Yesterday (while running on only a few hours of sleep) I decided to work ON my business(es) instead of IN my business(es). It’s a great piece of advice. One that I often hear on the internets but don’t ever do. Adam and I began working together full-time this spring and it’s been a pretty h

We are so excited to share our Haute Blog video + photos from our Columbus workshop! The video was made by the awesome Benji Robinson! All photos below were taken by me! To start the morning off, we had a table set up with cupcakes, donuts, candy, coffee and mimosas for a late morning snack and […]

These days, the word marriage usually comes with negative connotations. Stereotypes of boring couples who don’t even like each other. I just don’t get it. Luckily, neither does my husband Adam. Our marriage is comprised of so many things: collaborators, co-conspirators, best friends, partners + lov

We’re in the process of compiling all of our official photos and videos from our first Haute Blog workshop but I had to share some teasers! The workshop went SO well and we’re excited to be expanding to Indianapolis this July. Haute Blog is a workshop designed to help women launch their self-hosted

Yesterday we met up with some of our favorite people to film a secret project. We’re hoping to share it early May so keep your eyes peeled. Happy Friday, pals. I am freaking exhausted and can’t wait to SLEEP this weekend. Also, this space will be getting a bit of a refresher so check back […]

Yesterday one of my favorite clients sent me a text message with a screenshot of their logo. After taking a closer look, I realized that it wasn’t really their logo but a rip off of the one that I had designed for them last year. My heart started beating fast and after calling her I […]

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anais Nin I had this quote written in my journal all throughout college. I would read it, quite literally, every day. I didn’t really know what it meant but I knew […]

I’m so excited to share this project with you all today! Erika and I have been planning and planning and planning and it’s nice to finally share our idea with everyone! Haute Blog is a blogging 101 workshop for women who want to establish an online identity for themselves. We’ve taken the guess w

I don’t drink alcohol much. If I do, it’s an occasional glass of wine or for a special event. Instead, I find myself gathering, collaborating and meeting over coffee. Most of us do (especially those who use coffee shops as meeting spots). I recently began collaborating with David Sherry and even tho

Today I’m over on The Influence Network’s blog sharing some of my favorite small business tools! Check it out! I’m gearing up for some quality time with friends this weekend while prepping for the launch of my new business/blog with Mary! Keep your eyes peeled a week from today. In other excit

I’ll be blogging over at The Influence Network every month and my first post is up! Head on over and read my advice on when YOU should make the jump into the self-employed world of fun! Psst: I’ll also be teaching an hour long WordPress 101 class on February 5th at 9pm EST through The […]

This is what my desk looks like when it’s clean. It’s rarely clean because I’m sort of a messy person by nature. Last year, I participated in the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” thing that went semi-viral and that was one of my confessions. I’m really good at being clea

We (aka Rachel, Steph and I) hosted our first Let’s Do Brunch event yesterday! It was so lovely meeting local bloggers + share such delicious food. We received such great feedback from those that attended and I’m excited to see how this evolves. A HUGE thanks to Brothers Drake Meadery for opening t

If you know me at all – you know that I like to re-design things a lot. Especially my own. Because, why not? I can! I recently launched my new website where I explain more of what I do (instead of just showing you my work). I’m slowly adding in new work and will only […]

Earlier this year, I was asked by the lovely Hayley Morgan to speak about design at The Influence Conference in Indianapolis. This past weekend – it happened! Speaking is an odd duck…especially as a blogger/designer. I spend most of my days in front of a computer and when I am interacting with peopl

I’m a little over a month into freelancing full-time (although I’ve owned my own business since early 2010) and I thought I’d share some of my favorite tools so far. While I love sharing advice + tips to my blog readers, you all must know that I often sit at my desk and think, “Oh [&hell

I’ve been trying to visualize the future these past few weeks. Where do I see myself? Where do I see my business going? What are my plans? I have a lot of things that I want to try and experience now that I have a bit more freedom with my schedule and how I make money. […]

Over the weekend, I told a lot of friends and family that I had quit my full-time job and was venturing into the self-employed world! I’m so extremely blessed to have the support and love from everyone that I told but I definitely get the typical question, “So what exactly do you do?” I don&#8

For real. I quit my job last week and in about two weeks I’ll be 100% self employed. (!!!!!!!!!!!)  It still feels surreal. Putting in my two weeks was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I love the people that I work with and after almost 2.5 years I began to depend […]

I’ve been officially (and legally) operating my business for almost three years now! I remember receiving the certificate in the mail from the State of Ohio and the letter from the IRS stating my EIN (Employer Identification Number). It was all really exciting – and to be honest – it still is

I recently spent a morning at Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, Ohio. My friend Erika had heard about their Saturday morning drop-in classes and suggested that we go! Along with Jess & Janine, we spent our time learning and making custom stationery. If you’re ever in the area, I would strongly suggest