like that first kiss or the time a teacher told you that you were talented so it’s what you believed about yourself for the next decade. It’s those things that build us and make us whole.
It could have been some random thing.
It might have been the fact that my grandma was one of the original radio city music hall rockettes who passed on a love for glamour and dance and fashion. Or that I know what it is like to sleep squished in a tiny hotel room with eight bandmates.
Or that I worked as a photographers’ assistant in a photo studio and our niche client was body-builders—steroid driven, pumped up and greased down bodies ready for a shoot.
Or that I know what a petticoat feels like because I dressed in square dancing regalia with a busload of seniors as an assistant travel host.
Or that I named a family of squirrels who came to watch us work in Douglas Couplands’ kitchen (Tim, Harry, Ivy) while working on his website. Or that I was one of the children in the meadow on a children’s television series for years.
But it wasn’t any of those things…
For years, I led an effort to bring water to the people of a Tanzanian Village too small to even be on the map. Over the span of nearly 3 months, we dug a 170-meter-deep hole that—with the help of solar technology—supplied water to 7 points around the village. For the duration of construction, I lived in the village and documented the process, and life there. I saw hunger and joy, determination and frustration. I saw a little part of life that wasn’t fair and saw things that shook me to the core, but I also saw myself fight for something with a drive so deep that I have no idea where it came from.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve built a catalog of skills that all seamlessly blend together—developer, website designer, strategist, musician, and artist and they are all connected in some magical way. I’ve come out on the other side of these experiences knowing who I am and where my strengths lie. I know not only when to say “yes,” but also “hell no.” Understanding myself in such a way allows me to devote myself to my clients’ projects all the better. You are welcome to read about it.
Seriously, at the end of just one or two days, you’re going to walk away with a refreshed brand, a new website, or a punch list completed. PLUS, you’ll also have a revitalized spirit that’s ready to continue taking on the world!
I used to fight the idea of doing things a little bit differently, but today I realize that it’s my gift and it’s what I want to pass on in the work I do—in every brand visual ecosystem I create and every project I undertake.
If you’re curious about my bona fides, I have a Bachelor of design with a major in communication design from Emily Carr University Graduated with honours and debt.
If you’re looking for something built from the ground up with a solid strategy, and as an expression of you and your business, let’s talk!
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The process of building an authentic, show-stopping brand can feel daunting – especially if you’re not sure where to start. But the good news is that by taking it one step at a time, you can create a brand that really represents who you are and what makes your business unique.
And with my VIP Intensives, you can do it without overwhelm or a long, drawn-out project timeline!
First, we’ll start your VIP Intensive day by developing a clear plan that’s realistic, so that we can make the most of our time together. I’ve been at this a long time, and not to toot my own horn, but I’m efficient and really good at what I do.
Second, we’ll be flexible as the day goes on because inevitably things will come up that we didn’t plan for.
And third, we’ll have fun! This is serious business, but there’s no reason it can’t also be seriously fun too.