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The Ember & Co Blog

practical design Advice + encouragement for small businesses

August 23, 2021
Announcing the Greatest Promotion of my Life

I am beyond honored to announce my promotion to the greatest leadership role of my life — motherhood!  Baby Shannon is due at the end of November, and my husband and I couldn’t be happier! We are excited for this new chapter of life and the many joys, challenges, and changes that will come with […]

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May 24, 2021
Ditch Hustle Culture and Have a Thriving Business: A Podcast Interview with Linsi Brownson

I was recently beyond honored to be interviewed by Linsi Brownson for her Be Brilliant in Your Business Podcast, a creative cocktail of pep talks and practical tools to help small business owners be energized, organized, and inspired. Linsi is a certified life and business coach who specializes in overcoming burnout and building a business lifestyle […]

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July 7, 2020
VoyageDenver "Trailblazers" Interview

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of being interviewed by VoyageDenver. They've been hard at work on their "Trailblazers" series, and my wonderful friend/photographer Kira Whitney nominated me to be part of it. What a fun surprise! Their description of this series: The editorial team has a special attachment to our new […]

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February 24, 2020
An Honest Dubsado Review after 3 Years: 3 Strengths, 3 Tips, 3 Weaknesses (+ 20% off)

For anyone who's been around for a while, it's no secret that I L-O-V-E Dubsado. I sang its praises way back in 2017, and that blog post has turned out to be a huge help to others who are considering a CRM (client relationship management) solution for themselves. I'm so glad! If you haven't read […]

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April 26, 2019
How to Show up More Authentically in your Brand Photos

The more I've explored who I really am and how I show up in my business, the more I realized that my "brand" is actually less about being a "hip creative" and more about being a calm and steadfast source of encouragement. This totally shifted how I approached my last brand photoshoot. Here's why.

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April 11, 2019
Magnetic Sincerity: A Reflection on Two Years of Business & Not Fitting In

How burnout, external success, the enneagram, and the death of a friend changed my perspective on what it means to show up in life and business.

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January 14, 2019
Crying over a glass of warm champagne: embracing burnout and making the most of it

I sat down in my new office in our new house with a hot cup of coffee and some gluten-free cookies and...sighed. A deep, wordless, defeated sigh. Because I wasn't feeling at all how I wanted to feel. I felt...sad. Tired. Overwhelmed before I had even clicked into my inbox. And incredibly ashamed.

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March 7, 2018
Which Website Platform is Best for Me? WordPress vs. Squarespace vs. ShowIt

So, you're thinking about building out a new website...exciting! And now it's time for you to consider a host, a domain, a website platform...Wordpress vs. Squarespace vs. ShowIt -- it can be a little overwhelming! Especially if you're new to a lot of this. But it's worth it! Having a strong website presence can do […]

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November 6, 2017
Client Spotlight: #IChooseBeauty

One of the reasons I LOVE being a graphic designer is the opportunity I'm given to meet AMAZING humans doing amazing work. Sahar of "I Choose Beauty" is definitely one of those humans. After years of struggling with depression, Sahar decided to choose beauty and start documenting the beauty she saw each day with a photo. […]

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September 25, 2017
Featured on Kira-Whitney.com: Ember & Co Branded Photoshoot

If any of you have seen my last professional photoshoot, you know that I've been long overdue for a update. Not because the photos were anything less than perfection (Kira did those, too, and she is an amazing photographer) — but because I've changed my look so much over the last few years! Just look […]

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Caitlin Shannon, Founder of Ember & Co Website Design Studio

Hey, friend.

I’M CAITLIN, YOUR DESIGNER & BRAND ADVOCATE.

Let’s take your profits and professionalism to the next level…in a way that is authentic, practical, and sustainable.

The most successful (and sane) brand marketing is authentic and infused with purpose. I’m here to uncover your natural superpowers and showcase them.

It's time to bring calm, clarity, and joy to your marketing efforts.

Meet CAitlin

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