My first guest feature on a podcast is live, and the nerves are REAL.
Katie Eaker, Founder of Modern Darling Media and host of the Hustlenomics podcast chats with inspiring top female creative entrepreneurs from across the U.S. diving deep into their stories, struggles, experiences, and life lessons - and I can announce that I too am one of those women.
I (virtually) sat down with Katie to discuss my unique story, how I started L. Rae Design and my perspective on the ins and outs of business ownership, design and social media.
'Practicing mindfulness' or 'being mindful' are definitely terms that have been popping up lately. But do we really take the time to dive into what that all means? To put it simply, It means you are purposefully present and in-the-moment with the goal of "achieving a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment."
So, how do you even begin to become more mindful, reduce stress, and improve your mental wellbeing?
If you're not familiar with design software like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop then things like file types, web and print formatting, resolutions and color systems can all be SUPER intimidating and just all around confusing. You may find that you save a million files and while they may be ok, none of them seem to be exactly what you need. This leaves you trying to Google your way to some sort of solution when all you're really asking for is: easy ways to get your print and web materials looking professional, something that you're proud of and eager to show off... Is that too much to ask? Absolutely not!
To help you avoid a mental breakdown I've put together a guide to give you the ultimate insight into the many different file formats, sizes, color systems and software programs and hopefully alleviate current and future design file frustrations.
It's been a cold and windy week here in upstate New York. It even SNOWED last night. SNOWED. So while I wait for April to warm up take a look at a few of my design and upstate essentials I'm currently obsessed with and completely necessary for a productive day.
Just start. Move forward. No matter where you are or where you think you should be - just do. Take a deep breath, quiet the inner thoughts, the worry, all of the second guesses and trust in yourself. Trust in your knowledge. Trust in your skill. And start putting your work, your ideas, your thoughts into actions.
Deciding to switch your Instagram account over to a business account can seem daunting, confusing and even pointless. But if you take the time to set it up correctly it can be the best decision for you and your business.
The. 125th. Anniversary. Vogue. Cover.
This rather large slice of fashion heaven arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon and I haven’t been able to put it down since. No, you won’t find work from a famous photographer, call-to-actions or even runway models on the latest Vogue cover. Instead, you’ll find a painted portrait of Jennifer Lawrence. The cover is avant-garde in style with a Rococo, Dutch master-like feel - almost like a peculiar renaissance version of Dr. Seuss. Needless to say, it's captivating. It's romantic. It's warm. And I found myself staring at every stroke, every fleck of color. I don't know if it was because I was a Fine Arts major or my deep love for art or because it simply sparked memories and inspiration.
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