TheGoodPortionCo

cards & gifts to foster moments of real human presence

Charleston, West Virginia
| 1,888 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    *NEW* PRODUCT LAUNCH! Advent activity chains and O Antiphon boxes are here!!

Hello! Welcome to The Good Portion.
So glad you're here. Come on in and stay awhile.
I hope my work can give you a place to land.

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Last updated on Nov 20, 2022

*NEW* PRODUCT LAUNCH! Advent activity chains and O Antiphon boxes are here!!

Hello! Welcome to The Good Portion.
So glad you're here. Come on in and stay awhile.
I hope my work can give you a place to land.

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Aisling Whelan

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"Filling a custom order for lunchbox notes as gifts for sisters making their final vows! I love learning all the beautiful ways my creations are taking part in the beautiful celebrations of our human lives! #gift"

About TheGoodPortionCo

Sales 1,888
On Etsy since 2018

The Good Portion Co. was born out of a deep, sweet longing to foster moments of meaningful connection between real people.

There’s a story in the Gospels where Jesus goes to visit two of his dear friends, Martha and Mary. Martha is a bustling whirlwind of loving activity…who gets pretty upset with her sister for doing nothing but sitting at Jesus’ feet, leaving her alone with the burden of serving. But Jesus’ response to her outcry challenges her whole way of living:

“Mary has chosen the good portion.”

I think these words reverberate poignantly within the busyness of our modern lives, where we’re so good at being efficient and productive, but have largely lost the art of really being.
Being with.
Being present.
Being fully alive.
There is a powerful grace in the kind of human encounter that happens when we slow down and let being present with another become the most important thing. Like the Father at the beginning of time, Jesus calls it “good.”

This story captures the why behind my work.

Time and again, I have found myself unable to find a card that could capture my desire to just be with a friend, to communicate my presence to them – whether to share in their joy, or to shoulder their sorrow – and especially, that could draw from the richness of the Catholic faith, which is my heritage and my home.

So. Enter, this work. My answer to this need for art, beauty, words, that can facilitate an authentic human encounter. Where being with means a new level of intentionality, of givenness. Where we can slow down, find a stillness in the midst of our activity, stop and stay with another for a time. Where we can give the real gift of our presence to them in a moment of mattering in their life.

May my creations be a gift to you as you choose “the good portion” and seek to live your life fully present and fully alive.

Shop members

  • Aisling Whelan

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I am a wife, mother of two girleens, Ohio native living in the gorgeous state of WV, giving what time and creative effort I can to try and cultivate real presence in my own life and in the world.

Production partners

  • Genie Smith | MadeByGenie

    Okemos, MI

    A friend and fellow creative who hand-sews the pockets for my conversation starter decks. Because you deserve special, and these cards need a fun, functional, reusable home.

  • Mairead Parker

    Parma, OH

    My sister, who creates the lovely original hand-drawn art for several of my cards.

  • Moo.com

    Lincoln, RI

    The fantastic printing company responsible for giving my conversation starter card decks that step-above look and feel, and the longevity to fuel great conversations for years to come.

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Last updated on Apr 18, 2022

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