I have always loved setting goals- but this year I decided to do something different- I am only setting 4 goals.I think that will help me focus on them better. I am a person that is always evaluating each month on what I can improve, but there are some goals that I never take the time to set.. like things that I really want to do, and have good intentions, but never get around to doing. And here is some pure honesty: I have an easier time achieving some professional goals over personal goals. yikes. I think that is because I focus on them, and constantly write them down.
So this year- I am setting 4 goals- in the categories of: mental, physical, personal, and spiritual. I made this little sheet (that is 5×7) to print out and put on my fridge so that I can see them often. So- I share this with you- feel free to download, print, write all over, and share with your friends and family:
And what are some of my goals? I will tell you- I have tried to make them simple, and measurable this year.
I want to read a book each month (instead of watching tv)
I want to exercise 3-4 times a week (ok… after the baby comes.. hehe)
I want to plan 2-3 outings or fun activities with my daughter each week that will be fun & memorable each week (like going to museums, or special crafts, etc)
I want to take 5-10 minutes to ponder each day (without any computer devices, music, etc.. in complete silence)
And now after being so serious, here is something that makes me laugh every time I watch. My daughter LOVES to dance, and here she is jamming to Robyn’s “call your girlfriend.” If you haven’t seen the video.. you have got to watch it.. Maggie is a fan!
I am so sorry for the radio silence- things were so crazy before christmas, that taking off the 2 weeks for christmas was a necessary break.. and to be honest, I have had a hard time jumping back into the blogging world.
Part of that reason is that I have been soo busy with a lot going on here. Here is just some tiny snapshots of what I have been up to…
1. I finished up this 8 month project and launched this new designed website for Goldberger Dolls. I will post about the before and after later, and show more.. but it is so exciting to have it up!
2. Designed and finished up a logo for Adam Webb. I love how it turned out!
3. Been working like a crazy person on Altitude Design Summit. I have been designing posters, agenda, updating the website, newsletters… I don’t know- but it has been crazy. And I can barely contain my excitement for the conference!
4. Been designing fliers, newsletters, and a website for Gatehouse No1. We are hoping their NEW website can launch soon, and it is exciting to see how it is progressing!
So with Maggie, I scheduled my maternity shoot 2 1/2 weeks before she was born.. and as luck would have it, I went into labor 2 days beforehand… and she was born the day of my shoot. So.. I have absolutely no photos that I love from that pregnancy.
This time around, I was determined to do a better job capturing my pregnancy… So when I was about 5 1/2 months pregnant, I had Yan take these amazing photos… There were so many good ones, but I have tried to narrow down to my favorite. She was so fun to take pictures with- looking back now I can see my bump is TINY, but at the time, I did feel huge. But Yan has an amazing way with people, and just makes you feel so beautiful… it was one of the funnest shoots ever.
I can’t believe how tiny I was a few months ago… let me assure you, I am MUCH much bigger now.. I am actually taking pictures today to document my hugeness!
A little christmas cheer from the Burk clan to all of yours! Our christmas cards are all sent out, but as always- there are a few stragglers in the mail. Here is a digital version of it (it was folding, so kind of hard to re-create..) I hope your holidays are full of family, friends, happiness and love!
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love getting together with family, giving thanks, and of course- eating delicious food. This particular season, I am feeling very grateful for so many things. This past week I have witnessed a few things which have made me feel especially humbled by all of the amazing blessings I have in my life.
Some quotes on Gratitude that I love:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melodie Beattie)
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” (Albert Schweitzer)
Have you stopped to list the things you are grateful for? I always find it amazing how my list can go on and on. So on this week of gratitude I give you a free download. It’s an 8×10 that you can print out, make your own gratitude list, and put it somewhere where you can see it. You will be glad you did!
It’s the week before Thanksgiving- and its been a week full of awesome things. It has been a little crazy- with moving offices, lots of projects tying up, my daughter’s birthday, (and a bit of sickness worked into there too) But I am so excited with all of the things going on- and so to you my dear readers and clients- I just want to say THANK YOU!. Thanks for supporting me in all of this fun, fun work I get to do.
What to check out if you haven’t already:
1. My new wrapping paper selling at Bijou today and tomorrow, and soon online. (stay posted!)
2. My app called Make it Pop– an educational app for kids is for sale on Itunes, and being featured by Apple on New & Noteworthy.
So to celebrate all of these good things- I give you this free download- please print, share, and spread some thanksgiving cheer! (and spread some word on my apps, wrapping paper, and other stuff too please!!)
The past 6 months have been a whirlwind for me of work and sickness from this pregnancy- I have been so caught up with my busy day to day schedule and my never ending to-do list. In the midst of all of this- I have been asking myself how I could make a bigger impact on my community. Not just my local community, but this wonderful online community. As a result of much thought, brainstorming, and work, I am launching this new project called Create Change.
So what is create change?
Every two weeks I will be picking a new topic. These will range from fun, lighthearted topics, to serious, heavy problems that exist in our society. I will be posting stats, information, quotes, and anything that can inspire and inform- but in a well-designed way. Every week I will have a free download available that is centered around the topic at hand, and a challenge co-ordinating with that download. These challenges and downloads will hopefully encourage all of us to create change in the world- to be aware of these issues and topics- and to impact all of those we meet in a positive way. Each week I will also be featuring real life stories and experiences from friends, family, and readers.
My hope is that each of us can recognize not only the bad problems in our society and community, but also the good and beautiful that exists in each of us. I hope that together we can “create change” in ourselves, and in our communities.
So are you ready? Check back tomorrow for the first post on this week’s topic: collaboration!
Yes, I had to break the blogging silence* to pay respect to Steve Jobs today. My life has been profoundly changed by everything he has created- my design career would be so different without my computer, ipad, etc.
My brother emailed me a quote from a wired interview with Steve Jobs from a few years back. (found via Wall Street Journal Blog) It is one of the most lovely quotes on design I have heard- and I thought it fitting to post today.
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Thank you Steve Jobs for the great life you lived!
*in other news, I am about to launch a bunch of new decelopments which will greatly explain the blogging absence.