DO WHAT KEEPS BUBBLING UP

For the last year or so, I’ve been pretty annoyed. Well, really annoyed actually.

I can’t stop thinking about writing personal development/coaching content and I can’t get words and phrases out of my head. All. Day. Long.

Freelancing VS a Steady PaychECK - Part 3 The REAL REASON I WENT BACK TO A DAY JOB IN 2016

Hello Brave Ones,

This Part 1 in a three part series. A new part will be posted every Wednesday.

Today I thought I would share some (hopefully) practical insight for Creatives + Designers who are wrestling with a big and impactful career decision: Should I freelance and increase my freedom, or go for the secure, steady paycheque?

Freelancing VS a Steady PaychECK - Part 2 MY FIVE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS

Hello Brave Ones,

This is follow up to Part 1 which you can find here.

I wanted to share more about my personal design career experience, so here are 5 of my biggest takeaways from both Freelancing and having a Steady Paycheque. Also, keep reading below to find out which company was the absolute worst to work for. Someone must have slipped me some truth serum today!

Freelancing VS a Steady Paycheck - Part 1 The Pros and Cons

Hello Brave Ones,

This Part 1 in a three part series. A new part will be posted every Wednesday.

Today I thought I would share some (hopefully) practical insight for Creatives + Designers who are wrestling with a big and impactful career decision: Should I freelance and increase my freedom, or go for the secure, steady paycheque?

SHIFTING GEARS

Hello, Brave ones!

A short post to announce the official shifting of gears in my business.

I am moving totally away from brand consulting and into specifically coaching Designers + Creatives! I have updated the copy of my website, and more changes to come. I came to realize that yes, Designers + Creatives are my people, the people I know best, and it gives me great joy to work with them.

THE GIFT OF CONTRAST

Dear Brave Ones,

Sometimes the best gift of all is the gift you don’t want.

If you have been through a phase of your life when you keep getting crappy jobs, weirdo stress-inducing clients or projects that completely drain you, you have reason to celebrate.

Because you have received a gift.

The gift of contrast.

FAVE BOOKS - PART 2

As promised, sharing 3 more of my fave books with you. I have been diving into personal development books since the age of 13. I’ve always been fascinated by human behaviour - both mine and that of others - and I found myself in the ‘weirdo’ section of the bookstore at a very young age.

FAVE BOOKS - PART 1

Switching things up this week with a rundown of 3 of my fave personal development books of all time. Yes, of all time. And I read a LOT (I also devour audio books via the Overdrive app and Toronto Public Library).

All of these books have had a major positive impact on how I think, feel, and operate. I have grown tremendously because of them and refer to their content frequently.

I will do additional posts like this moving forward as one of the questions I get most often is ‘What are you reading right now?’ or, ‘What are the books that really helped you work through stuff?’

MA'AM, STEP AWAY FROM THE SUFFERING

Got your own business?

Then networking and getting out there is a non-negotiable part of your agenda. Knowing this, a few years ago I set out to a women’s entrepreneur event – super casual at a pub in midtown Toronto. I was all excited to get inspired. “I’m gonna put myself out there and it’s gonna be awesome!” I told myself. I didn’t know anybody in the group, just the one woman who invited me. I figured sometimes that is when you actually have the best time at an event - no expectations, no preconceived notions, just a willingness to connect with others.

My spinning journey

I never thought I would be one of those people.

You know, those spin class people. Those intense Type As who sport shiny lycra from head to toe and obsessively show up to workout on a bike that goes, well, nowhere.

And while I keep my lycra to a minimum, as of January 2019, I am one of those people.

I DISAPPEARED. HERE'S WHY.

It has been about 9 months since I last wrote a blog post. I kinda fell off the map. I pushed me coaching business aside and here is why.

In April of 2018 I accepted a freelance Art Director gig which involved a heavy commute and long hours. From the get go, I knew it would be insane. I was warned by people who knew the inside scoop. I also had that gut feeling that yup, this is gonna be a gong show.

Know your VALUE

Some years I tend to be a HUGE reader, and some years I tend to only get through a handful of books. This year, I am on an official reading binge. I cannot seem to get enough words into me - via reading actual books and also by listening to audiobooks. And whoa, have I have stumbled across some good ones.

One of the best in my 2018 pile is Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski. It was excellent. LOVED it. Not only does she share her own harrowing story of moving up the ranks in the television business, but she covers the stories of other business mavens such as Sheryl Sandberg and Susie Orman. This book does not serve up fluffy, happy-go-lucky, just ‘put-your-mind-to-it’ stories. No, this book goes into the nitty gritty of negotiation, career strategy and rising up to your potential even when everyone else is trying desperately to bring you down. It is meaty goodness served up with a side of brass tactics.

Nothing is Expensive

Full disclaimer - I am not a financial guru.

But I do consider myself a mindset maven.

I believe your thoughts become your feelings, which create your reality.

I believe what you you think about all the time shows up in your life. Especially when you add an emotional charge to it.

You know more than you think you know

A few weeks ago I wrote the story of The Chicken Sticker where I shared a funny story about getting over the fear of charging potentially 'too much' for your services. I hope it inspires you to let that self-sabotaging story go because, as the story explains, someone, somewhere paid thousands of dollars for me to design a stupid sticker for $1 off a pack of chicken.

Another important self-sabotaging story to let go of is, "I don't know enough".

Keeping fonts fab

Lately I have been asked a ton of questions about fonts and how it they can support a brand, so here is a tidbit to help your brand shine. Of course, fonts alone do not make a brand, but great typography can absolutely help to create a brand that is engaging and inspiring. And 100% profesh.

And while it is sooooo fun to play with fonts and there are thousands of really amazing ones out there, but I’m putting you on strict typography diet. You need a maximum of two fonts to effectively design all of your branding elements (business card, postcards, website, etc.). Remember, with every font you also have bold and italic options for adding emphasis, so you are not as limited as you might think.

The Chicken Sticker

Happy 2018!

I know we are a month in already, but I'm just not the kinda person that goes all cray-cray excited at the beginning of the New Year. I like to ease into the year and see what goals feel right, and think about what I really want to focus on. I’m slowlying crystallizing my vision for the year and let me tell you, it will be #highvibe!!

With that in mind, today I thought I would share with you a short and kinda funny story about charging clients for our services. Funny stories raise your vibe instantly!

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

ust a few more days of 2017 left!

As we prepare for the New Year, I found myself gravitating to this quote from the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I keep a notebook with scribbles and quotes in it, and about every week - usually on a Sunday eve - I go through it to see what resonates. As someone who has really thought a lot about the word 'failure', I have decided that this is the best definition. 

We only fail if we don't take at least one step.

HELLO, GOAL SETTING. I DON'T HATE YOU ANYMORE. OR MY LIFE.

As we come to the end of 2017, many of us are planning our 2018 and wondering how we can make it an awesome year.

While I do not obsess over New Year's resolutions, I do indeed set goals at the beginning of each year. I write down a list of realistic but challenging, attainable goals.

And this year, while it had some serious challenges (our rescue dog endured a health crisis that rocked me and my husband to the core, and my mom is now officially with a form of dementia), I am definitely TEAM 2017.

Why?

SAY SOMETHING

When I began this blog about a year ago, I made the very deliberate decision to disable comments on the posts. I had listened to a podcast interview with Danielle Laporte - a formidable, warm tiger of a leader - and she boldly spoke about refusing others to comment on her blog because it was getting too intense. I am not sure if she still disables comments, but I remember hearing that and alarm bells went off in my head and thoughts like "OH M G I better also disable comments because I do NOT need that negativity in my life". Shutting them down.

THE CHOPPING BOARD

Here is a little story about awareness, and yet another moment when I realized it was ok to let go of struggle, no matter how tiny or insignificant.

I was doing some cooking on Sunday and had to chop two onions. I took out my handcrafted Canadian-made chopping board and started chopping away. I was making one of my faves, a simple Harvest Vegetable Stew from a Chatelaine Quickies cookbook - just in case you are a foodie and care lol. 

I was almost through the process when it dawned on me.

I hate my chopping board.