Apparel Design for I Choose Beauty, "It's Going to Be Okay"

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. She posted her photos on Instagram using the hashtag #IChooseBeauty and after a week, she realized that she was feeling much more hopeful — so …

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Personal Branding Photoshoot with Kira Whitney Photography | Caitlin Thompson of Ember & Co Design Studio

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 at that hair! Something that I love about being in a creative field is the way that it soaks into every aspect of your life. …

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Every Meal Counts Planner Printable Design by Ember & Co Design Studio, Meal Planner, Meal Planning, Downloadable

Meal Planning Printable FEATURED on Creative Market!

  Celebrating a little victory today! Ember & Co’s “Every Meal Counts” Meal Planning Printable has been featured on Creative Market’s “This Week’s Fresh Design Products: Vol. 84“! Happy Fri-yay to Ember & Co! Sometimes it’s the small, unexpected wins that mean the most, am I right? Tell me about one of your recent little victories! I’d love to hear about it 🙂

The Power of Authenticity in Business

What’s your SUPERPOWER? The life-giving power of authenticity in business.

Do you know your superpower(s)? Anyone who knows me knows that I am borderline obsessed with personality profiling, quizzes, and knowing your Myers Briggs. In fact, my runner-up career choice to graphic design was counseling/psychology because I am such a huge believer in the power of authenticity, knowing yourself, and learning to stand in (and celebrate) your natural strengths. Authenticity matters. I am a firm believer that you can harness your authentic strengths to build a business and life that …

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DUBSADO REVIEW: Why Dubsado is the best client management system, best invoicing system, best client portal system, plus get 20% off of your subscription!

8 Reasons You Should be Using Dubsado® [Review + 20% off!]

Stressed out over client management and building a great client experience for your service-based business? Dubsado will save your sanity!

Struggling to give your clients the experience they desire and keep your sanity intact?

Oh, I hear you. Starting your own business can be overwhelming. While I had the opportunity to start Ember & Co as a side gig alongside a stable, corporate job (thus alleviating financial pressure to “get it right” immediately), it’s taken me many years and much trial and error to find a rhythm that works for me. I’ve tried out countless programs and apps that promise to help automate client management and invoicing, and while some of them definitely have (I used Wave App for years and liked it), I have to confess…I have a new love. Here’s my official Dubsado review!

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Artwork for "The Wolf You Feed" Native American Proverb by Phil Barber

Five Ways to Conquer New Business Paralysis

You’ve made the decision — you want to start your own business. How exciting! You feel the warmth of inspiration, that small ember within you that glows with hope. You can already feel that newfound sense of freedom: to set your own course, be your own boss, make your own rules, and make money doing what you’re passionate about.

There’s only one problem: you’re also, quite suddenly, befallen with an undeniable terror.

 

There it is, creeping on you, tucked in the darkness behind your excitement. Are you the only one who has felt this way? Is this murky fear of failure here to save you from utter disaster? Maybe it’s onto something. Well, yes…and no.

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