Over the past couple of months I have had the privilege of getting to know Sydney as well as to use UPWords, a company she started that sells encouraging cards with a word and scriptures on them. After getting a pack of UPWords and giving them out to people I was able to experience how impactful and powerful they were. The cards were such an easy way to encourage others. Sydney is passionately in love with the Lord, humble yet bold, and overall a truly loving and caring friend. Grab a cup of tea as we sit down and get to know Sydney a little bit better.
TCG: What are you passionate about?
Sydney: I am most passionate about holding out the Word of Truth so others can LIVE :) (Phil 2:16)
TCG: What is UPWORDS and how did it start?
Sydney: Twenty years ago, a friend was facing a life crisis and I wanted to encourage him. What started as little sticky notes on his kitchen cabinet, led to the distribution of hundreds of little handmade cards. The simple idea caught on quickly and we began selling in stores locally. It all grew from there.
UPwords is about connecting with neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. UPwords teaches people to encourage each other in simple, powerful ways that easily fit into crowded schedules. Much more than a greeting card company, UPwords uses tools of encouragement to transmit the life-changing love of Jesus Christ.
TCG: What advice do you have for women who have something on their heart but don't know where to begin?
Sydney: My advice is to always 1st seek the Lord (Matt. 6:33) and then take the 1st step in the direction of their passion. I have seen God be so clear to open OR close the door. Baby steps, and being faithful in the little.
TCG: What business advice do you have for Christian women?
Sydney: Do not be a respecter of persons, but treat the low and the high all the same. Serve them.
TCG: If you had the entirety of Christian women in front of you, what would you say to them?
Sydney: I would tell them that the best way to keep something, is to give it away. The very thing that you cannot get away from (passion), is a gift from God to you, to give away.
He who waters will also be watered himself Prov. 11:25