9 months and he can't stay still for a second! (Obviously not even to take this picture lol). He is loving his newfound mobility and can Tarzan-crawl around like nobody's business, is learning independent play within mommy's sight lines during those times I just have to meet a work deadline, or need to get dinner on the table lol, and has learned some new party tricks courtesy of ninang @li_anne_3 :) He enjoys our daily walks, and just loves to explore, whether it be our outdoor surroundings, or the items found in mommy's kitchen. He's learning to understand the meaning of 'NO', especially when he's reaching for the plugs or starting to crawl towards the edge of the bed, and I see him coming into his own little personality as I observe him grappling with the choice of listening to mommy, or doing what he wants, lol. This month, as we transitioned from a 3-nap-schedule to just 2, it's been a challenge trying to balance my work with his ever-changing needs, especially as he has much more awake time now. But in the moments of deepest frustrations, I am always reminded that it's all #onlyforaseason, he won't always be this little. Plus I can't ever say no to his mischievous, toothy grin. My wild-haired wild-child. #ChaseHonor #thesantolins
Sometimes it takes a little faith in what you are doing to allow the process to develop into positive results. Make forward movements, the process is just as important as the results. - Unknown⠀ ⠀ Successful brand identities undergo a process of deep diving, strategizing, designing and implementing before they become anything worthwhile. It can become daunting and tiring, and there is always the temptation to fast-track to get straight to the end. But it's during the process that we get to uncover both the big beliefs and values that a brand builds its foundation on, as well as the tiny nuances that makes it stand out from its competitors. All of this gets translated into a refined visual identity that speaks volumes to a client's target audience. The end result is always a clearer, more defined brand that allows the client to reach their goals.⠀ ⠀ Anything worth having requires work and time. There are no overnight successes. Whether you're mastering a new skill, trying to lose weight, striving to grow spiritually... be patient with yourself and trust the process. All good things take time!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #designspiration #brushlettering #torontographicdesigner #beingboss #girlboss #smallbusiness #creativeentrepreneur #thatsdarling #progressoverperfection #fwportfolio #calledtobecreative #makersmovement #pursuepretty #mycreativebiz #jenellesantosdesign
SO excited to have some of my work featured in Fiona Humberstone @thebrand_stylist's second book, #brandbrilliance, which was officially launched this past week! Her first book, #howtostyleyourbrand really helped me give my clients a better understanding of the branding process, and this second book #brandbrilliance dives deeper into building a brand story and gaining traction with your ideal audience. It's definitely a must-read for entrepreneurs looking to gain a deeper understanding of how elevating your brand presence can help you grow your business. Excited and proud to have been a part of this :) #ingoodcompany #jenellesantosdesign #thebrandstylist ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #branding #branddesign #branddesigner #brandstyling #brandidentity #creativeentrepreneur #torontographicdesigner #calledtobecreative #designisinthedetails #solopreneur #pursuepretty #thehappynow #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #mycreativebiz
Everyday I thank God for entrusting me with the life of this tiny soul. Being your mama is the joy and honor of my life, #ChaseHonor. God continues to use this journey of motherhood to teach me new perspectives and refine my heart and character. This weekend I'm also thinking of those who are yearning, praying, or suffering through loss. You are loved and not forgotten. Psalm 56:8. Happy Mother's Day!
I celebrate your strength and dignity, your courage and faithfulness. I honour your many sacrifices, boundless generosity and unconditional love that always prevailed even through the greatest of heartbreaks. And to this day, your wisdom, guidance, prayerful heart and unwavering love and trust for your Saviour is what steers me in my own journey. If I can demonstrate even half of your incredible character and testimony to my own child(ren), I can consider myself blessed. Happy mothers day to my mama, my role model and prayer warrior.⠀ ⠀ Your faithfulness continues through all generations... Psalm 199:90⠀ ⠀ Her children arise and call her blessed... Proverbs 31:28
Hand-lettered/calligraphy/brush-lettered logos are so on trend lately, and as much as I love incorporating hand-lettered elements into the logos I design for my clients, I tend to only do so when appropriate, and when it speaks to my client's target audience. When I worked with local (Toronto) lifestyle blogger @tastesbyjade on her branding, we envisioned this chic, modern, girl-on-the-go, sipping an ornately decorated latte at one of the city's many coffee shops, writing reviews in her Moleskine. During the design process, the logo evolved from a classic, calligraphic script paired with sans serif type, to a modern and casual scribble and finally this really organic, Sharpie-like scrawl, which is where we happily landed. If you're looking to build a sustainable visual identity that resonates with your tribe, it's important to have a strategy in place. Trends come and go and the last thing you want is to have to re-brand again because your logo looks dated. . . . . . #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #thebrandstylist #designspiration #handlettered #visualbranding #brandidentity #logodesign #girlboss #smallbusiness #creativeentrepreneur #workinprogress #studiolife #fwportfolio #torontographicdesigner #tastesbyjade #jenellesantosdesign
This past month we went through a massive home renovation which caused many inconveniences and disruptions to our daily routines and day-to-day living, endured a viral infection that resulted in an outbreak of rashes all over his poor body, and experienced another sleep regression, which, let's face it, is no fun for anybody! But our monkey took it all like a trooper, navigating all these internal and external changes with as much grace as can be expected from an 8-month-old. Major developments this month included graduating from eating mush to eating what we eat, gorilla-crawling his way around the house, and out of nowhere... standing on his own two feet! I can't keep up anymore, this kid is growing up wayyyyy to fast for me 😩 #chasehonor #thesantolins
Minor visual refinements to reflect major developmental leaps in my brand and business. So grateful for the opportunity to chase my dreams. Working on some valuable new content designed to help creative entrepreneurs and small biz owners THRIVE, not just survive... stay tuned! #jenellesantosdesign ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #torontographicdesign #girlboss #smallbusiness #beingboss #creativeentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #fwportfolio #branding #branddesign #brandidentity #logo #logodesign #creativepreneur #brandstrategy #solopreneur #calledtobecreative #designisinthedetails #liveauthentic #makersmovement