Creative Burn-out, Designer Burn-out, Learning to rest and not quit, Dealing with business overwhelm

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.

Awesome Black Friday Deals for Creative Business Owners (2018 Edition)

Awesome Black Friday Deals for Creative Business Owners (2018 Edition)

It’s that time of year again! Can you believe it?! Last time I checked it was February. It’s been a busy, busy year for Ember & Co. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Black Friday frenzy — as a peace-loving introvert, the idea of rushing around a packed store competing for the chance to snatch up a good deal sounds downright exhausting. I’d much rather spend my day off sipping tea by the fireplace. But I also love a …

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Planning for Success: Simplify Your Client Intake Process with Acuity

Planning for Success: Simplify Your Client Intake Process with Acuity

Have you ever found yourself spending what feels like 2,000 hours emailing clients back and forth to discuss schedules for meetings or consultations? Yep, I feel you. It wasn’t long after I took my design business full time that I began experiencing inbox overwhelm. I felt like I was constantly getting bombarded with emails, and it was especially frustrating when it was simply a back-and-forth about meeting times. It was keeping me from focusing on my most valuable work, and …

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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 amazing things for your business. It will build your businesses’ reputation, increase brand credibility/professionalism, and give you an incredibly personal, strategic platform to connect with …

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Your Guide to Logo File Types, JPG PNG AI EPS Pantone CMYK RGB

Your Comprehensive Guide to Logo File Types

Y’all, I have a really exciting resource to share with you today. Seriously, this is gold. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Morgan Stapp. She is an ABSOLUTE gem and a super talented fellow designer. I am so thankful to have met her, and cannot emphasize enough how valuable it is to have a tribe/community of like-minded humans to support and collaborate with. My advice for you today: Find your Morgan. 😉 Now, without further ado, Morgan …

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Identifying Your Ideal Client

The Stress-Free Method To Identifying Your Ideal Client

Raise your hand if you’re a small business owner who feels like you’ve been trying to do it all lately ✋ Yep, I’ve been there, too. You and I wear a lot of different hats on a daily basis and it can be overwhelming trying to keep your biz afloat while building a foundation that can last. One of my favorite things about working for myself is the opportunity I’ve had to meet like-minded business owners who totally get the …

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Pantone Color Matching System for Small Business Branding Logo Design

#TipTuesday: What is the Pantone Color Matching System and why should I care?

Hey! Can I get real nerdy on your for a sec? #itsbecauseiloveyou #ipromise Are you a small business owner who gets your logo/branding regularly printed, embroidered, or otherwise reproduced? Are you ever frustrated by the lack of color accuracy or confused as to how you can assure that the colors match next time? Pantone Color Matching System is here to save the day! Here’s why it rocks:

Free Download Guide to Logo Design

Logo Design for the Non-Designer [FREE Logo Design Checklist]

How do you successfully hire someone to do something that isn’t within your zone of genius? Especially when you have no idea what to look for? My boyfriend and I recently experienced this when we hired contractors for a home renovation project. We knew enough to know that we needed help. However, once we started looking at contractor portfolios, we realized that we knew what we thought looked nice, but we had NO idea who was more trustworthy or proficient …

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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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