• Design Thinking

    Becoming a better Designer

    Around this time last year I started blogging regularly and I wanted it to document my journey from here to there – there being IDEO. I'm not there yet but a friend of mind posed a really great question. What if the industry still existed but ideo no longer exists? Then what? This question was posed to ensure I wasn't putting ideo on a pedestal and for me to research and figure out other ways to do the work I'm interested in. It floored me. I had no responses and began to wonder," are there any other companies that do similar work?" Regardless of the answer, I believe that I…

  • Design Thinking,  Haiti Missions

    Behind the scenes painting process

    So as many people know – especially if you are following along my Facebook timeline and maybe even my twitter feed, I’ve been using my art and design to help raise funds for my missions trip in just a few short weeks. I found out today that my campaign is trending. (Yay) But trending won’t get me to Haiti 🇭🇹 Donations will. As an incentive to encourage people to give more, if one donates $100 or more I’ll create a custom piece for them. Today I’ll show you behind the scenes of painting number three. I can’t show you the completed painting of number two because well, it’s been shipped…

  • Personal

    Just Believe

    You only need to believe and have a little bit of grace and mercy upon yourself. This post is for me, and any other person struggling to get over themselves and allowing fear to stop them from using their gifts. You know how many times I’ve heard that? I’ve let doubt countlessly hold me back. But sometimes, when you have no other option you are forced to make things work. Figure it out.  The one and only advice my mom has given me over, and over, and over again – because she didn’t have the answers. I’ve got a story to tell but I can’t share all the details. I…

  • Personal

    Goal Setting, Tasks, Time Blocks (Pt 1)

    Today’s lesson was about lead magnets. Basically, something you give away to your subscribers for signing up for your list and it gives them more information to let them know what’s to come. Earlier this week, we touched on goal setting – making time blocks to achieve what it is we are looking to accomplish. I am certainly someone who has a problem saying no. I like to over compensate and over achieve – and who am I in competition with? No one other than myself. One of the main points to achieve our goal after making an outline is to work on something that excites you. At the moment,…

  • Personal

    Something Is Happening Here

    It’s getting easier to share my writings and as comments pour in there is a new found motivation happening. So far the topics that seem to resonate the most are fitness/wellness and health, beauty, faith and spirituality, and a few of the life lessons learned. While this is an assumption, it informs me that the writing needs to be relatable and not always offer a solution-  but perhaps invite someone to share their experience, thoughts and opinions. A common ground really. But something else is happening as well, showing up to my blog allowed me to talk freely (where I felt comfortable in sharing publicly) about myself, my struggles, fears and…

  • Personal

    In Session

    So as I mentioned, my online classes started and I spent a few hours last night jotting down notes, sketches and answering online questions while going through insights to innovation. Initially its a bit intimidating. There are nearly 400 people taking this online course. Notifications and emails are consistently coming in. I’m tempted to read them all! There are unique challenges throughout and you choose one to focus on throughout the course. One of them reminds me of the openIDEO challenge: developing a product or service with credit unions for 60 year olds. There were some really great projects that came about of that. We started the course by observing visually.…