proud…

– That ByGrace Expressions reflects the beauty of God’s Grace and all products produced are made with a lot of heart and top-notch quality. Our portfolio consists of custom/handmade stationery, greeting cards, apparel, journals, and writing tools.

– The relationship we have built with our consumers and community overall.

– Of the charitable leg of our business that provides clean/green beauty care for those women who are less fortunate.

We want to ensure that we communicate, through our different channels – God’s Grace in the Everyday. And that the art of sentiment truly goes a long way.

What’s next?
I am working on expanding the brand’s portfolio to different retailers nationwide/internationally. I want ByGrace Expressions to become a household name!

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Image Credits
Jay Nice Photography @jay.nice.photos and The Alicia Bruce| Photography + Illustration @thealiciabruce

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