Feel the fear and do it anyways right? Let me tell you a little story about when I first started J. Isabel Designs almost two and a half years ago. I was nervous, intimidated, and fearful, but I was also hopeful, fresh, and inspired. I made big jumps, faced challenges, grew, and moved at a whirlwind speed through that first year. Once I had one year down I felt like I could take on the world. Things seemed to be going up. Then we came to year two. Even BIGGER accomplishments
Think back to your childhood or a time in your early years when you experienced your first best friend. Yea we all have a little girl or little boy in school that we were attached to, and had endless sleepovers and play dates, but if you really think about it, there was probably a special pet that comes to mind. I was lucky to meet my best friend at 15. My family moved from California to Washington state for a few brief years because of my Dad's job, and although we have sinc
Craving more genuine connections. How many of us have experienced:
Left on read.
Hit you up because I’m bored.
Oops I forgot to respond...for a week.
U up? Sorry I was busy. What is a friend? It is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." -Aristotle Recently read the tragic story of a man who committed suicide because he asked for help and nobody was there to support him. His friend was busy, and by the time he got there, it was too late. Coincidentally, I wrote this post t
UGH Her feed is better than mine. How come I didn’t think of that? Why am I not more creative? I should have done that too. I’m so behind. The above statements have been uttered by yours truly a few times over the last week. In creative business, in small business, and in life, it’s tough not to get discouraged at times. I get frustrated. I let comparison ruin some days. I lose my mind a little on some days. I’m human. My emotions can sway my confidence. My hormones fluctuate
2018 has been a wild ride already babes! So much has happened in these last few months that has changed who I am, where my business is headed, and what my future looks like. I stepped away from blogging for a bit to focus on both personal and business growth, but now I'm back! I'm inspired, motivated, and excited! Now let's get real. Things have been a little interesting around here. I have gone through some relationship changes, some business changes, and some personal strug
Right around this time of year, we start to think of the things that we are thankful for. Maybe it is because we are reminded of those things when our families come together, when we feel more connected, and when we experience more intimate settings around the holidays. Maybe it's because your mom asked you to come up with something around the dinner table, or maybe it's simply because you are trying to think of something interesting to post on Instagram. 🤷🏼♀️ Either way,
When asked what you fear most, what comes to mind? Spiders? Public speaking? Not finding true love? We all have different fears, and various reasons for having them. Often our fears are locked tightly away somewhere in the back of our minds, and only come out to play when their safe hiding place might be threatened. Many of us have had to face our biggest fears, but some of us live with them hidden just beneath the shadows. What do I fear most? Failure. For most of my life I
Some of you have been following me for a while, and some of you have just joined my journey with J. Isabel Designs. Admittedly, you have all been a big inspiration and some of my most powerful motivation. This journey has been tough, but one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences at the same time. To be able to do something that you love, and express yourself creatively is a gift that I will not take for granted. I have been in business for almost a year and a half no
What does being authentic really mean? Does it mean doing what everyone else does and calling it unique? No. Does it mean stealing another's ideas and claiming them as your own? No. Being authentic means being real and genuine. It means being you. There is only one of you. One of you with your ideas. One of you with your eyes, and your smile, and your thoughts, and your emotions. That is the you that you should share with the world. Who really wants to see a bunch of copies?
Letting go is never easy. Letting go of expectations. Letting go of hopes and dreams. Letting go of love. These things that we fear are what keep us up at night, and haunt our thoughts during the day. We fear losing. We fear missing out. We fear not being good enough or enough at all. Why do we fear these things? Is it because we want others to believe in things that we don't even believe in? Is it for the show? Is it for the false image we strive to create so that nobody see
Some days you just feel lost. You are confused. You have no direction. You wake up with no intentions of getting out of bed, and yet you eventually manage to peel back the covers, roll over, and feel the cold floor beneath your weary feet. These are the days that lack motivation, inspiration and personal drive. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but you feel as though you have let everyone down. You feel like you have let yourself down. Things are not going well. Things are not