New Year's resolutions are an incredible tradition our culture has - one of my favorites! This idea of bettering ourselves, reflecting on the past year, making changes and looking towards a better future is a really great habit to get into. Especially for business owners!
The ultimate holiday wishlist for the letter-loving soul! It's that time of year again! Full disclosure - my love language is gifts, so this is by far my favorite blog post of the year :) We've got affiliate links for all kinds of fun paper and calligraphy goods to get you all set up for your lettering journey. The best part is that I found most of these items on Amazon so you can do one-stop shopping, and if you've got Prime = FREE SHIPPING!
A few years ago, I'd only dreamed of owning my own business, and sometimes I still can't believe that I get to be my own boss! I love everything from having the flexibility of setting my own schedule, to being able to take intermittent walks around the block with my family, to being able to work with my sweet, sweet clients. However, making the switch from a 9-5 to working from home has had its growing pains. Specifically, I've needed to both learn discipline in ways I didn't know I would and how to find new, refreshing ways to grow my business all on my own! If you're in the same boat or just looking for a productive way to kill time or multi-task, here are 5 podcasts that I've been plowing through lately that have been inspiring and refreshing!
There are so many fun ways to learn calligraphy and hand-lettering! You can attend an in-person workshop, take some online classes, go to full-day conferences or enroll in actual classes. I love learning! So I'll talk about my personal experience with the classes I've taken and mention some others that I haven't taken but would love to!
A little while ago there was an Instagram tagging game going on to show us your non-calligraphy items you use for your calligraphy work. I loved the idea behind it, it's insightful, informative and inspiring. It showcases creativity and thinking outside the box, it's also a tool for others to utilize some of their everyday items to up their calligraphy game and workflow!
Joi, the unstoppable force behind Bien Fait Calligraphy, is all things graceful sophistication and down-to-earth encouragement all in one human being! When I started on my instagram/calligraphy journey I, of course, started following her. Her shimmering gold calligraphy perfection was inspiring to say the least, but what really left a mark on me was her kind-hearted nature.
I love getting peeks into other people's studios and design spaces! It's so inspiring for me to see how they have their desk set up to their personal workflow, what tools they use, the art on their walls, the style and feel of the room. When I look at my workspace I often wonder if messy & mis-matched could be my brand? My studio looks like Lisa Frank and a vintage European estate sale had a baby and it puked everywhere.
This post is to outline some big business goals that I have in hopes that putting it out there will make me work harder to attain them and also to give you some resources I love.
My fears are that I'll have no direction or voice, that no one will care to listen to me and that it won't be helpful, but I'm moving forward despite those fears. My hopes are to share lettering, calligraphy & design tips with you. Show you my process for creating things. Inspire you & feature other creatives I admire.