I'm still not feeling 100% after this nasty cold.
And, I'm not sitting in this home office today.
But I'm pretty sure this is what I look like trying to get caught up and tackle my growing to do list!
And as your crazy non-coffee drinking friend, it's green tea + honey or chi tea lattes for me!
What's your drink of choice to get you through that to do list?! Photos taken by @sweetmemoriesphoto
Super excited to share with you the branding for Mind Bright. Mind Bright is all about refreshing, refocusing and re-imagining.
Mind Bright uses the principles of Neuroscience and mindfulness practices to help individuals and organisations reduce stress so they can thrive.
How cool is that!?! I loved working on this branding and can't wait for this business to be launched.
The fall weather finally seems like it’s here to stay, and I’m soaking it up! It’s far and away my favorite season!
But October is almost over and before we know it, thanksgiving and Christmas will be here, so I’ve been getting prints and cards ready for the holidays! They’ll be launching soon in the shop!
Does anyone else think October goes by faster than all the other months??
“Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends!” - Kate Spade 💎
I just love the creativity and originality of these two brilliant beauties right here! They shared childhood and college memories together. In the spirit of celebrating friendship and senior year, we visited the old downtown childhood stomping grounds of and played dressed up for some stylish portrait shots! 👯
No matter how you feel, don’t forget to dress up and show up for the friends that will never give up on you! Show some love and TAG ✌🏼of your besties, who will stand by your side and dress up in cute tutus - no questions asked! 💕
MORE lovely portraits click the bio page link!
What was your biggest hurdle in crafting up a business plan/strategy for 2017? For me, a lot of it was the uncertainty. 2017 was a big change for me leaving my day job to pursue photography full time. This was a big leap and I was uncertain what this full time creativepreneur life looked like. I had clear goals in mind, but developing a strategy was overwhelming. How about you? Share in the comments below!
Photo: @jenniferlarsenphoto @glassladder
Steps. Measure, cut, file, bend, hammer, shape, solder, more file, more solder, more hammer, more shape, and repeat... lots of steps go into each and every pair. Made as a matched set!! Beautiful leaves. One of my favorites to make.
Happy Monday, friends!
This Wednesday @scoutandarrow_ is hosting a reception to close out my time with art in the shop!
Sips + snacks will be provided AND guests will receive 15% off Scout & Aarow merchandise (only) during the event. 🎉
Come celebrate with us in Kirkwood on Oct. 25th! 7-9PM
Of course I needed to share the usual #moodboardmonday and this time from the beautiful Lindsey Brooks Photography. The goal was to go for natural and organic so her work was used as inspiration to pull some soft earthy tones to use for both her brand and website! 😍😍😍
It's a beautiful day for a website launch! Campus Road Partners had a clear vision of what they wanted: an updated and descriptive one page website showcasing their services.
It was a smooth process from start to finish from the consultation to the web launch, and then to the email migration.
Cheers to their new website! 🖥🎉
The question was posed on another blog “what will you do to be creative today?” While I did paint today, something else I did to be creative was work on a puzzle I have going. After two days of soul touching connection I needed something that worked my brain like a meditation but wouldn’t continue to tap out my exhausted emotional center. I talked with a lot of people this weekend about my creative practice and focusing on being intentional with what I choose to do with my time. Today was an intentional choice to harbor my emotional self in the healthiest way possible.
Have you seen the all new @ohmyoccasions website yet?! We are so excited to celebrate this rebrand!
Amber and I took a hard look at the content she was putting out there, and reimagined a brand that better aligned with her vision and goals for Oh My! Occasions.
Amber is an old soul, with a love for modern details. She believes in embracing the love story of her couples to create unique elements that make their wedding day a true representation of their love.
And to celebrate she is doing a GIVEAWAY!! One that creates the perfect date night in, for you to enjoy with your bea (or boo, or whatever term the kids use these days! 🤣) Head over to her Insta-page, give her some love, and if you know someone who should enter the giveaway tag them in her post 😉
🎉When you're so happy with how a project turned out, you can't stop looking at it and sharing it!! #sorrynotsorry Everyone should love their brand so much they can't not tell the world about it. 📣
Do you love your brand so much that you find every excuse to share it? Awesome!! Share it with me!👇🏼
CHEERS — We just reached 10,000 followers 🙊 and I am pleased as punch! IMHO you gotta take time to celebrate #allthewins in your business. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
I'm raising a glass to YOU 🥂*clink* 🥂
Thanks for being a part of my community❤️
Tell me — what can you celebrate today?
A fabulous bouquet for your rainy Monday. (At least here in Michigan...pretty dismal out there.) AND in celebration of @studioterrain's new website launch; click her and seriously check it out for anything floral and amazing.🌿🌻🌸
Tap for the deets ⚡
Are you ready to shorten the learning curve when it comes to running your product based biz??
Let's be honest, there are A LOT of dots you have to connect in order to make progress and see the growth you want. What if I could offer you a shortcut? One that cut through all the crap and gave you step by step directions so you could work smarter and achieve your goals faster?
Your first step should be to join @thewholesalecollective on Facebook. It's a free community solely for makers + product based biz owners (sorry MLM's this isn't the space for you!) We understand that you have a lot of questions that are unique to owning a product based biz so @sproutlaw and I have created a safe space for you to ask them and gain insights from others who have been in your shoes. Want to join us? Link in bio to learn more!
The speed I feel like I’m moving on the daily, looking forward to those upcoming snuggle by the fire, eat too many cookies and read a good book days this winter
Until then, holiday prep is in full swing and I couldn’t be more excited to deliver mugs to @manna.shop , @tenderlovingempire all three locations, and prepping for the @risingtidesociety holiday gift guide and @renegadecraft in Seattle Dec. 16/17 with my girl @maijkah . Hustling out of 2017 like wow 😱🙌🏻🎉❤️
Today on the blog is my absolute favorite post of the 2017 Conference Recap, specifically because it shares our Graduation Dinner along with both our Marketing and Plan Modules that were led this last year by @oliviaomega and @jennifer_faught. We have been highlighting each day of our 2017 Conference, from the moment we arrived until we said our goodbyes. My favorite evening every single year is always the graduation dinner on Tuesday nights. It is the one evening where I definitely put my past "wedding planner skills" to the test.
It is my goal as the host of this conference for 2018 to make sure that every detail is handled, you're taken care of so well, our speakers pour into you tremendously, everything is as perfect as can be, and you feel that you are in the best possible place for you to be able to bloom in your story in the days that follow. If you're wondering what our conference is like, head to the blog to see a recap of our 2017 Experience via the link in our profile. Tag a friend below who you think should join us for the upcoming years Conference Experience, and if you’re already registered, we can’t wait to see you there! #creativefoundersconference#creativefounders
Today I came to a scary place with my business and had an epiphany (so to speak) about how I want to run my business. Being a business owner is HARD. There is no instruction manual on how to accomplish what you need to do. There’s no one telling you what’s right and wrong. It’s just you. You make all of the decisions for yourself and it can become seriously exhausting!
But the good thing to remember is you’re not alone! So many other business owners out there are probably going through the same thing. It can be stressful, but it’s also so worthwhile being a business owner! There’s nothing I love more than waking up knowing that I love what I do!
This next year I have some big changes I plan to make. From client experience, to a new website, to even using client and time management software such as @honeybook ! I’m getting this entrepreneur butt in gear and getting ready to accomplish these goals! What are your business goals and what do you want to accomplish this year?
We hope you are having a great start to your week! How often do you think about offering IPS? Most people will say that they don’t have what it takes to do sales. With photography, it’s about how you showcase your artwork. Transitioning to IPS can be scary, but we are here to help! Click the link in the bio to learn more about transitioning to IPS!
Enrollment opens today for Make It Happen on Instagram! This course is jam-packed with goodies to help you transform the way you market your business.
What you’ll learn:
Week 1: THE WHO - Define Your Ideal Client Profile
Week 2: THE HOW - How to Attract Your Ideal Client
Week 3: THE WHAT - Create Posts That Attract and Engage Your Ideal Client (getting them to take action!)
BONUS: You’ll be part of a private Facebook group only for members of this course. This will be an additional forum to personally connect with me and other savvy business owners. .
The course starts on 10/30. See you then!! 💥🤓
LIGHTROOM HACK 🖥 To make sure your edited images aren't overexposed, hit the "J" while you're in the develop module! Lightroom will highlight trouble areas with red (blown out whites) and blue (shadows gone awry) so you can adjust your highlights, whites & exposure settings and nail that light and airy look!
#lightandairypresets 📷 : @marquettelaree
Sometimes when I'm feeling uninspired and as if I'm not really helping anyone I return back to love notes clients have written and it lights my creative soul on fire again. I was struggling with these feelings of doubt last week and a love note from @mrsadriannawebb put all those doubts to rest.
"Amanda was so easy to work with & was helpful every step of the way! Anytime I had a question, she was happy to answer it. I was completely lost going into designing my website & she was able to help me learn how to change things when needed in a way that I could understand! My website turned out beautiful!"
Tag someone below that needs some inspiration to keep them going.
Happy Monday! I'm super excited for this week's Stylist Tip because it's one that may seem a little scary to most but so totally doable for everyone! What is it?
Leopard Print 🐯(pretty sure that's a cheetah but we're just gonna go with it). Leopard is a print that can seem super overwhelming to a lot of people, and worn head to toe it definitely is, but it's a print I believe every woman should have in her closet. It is a print I shied away from for a looong time because I didn't want to look like I was trying too hard. But over the years I've come to love leopard for its ease of style. It's a print that commands attention and instantly elevates your look. And I put together a whole Pinterest board of inspiration to get you started! •
Click on the link in my profile to see some leopard inspiration Pins I put together just for you! I included style tips in the descriptions of each Pin to help you even further, like how to mix prints with leopard, how to tone down the print if you're wanting to ease into this slowly, and how to incorporate this glamorous textile into your everyday. Let me know which is your favorite! •
Whether it's a simple accessory like a belt or a statement floor length coat, leopard print is always a winner.
"Editorial Fairy Godmother" is so going on my next set of business cards!
I am so thrilled to offer y'all this guide this year -- and even more thrilled by how much it's helping you! The feedback has been incredibly heartwarming. I can't wait to read the stories you tell this holiday season, and see you rock your holiday sales! #cdtstories
After a long, and very busy weekend, with an equally busy start to the week, I definitely don’t look like this. I’m rocking that yoga pants + dry-shampoo look. But seeing this image of my husband and I, cozied up and living life together....it makes me so happy. And I feel so grateful for @corrinjasinski who captured us. I can’t believe we have been married for more than eight years now. Lots of moves, two babies, and new jobs (including building a business and separating from the military) later...we get more and more excited about what the future holds for us and our family! Happy Monday, my friends! Count your blessings today! 💗 #makewavesmonday#corrinjasinskiphotography
Calling all creative entrepreneurial folk: Are you debating what projects or joint creative ventures to say "yes" or "no" to? Wondering if you're good enough to get what you want? 🎧
Let this be your invitation to trust everything is working together for your good; to reboot & start again. And learn to validate yourself. 🎧
Today on the #dreamcatchersdistrictpodcast we're talking all this & more with @alisonhaislip. 🎧
From hosting to acting to being turned into her own IELLO board game character "Ali-San," this Influencer has done it all. But what makes her so enjoyable? So relatable? 🎧
She's also just like you; just like me. A woman on a journey; a creative on a mission. Playing at this game called life. And learning all along the way: I'm worth it. (And so are you). 🎧
Link to LISTEN in my bio. Audio teaser in my Stories. 🎧
Tell me, How do you decide what collaborations are worth it? What do you look for?
Many of the folks who came through Working Artists Studio for Portland Open Studios saw me working on this painting. This painting is a response to a new project. I am so excited to share with you this new project. Join my wife and I on our many culinary adventures. We will share delicious food porn, recipes, and Abstract Mixed Media paintings reactions to a variety of food experiences. You can follow us on @billsafoodie !
I know we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I'd say almost all of my purchases are somehow influenced by a company's packaging.
If a business put some thought into what it looks like I can only assume they've really thought about the product within. That's not always the case but more often than not if the packaging is 👌🏻 so is what's inside.
I'd love to know, what's the last thing you bought just because it looked fabulous? #ThePowerOfGreatPackaging
There’s a quote floating around that asks if every prayer you prayed were answered all at once, would the world be a better place or would your life simply be more comfortable?
If I look at it critically (like a dang 25 pager in college) - my dreams develop a calling, direct an action, and ultimately line into my character.
When I feel restlessness, I’m not walking in my calling. When I feel laziness, I don’t believe enough in the direction. When I don’t take the time to dream, my character stays stagnant. Like, dang.
Take a few uninterrupted minutes to write your dreams and see if your day to day is lining up + if not, why? Quite the gut check for a Monday, but worth the time. (If you wanna comment or DM me a few I’d love to hear!! 👇🏼👇🏼)
Things got a little silly on Sunday @makerfaireorlando. How fun it was to teach people what I do and share the love of making. If one person goes out and buys some rope or metal and starts making because of what they learned from me this weekend, I'll be mighty happy. #catears#makersmovement#makersgonnamake
Today kicks off the final day of the #octoberbusinesschallenge that I've been hosting with @risingtidesociety and @honeybook !!! Today is my absolute favorite topic and we're talking about GROWTH strategy! As business owners, it's vitally important to our success that we're not just maintaining our business, but GROWING our business. And today with the video and the workbook I'm doing a deep dive in how you can sustainably grow your business without the overwhelm. Don't forget to tune in!!! (Link in profile if you still want to sign up!) You'll be able to access the challenge when it gets posted to the blog so you can still download your workbook and watch the videos!! .
Can't wait to see everyone's GROWTH!
Had the most amazing time at my bachelorette but it's back to reality now! Mondays are usually my prep days where I plan and gather everything I need for the week. I find that prepping and batching tasks is necessary to not feeling overwhelmed. How do you like to stay organized and on top of things? Send me your tips!
This #jamsession episode that went live today, features Reina and Christina chatting about #masterminds and #masterminding . • They are covering lots of different questions that you guys have had and that they even had about masterminds. • If you have been thinking of joining a mastermind, this episode is for you. • Click the link in our bio to hear the full episode.
release date: 2.16.18
prose + narrative essays
wild hearts in love
coming of age
sacred spaces & places
a nod to
Past the Teacher
Present the Companion
Future the Holder of Possibility
A month ago I asked, what draws you to your person? Now I want to know, how do you let your fiance, spouse, partner know that you love him, love her? How do you serve the love of your life? I'd love to hear what you do!
Peanut butter and jelly, bacon & eggs, soup and breadsticks ...Tostitos tortilla chips dipped in Renée's Caesar Salad dressing.
You were totally onboard with me until that last one weren't you?
I confess, that is one of my favourite weird food combos! Don't judge it until you try it! (If you think about it, it's basically a flat salty crouton dipped in dressing.)
What are some of your weird food combo favourites?
Super excited for this week! A lot to do but there are some fun things happening behind the scenes. Keep an eye out for a new blog post coming up this week and some new sneak peeks from the amazing @lolaleeinvitations Her new website it's looking gorgeous! 🎉🎉🎉
Portland Open Studios was incredible. I cannot say thank you enough to the folks who climbed three flights of stairs to visit me. I had Life altering conversations these past couple of weekends. I met people I only knew through the internet, got to see my mom and be inspired by so many artists. I am beat. But updating the website this week for a couple new classes and all kinds of new work!
Already looking at my to-do list like 😳😳😳😳 - sometimes everything happens all at once, ya know? 🤦🏽♀️ It’s a double-fist @cameronscoffee kind of day for me. ☕️☕️☕️ What are your best tips for tackling an insane to-do list? 📝.
Made my husband @garycassera hurry up and take this photo so I could start downing my ☕️☕️☕️🤣
Where do you glean inspiration from? Big coffee table books filled with scenes from around the world are one of my favorite ways to unplug and get inspired! Actually traveling to those scenes, too 😉 But with two babes and one on the way in tow I'll take a big book for now! Tell me where you get inspired below! (Captured by @sarahdipityphotos)
happy monday friends!! if you’re anything like me you’re constantly juggling alllllllllll of the things and monday mornings can be tough. however, doing something for yourself each morning can really change your whole day around!! with only 6 weeks left of my college career, the work is piling up fast. BUT i have chosen to spend just 15 minutes each morning (mondys especially!!) to edit recent shots and work on my business 🌿📸
LOVE this finished product from a recent bridal/couples shower i shot for this weekend at a BEAUTIFUL renovated train station turner event center in my hometown! like how cool is that! working on this sweet little business of my just a few minutes a day is a simple way to make all my days a little brighter ✨ thanks for everyone who follows along and more so, thanks to all my clients who have gotten me to where i am today! it’s slow progress, but steady progress indeed.
Happy #makewavesmonday friends!!! Jess & Taylor's New Jersey Botanical Gardens engagement session is on the blog today! So excited to kick off the week with these photos! See more on the blog, link in bio!