The Ordinary Project | VICTORIA & JOSH (timber creative) |

FRIENDS–

I am *so* excited to invite you on this journey with me.

I believe that we often get caught up believing that we have to be rich or powerful or a flat-out superhero to make a difference in the world today–and even that might not be enough.

But The Ordinary Project believes differently.

The Ordinary Project understands that regular people are the ones truly leaving their mark on this crazy world–marks of courage and hope, selflessness and sacrifice, love and faith.

And, while we will never be able to acknowledge every single unsung hero, my mission with The Ordinary Project is to do exactly as the name suggests: recognize and honor those ordinary people who are coloring the world a more beautiful place, simply because they believe it should be done, typically without any promise of reward or even acknowledgement.

I have a small list of ordinaries whose stories I hope to share, but I would be honored if you chose to send me the names and contact information of ordinary people in your own life that deserve to be known! You may do so by emailing theordinaryproject2017@gmail.com.

So, today, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you: Victoria and Josh Petersen, owners, designers, and creators of Timber Creative.  

Photo courtesy of Haley Chicoine Photography

I’ll cut right to the chase.

Yes, I’m a writer by nature, but I also believe it’s important to let people tell their own stories. So, listen to Victoria talk about her and Josh’s relationship and business (which I may or may not have stolen from the About page on their Etsy shop…)

“My husband Josh and I have been best friends since 7th grade. We were awkward, goofy middle schoolers who stole each others oranges and challenged each other in four square. As we continued on through middle school and high school, Josh challenged me and taught me so much about what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus. We got to lead a bible study, put on a fundraiser talent show and be involved in tons of the same activities. We quickly realized that we make a very good team! When we realized how well we worked together, we fell for each other quickly and we began our adventure. Since then God has been so faithful in our relationship and has used us tremendously in each other’s lives. We are now married and finishing up our senior year of college.

God has grown us both a ton over the last year, particularly within missions. Through The Hope Venture, a non-profit here in Lincoln, NE, we’ve had the blessing of going to both India and Africa. It was there that we built relationships with locals and saw how much God could use us and the skills he has given us. When we came back, we had a newly sparked passion but we didn’t know where God was calling us to use that. Josh was working towards his degree in Architecture and I was working towards my degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

In the fall of 2016, some of our friends from India came for a conference. We had the blessing of spending some time with them and we were so inspired. As they told us how God was using them to work in India, he asked us how we were using the skills and passions God has given us to serve him right now where we are. As I thought about it, missions was something I primarily thought about overseas. We prayed that God would show us where he wanted to use our time and talents while he has us here in Lincoln.

Josh and I had dreamt about starting a business together for some time, we had made little wooden gifts for our friends and family in our wedding and absolutely loved working creatively together. After chatting with our friends from India we decided to finally go for it, and use all our profits to bless our friends overseas. We thought about how much God could use this little business for his glory and how it could inspire others to use their passions to do the same.

We hope Timber Creative inspires you to use your skills and passions to live on purpose too. We use reclaimed resources in creative ways to connect our local community to people around the world. 100% of our profits go to helping trusted partners in developing countries who are inspiring change in their communities. Thank you for your support!”

(emphasis mine–br.)

I *love* how Victoria wove Jesus so tightly into their story, and I LOVE how Jesus is using Victoria, Josh, and Timber Creative in His story!


Here are a few more questions I asked Victoria to get to know her even better:

Occupation? For how long? (And in your case, gave me as many details as you can about Timber Creative! How it started, your vision and mission behind it, etc)

I’m a student at UNL majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. Four months ago, my husband Josh and I started Timber Creative, a little business selling laser cut jewelry, to raise money to bless our friends overseas. This idea came about a year before this, when my husband made me a pair of earrings for Christmas (these are now the Victoria earrings in our shop).

Victoria Earrings

I LOVED these earrings and could not get over how easy they were for him to make. We ended up making a bunch of different styles to give as a thank you to everyone involved in our wedding. People loved our pieces and we started to think about potentially selling them. There was always that thought in the back of my head that said “just because people like them as a gift, doesn’t mean they will want to BUY them”. We pushed this thought aside for a few months until our friends from India were in town that fall. Josh’s parents were well connected overseas as his dad is the missions pastor at our church and his mom runs a non profit in Lincoln called The Hope Venture. Our friends from India were here to meet with some business men and tell their story to our church congregation. They had come to Christ in India and started a tech business with the goal to support their local church. God had blessed them tremendously and the had been a part of several church plants because of their faithfulness. At dinner one night, one of our friends turned to me and asked “How are you using your skills and passions to further the kingdom of God?” I was so convicted! Luckily someone interrupted and I didn’t have to admit that I had no answer, but immediately I thought about those little wooden earrings. In church that Sunday I could not stop thinking about the idea, and I leaned over to Josh and told him I wanted to go for it. That was the start of Timber Creative, just two broke college kids responding to a little nudge from the Lord. God has blessed us a ton within these first few months, and we are so excited to keep growing it.

via facebook

What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?

The most rewarding part is getting to see how God uses our story, it has encouraged so many people and that truly is reason enough to keep it going. The hardest part is that we are both still students with jobs learning how to be married and prioritize things, so our time is very limited.

Tell me a bit about yourself! Hobbies, interests, family, favorite food/color, etc.

Josh and I both love music, binge watching Friends and New Girl [my kind of people 😉 –br.], traveling, and design. We’re leading our second trip to Kenya this summer with the Hope Venture, We love our families a ton–we have the goofiest siblings who all have the biggest hearts, they are seriously going to change the world some day. We also love Chinese takeout.

What is your favorite part about breaking the rules–in creativity and in life?

I think we as humans don’t allow ourselves to let loose and have fun enough. Sometimes taking a break to go to the mountains or even abandoning responsibilities for the day can be so refreshing and needed, theres such joy there though. In creativity I don’t think there are any rules, things can be so simple and still be creative and that’s what I love most.

How has this mindset contributed to your success as a business?

I think we’ve learned that small simple things can be so beautiful and refreshing.

How would you define an ordinary hero?

I think an ordinary hero is someone who is living on purpose.

Would you consider yourself to be an ordinary hero? Why or why not?

Sure, because my life is dedicated to something beyond myself.

What is your life motto?

“you can sleep when you’re dead” or “it’s all gravy baby”

What is one thing that has happened in your life that has made you a stronger person?

mmmm. good question. I think just learning a lot about yourself as you grow older, the good the bad and the ugly.

If you could turn back time, would you? Why or why not?

No way, that takes away the adventure of it all.

What do you feel most grateful for at this point in your life?

Jesus Christ, he has enabled all of this and it’s all for his glory.

Who has impacted you the most and how?

Josh for sure, he is brilliant and has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He believes in me and helps me to be creative and inspired, he is my best friend and biggest role model.

If you were able to leave a lasting impact or legacy with those who hear your story, what would you want it to be?

It’s always worth it to respond to those little nudges from the Lord.


Ugh. Can we all be a little more like these people? Eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, and hearts ablaze with love and passion for life and others. 

Photo courtesy of Brooke Confer Photography

May we all be ordinary heroes, right where we are.

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