Such a great reminder! Sometimes people don't appreciate you, don't appreciate your work, don't appreciate your time. Things like this weigh you down and make your mind spin and you constantly ask yourself questions. Why don't they like me? What did I do wrong? Am I supposed to confront them? Tell them I'm worth more than that?
But maybe sometimes you just need to let things go. Keep working hard and being yourself and praying about whatever situation you're in. Let God handle it. 🙌🏼
If I'm not at a coffee shop or sitting on the couch with my pup, this is my workspace! This is my temporary "office" while my husband and I are building our new home 💕 It's not super glamorous or colorful or decorated how I would like it to be, but it gets the job done! I'm just lucky to have a room and a desk (and a puppy at my feet)! I thought I'd give 3 fun facts so you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at how I work!
1. I'm definitely not a morning person so first thing in the morning (after I've already had breakfast of course. Food is #1 🙌🏼), I spend time at this desk reading a devotional to spend time with God & praying. This helps me to get in the right mindset for the day ahead! If I can convince myself to be super productive, I'll also get a workout in, too!
2. I work best during the middle of the day and at night! I'd rather stay up until 3 am working on a project than wake up at 5am to work 😴
3. I could not do my work (or live) without my laptop, a cup of coffee, colorful markers with cute notepads, and my puppy at my feet. If you can't tell, I'm seriously obsessed with my dog. I'm starting to annoy myself 🤦🏼♀️ #jstarchallenge
Confession #1 for #theimperfectboss campaign:
Sometimes it's hard for me to convince myself that I'm good at/ qualified for/ worthy of what I do every day. I am more often not confident than I am confident. I often feel like I can't figure out who I really am or what my purpose is. Sometimes I have to try really hard to love myself and my work. I compare myself to other people's work and businesses and think "why isn't mine that good/creative/exciting as theirs? I struggle with this daily and it causes me to spin thoughts around in my ahead and over plan and over exert myself to the point where I "work" for 12 hours, but then realize I'm not being productive and didn't get much done. It's frustrating as hell, but I'm working every day to try to get past these thoughts and focus on loving me for what I am and loving my business for what it is! 💕🙈
Hi! 👋🏼 I'm Amanda Couch, the face behind Amanda Louise Design. I design purposeful brands for female small business owners who want to be bold and stand out in their market so they can positively impact their customers' lives.
My clients describe me as someone who is open to ideas and feedback, super detail-oriented, and easy to talk to and collaborate with. My friends and family mostly just refer to me as someone who loves unicorns, rainbows, and glitter (I blame my childhood obsession with Lisa Frank for that). I'm super passionate about brand design because it allows me to serve other women who who have a vision and big dreams to make a difference, but need the visual identity to get there.
Most weekends you'll find me traveling back and forth from Cincinnati to Toledo with my husband and puppy, spending time with friends and family, exploring something new, or relaxing with a board game or a good book! Oh, and most days you can find me with a cup of coffee in the hand ( I LOVE checking out new coffee shops 😍☕️) or a glass of red wine 🍷. Enough about me! I'd love to get to know you more! Comment with some fun facts about yourself or send me an email to say hi! It would make my day! 🤗
Spent the weekend in Cincinnati and felt so at home 💕
Got to spend time with friends I haven't seen in a while, visit with my family, play with puppies, go to a cute coffee shop, and relax a bit! Headed back to Toledo with a full heart and a sleepy puppy in my lap! 🐶🤗 Also, counting my blessings of the calm weekend with beautiful weather. Constantly thinking about and praying for Florida as they go through Irma! I hope everyone is staying safe 💗
I came across a quote that really resonated with me today. "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion." (Simon Sinek)
I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm ALWAYS stressed lately. This week I pushed myself over the limit with stressful situations (gave myself a 3-day-long migraine 🙄 and if you've never had a migraine, let me tell you, it's miserable). And I didn't realize I was THAT stressed until someone noticed and told me that I need to start saying no to things. I thought about everything that I was trying to do and process and plan and decide this week. SO MANY THINGS. And when I looked more into everything going on in my life right now, I realized that I was stressing about and commiting to things because I felt like I should, or I felt bad saying no, or I just wanted to be someone who could handle it all. But I can't. Mentally and physically I can't do it all. And you might not be able to either. So you have to remind yourself that it's okay to say no if you don't want to do something or don't have time for something. This is something I'm still working on (obviously) so I know how hard it is. But do what you can, and say no to what you can't. Don't let too many "yes's" distract you from your purpose and passion. 💕
May your coffee be strong ☕️ Slept in later than planned, skipped my workout, ate Cheerios for breakfast, and now drinking coffee and getting to work on this rainy Monday!
Hope your Monday started out as lazy and relaxing as mine did 💕
The circumstances we ask God to change are usually the circumstances God is using to change us. (Max Lucado)
With so many tragic things going on in the world, it's so hard to understand why they happen. Bad things happen to amazing people and it makes no sense at all. We just have to remember to ask God to wrap His arms around us and get us through when we have no answers and no explanations. God can use tragic things to make something good. You just have to trust Him. Be grateful for everything, love others, and be filled with joy and hope. 💕
Day three of @devan_danielle 's challenge is sharing our final brand tagline! This is SO huge for me. I've been spinning my wheels for WEEKS trying to figure some of these things out! So THANK YOU Devan for putting together this challenge! You have no idea how helpful it has been! ✨My brand tagline:
Brand identity art and design for female business owners.
Sooooo...what do you think?!
The other option is "Brand identity design for female business owners" if the word art is confusing, but my art is an important part of my business and I wanted that to stand out!
Yay! So much work and so much figured out in the last three days! This was fun! 🤗🎉
In 2014 I lived for the first time the emotions of the #EnescuCompetition and I felt butterflies in my stomach for Sarah, Eun-Sun and Tony... And their happiness made me happy.
Tomorrow, I will feel again that kind of butterflies for Anastasia, Mon-Puo & Zlatomir. Good luck!
Cello Final will take place at #RomanianAthenaeum and you can watch live on festivalenescu.ro & medici.tv from 18.00 (Bucharest time)
Above all, they will give life to their dreams... ❤ #Enescu2016#GiveLifeToYourDream