Do you think I have what it takes? It’s a question that some designers have asked me during that first call when we’re deciding whether we’re a good fit to collaborate. Me: Do YOU think you have what it takes? I’m not trying to be coy. Editors like what they like. Clients like what they […]
Embodiment is one of the things we’re talking about in my new offering illuminate. For me, embodiment is a conversation about mind, body and wellbeing and the things that get in the way of achieving that synergy. The number one problem? Stress. Hans Selye, a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist and his research made the way we […]
“Too many professionals try to protect themselves against failure, but never plan to exploit success!” I’m doing my daily lunch-time reading and that sentence by author Alan Weiss jumped off of the page. As a single mom, I’ve lately been wrapped up answering all of the “what if disaster strikes” scenarios demanded by insurance planners, […]
The creative entrepreneurs I work with who run the biggest businesses tend to be a good blend of what until recently, science has called being left- and right-brained. They can toggle easily between an analytical approach and a more creative and emotional one to solve problems. I operate that way too. When we’re collaborating to […]
Most of us have learned that it’s not a good idea to burn bridges, because we think of that concept exclusively in terms of relationships. But if you’ve read Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think & Grow Rich, you know that the concept of burning bridges is also a reframe for risk. Burn the bridges that keep you […]
Half of the kids in my neighborhood have already gone back to school which feels a little crazy to me since I’m still in Summer mode. Last year at this time, I was closing on a house and I had no idea what was in store for us as I made a move across the […]
I always find it curious when designers get excited about how little they spend on marketing, or the ones who boast that they spend nothing at all.
Usually these are the same designers who are confused when potential clients want to a spend a little on their design fees. If you listened to my recent podcast episode on money, you get that’s because energetically they’re a perfect match.
You know the type. Those people who stomp on the seed of the vision rooted in your heart, or who water it with a “well-meaning” dose of reality.
Here’s the thing, realistic is really only someone else’s take on their experience. What they have decided emotionally, intellectually, and usually not spiritually, has nothing to do with you. That is unless you accept their reality as your own.
By now you may have read the article in Architectural Digest’s online edition with the lede “This Is How Much the Average American Spends on a Kitchen Renovation.”
I think it’s pretty safe to say that the picture of the renovated kitchen they used to tease the article…
Think about it. Snapchat says its users are 13-34 which means ten years from now, the oldest user will be 44, smack in the middle of their highest income earning years. Although depending on what part of the country you live in, you might be a 28-year-old tech mogul with some cash, a new penthouse and not a whole lot of education when it comes to design right now.
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The difference between unknowns, design leaders and legends is a factor of visibility. But being visible is about more than being seen, one of its underused definitions is available.