A gentle reminder: don't forget to listen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we sit down or jump on the phone for a consultation, or a coaching session, or just a friendly coffee date, it can be so easy to think about the value we want to offer. We're eager, we're prepared, we've done our research, and we're ready to help. But no matter how prepared we are, often the greatest gift we can offer is to be a good listener. Too often I've jumped in with solutions before taking the time to really understand the problem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And this isn't just good life advice, it's good business advice. I'll never forget the steps I heard from sales coach @kendrickshope when she was discussing sales calls. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. When you get on a call, first ask questions. 2. LISTEN. 3. Thank them for sharing. 4. Then, offer solutions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This not only allows us to give the best advice, but also to affirm other people and show them we care, which makes them more open to hearing what we have to say. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After all, what we most desire is to be truly heard and seen.
For years I carefully crafted my moodboards to fit together like a puzzle, but lately I've been taking a more organic approach. I'm ready for more movement, more color, and more freedom in my art and life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you think? Do we dig the collage feel or do you love it when everything fits together just so?
Huge congrats to my friend Brandi of @wildwoodhairco, who is moving her studio into her new salon space @gatherloft today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brandi knows that getting your hair done is about so much more than hair, and caters to the emotional as well as the physical needs of everyone in her chair. She truly has a gift for seeing people and affirming them during the time they spend together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This passion for creating an amazing experience for her clients has led her to this next big step, a space founded on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm so ridiculously excited for you Brandi, and I feel so blessed to know you! Congrats, friend! In honor of their grand opening, I'm sharing some of the work I did for Brandi in my IG stories today. #designbybrandepiphany
When @sarahhoagphotography tells you she has two beloved palms named slim and shady, and you think, yeah, I can work with that. 🌴 🌴 More of this brand design coming soon! #designbybrandepiphany
Hands down, the best part of what I do is having an excuse to spend time with some of the coolest people. And because of the way my process works, we really dig deep. I get an inside view into the heart behind the work. One such amazing lady is @marquettelaree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Marquette's business motto is photographer, sidekick, and friend, and if you know her, you know she walks the talk. It's impossible to not feel encouraged around Marqette, and her willingness to do the dirty work and make less of herself in order to elevate other people is such an inspiration to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In keeping with her values, Marquette has recently made the decision to retire her business for a few years so she can fully devote herself to her family and little ones. Her decision to prioritize what is best over what is good has only grown my admiration for her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a little #tbt, I'm sharing some snippets of the work we did together in my story. 😊 #designbybrandepiphany ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: @lunabearstudios