Make the Most from Your Investment: Attending Conferences & Workshops

How To Make the Most from Attending a Conference or Workshop | Ashlee Proffitt

I am an enormously vocal proponent of conferences, workshops and retreats. Not only do I strongly believe that continued education is of utmost importance, I also believe that seeking opportunities to be in community and to make lasting friendships with people who can identify with our struggles and joys is invaluable.

I am currently packing my bags for such an opportunity! I will be heading to the Inspired Retreat in just a few days and although I am a speaker (so fun!!!) I have so much to learn and so many new friendships to make. I cannot wait!

The challenge for many of us is this at although we save and invest, anticipate and value the experience, we can easily be too overwhelmed to make the most of our time while attending a conference or a workshop. I have listed here a few helpful tips that allow me to fully engage and make the most of my time and investment in these experiences.

  1. Finish Your Work. Make a list of the most pressing work related tasks and do your best to complete those tasks a few days before you leave. As a type a, driven woman, the tendency can be to try and tackle the world before leaving for a trip. Instead of trying to finish every major project you have ever started, plan to tackle only the most pressing and important projects.
  2. To Do List. Make a to-do list for your first work day back in the office. It can be hard to get back in work rhythm and even remember where you left off with each client so making a list while you are still fully dialed in to the projects will ensure that you don’t skip a beat when you get back to work. This simple action also allows you to not feel the pressure to complete every little project before leaving because you have given it space in your calendar to actually complete.
  3. Communicate to Clients. Let all your current clients know that you will be out of the office, where you will be and for how long. Let them know ahead of time that communication will be minimal, if at all. Make sure to include the most immediate tasks that will be addressed once you are back in the office, this assures your client that you are on top of their project and that they are valued by you.
  4.  Auto Responder.  This is the single most important action you can do while you will be away from the office. Having an auto-responder active will let everyone who contacts you know where you are (obtaining education in craft, etc.)  and set the expectation about when you will return their email. This small action gives you the freedom to not even open email while away. And we all know how amazing that freedom can feel. Embrace and enjoy your time away. Don’t spend it in email or worrying about the fact that you aren’t able to check it.
  5. Home + Family Responsibilities.  My primary responsibility is my family. I have 3 children and a husband who look to me for lots of things. In my preparation to leave there are a few things I do my very best to take care of beforehand so that while I am away I am not endlessly worrying (and they are having the optimal amount of stress-free fun.)
    1. Meal Plan – I create a simple meal plan and go over it with my husband. If I am super ambitious I may even prep a few of the meals for him. Not super likely but a great idea. ;)
    2.  Stock the Fridge – A meal plan is worthless if husband has to take 3 kids to the grocery store. Even I hate that.
    3. Schedule – If necessary (i.e. mama does most of the taxiing) write out a schedule for the days you will be gone. Where everyone needs to be and when.
    4. Need To Know – Make a note of anything you do that maybe sweet husband or a sitter does not know or anything out of the ordinary that is happening while you are gone (school projects or special appointments)
    5. Special Letters + Presents - This may seem silly but I write each little (and husband) a little love note and leave it for them to see after I have gone. I just want them to know that I love them more than even this great opportunity and that even though I am really excited about it, I am thinking about them the most. I sometimes throw in a special treat for them too. A new small toy or a gift card for their favorite fro yo place to enjoy while I’m gone.
  6. Attendees.  Try your best to get to know who else will be attending the workshop. Use social media to your advantage and ask who will be going. Some conferences and workshops create a facebook group where the other attendees will introduce themselves. Read the introductions and ‘get to know them.’ This simple action gives you a headstart to making those meaningful connections.
  7. Speakers. Who are the speakers? What are they speaking about? Can you think of specific questions you would like to ask them? This is a great opportunity to hear candid answers to your questions, so come ready to pick their brains!

I hope gives you a tangible way to make the most of your next workshop/conference experience!

 

April Desktop + Iphone Wallpapers

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Hello April!

I pray your April is off to a great start.  I pray especially that as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus this Easter weekend you would celebrate the living hope we have in Him; because we serve a God who is not dead, but one who is ALIVE. And that same living God deeply loves you today and desires to be near you. And at your absolutely worst, that’s the moment He died for you. Trust in Him and His love for you.

Enjoy these wallpapers.

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee ProffittFree Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

To use Desktop WallpaperClick on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock ScreenClick on the links below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

ENJOY!

PLEASE NOTE
The Ashlee Proffitt free monthly wallpapers are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Choosing a Branding Designer

Choosing Your Branding Designer by Ashlee Proffitt

Branding is a buzz word among creative entrepreneurs. Something that many now offer their expertise and opinion on. But when it comes down to it choosing a branding a designer one must consider 3 things.

  1. Expertise & Experience
    • Education: While a graphic design degree is not a must it sure is an added bonus. Some type of education is definitely necessary though; whether it is studying under an experienced branding designer or taking classes through a local college or even online. Training and education give opportunities for designers to learn the fundamentals of strong design, what works, what doesn’t work, to gain invaluable feedback on their own creative work and to hone their skills (before getting their hands on your very important project.)
    • Experience: What experience does your designer have? The benefit of an experienced designer is a fluidity in the way they work and creatively produce. An experienced designer has created and put into place systems and processes that enable the best end result. While a designer who has less experience may achieve the same end result (a strong, powerful new brand!) the process getting to that end result may be a bit more arduous as the experienced designer has simply had more time to work out all those kinks.
  2. Testimonials & Portfolio
    • Testimonials: You can learn a lot about a designer by the types of clients they have previously worked with. What do previous clients say about the designer, the work, the end result, the process? If testimonials are not posted, simply ask for a list of previous clients during your inquiry and send them a message. This is a normal request and one that you should feel free to make before investing in such a major project with both your finances and your time.
    • Portfolio: Is there a portfolio available on their website? Is the portfolio extensive (more than a handful of projects)? Does the portfolio display a range of details that are included within the project so you can see examples of what is included in the branding package? Is there a range of ability and general design application.
  3. Style, Aesthetic & Being a Good Fit
    • Style & Aesthetic: Does the designer’s approach to branding fit your style and aesthetic? Does his/her general style and aesthetic resonate with you? Do you generally like the work they produce?
    • A Good Fit: Are there opportunities in the designer’s process to get to know one another before committing to an entire branding project? Together you will be creating the foundation for your business. Branding is not just about a logo but instead a set of carefully executed decisions that makeup the entirety of your clients’ experience; so, ensuring that the designer is a good fit (the one who will be assisting you in making all of those decisions) is absolutely necessary. Do the two of you connect easily? Is it relatively easy to communicate with him/her? Do you feel heard, understood and valued?

This is for certain not an exhaustive list but it is a great place to start when choosing a branding a designer.


Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

 

Branding: Absolutely In! Events

 

Absolutely In! Events Branding Inspiration by Ashlee Proffitt

I had the privilege and absolutely joy of working with an amazing team of ladies for this latest brand reveal. Absolutely In! Events is an event planning company with killer taste and an incredible drive to be the best at what they do all while genuinely loving and serving their clients in the sweetest of ways.

We started the branding process by creating the inspiration board above and used that as our framework for building the brand elements, collateral pieces and website that followed. Along with the inspiration board the Absolutely In! team worked through in-depth branding homework that helped us define the new brand.

Brand Words
  • Luxury
  • Sophisticated
  • Modern
  • Upscale
  • Classic
  • Fun
Visual Aesthetic Words
  • clean
  • modern
  • luxurious
 

The final product is just amazing and so gorgeous. I am so proud of this team of women who worked hard to develop a brand that truly represents their style and aesthetic. Congratulations Absolutely In!

Absolutely In! Events Brand Elements by Ashlee ProffittAbsolutely In! Events Print Collateral by Ashlee ProffittAbsolutely In! Events Website by Ashlee Proffitt

Go check out Absolutely In! Events and give them some love! They deserve it!


 

Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

March Desktop & IPhone Wallpapers

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Happy March friends! I’m taking the wallpapers in a slightly different direction and I am excited to see where this opportunity for creativity leads.

I pray your March is just wonderful.  Full of much hope and truth and joy. May you see Him more deeply today. And I pray these desktop and iPhone wallpapers bring a bit of beauty to your everyday.

Thank you Shay Cochrane and the SC Stockshop for the gorgeous images this past year! We loved collaborating! Make sure to continue taking advantage of the gorgeous free images from the SC Stockshop Monthly Newsletter (and amazing business advice!) Sign-up here!

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To use Desktop WallpaperClick on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock ScreenClick on the links below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

ENJOY!

PLEASE NOTE
The Ashlee Proffitt free monthly wallpapers are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Valentine Printable: Basketball, Legos & Hearts

My world currently revolves around three things. Basketball, legos and all things girl related. I love how this simple DIY project so wonderfully depicts my blessed life right now.

And just in case you have a basketball lover, lego lover or sweet girly girl on your hands I thought you might like these Valentine cards too. Enjoy! (Directions for use posted below.)

Sweetheart Valentine Printable | by Ashlee ProffittSweetheart Valentine Printable | by Ashlee Proffitt
Sweethearts Valentine

 

Lego Valentine Printable | by Ashlee Proffitt Lego Valentine Printable | by Ashlee Proffitt
Lego Valentine

 

 Basketball Valentine Printable | by Ashlee ProffittBasketball Valentine Printable | by Ashlee Proffitt
Basketball Valentine


DIRECTIONS
  1. click the link below the corresponding image
  2. download and save to your computer
  3. print
  4. cut in quarters (size is 4.25 x 5.5 before folding)
  5. fold each card in half
  6. have child write their friends’ names on the back of each card and sign 
  7. staple to bag of treats

 All printables are for personal use only.

Get Inspired!

I am beyond EXCITED (and so very honored!!) to share that I will be speaking at Inspired 2015 presented by Amber Housley; an amazing retreat experience for creative women entrepreneurs to grow, connect and be inspired.

Inspired Retreat Presented by Amber Housley | InspiredtheRetreat.com

I had the joy of speaking at the Inspired 2014 Retreat where I met incredible, incredible women, made new amazing friends, learned SO much and came back inspired to make big changes within my business.

I may have gone to teach but I walked away having learned more than I could have ever imagined. And I have no doubt that this year’s Inspired Retreat (I mean, look at this amazing speaker lineup!) will not disappoint.

Inspired Retreat Presented by Amber Housley | InspiredtheRetreat.comInspired Retreat Presented by Amber Housley | InspiredtheRetreat.com

Since Inspired 2014, I have learned so much and I cannot wait to share all that goodness with this year’s attendees. I will be speaking about branding (my favorite topic!!), a topic that is widely talked about in the creative world but rarely taught in a way that is super practical and easily applied. I hope to do just that; give practical, real help to your branding questions and needs.

Meet me there friend. Let’s sit in rocking chairs listening to the waterfall with coffee in hand and chat the night away. I want to help you right where you are; whether that’s with branding or business strategy or just the everyday workings of life; join me.

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DETAILS

  • When: April 19-22
  • Where: The Inn at Evins Mill 
  • Learn more about this amazing community and the mission of the Inspired Retreat at http://www.inspiredtheretreat.com

BONUS!

  • When you register for the Inspired Retreat and use code ASHLEEPROFFITT you will receive an additional $200 off the already reduced early bird rates! Early bird rates end February 15 and this retreat will sell out so don’t wait, register today!!

Inspired Retreat Presented by Amber Housley | InspiredtheRetreat.com


Gorgeous photos by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography 

 

Hello February! Desktop + IPhone Wallpapers!

Hello February! January was a beautiful month for me (and I pray for you as well!!) as I purposely slowed down and limited my tasks to only that which was of utmost importance. It has been a brilliant way to clear my mind and heart as I seek direction for 2015. (More on all of that later!)

I pray your 2015 has been off to a great start. I pray you are settling into your 2015 goals, pursuing them one small step at a time. Remember, this is not a sprint but a marathon. Do one small thing to work towards those goals every day. February is the perfect time to pull out all of those goals you shouted to the world on January 1st and quickly forgot about (me too!) Pull them out and review them this week and then set small steps for each on to focus on this month. I am about to go do that very thing!

I pray your February is beautiful. And I pray these desktop and iPhone wallpapers bring a bit of joy and inspiration to your everyday.

Thank you Shay Cochrane and the SC Stockshop for the gorgeous Valentine inspired image! It’s white on white on white with a hint of pink which means it is absolutely perfect!! If you have not done so yet, sign up to receive an SC Stockshop image free to your inbox once a month along with purposeful and intentional business (life!) tips! Sign-up here!

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To use Desktop WallpaperClick on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock ScreenClick on the links below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

ENJOY!

Happy New Year!! Desktop + IPhone Wallpapers

Happy New Year sweet friends!

I pray your 2014 ended beautifully as you reflected on God’s abundant grace and provision. And I pray that your 2015 is off to a great start as you look forward to His working in miraculous ways in the days to come.

I pray too that these pretty wallpapers will bring joy to your everyday!

Thank you Shay Cochrane and the SC Stockshop for the gorgeous celebratory image! It’s perfect!! If you have not done so yet, sign up to receive an SC Stockshop image free to your inbox once a month along with purposeful and intentional business (life!) tips! Sign-up here!

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To use Desktop CalendarClick on the image below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper. Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog

To use iPhone Lock ScreenClick on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

To use iPhone Lock Screen: Click on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’ To use iPhone Lock Screen: Click on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’


Desk Calendar with Monthly Bible Verse | by Ashlee Proffitt | shop.ashleeproffitt.com

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