Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution and swore you'd keep it? We've all done it. Life gets crazy, we start a new job, we get more involved in our communities, or we just simply don't feel like adding one more thing to our plate. I get it. I'm guilty of it.
2017 was a year of ups and down for me. One of my biggest dreams came true, I found true community in new and unexpected people. I inched dangerously close to my weight loss goal (almost there!) but with all the great came a decent amount of pain and discomfort. But one thing I've learned is that pain and discomfort are the by product of growth. If we avoid the uncomfortable than we rob ourselves of the opportunity to grow.
With every new year comes a new opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been, reevaluate things you could have done differently and live with a refreshed outlook. One small change can go a long way. What’s one thing you’d like change in 2018?
A new year is also a new opportunity to take a chance! On yourself, on someone else, on your dreams...That thing you’ve wanted to do, do it! Don't let the fear of being uncomfortable stop you!
MAKE A WISH!! It’s a brand new year! Don’t keep it a secret. Write it down, share it with someone who matters and watch it come true in 2018!
My wish, my dream, my prayer is to create more of the things I love. Design for myself. Let the things that move, inspire and upset me become the inspiration for new creations. To learn more, try more and take creative risks. What's your wish for the new year?
Make a Wish. Take a Change. Make a Change...and Breakaway in 2018!
Happy New Year!
Ok! So I have to share my latest obsession, and for those of you who know me, you're probably thinking, "What TV show is she watching now?" Well, it's not a TV show....it's a podcast!
Don't Keep Your Day Job is an innovative, inspiring and action provoking tool for those of us who find joy and purpose in creating. Whether you're a designer, baker, photographer, crochet lover, or potter (the list goes on and on) this weekly podcast is for you! Host and creator Cathy Heller is a singer/songwriter who made it happen! She quit her day job and is making a living doing what she loves everyday. She is so passionate about this, that she wants us to be able to do it to!
"We will be exploring, deconstructing and reverse engineering how have successful people made a living doing what they love. What is the strategy to turning your passion into profit. If you are a songwriter, photographer, baker, screenwriter, clothing designer this show will give you a ton of inspiration and a road map to doing what you always wanted to do." -Don't Keep Your Day Job Facebook Story
Episodes like "Turning You Dream Job into a Reality," and "Turning Misery into Motivation" are just two of my favorites! With help from other creatives who are making their dream a profitable reality, Heller shares how our passions are our purpose. Each episode includes questions from creatives, relatable and inspirational stories and realistic takeaway to help each of us move forward in our dreams.
Check out her podcast today! Subscribe, write a review, and "Like" Don't Keep Your Day Job on Facebook to be inspired and motivated week by week. We're all in this together! When one succeeds, we all succeed.
"#Buildsomething is the mantra of the coworking community at Industry, a call to all creators to build something, anything, to make the world a better place. AIGA and Industry called on Charlotte artists to build a skate deck gallery for Industry's shared workspace. This is their collection of work to inspire originality for years to come."
This past month, in an effort to design more for myself, I decided to enter a design in the #Buildsomething skate deck gallery. After several ideas that included images of a young Jackée and the dreams she had as well as a strange idea about writings on the wall (what?), I took a break to listen to some music and collect my thoughts. That break turned into several days of "designers block" which turned into nothing short of frustration. Then one Saturday, while feeling pretty down about design in general, I heard the opening lines of Wale's song Sunshine. "May the optimism of tomorrow, be your foundation for today." I'd heard this song countless times but this time, it stuck. These words are now somewhat of a mantra for me as I navigate this world of design and discover how I can make the world a better place with the gifts I've been given.
I hope you enjoy the works of these talented artist.
Be encouraged, Be inspired. Be great.
There's nothing more excited then the release of a new movie! ...At least for me... I love wondering what twists and turns, relationships, or comedic relief will come my way when I watch a new movie for the first time. What better way to get fans buzzing than the release of the movie poster??
In honor of South by Southwest (SXSW) Film week, which started yesterday, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite movie posters. Some were created after the films were released while other's were posted in the lobbies of our favorite movie theaters.
Juno, Interstellar, Forrest Gump, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers are great examples of minimalist design. In this case minimalist design is the "use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature or design." The designers used very minimal design elements to effectively portray the concept of these four films.
Lincoln and Jurassic Park's posters are just so beautifully done I had to include them. They both portray a sense of mystery to me. The peace yet turmoil expressed by the black and white image of Daniel Day-Lewis draws us in and makes us what to know Lincoln's story, thoughts, and motives, while Jurassic Park's poster brings out the curiosity of our inner child and makes us think "What's behind those gates?"
I hope this makes you want give the movie posters you see a closer look.
What's your favorite movie poster?
Last August I signed up for online social media courses. I was so excited to get started and become Social Media Certified in just 13-short weeks. Well life happened, as it does, and I slowly kept putting of my goal to take care of "more important things" like paying bills and working on freelance project. Has this ever happened to any of you? Have you ever found yourself so excited to start something new only to find that the fire dies due to that unavoidable thing called life? Well this time, I'm back at it! I have a plan of action and the drive that nothing is going to get in the way of this goal.
My first class is all about Twitter. Just when I thought I knew most of the ins and outs of that social media network, I was surprised and delighted to learn some new things, implement what I learned, and see results almost instantly. Here are some tips that I found especially interesting.
You need to be INTERESTED rather than interesting.
Really? It's not about having more followers than people who you follow you? That was my first mistake! I thought it "looked better" to have the more people following me. It's more important to show that you are interested in what is going on around you than to be the most interesting person in your Twitterverse. So start following everyone! Well...at least everyone you want to.
Start by using the "Who to Follow" feature located on the #Discover page. This feature gives you a list of people with common interests as you/your company. Go ahead, follow as many as you can. Follow up with using the "Find Friends" and "Popular Accounts" features. The "Find Friends" feature pulls from your e-mail address and other social media accounts to show you who's on Twitter that you might not have known about, while the "Popular Accounts" feature gives you access to, well, popular accounts!
Tell the World!
Sure your friends and family know you have a Twitter account, but what about people you interact with via good ol' fashion e-mail? That's right! Add you social media links to the signature included at the end of every e-mail you send! Why didn't I think of that?! Don't be shy--tell the world!
Engage, Interact, Ask
Got something to say? Say it! Engage with your audience. Twitter isn't just for telling people what's going on with you/your business. It's about networking. Ask your followers questions and answer/comment on tweets that some of your favorite accounts post. Interact with them, don't just shout from your soapbox, build relationships with you social network. Your tweets should be 90% engagement and 10% about you.
This stuff really works! I started this class with a little over 100 followers and after implementing what I've learned in the past 2 days (no kidding), I'm at 175 followers and counting. Not only am I seeing growth but I'm seeing interest. Because I'm interested in what people have to say and share, I'm becoming more interesting! Who knew??!!!
Follow me @jlynngraphics today!
THAT'S RIGHT!!! I finally opened up my Etsy store! Prints That Inspire by J*Lynn Graphic Designs is where you can find inspiration digital printables for your home, events, and everyday life!
1. Just purchase the listing.
2. Download the artwork instantly to your computer from Etsy.
3. Print at home or at your local quick print shop (FedEx/Kinkos, Staples, Costco, Walmart, etc).
4. Frame and Enjoy!!
CLICK HERE to check it out!! And stay tuned for more designs!
I love designing for my friend! I know, I know, you've heard (or read) me say this plenty of times but it's so true! So when one my best friends asked me if I'd be willing to make her a logo for her new blog, I couldn't wait!
Julie Williford is a gifted, smart, and caring Occupational Therapist. For as long as I've known her (going on 10 years!) she's loved to crochet. I have many fond memories of us binge watching TV shows or movies while she thought me to crochet. We'd talk about our dreams of opening an Etsy store together or starting a blog. Still working on getting her to start an Etsy store!
Check out this logo I made for her, and while your at it, check out her blog as well!
Christmas may be over but these holiday ads are too amazing not to share! I hope you all had a fun holiday season! Enjoy!!
Join me in honoring ALL the men and women who have selflessly served our country. Thank you for your service. I'm sending out a special thank you to my dad, my uncles, and my brother who served in the Army and Air Force.
Happy Veterans Day!
I'm Jackée! I'm a Christ-Follower, Graphic Designer. Marylander, Former Austinite, Pop-Culture Junkie, Football Fanatic, Wanderluster and Charlotte Dweller.