Rounding Corners

Here is a video that talks about supplies that will help you mock things up for clients or create small runs of things that you are selling in your online store.

Ways to Support Design Recharge

Leave a Review & Share with Your Friends

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Building Websites with WordPress Using the Elementor Plugin & the Divi Theme

My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Seriously a game changer, I fell in love with after using it to build a site from scratch. Not only was it doing the custom css code for me it also made the speed at which I was able to finish the site 10X faster. I am now loading this plugin to all my client sites. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:
http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

 

Audible: Get Two Free Books

Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15 (1 credit = 1 book). Often the price of the subscription is significantly less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Try Audible and get 2 free books:
http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Rapid Recharge // Thankful

Episode 277. Aired Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Or listen here:

First off I want to tell you how thankful I am for you. Thankful you are reading this, thankful you take time to spend with me live or watching or listening to the show each week.

This year has been a doozie. It has had its ups and downs. Thankfully more ups than downs but I am grateful for the downs too. They help me appreciate the ups even more.

I thought my world was going to change and it did, but not in the way I had planned.

That is often how it happens, we plan for ______ and we get something else. How we react is really what counts.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Here is what this Rapid Recharge episode is going to be about:

I want to tell you about the Change Cycle that Martha Beck talks about in her book, Finding Your Own North Star. I started this book when Oprah had a daily daytime talk show. HA HA. Talk about a slow reader. That I sure am. This year started off with a severe medical issue, that wound me up in the ER and in a horizontal position for the last week of 2017 and the first two weeks of 2018. In January I started my sabbatical, the first and only one I have had in 14 years. But it did not start off in the way I had thought. I was really sick and unable to do any work for the first 3 weeks. Seeing the good in this situation was difficult, but I definitely found it.

Sabbaticals are projects that allow you to travel and do things you can’t do during the regular semester because of time contraints, travel, etc. You have to apply for it and you can only apply for one every six years.

So we will talk about this change cycle. I finished the book two weeks ago. I also read, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic in the month of October. This was another one that revolutionized the way I was thinking.

This week I am excited to share what I have been learning with you. It is crazy and fun and I feel like it will be more real when I get to share it with you.

The taking action step is hard, the dreaming step is hard sometimes too for me. We will talk about these quadrants and how these four steps have become clearer to me in the last few weeks.

I am stoked to tell you about some conversations I have had, some things I have read, and things I have experienced that might also impact your work, your creativity, and your life.

Join us live each week and become part of the Design Recharge Family, subscribe and get the link to come to the live recording.

Sign up at http://www.rechargingyou.com

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My favorite way to build websites is with the Elegant Themes Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. I build all my sites with the Divi Theme which allow me to create custom sites that use business strategy specific for that client and my design knowledge to build an easy to use and update website for my clients. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:

http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

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Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15 (1 credit = 1 book). Often the price of the subscription is significantly less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Try Audible and get 2 free books:

http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

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Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Being Dramatic

I feel like when things start falling apart, the crumbling starts on ALL the edges. Sometimes it feels that way and we are just trying to hold our pie together. Maybe I am being dramatic, honestly nothing is falling apart. But sometimes having a job, running a side business, having a family (furry pets and people), seems like too much.

On top of that we are getting our house ready to sell, exciting for sure. Needless to say there is a lot to do. Yesterday I realized I had agreed to speak at an event but booked my ticket before I knew my time slot. oops. Well it is a big OOPS when you live in a town with an airport that has only five terminals. If you get my meaning? No one flies here directly, and there are few flights after a certain time, because almost all flights are connecting somewhere.

The fee to change the flight was $200 and it would mean another night stay AND missing another day of work. NOT GOOD. Prayers up for a solution, nothing is resolved yet.

So last week on the show I said that this week would be a Rapid Recharge, but I forgot that this week was supposed to be an off week of Design Recharge. I usually try and take off one week when we have a month with five Wednesdays. Our guest for next week had to reschedule. And because of that I was thinking of doing a three part Rapid Recharge.

WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!

Talk about placing more toppings on my pie that already feels like too full. And some of it I am doing to myself. Needless to say no show this week.
Ashleigh and I are working on filling the spot for next week. We have a few emails out and super excited about who it will possibly be. All options are AWESOME!

I am fine. I don’t want anyone to worry, but life has not been smooth lately. Lots of sick kitties, student issues, work issues, and this summer has been slow client-wise. Starting back to school is always a little stressful too. Meeting new students who have “heard” about me (heard that I am a hard teacher). Students call in a panic in need of classes, etc. All while I am trying to prep for classes, which is both exciting and nerve-racking especially when I am trying a new project or two.

I am asking your forgiveness and am going to take this week off and try and get the Patreon page up. Still working on the site update too, but it might have to wait til December when I have more than 1 week off.

Ok so that’s what’s up this week.

Too Much Info or are we ok. Let me know what your summer has been like in the comments below. Look for a pie painting later today.

Be a Champion and Date lots of Things Interview with Scotty Russell and the Perspective Podcast

Recently I was honored to be interviewed by Scotty Russell for the Perspective Podcast. I was stoked! I love Scotty and this podcast!

I have listened from its inception and have gotten so much out of it.

We talk about how I think designers are like beavers and how my superpower is connecting people. Want to listen to Scotty Russell’s interview with me? I would love to know what you think. Please share it below.

Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pp-078-be-champion-date-lots-things-diane-gibbs-design/id1142986267?i=1000411675867&mt=2

Talking Podcasting with Mark Hiron on the Creative Waffle podcast

This month has been full of amazing conversations with some incredible designers. This week the tables were turned on me, as I was interviewed by Mark Hiron from the UK for his podcast called Creative Waffle. You can find more about Mark and what he is doing on instagram at www.instagram.com/bluedeerdesign

 

Watch the episode: https://youtu.be/X-UTL7wYYa4

 

Listen to the podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-67-diane-gibbs-the-ultimate-guide-to-starting-a-podcast/id1209751340?i=1000410931311&mt=2

I am honored to have been featured on The Futur podcast with Chris Do

You can find me on the futur podcast with Chris Do in a two parter. This is part one. I am honored to have become friends with Chris and look forward to many more talks.

Episode 51 released today, April 30, 2018.

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-futur/id1209219220?mt=2&i=1000410269172

Chris also made a video about his trip and speaking at the conference. He is facing fear head on and this is such a great act of courage.

The Part Two episode of the Futur Podcast you can find here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/052-designer-and-podcaster-diane-gibbs-pt-2/id1209219220?i=1000411090965&mt=2

Jamal Collins // Teaching at Risk Kids to be Design Entrepreneurs

Episode 246. Aired on March 9, 2018

Jamal Collins grew up in Cleveland, by the time he was leaving high school Cocaine was the new thing. Many of his friends were dealing drugs and he knew he had a choice to make. He decided to go to college and studied graphic design. Jamal worked in the industry as a designer for years but was unfulfilled. He found his true passion and life’s work in what he is doing now.

Jamal is changing lives in Cleveland. He is teaching at risk youth design and how to think using creative problem solving skills. Talk about creating social change with your actions. Jamal is a living, breathing example of what you can do when you apply your talents and skills to help others.

I will be digging into Jamal’s story and sharing how we can help these Cleveland kids this week for $15–$20. Are you ready for that challenge? With $15 or $20 ticket you can pay for one kid to go to a 4-hour workshop on Saturday, March 10. HERE IS THE LINK: http://bit.ly/DR-Jamal

 

 

Follow Jamal:

http://jayworking.com/

Instagram: @jayworking

Twitter: @jayworking

Facebook: JWRKN

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Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/jayworking

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamalcollins1/

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