Coexisting

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I spotted this big guy this afternoon before we headed out to my in laws, he was just hanging around. We got back a few hours later and I went out to water and he was still there. Except this time he was at the top and seemed to be in distress, as if he was stuck and couldn’t get down. Now I’m no bug expert but it really did seem as if he was in need of some help. I watched him for a bit while I watered to see if maybe he would fly away or walk down, something. But he didn’t. He just kept going in nervous circles at the top. I felt really bad and wanted to help. So I gave him a hand by holding one of my bamboo sticks (I use these as stakes) out by him so he could get on. He gladly did and started to walk along the stick towards me. I put it on the ground and he boot scooted away on the grass.

I know this may not seem like a big deal but it made me happy to help this beetle. I’ve never been one to like bugs, they are actually one of the very few things I’m kind of afraid of. But lately, especially since we have started our garden, I’ve gotten used to these little guys being around me more. The beetles, the slugs, the snails, the bees, the spiders, the butterflies, the praying mantis and all the strange looking bugs that live and visit our property daily… they are all special and important in their own way. I appreciate them all, even if some want to eat our veggies. Lol. I’m here to help them thrive as much as I can and give them a place to be free. And the fact that I’m getting more comfortable coexisting with them just proves that when you allow nature to be an integral part of your life and surround yourself with its beauty, magical things happen. Change happens. Evolution happens. You truly see how we are all connected, no matter how tiny something might be. And there is a huge lesson to be learned in that. I am so grateful for what the Earth teaches me. I am just so fucking grateful.

Bloom

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Life isn’t a competition. We all have unique talents and personalities and that’s what separates us from everyone else. When it comes to the design field, I’ve never felt I needed to be better than anyone else or that anyone was better than me. But at the same time I accepted that some could do certain things better than I could and that was fine. Still is. Artists are all on the same team and we should always support each other. We have a special job to do and that’s to bring more beauty to the world. We should not be competing with each other.
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That being said – we must also know what it is that helps us stand out among the rest. Because we want to show potential clients how good we are at what we do and grow our business. It’s smart to focus on your best skills and market those the most so people who need those type of services can pick you out faster. And this allows for more experience, which in turn helps you to bloom even more beautifully.
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It’s always been hard for me to choose a niche in the arts because I love to do so much in the field. Even when I was studying design I had a hard time deciding my major. It took me awhile but I finally graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. This allowed me to take a bunch of fine art classes to strengthen my drawing and painting skills while also gaining knowledge in graphic arts and photography. I saw it as the best of both worlds. And even though I focus on marketing and branding, having the history of illustration, photography and creative writing on my side I find it’s very beneficial to my business to have a well rounded education in the arts. Not to mention, decades of professional experience in the design field. And this, plus my personality and work ethic, is what makes me stand out from the rest.
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So if your business needs an upgrade or you’re starting out fresh and you’re looking for a designer who is experienced, efficient, and easy to work with then contact me today and we can chat.

Pause

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Misty cloudy days give us a moment to reflect. Without the sunshine fueling our soul with energy it’s a perfect time to pause and breathe. I’m sure we all could use some peace and silence. Take it. Be grateful you are here, even though ‘here’ may not be where you want to be. Another day has been offered and you have the opportunity to make it a good one. Happy Tuesday!

Portfolio: Empowered Practice

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Created a sales page for a pretty rad client of mine @manjari.gopika.yoga last week to feature her upcoming yoga course, Empowered Practice. This is her second course she has offered and I can only imagine it will be as successful as the first. We kept the design aligned with her branding, with bold text and pops of color. Always a pleasure working with Manjari! If you are ready to challenge your body and open your mind check this course out. It will provide you with progression, inspiration, and the opportunity to transform your practice into an adventure in possibility. I highly recommend! Visit manjarigopika.com/empowered-practice to learn more and register today.