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
#girlboss Small business life often comes across as this glamorous existence where you quit your 9-5 and make millions of dollars to stay home and play. Let me hit you with some reality. That's not the case. Even the most successful creative entrepreneurs, girl bosses, and small business owners will tell you that it often takes more work and effort than any job they have ever held. Having your own business means you are held accountable for everything. You must set your sched
Well first off let's say congratulations, because you made it. Some days you didn't know if you would, or if you even could. I am so proud of you. I know that you have worked so hard to get to where you are now, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. It's tough, this life we live. It can get you down. It drags you through the mud, it rains on your parade, and then it hands you the most beautiful flowers. I'm sure you have had your share of ups and downs, but I know y
You two have been a shining light in my life for a few years now. I cannot thank you enough for the guidance, support, and love that you have shown me. You treat me like family, you love me like your own, and you have inspired me with your wit, enthusiasm, and the adventures that you have lived. I cannot begin to explain how much your wisdom has brought me peace and allowed me to remain optimistic for my future. The life that you have lived in your combined years is something
Hey stranger, The first time you ( think) you fall in love is one of the weirdest and most intense roller coasters you will ever experience. New feelings, uncharted emotional waters, and the introduction to a person that can do no wrong. No matter what they do or say, you show up with bells on ready to be the one person that they can lean on, call for support, cherish, love, admire, and be themselves with, so you hope. When you have crushes, they hurt, but when you think that
Dear almost lover, I still think about you from time to time. I wonder what we could have been. I wonder how our relationship would have formed. What bothers me the most is that my feelings never changed, but our circumstances would not allow us to be together. When I first met you, I appreciated how bold you were, how forward you were about your feelings for me, and how you jumped in head first. I wasn't like that after all that I've been through. You said you were different
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
Brave girl, never settle again. It has taken me years to love myself, to trust myself, and to be myself, and I am damn sure not going to let anyone talk me into accepting less than what I deserve, being treated as less than I am, and striving for less than what I am capable of achieving. Often we settle for friendships, relationships, and careers that are not for us, that do not serve us, and that do not make us happy. We must stop this pattern of settling for less! We deserv
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,
The holidays are here! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and we all know how I feel about Christmas! 🙈 ( It's just the most important holiday ever!) Ok... I might be little biased because my birthday is the day after. 🤷🏼♀️ Gifting is my passion as you know, and before starting my business I was all about holiday gift shopping starting in about June. No lie, I'm a nut. A well prepared nut. 🤣 You too can be well prepared this holiday season wi
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
What is a hater? Someone who doesn't like you? Someone who is jealous? Someone who doesn't appreciate your successes? This term means different things to everyone, but I think we can all agree that we have faced this negativity before. In everyday life, we may face haters if we are successful, if we are perceived as attractive, or if we are in some way intimidating to someone else. I believe this is a more positive perspective on this topic as others may think haters come fro
Donut stop believing. Does anybody else sit and think about the future? What will I be doing in 5 years? In 10 years? What will I look like? Who will I love? Who will love me? Where will I be? I have been asking myself these questions a lot lately, and sometimes I get a little overwhelmed thinking about the possible outcomes. If you didn't already know, I am 25 years old, single, and do not have any children. My future is a book of open pages ready to be filled with new adven
Ah, graduation. A time in your life that is both wonderful and scary. What's next? Do you have a plan? Now is when your future begins, they say. Whether you are fresh out of High School, or flipping the tassel after four years of College, the occasion deserves a grand celebration. Why is graduation so important? Because you did it! You made it! Against all odds. Despite a significant lack of sleep, moments that lacked focus or direction, and despite the days where you did not
Hello world of opportunities. 👋🏻🌎 Whether you are still in High School, fresh out of college, or all settled into your new house with your new husband, there is always an opportunity to find your passion and chase it with open arms. Are you seeking something that makes you want to jump out of bed everyday? I'm talking about something more than your amazing family, or your adorable dog's wagging tail and smiling face in the morning, but something a bit more personal than th