The Belated Birthday Blog

The Belated Birthday Blog

It’s my 24th birthday today, and I was getting ready to write a blog where I talked about all my goals for this upcoming year of my life- then I was like, but wait, what about all of the damn accomplishments this year?!

I have this flaw- it’s called striving and never arriving. I always am too busy trying to do more, be more, make more, rinse & repeat that I sometimes (usually) forget to look at what I have created, how far I’ve come, and how amazing that feels.

Vulnerability is Power | Things I'm Scared to Admit

Vulnerability is Power | Things I'm Scared to Admit

This is a blog topic I’ve found myself continuously adding and erasing on my content calendar. I always preach authenticity and try to show you guys the real me… but, admitting your flaws and short-comings and failures can be really hard. As someone who really believes in trying to showcase real life through business and all the struggles that come with that, I decided today to sit down and actually write it and be totally transparent and real with you guys.

5 Ways to Get Your First Paying Client

5 Ways to Get Your First Paying Client

I remember when I first started in the business world- I had just hired a business coach when we talked about creating an avatar for my ideal client on one of our first calls. Uhm, ideal client? My ideal client was anyone who would pay me over $7 an hour. Seriously. I knew I had built the blueprint for a successful business but also had NO IDEA how to actually make money by getting clients.

10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Instagram Feed Today (And for free!)

10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Instagram Feed Today (And for free!)

We are all CONSTANTLY hearing about how important Instagram is, am I right?! It is SUCH a powerful platform, but sometimes, when you begin to use it for business, it gets slightly overwhelming. Here are 10 tips I have learned over the years as both a past social media manager and a current brand designer to keep your Instagram feed looking good and professional.

The Business Tools I Can't Go A Day Without

The Business Tools I Can't Go A Day Without

As entrepreneurs who are always wearing 5,000 hats, there’s always so much more we could be doing to keep growing our businesses. I have found some incredibly helpful tools this last year that help uplevel my business and really save me time and money (and when you’re an entrepreneur, you know time IS money!)

Here’s a list of my favorite tools and resources that I use every single day:

The Five Things Your Logo Should Be

The Five Things Your Logo Should Be

Something I get asked a lot from clients, friends, and even strangers is “What makes up a good logo?”

I work with so many creative entrepreneurs who find the absolute most beautiful hand-illustrated super-freaking-intricate logos and send me examples of them when they want something designed for their own brand…

I learned a lesson back when I was working in the corporate world and went through the branding process with my old company (I wasn’t doing the work, I was just the director of marketing that helped make some of the big decisions). This was a HUGE branding project, we’re talking an almost six month timeline with a six figure price tag.

My Top 25 Ways to Practice Self-Care

My Top 25 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Everyone who knows me and who follows me knows that I am always shouting self-care from rooftops. I think business boils down to one thing: mindset. And mindset all depends on how well you care for yourself throughout this journey of business. I am constantly (unapologetically) prioritizing my self-care.

Self-care isn’t selfish. Wellness is a business decision, people.

18 Lessons I Learned in 2018

18 Lessons I Learned in 2018

This last year I quit my 9-5 job. I broke off an engagement and relationship. I launched a successful web design and branding business where I’m now booked out for months (!!!) I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from Louisville, Kentucky. I learned how to live by myself and pay the bills alone for the first time ever. I got off all my anxiety and depression medicine by practicing mindfulness. I doubled my corporate income by working with my dream clients in my own business, doing work I love. I adopted a dog I couldn’t love more if I tried. I made new friends. I fell in love with myself again. 2018 was so good to me and I learned SO many lessons along the way.

10 Things I Did Before I Left My 9-5

10 Things I Did Before I Left My 9-5

One of the most common questions I get asked is how I took the leap from my 9-5 into being a full-time entrepreneur. It feels like there a million different things to consider (and a million different ways to talk yourself out of it) but I’m going to break down exactly what I recommend doing before handing in your notice to ensure you’ve set yourself up for success as a business owner.

My number one asked question: WHO takes these photos of me?

My number one asked question: WHO takes these photos of me?

One of the most popular questions I get all the time, from everyone who views or follows me on Instagram- is WHO is taking these photos of you?! My friends all have their own conspiracies- they think I have a tripod I set-up in my room every single day to take a million of my own (not a bad idea), they think I have a friend in my apartment building who I have come down and use my camera to take these photos of me (also, not a bad idea).

Build a Brand that Attracts Your Dream Clients

Build a Brand that Attracts Your Dream Clients

In this video where I was interviewed with Her Exchange, you will learn: The difference between a logo and brand, how to use Pinterest as a tool to help build your brand, how to use your current dream clients to attract more like them, the “5 things strategy for your social media and blogs,” what to look for in a branding and website partner, the pros and cons of sites like Fiverr and when to use them (and when not to!)

Why I Choose to Design Websites on Squarespace

Why I Choose to Design Websites on Squarespace

As many of you know, my own site, along with all of my clients’ sites are created with Squarespace. During calls with new clients, they ALWAYS ask me why I choose Squarespace over all of the other hosting platforms out there. I wanted to answer that question here and really delve in into the ins-and-outs of Squarespace and why I continue to use it, even with my previous experience in Wordpress.