I'll be honest with you; I really don't feel like blogging. I haven't blogged all month. I've had a really good excuses to not blog. My trip to Romania ate up two of the past three Fridays, and shear exhaustion overpowered me on this last one. (Plus, isn't Kristen supposed to blog every now and then!?) At any rate, I am out of the proverbial grove, so I just don't want to do it. Blogging, however, is important, and I say it's important. Therefore, I am putting my keyboard where my mouth is, and I am blogging.
A couple of weeks ago, I went down to Valdosta for a few days. On my way out of town, I stopped by a did a few interviews with Albany CEO. The guys over there know me pretty well, and they know that I love to read. So, the asked me about some of the books I had read that would be helpful for people in a creative business. Hands down, my number one recommendation to anyone business owner in a creative field is Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull*.
The Albany, GA community has been very good to me, and I try to be very good to it. In addition to doing everything I can to improve the visual presentation of my clients, I try to be involved in community service opportunities as well. I don't say this to toot my own horn; I say this to preface the fact that we live in both a local community and a global community. I am a citizen of the Albany area, but I am also a citizen of this world. It is my desire to "give back" (if you will) to this local community. It is also my goal to reach beyond this local community to other parts of the world.
Symbols have been all the rage lately, haven't they? A symbol of a woman will be on the $10 bill. A symbol of the Confederacy will not be flying in South Carolina. (Or will it? I can't keep up.) A symbol of the rainbow has taken over facebook profiles pictures. And soon the symbol of America will be affixed to nearly every home. With all of this talk about symbols, it's good to know that everyone has a firm grasp on what symbols are and are not. Oh, wait—they don't. Not to worry, I am here to help. Let's talk about what symbols are, how they are good/bad, how to use them for business and maybe get just a little bit political.
As some may know, I am getting married in less than a month! As excited as I am, I must say the planning can be quite overwhelming. There are many factors to consider and hundreds of choices to make. I've had to make so many decisions regarding flowers, cakes, chairs, photographers, food, etc that I'm even feeling a little worked up just writing about it now! However, one key point my fiancé continues to remind me is this: At the end of the day, we will still be married. If there aren't enough chairs, we will still be married. If the food isn't tasty, we will still be married. If the flowers wilt, the cake falls over or the guests refuse to dance, we will still be married. I then realize that I've placed too much pressure on the details, when I needed to focus on the big picture. The same can be true with websites.