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Learn to work (and live) from rest,
not rest from work (and life).

Learn to work (and live) from rest, not rest from work (and life).

WordPress Design & Consulting · Grow Your Business Sustainably · Learn Restful Routines

Simple, practical, restful routines are possible in the midst of life and running your business.

YOU, and your business, are worth resting for. 

But, I’ll bet somewhere along the way you forgot that. 

Here’s what I know about you:

As the nurturer and caregiver you are, you put the needs of others before your own. But now you’ve realized (especially over the last couple of years) that stress and anxiety are your unwanted constant companions. 

The business you built often feels like a j-o-b. The people, and clients, you love don’t always get the best of you

You wear a lot of hats: Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Entrepreneur, HR, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service… the list could go on and on. While some of these hats fit you well – there are some you wear reluctantly – and others feel downright uncomfortable if you wear them too long. 

This is where I get to remind you that you and your business really are worth resting for. 

Marta Goertzen holding her dogs Oliver & Mochi

15 years ago I made a rather sudden decision to quit my job and start a business that I could run from my kitchen table. 

I was determined to create a business, and schedule, that gave me the freedom to play a bigger caregiving role for aging family members who needed more of my time and attention.  That “rash” decision opened the door to some grand adventures, including:

  • Starting a virtual assistant business that soon pivoted into WordPress website development and support. 
  • Working with 100s of clients to create websites and help bring their businesses online.
  • Adding consulting services after discovering a love for talking to my clients about their business dreams and plans as we talked about their websites.
  • Starting a publishing company that has produced over 16 journals, coloring books, and a yearly landscape photography calendar.
  • Writing a book, “The WordPress Website Discovery Guide: 7 Steps to Easily Plan A Website That Works For You”.
  • Starting a small mastermind that is changing lives, including my own.
  • Producing my first mini-audio summit to help women add restful routines into their busy schedules to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • With more fun ideas on the near horizon.

Then about 6 years ago, my doctor told me I tested really high on the anxiety scale. A startling realization that prompted me to make some changes in how I worked and lived. 

Making healthy, positive changes is a journey I’m still on. Still learning, still adjusting, still experimenting. It’s an imperfect journey but one that is well worth taking. Plus I get the privilege of sharing with you what I learn along the way.

From a Website Design & Development Client:

“First and foremost I want to say that you have been such a blessing to me!!! I love my new website and I’m truly beyond thankful to have met you. You really saved me! I was in such a bad position and you made it so much easier. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” ~Wendy Perry

From a Business Strategy Consulting Client:

“Thank you so much for your insight and coaching and help the last couple of days, too. I have a vision now, something I’ve been trying to put together for a long, long time.”
~Sharilee Swaity

Talking about rest, stress, and anxiety on a website along with web design, and business consulting may seem strange at first.

Talking about rest, stress, and anxiety on a website along with web design, and business consulting may seem strange at first.

In early 2022 I had the crazy idea of combining my two businesses into one.

One business focused on sharing tips and resources about managing stress and anxiety, and the other offered website design and development services. There was no way these could both live under “one roof”.

Until that “lightbulb moment” where I could see the common thread between these two seemingly separate audiences. No matter who I talked to, in either business, everyone was dealing with high levels of stress and overwhelm.

Learning how to slow down, and adding intentional rest routines, (without guilt!) could help both my blog and newsletter readers and small business owners. 

Marta & Mr. Oliver
Marta & Miss. Mochi

There are a few other important things you should know…

  • I live along the South Central Oregon Coast so I share a lot of photos of the amazing places I get to see every day.
  • The dogs and I head out on daily morning walks. I use both the camera on my phone and my “big camera” slung around my neck to capture the beauty we see along the way. You can follow along with our adventures over on Instagram.
  • I’m a sci-fi and fantasy nerd fan (hello you Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder). Don’t ask me to choose between Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Marvel, X-Files, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis, Doctor Who, or The Hunger Games.
  • And I should warn you, that you probably would get annoyed if you ever watched Star Wars (aka The OG, aka A New Hope, aka Episode 4) with me as I tend to quote the entire movie. Yeah, I’ve watched it more than once ;).
  • I talk about and share stories about my dogs Oliver and Mochi. A lot. Sorry, not sorry.
  • Dark chocolate is best.
  • And my favorite name is “Auntie Marta”, which is good because there are over 20 kiddos, adults, and adults who have their own kiddos, who call me that now. 🙂

If you stick around long enough you’ll hear me say these more than once…

  • “Great!” or “That’s awesome.” or “Awesome pawsome.” or “That is so cool.” (yeah I’m old retro)
  • I’ve got good news and bad news for you. Your website is never done.” The good news is that takes some pressure off of you right now that it has to be perfect and include everything under the sun. The bad news is it’s not a set it and forget it proposition, you will need to update and maintain your site regularly.
  • “Pause, Reflect, Create, Grow”. This is the framework of a lot of what I do.
  • “Keep it simple. Keep it sustainable, and steward it well.” – this is the theme, the heart, the motto of Selah Studios and is the filter I use to keep my sanity.

Remember, YOU are worth resting for.

Remember, YOU are worth resting for.

Feeling extra stressed?

I get it. It’s been a wee bit crazy the past few years.
Well, guess what?
A daily gratitude practice is a simple restful routine you can start today that can make a huge difference.

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