Today I felt like my boundaries were dishonored. The moment I was about to allow myself to engage in a battle of ego, I realized how big of a building I would sabotage just to prove a point. By all means have and KEEP your boundaries. I learn more and more that sometimes FIGHTING and BUILDING have to occur at the same time. We can’t let our desire to build destroy our willingness to fight, and we can’t let our willingness to fight overturn our desire to build. -Tanja Jackson
Sometimes you have to make time to explore your day-to-day tools in a new way. I took a few moments away from creating someone else's Brand Identity, to try a new technique. Trying something new is a great way to add a little flavor to your existing skillset. Check out the video below! (Created using: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC)
As I spoke with a group of teenagers last week, I encouraged them to be mindful of the messages they allow beyond their ear-gate and their eye-gate. Although toxic information and sometimes misinformation is easily accessible, we must continue to exercise our muscle of choosing well. What we feed our minds will become the information we use to either solve problems or create problems. It will be what is used to remind us we're loved or we're hated. It will be what motivates us to press beyond obstacles or allow obstacles to overtake us.
As someone who's livelihood is depending on how well I produce creative solutions, I had to learn the importance of managing my energy space. If clarity in thought and a balance spirit is necessary for creating simple things like graphics and web solutions, imagine the impact a clear, positive mind can have on the world we're now living within.
SHOWING UP ON THE DAYS WHEN IT'S WORKING, AND ON THE DAYS WHEN IT ISN'T.
If you’ve ever started building anything from scratch —whether it’s a family, a business, a building, or a work of art—you’ll reach a point somewhere in the process where your “faithfulness” will be tested. That point where your initial excitement to begin building is stifled by the unexpected challenges and/or set-backs you encounter while building. The point where the results aren’t matching the level of effort. The point where a loved one gets sick at the most inopportune stage of growth. The point where the very thing you’re trying to help is causing the most inconvenience and resistance in your life.
When I find myself at this point, I revisit the reason why I started. If my initial intentions are rooted in a place of love, service and purpose, then I know I must find a way to recalibrate and continue forward. If my initial intentions are rooted in ego, pride or greed; I still find a way to recalibrate and continue forward —only this time, in truth. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
Throughout our journey of building, we'll find that the thing we’re trying to build is also building us. It’s our faithfulness to the vision placed within us that determines whether or not we’re successful. The number of sales, number of clients, number of likes/followers will become irrelevant if we learn to refocus our attention on serving the vision with excellence —despite the results. Our commitment to what we have will determine how much more we can handle.
Logo Creation Process for Mide International (Two concepts were presented. Client selected concept above.)
You may find it helpful to read over Before Building Your Brand: How To Start Clarifying Your Goals. It will help you begin to establish your marketing goals and communicate your vision like a pro!
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