Reflections on The World Domination Summit 2014 #WDS2014

Posted on July 18, 2014 in business, life, travel | 2 comments

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind week in Portland for the World Domination Summit 2014. This was my second year (I wrote about last year here) attending the conference, and I was really grateful to get a chance to meet a lot of people in person who I’ve only known in an online capacity. If you’ve never heard of The World Domination Summit (when you’re at the border, just tell the border guards that you’re going to a conference for “entrepreneurs”– it’s easier…) it was founded and led...

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Featured “Winning Wednesday” Interview on Makeness Media

Posted on June 17, 2014 in business, design | 0 comments

Each week for her new series Winning Wednesdays, Illana of Makeness Media features an interview with a new entrepreneur from the greater Makeness community [so that means her clients, readers, colleagues, and members of the Makeness Insider community] who are doing one thing in their business really, really well. It will not include their whole life’s story. It will be a close examination of how they totally fucking rock at one single area. Topics we will probably cover will include things like design [duh.], client experience, copywriting,...

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Behind the scenes: logo design for A New Possibility

Posted on June 14, 2014 in branding, case study, design | 5 comments

This is the first post in my Behind The Scenes series where I show you my project process as it unfolds. It’s fun. It’s messy. And hopefully you find it interesting! Benjamin and Lorie from A New Possibility have given me permission to share our work and communication with you. Benjamin first contacted me in April 2013 (no that’s not a typo, it has in fact been over a year of working together!). Wow, what a lovely introduction! I get a lot of work requests each week; the way they opened with their admiration for my...

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Interview with Natasha Vorompiova of Systematic Success

Posted on May 28, 2014 in business, systems | 2 comments

Hey look, it’s my first video interview! I want to introduce you to someone who has had a great influence on my business in the 8+ months: Natasha Vorompiova of Systematic Success. I had such a great time in her program, streamlining all of my business systems week by week. Here we chat a bit about systems, what I took away from the program, and how you can turn pain points into opportunities. Systematic Success is part online program, part mentoring, part forum. If you are considering taking Natasha’s program, I highly recommend...

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There is no shortcut

Posted on May 17, 2014 in business | 1 comment

This is my first post in the Bravery Blogging series. I’ve decided to write about something that has been on my mind lately, and it boils down to this: There is no shortcut. There is no shortcut to take you from struggling freelance designer to professional. You don’t become a small business overnight, and you (in most cases) won’t be able to charge a premium for design projects when you don’t have experience under your belt. You’ve probably heard of the 10,000 hours concept, that Malcolm Gladwell coined in his book the Outliers. The idea is...

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Are you booking your clients too far in advance?

Posted on April 29, 2014 in business, life, productivity | 5 comments

I’m pretty grateful in that since the very first few days of running my business (back in 2009), I’ve had a steady stream of work inquiries in my email inbox. Not all of them are a good match or my ideal client, but I have been lucky to have options. There were many times over the last few years where I was receiving an average of one new job request per day. It felt like a good chunk of my days were being spent on customizing my “sorry I’m not available,” or “please tell me more!” emails. It was getting overwhelming, and I realized: I was...

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Is your business in fire-killing mode?

Posted on April 21, 2014 in business, systems | 2 comments

“a life’s mechanical functioning is a result of the systems that compose it.” – Sam Carpenter I’ll admit it. I’ve been in fire-killing mode —gulps with embarrassment— for years. I didn’t fully realize it, at least not completely until early last year. You know when you familiarize yourself with a concept, or a word, and then you start seeing it everywhere? Yeah, for me, that was SYSTEMS. I was a one-woman operation, and yet making one small change in my business felt like trying to turn the Titanic around. If I...

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Do it because it scares you

Posted on April 6, 2014 in life | 2 comments

I recently decided to join the East Van Pillow Fight Club. Yes, seriously, it is a real club that exists, and yes, I am actually a pillow fighter.   Why on earth did I join the club? Those of you that know me well know that I generally do not seek attention, and certainly would never consider myself comfortable in front of crowds. This has slowly gotten easier over the years with lots and LOTS of work! I realized that if I wanted to have more impact on the world via my business and life, I would need to be free of the fear of being in...

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You don’t need to be “born” an entrepreneur

Posted on January 20, 2014 in business | 7 comments

Not long ago my sister asked me when I knew I was born to be an entrepreneur. My first reaction was, are you kidding me? I was NOT born to be an entrepreneur! There was never an innate driving force in me as a 5 yr old, wanting to sell lemonade at my home-made lemonade stand. I hated doing door to door sales as part of school fundraisers… people genuinely terrified me! Never growing up did I ever consider myself a leader, and I certainly didn’t think I was nearly as smart as any of my peers! I always felt terrified that one day...

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2013 Annual Review: Looking back

Posted on December 23, 2013 in business, life | 6 comments

It has been an incredible year. It felt like it was the year of kicking it up a notch on every level: personal development (as always!), relationships, business, finances, systems, etc. Here’s a look back at the things that went well in 2013, and the things that could be improved in the new year, organized by category: Business  + Career What went well: I got to work with an incredible client roster. My clients are the most amazing people; they inspire me and I absolutely adore working with them. This year I worked with Natalie MacNeil...

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