Happy 2017 you guys! Yes, yes, I know I am VERY late to the game in well wishing. I wanted to share wth you a big update in my life that I haven't officially gone public with here.

As some of you know, at the end of each year, I spend time reflecting on the previous months, and spend time praying and contemplating what my word for the following year will be. This has been my tradition since I started working for myself 6 years ago - to remind me throughout the year, what to focus my heart on. 

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My Word For 2016: Connect

Happy New Year to you! I know, I know, I'm about a month late. I can't believe January is already almost over and 2016 is off to a fast start!

If you've been around my blog for any length of time, you know that each year I choose a word for the year for me to focus on. This word helps center me, encourage me throughout the year and gives me an overarching goal to focus my business decisions towards. 2015's word was "Expand" and 2014's word was "Courage".

My word for 2016 is "Connect" which means:
– To become connected; join or unite
– To cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship
– To relate to or be in harmony with another person, one's work, etc.

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Welcome to my new website! I've been excited to get a new virtual home set-up that incorporates my new branding and is a better fit for my aesthetic. I really loved my old website and look, yet just felt that over time I grew out of it and needed to stretch my wings. I also wanted it to be a space where I could speak directly to you as a person and share my work with you. What do you think? 

I wanted to go ahead and share a little bit about what a crazy few weeks it's been! If you follow me on social media, you are aware of what I've been dealing with. I started out working with a web developer to design a new site in Wordpress and about 2 days in, my website got hacked.

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After a lot of work, soul searching, and back and forth with Fiona Humberstone, I have finally landed on my new brand direction! Today I'm delighted to share with you my new logo & over all future brand identity.

Quite different, yes?

The brief I created was to create a brand identity that is timeless and professional yet has personality and uniqueness. I wanted it to convey sophistication, confidence and feel grounded, while also being creative with a little bit of edge and lightheartedness. I wanted any surrounding patterns to be simple enough to lay against my artwork and support it, not overpower it.

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Whew! It's been a busy season. I've been going non-stop since Surtex, working on some exciting new projects, and am finally catching a breath of fresh air and lifting my head up enough to see the sun shining and SO hot here in Seattle this Summer!

I don't know if it's my lack of taking a vacation for 4 years or something in the air, but I'm ready for a refresh.

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