Balance in 2019

Balance in 2019

My word of intention for 2019 is BALANCE.

Balance is not some static state that you reach and then your done. It’s a continuous series of adjustments and recalibration that requires dedicated focus, attention to detail, steady breath in the face of fear, confidence, strength and clarity.

2018 was a year of death and rebirth. New ventures, shedding my old skin and also getting back in touch with my roots. I let go of a lot. I left my secure job to start my own business. I took on new opportunities to do things that scared me. I shared more openly and honestly. I had breakthroughs and failures alike. I forged new alliances. I saw new lives come early and others go too soon. I keep learning to let go without remorse.

Through it all I continue to dive deeper into my own practice of awakening and unfolding, leaning into the sharp places. Embracing it all, the comfortable and the uncomfortable. Accepting and letting it come and go.

A process that is still ongoing as we step into 2019.

My intention going into this year is to work to keep the balance required to hit the marks I am aiming for. I don’t make new years resolutions per se because I set daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly goals and intentions. I am to continue that practice with more focus on holding sacred space for myself. Deadlines and long days and nights will come as they always do. But I am committing to continue to schedule in leisure time, family time, time to practice. To realize that I have worth and value that is independent of busying myself. That hard work may be a virtue, but work as an end in itself is not virtuous. I am proud and grateful for what I have opportunity and ability to produce, but I am worth more than simply how productive I am.

There are things worth much more than my billable time that are given freely. A walk in the woods with my family. Sharing a smile with a stranger. Hearing my kids laughter. Comforting someone who is dying.

I will remember that my most important client is really myself. If I don’t take care of that first, I’m not able to deliver my best.

I took this ๐Ÿ“ธ this evening at the @avlsymphony @cirquemusica dress rehearsal. Wow.

Love Asheville Painted Mural Panels

Love Asheville Painted Mural Panels

So, I’ve been helping my buddy Scott at @giganticavl paint up and install these letters as part of a community art project at 68 Haywood st. Spearheaded by @soundmindcreative and collaboratively designed by @avl_designsalon. Here’s a new iconic Asheville photo op in the making.

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Speaking on Sales & Customer Service for the Introverted Designer.

Speaking on Sales & Customer Service for the Introverted Designer.

I’m feeling grateful to have had the opportunity to speak at WordCamp today. Empowering, elevating and engaging the design community! Big Thanks to the team at @wordcampasheville who put in a ton of hard work to make this event possible and @abtech !

If you were there let me know your favorite takeaway below. ๐Ÿ™
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Ambition is the path to success

Ambition is the path to success

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”
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I won’t lie. Things are challenging right now on several fronts. Keeping my eyes on the horizon and my feet moving forward while taking a step back to assess the direction of the wind and my navigation of it. Reevaluating my partnerships and my roles, shaking things up a little.
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I welcome the challenge. I will come out stronger and more focused!
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Intention

Intention

“Small acts of intention are the infrastructure of a life well lived.” This @asheville_cm talk by Nicole McConville sharing her experience as an introvert really resonated with me. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Especially as I’m working on my talk for this year’s @wordcampasheville on Sales and Customer Service for the Introverted Designer.

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Intentional Design

Intentional Design

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams

Life’s funny that way. Enjoy the journey.

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Whew! Wrapping Make A Mark.

Whew! Wrapping Make A Mark.

Whew! Recovering from the Make A Mark event yesterday. 12 hours straight of #designforgood with some awesome collaborators. I love that I got to create some illustrations to help tell the story of the amazing work that Bountiful Cities is doing through their various programs of social advocacy through urban agriculture.

My team mates Jim Bixby of 828 Design and Fabiana DiMarco of @anthroware were so great to collaborate with and did such great work with the layout and branding. Power to the people!
Really cool to see all the different design solutions other teams came up with for their projects too. Humbled and grateful to be part of such an amazing community of creatives.
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Make a Mark Begins!

Make a Mark Begins!

Good morning Asheville!
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I’m up bright and early today to participate in @lets_makeamark. Over 30 creatives are coming together at @hatchavl to volunteer for a 12 hour make a thon where we are put together into teams, to fulfill a creative brief for one of nine participating non profits.
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I’m on the team for Bountiful Cities and we’re stoked to bring it on for @grasstogreens! ๐ŸŒพ
Look for updates in my story today.
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