Interviewed on Logo Geek with Ian Paget

 

I am blessed to have such amazing friends who find me interesting enough to talk with. Ian Paget is one of those people I love chatting with and am reminded we should do it more often.

He is an inspiration to me. I think he is a Fear Stomper. Nothing holds him back. If you want to listen to my interview on his podcast Logo Geek, check out the link here. Or you can listen on Spotify here: Number 4.4

 

Love on Designers 2019

It is here, LOVE ON DESIGNERS. Kim Panella and I started this endeavor last year and had so much fun we are doing it again, with a little twist. We will still do a give-a-way each week and the theme for each week is the same as last year.

WEEK 1 is ENERGIZE

Take someone to coffee, bring someone a coffee or soda or red bull. Be positive energy for others in meetings this week. Kim and I are creating some great cards again and maybe you will create one or two of your own this month. We would love to see what you make that is inspired from the love on designers theme.<

Here are the prompts for this week, try and do one of these this week. Snap a photo and use the hashtag #loveondesigners when you post it.

Bring coffee or other energizing snack or beverage to a friend or colleague at their office. Meet someone for an energizing lunch or beverage break. Pay for a stranger’s coffee. Get a Coffee Pod sticker set and surprise someone with a coffee and a message of love. Post an energizing quote and tag a friend who could use some energizing (remember to use the #loveondesigners tag)

Week 2: ENCOURAGE

Create a post and share an encouraging word on social media specifically to someone who needs a lift. Tag them and use the hashtag #loveondesigners
Send an old fashioned letter to someone who you know who has been killing it in our industry.
Direct message someone and let them know you have seen their work and know how much time and energy they have been putting into it and it isn’t going unnoticed.

Week 3: RECHARGE

This is a week for you, so focus on you and giving you what you need this week. Shoot a picture and use the hashtag #loveondesigners this week and let us know how you are taking care of yourself this week.

Take a walk or a hike.
Do yoga.
Get a massage (manicure, pedicure).
Go to a movie.
Take a nap.

Do something that refuels you, take a picture and use the #loveondesigners.

Week 4: CONNECT

This week we want you to reach out to someone you don’t know and tell them how their work / life has inspired you.

Create a Social Media post and tag them (and us) telling them how they have inspired or helped you.
Reach out to a mentor and let them know how much they have meant to you.
Send a card to someone you have looked up to, to their office. Do a little digging and find the address. And craft an incredible envelope to go with the card.

I hope you will join us as we lift up the design community this month and spread the love.

 

Here is how to enter to win one of the five giveaways this month:

GIVEAWAY TIME! Tag 2 friends in the comments to enter the drawing for some of Kim’s and my favorite drawing and painting tools, plus a few cards to send to friends and people who inspire you, postcards which you can hang in your office, and a few special surprise bonus items!

Five winners will be randomly selected. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge. Five winners will be randomly selected from each week. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge. To be entered to win all you have to do is:
1. Following both Kim and I.
2. Comment and tag two friends to enter.
AND / OR
The last two weeks we will choose a person during the Feb 20st live show and during the Feb 27 live show. All you have to do is:
1. Come to the live show
2. Comment during the show

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

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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: 30-day Free Trial and one Free Audiobook

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. With this link you will receive a 30 day free trial, and a credit for a free audiobook download.

http://www.audibletrial.com/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 https://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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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