We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Burks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think consistency has played a huge role in running a successful business. Taking it one day at at time and continuing to show up to put in the work, even if it’s a little at time, has made the biggest difference.

Another habit I have stuck with is planning my day the night before so that when it’s time to get to work, I already know my priorities for the day and can stay focused on those instead of getting distracted by tasks that are less important. I usually try to aim to accomplish 3 priorities each day so that I don’t overwhelm myself. Lately I have moved to planning out the full week ahead on Sunday, assigning priorities to different days so that I have an idea of what I want to accomplish for the week.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We believe that a beautiful life demands having enough margin in our days to actually live, not just get through. Ramona & Ruth was created to help you approach your day, your routines, and your relationships with intent and purpose. Each of our hand-crafted greeting cards, desk, and home goods are designed to nurture thoughtful reflection and connection; through mindful prompts, heartfelt messages, and simply elegant artwork, we aim to help you create more space in your life for the people and moments that matter most.

Our namesakes are my grandmothers — Ramona, the creative florist who loved Golden Girls and finding the humor in everything, and Ruth, the poised and gentle farmer who spent her days tending and growing in Hallam, Nebraska. Both Ramona and Ruth embodied our ethos today: there is always loveliness in simplicity, and the best things in life are those that fill our days to the brim with warmth, kinship, and joy.

We believe that purpose and beauty can go hand in hand. Through artisan printing and small batch production we ensure that every piece of stationery we produce is artfully-crafted and designed with purpose.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My husband and I love to visit LA! We were just there about a month ago, actually! During our visit, we always make sure to rent bikes and ride along the beach – one of our favorite routes is from Venice Beach to Santa Monica – so much people watching to do!

It’s always on our list to visit Salt & Straw at least once – the honey lavender ice cream flavor is my absolute favorite.
And, of course, I have to stop in the stationery and gift shops and visit our products. Urbanic, Burro, and Sugar Paper and some of my favs.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am lucky to be part of such a great stationery industry that is willing to help each other out and share ideas. We are also part of the Proof to Product community, led by Katie Hunt, which has been an amazing resource for both new businesses as well as more seasoned businesses.

I wouldn’t be here without the love and support of my family. From setting up booths at tradeshows to helping take care of my two little boys so I can get some work done, it wouldn’t be possible without them!

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Emma Morem

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