4 Steps to Reframe Your Lies into Truth

By now I’m sure you’re aware that we’re into the final quarter of 2018. Kinda crazy, huh?

There’s been lots of chatter in the online world about planning your last 90 days of 2018 instead of thinking “It’s too late. The year’s almost over. I’ll just wait for January 1.” We still have 3 whole months to accomplish some of those big goals from January. Don’t quit yet!

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A Tale of 2 Inspiration Boards

You’ve probably seen them, perhaps even searched for them on Pinterest. Those magical pages of moody photos, gorgeous color swatches, and interesting patterns or fonts.

You may have also wondered, “What’s the point?” Do they really have a purpose other than to make you swoon and make your designer look like she knows what she’s doing?

You may be relieved to know that, yes, they absolutely DO have a purpose. A thoughtful branding process has 2 critical parts: strategy and design. Inspiration boards fall under the “strategy” category, and without it, it will be difficult to create a brand you really love. Here’s why.

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How to Rename Your Business

So this messy renaming business. Where do you start?

First of all, be clear on WHY you’re renaming. Picking a new name will not solve every problem, but if you’re having some of the same struggles I mentioned in the last post, it’s probably time.

Once you’ve established the “why," decide what you want the new name to convey. You can’t say everything in one tiny name, so boil it down to the one “big idea.”

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7 Signs It’s Time to Rebrand

Not gonna lie. Rebranding is a challenge and not a decision to make lightly. While it’s something I systematically and creatively execute for others, it’s always harder to execute the same plans for ourselves, right? I think we get more caught up in the emotion, and being “too close” to the process actually makes it more challenging.

Which is why I put it off for so long.

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If You’ve Ever Cried Your Eyes Out Over Your Business...

I get it. I mean I really, REALLY get it. Because that was me on Monday night.

Frustrated, confused, overwhelmed, stuck, tired. Feeling like a fraud, imperfect, afraid, like I'm letting everyone down. Fed up with answering “I don’t know!” to every question.

I felt all of it, and I imagine you have too.

“The cobbler whose children have no shoes."
You know – when you’re so great at working your magic for clients but neglect making the same transformation for yourself? Yeah, that. It sucks.

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Why You Should Simplify Your Space

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m a big fan of improving productivity and efficiency. After all, that’s what branding does when you finally have all the core visual pieces that will allow your business to really grow. You stop wasting time tweaking all the things and start spending more time and energy where it’s needed most — attracting and serving your clients.

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2 Things Branding & Parenting Have in Common

It may sound strange to say that branding and parenting have anything in common at all. However, when we consider what we want the end result to be for both, there are a couple truths that quickly rise to the surface.

(And, for the record, you don’t have to be a parent to understand this. Anyone who spends any time around kiddos – whether that's as a neighbor, friend, auntie, volunteer, teacher, or coach – will see that this is true. So that pretty much includes all of us!)

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My Top 3 for 2018

Are you completely over the “oh-my-gosh-it’s-January-1-and-I-gotta-make-all-the-plans-and-set-all-my-goals” freak out phase yet?

Well, are you? Good. Me too.

Yes, I’ve done some planning, and, yes, that can be a really good thing, but I’m not always the best at it. (One week I’ll meal plan and the next week we eat pb&j. Just sayin’.) It’s definitely something I’ve been aiming to be more intentional with lately, but the first 2 weeks of January can feel like so much striving sometimes.

Over 2017 I read a short stack of books, all of which I liked. But there were 3 special books that have made a huge impact on me. Since the question of the month on Facebook seems to be “what books do you recommend?”, here are my top 3.

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How to Find More White Space

I know I talk a lot about what to include in your branding. Your strategy. Your hierarchy. More of “you". Your logo. Your fonts. Your colors.

But have you thought about what NOT to include? Because what’s NOT in your brand is as important as what IS in it.

White space (also called "negative space") is the blank space between all the other elements. It allows the important areas to "pop,” helps determine hierarchy, and gives your eye a quiet place to rest.

And if you think it’s important for your brand, it can absolutely transform your life.

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