How to Find the Right Designer for You

A difficult process, at best, unless your best friend happens to be a designer, and even then things can be tricky. The question comes up frequently, “how do I find the right designer for my project?”

As a freelance designer, I would tell you to look into these key things

The Women in Me: Sewing

I often think of how I became who I became via The Women in Me: How I learned what I have learned in this life. I owe much of it to the women who I watched, learned from, and admired. This will be the first post of hopefully a few in a series as I share my thoughts doing the things that the Women in Me have taught me.

Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

You’ve quit your 9-5 job, you are working from home, or that was the plan until you realized you were the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. This means you become the only one in charge of everything, the solo-proprietor of everything around you, your kids, your house, your work are mashed all up into this glorious mess.

Taking My First Photograph

With all the confidence of an 11-year-old I snapped the picture; it was of Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, New Mexico at sunset. I still have the picture! It is the first scenic picture I ever took…fortunately it was not my last.

Living My Truth

People have their passions, people have what they are drawn to and what they fight for–that is their truth. I discovered–that wasn’t part of my truth. I also discovered it was okay for me to not like it and for me to stand back shaking my head.

Garlic Allergy

Imagine walking into a restaurant and not being able to order a single thing on the menu. It happens to me all the time. I also can’t buy frozen dinners even organic ones, I can’t buy the seasoned version of any chip, popcorn, or cracker, no premade pizza dough, no premade sauces and marinades and condiments or pre-blended spice mixes.

The Right Fats

Our favorite oils are not just fish oils, but coconut oil, flax oil, black current seed oil, and hemp seed oil. Many nuts and seeds contain healthy oils like hemp seeds, walnuts, and almonds.

Budget

We bought our first house without needing to put anything on credit cards (new carpet, painters to paint the whole interior, and landscaping that was extensive) I barely even broke into savings.

Gratitude!

It strikes me that the world has another side effect to the digital age— lack of gratitude. Stay with me a moment, I think gratitude takes attention. In order to be grateful you have to notice the thing in which you are grateful. If we are paying attention to our phones, our games, our MP3 players, our pads, our devices in general, how can you fully appreciate or be a witness to life?

The Art of Manifestation

“Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out,” even Alanis Morrisette understood this while writing her song Ironic. Life is listening, the universe is listening, and higher powers are listening. The question is; are we listening to what we think, what we say, what we pray, and what we wish? Do we understand the rules of manifesting?

Bully!

With bullying-caused suicides being the big news lately, I thought I would say a few words. For me, it has brought back some very real and difficult memories from my own-bullied childhood. I was bullied from around first grade all the way into my junior year in high school. I think the only reason I was not bullied my senior year was because I was on half days.

You Are Beautiful ☺

I have recently been around some amazing women. As we took pictures of each other and threw out compliments left and right…I could not help notice how those pictures were commented on and those compliments were shot down.

“I look terrible, but you look amazing.”

The Power of Thought

A smile is an instant way to take your mind off your worries, troubles, and negative thinking. Try it sometime just smile and keep smiling until you crack yourself up. I like to do it in traffic, and I could care less if other drivers think I have gone mad all alone in my car cracking up.

Time Share Calories

If this was possible, image the impact: the bariatric surgeons would be looking for new work immediately. The weight loss industry would fall out of existence. The lose-weight-in-an-hour gimmicks would disappear (ah the Shake Weight would be no more). Alas, this is no utopian society where I can have some Lance Armstrong out riding his bike, burning my calories, and saving my body from heart disease and diabetes. I will trudge on; I will try to think positively about it, as I know it is supposed to make my life healthier (not easier, shucks to that).

Dharma

Dharma in simpler terms means to be you fully, to live in respect and to follow your own path while acknowledging the same in others. Knowing your dharma leads to knowing the answers to life’s big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life? How do I fulfill and live my purpose?

Well I Never…

Have you ever stopped and listened to the people around you? Have you ever stopped and listened to the words that fall out of your mouth? Do you repeat certain phrases? Do you even notice? I do. In particular, I notice people repeating words or phrases in sentence structure; one of my pet peeve phrases is a good example, “You Know?”

Get Over It!

When you do not have to tell your story to solicit the other person’s compassion, sympathy, empathy, or outrage, and you tell it without charging up your own emotions then you are over it. I am not saying you should never utter another word about it, quite the contrary, try telling the story as if you were a detached third-party observer.

Staying Still in This Crazy World

I was cleaning the nineteenth mile of grout in our home recently and I heard the words, “I hate cleaning the floor” fall from my mouth. I stopped myself immediately and said, “No, I don’t hate it. I love the clean floor afterward.” I realized that I was being very un-Zen like in not being in the moment and only the moment of cleaning the floor. How often do you hate something? How often do you let your mind wonder off the task-at-hand and on to other things?

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