My Super Power Is…

Over the past few weeks, I've been carrying around a notebook (technically I do that all the time anyway) and I've been going through an exercise to uncover my super power. What I discovered confirmed what I sorta already knew and uncovered some kryptonite too....

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I buy too many domain names

I'm absolutely sure that I'm not alone when I say that I buy too many domain names. In fact, my friend Cory Miller has the same problem. I think of a great business idea or blog name and I get all excited that I need to make sure the domain name is available.... then...

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How do I figure out my Super Power?

As I explore which new side hustle venture to try, I decided to revisit an exercise I did about 4 years ago when I decided to get serious about business. I wrote about the technique on my business website because it's a great way to explore your strengths, skills,...

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Side Hustle or Business

This post is part of my ongoing series of exploring my next income-generating business venture. Go back and read the past two blog posts for some background and context. --- Sometimes I wonder if I should be exploring the idea of a new business or if I should think of...

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When business ideas aren’t enough

This is a continuation of the last blog post - BUSINESS ON MY MIND - where I talk about how my current business fits into my life and how I want things to change.  Now I want to figure out what is next for me.  Documenting this thought process and the actions I take...

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Business on my Mind

When you visit the homepage of this website you'll see some fancy words about exploring and being present and letting this space be my little slice of the internet where I am free to be myself and ramble on about whatever interests me. As the title implies, lately...

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Fear is a Sign Post

This morning I listened to a podcast where Shawn Blanc was being interviewed about focus and using deep work to experience success in business. Someone in the podcast audience asked him the question: How do you get over being afraid so you can birth a new idea?...

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Anticipation is Half the Fun

The anticipation is killing me! As of this writing, I am 22 days away from next trip and I’m completely invested in the vacation mindset. Not only am I excited about getting away and enjoying the Caribbean sunshine, but I’m also excited about the preparation itself....

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Female Solo Traveler: Why I love it

I’ve been traveling alone for years and I love it. Trying to remember exactly when it all started, and I think it was about 20 years ago when I first started going camping by myself. Then it progressed to long weekends in Northern Michigan and trips to out of town...

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I Want to Blog Again

For the past few months (probably longer but I ignored it before then) I have wanted to start blogging again. Not blogging for the business or blogging for a specific purpose or niche... but blogging for me. Like the kind of blogging that got this whole blogging thing...

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Learning from design experts

I've recently begun reading "How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer" by Debbie Millman. First, I have to say that it's been a while since I've encountered Debbie Millman. Years ago I listened to as many podcasts as I could from her website Design Matters. Somehow...

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Creativity for Graphic Designers

I know I'm not the only graphic designer who has vowed to step away from the computer once in a while so I can have more time to play with my art supplies. There are dozens of books that challenge designers to stay fresh with creative inspiration. Recently I was...

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Learning watercolor painting

I've long wanted to learn how to paint beautiful watercolor art. Thought about taking a class but decided to just jump right in and try it. I'm using a small Moleskin journal and I love the size. Here's what I made today using a sharpie to draw the flowers then paint...

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Creativity

Craving creativity • Curating creativity • Cultivating creativity Creative inspiration • Creative instigation • Creative investigation Investigate curating • Investigate inspiration • Investigate creativity Lately I've been obsessed with creativity. Learning how to...

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Faux Silver Leaf on The Letter K

Have you ever wanted to try silver leafing, but felt intimidated by the process and expense? Here's an alternative. Using wallpaper paste and aluminum foil, this faux silver leaf project can be used on many different DIY projects. I decided to start small with a...

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Capturing Nature

 A photograph taken in Frankenmuth, Michigan of a spent hydrangea. I've always loved the beauty of the rough and tumble in life - worn down barns, peeling paint, a rusty old Ford truck abandoned in the field. I also love beautiful flowers that are just passed their...

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Still Creating

Wow! Has it really been six months since I last posted here? It certainly hasn't been that long since I've created anything, though! I've been creative in the kitchen and playing with my camera and busily learning all the graphic design stuff I can but mostly chained...

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Graphic Design is Art

I am coming to realize more and more each day how much creativity and art is involved in graphic design.  Yes, I always knew it was all rolled into one - but the more I learn and the more I do, the more I realize how important my love of art plays into my digital...

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How to Make Your Own Doodle Book

A few weeks ago I taught the Doodling class I mentioned a while ago. It was a huge success and everyone lived the experience! Because I had such a small budget for my class materials, I had to get creative. My students needed a good doodling pen plus instructions plus...

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Just Learning

This semester at school as officially kicked my butt!  I took both Photoshop and Illustrator in the same term -- talk about confusing. Just when I think I know what I'm doing I find out I'm wrong.  I keep looking for tools in Photoshop that are only in Illustrator -...

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