Y'all -- some bittersweet news, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After 7 years of running Tierra Wilson & Co -- and 17 years of graphic design, coding, and digital marketing, plus hundreds of clients, it's bittersweet, and exciting, to announce that I am removing my name from the agency we've built, and stepping away from the technical work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The studio will be renamed Studio Lavi @studio.lavi and while my husband Anderson and I will 100% still be managing owners, the client work will be done by an experienced hand-picked team. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are incredibly blessed that we were able to build something that can now stand alone! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's time for Anderson & I to move into sales, management and brand strategy roles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I turned 35 years old in April of this year, I looked up from my computer, and I realized that I was done. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was tired, I missed my family and my friends, and I had a creative block that wouldn't budge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am so very proud of what we built! But with one kid heading to college, and another starting 9th grade, it's time to grow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a result, we have begun to slowly phase ourselves out of the day to day design and coding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the past 6 months, I have been working tirelessly to hire and re-launch my business as Studio Lavi - www.studiolavi.com - the same company but a different name that will house our legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lavi - is the Haitian Creole French word for life. This new brand is us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It combines our heritage in southern Lousiana, our love of the desert, and our obsession with helping others launch, or re-launch, the most beautiful businesses they can, right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are so excited to start the next leg of our journey, and we hope all of you will join us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's to the next 20 years! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mèsi pou lavi ou te ban mwen an, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ xoxo Tierra
Did y'all have a productive Monday? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's HOT ☀️ but beautiful in the desert and my Monday has been great so far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well... the best decision I ever made for my business was taking Mondays off to only work on my brand and nothing else ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I encourage you to pick one day of the week to focus on your business! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It needs just as much attention as your clients and customers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are some things you can do: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1 - Plan and schedule social media ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2 - Schedule promotional emails ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 - Update SEO on your website ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4 - Detail your processes to make future hiring easier ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5 - Read and apply information from business books ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your biz is like a relationship! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more you put into it, the more it gives back to you. . . . . #nature #adventure #mountains #travel #mountain #outdoors #landscape #hike #explore #wanderlust #trekking #camping #naturelovers #bossbabe #womeninbusiness #girlpower #ladyboss #boss #bosslady #businesswoman #femaleentrepreneur #mompreneur #womenentrepreneur #businesswomen #womenentrepreneurs #womenempoweringwomen #womensupportingwomen #womeninbiz #successfulwomenrock #communityovercompetition
Ok! Awkward pose + going deep on this caption. Here we go. 9 real life things you didn't know about me. Do we have anything in common? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. I am a mom of 3 kids. We are a beautiful blended family. Our oldest is 17 and getting ready to graduate from high school. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. I married my best friend. Literally. It's just like the movies... you are still besties first, which makes for some hilarious moments and constant adventures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Hip-hop or classical music plays all day every day in my office. It's complicated. I'm from the hood and the suburbs. I call this being sophistiratchet ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. I've been creating websites for 17 years. I can code HTML, CSS, and PHP. I started my studio 7 years ago. Big changes coming soon that I can't wait to announce. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. I am very clumsy and forgetful outside of business. I lose my phone, keys, etc often and I have no sense of direction. Everyone I know can speak on this. I'm trying to get better but my brain just doesn't click on stuff like that. Einstein couldn't find his way home either. I'm just saying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. I was born and raised in south Louisiana and I miss Baton Rouge & New Orleans so much... but I love Phoenix way more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7. The hardest thing I ever went through was losing my daughter Kamaria, at the end of the 2nd trimester of a healthy pregnancy. I had a condition called incompetent cervix. Basically, my cervix opened too early, which only occurs on 1 to 2% of all pregnancies. So having kids for me is a huge commitment. To have my biological son I had to get my cervix sewn closed, get ultrasounds every 2 weeks, go through 6 months of bed rest, and then get it unstitched near my due date with no anesthesia. Not fun but def worth it cuz ↓ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8. My son Baby B is 7 years old, a miracle baby, and he is smarter than me. It freaks me out sometimes that I have to Google before answering his questions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9. I'm an active supporter of equal rights, especially for African Americans, women, and LGBTQIA. I have zero tolerance for racism of any kind against anyone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A little glimpse of me behind the gram :)
📸 Double tap if constantly trying to capture content can turn into a chore... especially when you are determined to use your own images. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One tip to keep it fun and not feel like you are wasting your life away behind screens is to capture and forget it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's how it works. I capture images everywhere, using my phone or camera, I snap it and I put it away .... and enjoy the people and places around me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't edit on the spot. I don't try to post it. I don't take more than 1 glance at it. I capture and walk away. Only when I get home and it's time to post or I'm working on content do I look at images and edit them. The same works with stories. I use snapchat to record ....and I save to snapchat memories. Only when I get home do I go through my snaps and download to add to stories. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is what true work life integration means. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How do you stay in the moment while capturing content? Did this help you?
Thinking back on my trip to Barcelona, going through antiques in the market, learning about the people. That's the way I prefer to travel. Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you... You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. - Anthony Bourdain @anthonybourdain RIP
Mondays are for getting cute and drinking mimosas 🥂 ... cuz coffee just ain't gonna cut it today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm a little on edge this month because I'm in the middle of a big business decision... and I'm not sure if i'm ready to leap just yet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll be sharing all the details very soon. But until then... help me out. How do you make big decisions?
Yesterday was one of those days. 😩 I broke my nail mid nail bed and spilled burning hot water on my left hand all while removing water from my microwave. Then we had to take our car back to the dealership 🙄 because they spilled battery acid on our bumper while changing the battery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I complained all day yesterday... and this morning. Then my 7 year old, listening to me all day yesterday, asked me this morning, in all seriousness and with concern, Mom, do you think you'll ever use your hands again? And will we ever get the car back? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Um... yes hon. It's just a minor burn, my nail will grow back, and the dealership is fixing our car for free and they gave us a very nice rental car ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He looked at me confused, assumedly from all my complaining, and skipped off to play. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He was right. I spent all day moaning and complaining over something that was clearly temporary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How many times have we done this in our lives and businesses? When do we finally decide to stop complaining on temporary fixable things so that we can focus on joy? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do have little things in your business that can be solved in 24 hours that will allow you to work on things you love? Instead of complaining, write them down and choose 2 to tackle this week. . . . . . #motivation #phoenixlifeaz #ig_arizona #arizonalife #phoenixlife #phoenixaz #Phoenix #womeninbusiness #boss #businesswoman #femaleentrepreneur #womenentrepreneur #businesswomen #womenentrepreneurs #womenempoweringwomen #womensupportingwomen #womeninbiz #successfulwomenrock #wordsofig #wordsoflife
This beautuful little shop in Barcelona houses handmade goods from local artists. Seeing the passion in each product, and meeting this particular artist, got me thinking about the bravery it takes to truly be an entrepreneur. Did you know psychologists say that technically entrepreneurs have to be a little crazy. 🤪 Literally. We launch businesses with no guarantee of success, no consistent income, and yet still believe in the impossible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I heard one person describe it as jumping off a cliff and building a ✈ plane on the way down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thinking back on my own entrepreneurial journey, I definitely agree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After 2 years in, I realized there is no secret formula. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After 5 years I realized strategy is experimenting and consistently duplicating what works. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7 years in, I am realizing what really matters. I need to enjoy this. Hustle is overrated. Quality of life is where true success lies. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I'm working with my clients, I am thinking about the stress that comes with entrepreneurship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My goal is to, at a minimum, take the stress of branding and web design off their plate and deliver something they can be proud of. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because if you are going to jump off a cliff, at least have your plane already built. 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #calledtobecreative #pursuepretty #liveauthentic #ohwowyes #chasinglight #creativityfound #thehappynow #theeverydayproject #dowhatyoulove #creativepreneur #phoenixlifeaz #ig_arizona #arizonalife #phoenixlife #phoenixaz #Phoenix
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell . . . . #quotesdaily #quotesgram #quotesofinstagram #quotes❤️ #quoteslife #quoteslove #quotesforlife #wordsofig #wordsoflife #graphicdesign #digitaldesign #graphicdesigner #graphicdesignerlife #WordPressdesign #wordpressdesigner #webdesigner #webdesigns #webdesigners #webdesignagency #webdesigncompany #webdesignstudio #antonigaudi #antonigaudí #antonigaudiarchitecture #spain🇪🇸 #spaintravel #stayandwander #travel_captures #barcelonagram #barcelonalife
Buenos días! Missing our daily delicious breakfast @the_one_barcelona this morning, and I'm not sure which was better... the food or the hotel's beautiful design. I have to say that so far, this Spain adventure has sparked a new creative fire inside me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dowtown Barcelona is fully designed and styled. Meaning... every single corner has character and charm, enchanting me, and drawing me in. From the street lights to the flowers on the terraces, it seems that no detail was overlooked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your branding and website should be that way. Every page, footer, and sidebar should be uniquely designed, charming your customers into wanting more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is your livelihood and your business! Don't just throw a template up. Show up for yourself, your customers, and your business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll be booking again soon. if you are looking to work with me this summer to get a beautiful brand launched by fall, let's discuss your goals and see if we would be a good fit. . . . . #WordPressdesign #wordpressdesigner #webdesigner #webdesigns #webdesigners #webdesignagency #webdesigncompany #webdesignstudio #branding101 #brandingtips #brandingcoach #brandingagency #brandingdesign #Brandingstyle #brandingcompany #brandingstudio #brandingexpert #brandingidentity #brandingproject #branding #brandingspiration #brandstylist #brandstyle #brandstyling #barcelonalife #barcelonatravel