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Creative Courses for a Spring Refresh

April 10, 2015

Lately I’ve been inspired to take some online classes to improve my skills and learn new ones. Eventually I’d like to offer an e-course or e-book of my own, but until then I want to share the ones I’ve come across that I know you would love. As a bonus, Craftsy is offering 50% off their popular classes today through Sunday! Without further ado, here are my picks:

Crafting and DIY:

  • Craftsy – Jewelry & Paper Crafts // Several courses in this category on scrapbooking and jewelry making techniques. I want to take Cardmaking Essentials so I can stop running to the store every time I need to send a card!
  • Craftsy – Photography & Art // A variety of courses teaching drawing and photo editing techniques, depending on your skill level. Personally, I’d like to learn about painting Pet Portraits!
  • Brit + Co – Hand-lettering Basics // Crash course in hand-lettering with Danielle ($19.99) – I want to learn how the pros do their lettering, definitely taking this one.
  • Brit + Co – Sewing 101 // A 1 hour sewing class with Roxy ($19.99), this is your chance to stop talking about it and finally learn the basics.

Web Design:

  • Make WP Work – WordPress, Simplified // e-book by Lisa at Elembee ($20); Lisa also has a course called Code Create Now. Registration is now closed but you can sign up for an email reminder when the next course opens up.
  • Don’t Fear the Internet – Basic HTML & CSS for Non-Web Designers // A free resource for designers who want to learn more about web, by Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer
  • Codecademy – Make a Website // One of their many free courses to teach you how to code!


  • Braid Creative – Shape Up Your Content // This is their current course open for registration. Also see their future courses, all targeted to creative entrepreneurs
  • Marketing for Creatives // An e-book by April at Blacksburg Belle to help you market your creative products
  • Design Is A Job // e-book by Mike Monteiro, teaches designers how to be better at business

You can probably tell I’ll be brushing up on my web design skills and working on my business in the coming months. There’s so much available to learn online, you just have to pick one and dive in!

Your turn: What skills are you wanting to learn this spring? Please recommend any creative courses that we should know about!

{Photo via Death to Stock}

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101 Goals in 1001 Days

October 21, 2013

I started keeping a life list as a teenager, after reading an article in Seventeen about Mandy Moore’s “60 Things I Want to Do Before I’m 30.” I’ve always been a dreamer with big, sometimes unattainable goals, but these kept me going when I was bored with small town life. Now I’m 25, and I still keep a list, though my interests have changed from “Get a spot on the cheerleading squad” and “Become a movie actress” to owning a business and getting out of debt. The monster dream goals are still there, just different. I’ve found I don’t make much progress without accountability and deadlines, so when I read Patti Murphy’s 101 Things in 1001 Days, I was inspired to create my own and share it with you!

Finish date: Friday, July 8, 2016

I figured that date out here.

  1. Write a list of 101 things
  2. Inspire someone else to write their own list – let me know if you do!
  3. Share on my blog 20 of the 101 things accomplished
  4. Sell my work in a retail store
  5. Have my art displayed in a public place of business
  6. Try 10 new restaurants // Bento Cafe, Cantina Laredo (Nov 2013), Secret Garden Cafe, zetaDaruma (Dec 2013), Copper, The Blind Rabbit, The Verandah (Jan 2014), Safe Harbor, MOJO Kitchen (Mar 2014)
  7. Get involved with the Pi Beta Phi alum club in Jacksonville // Christmas brunch (Dec 2013)
  8. Attend an Alabama Football Game Watch Party
  9. Go to a Zumba Class
  10. Design and order new business cards
  11. Plan a trip to Europe
  12. Collaborate with a brand I love // Started working for Dave Ramsey’s Live Events team (2015)
  13. Audition for an acting role // Cast as Extra on ABC’s “Nashville!” (S3:E19 & S4:E4)
  14. Find a church we love in Jacksonville
  15. Explore our new city of Jacksonville
  16. Run a 5K race each year // The Color Run Cincinnati (2013)
  17. Create a series of paintings
  18. Set up a weekly workout schedule
  19. Organize my digital photos
  20. Organize my iTunes music
  21. Complete Baby Step 2 of the Total Money Makeover, a.k.a. pay off our loans
  22. Learn to play 5 songs on my guitar
  23. Make and list 100 items in my Etsy store // currently 12
  24. List more items in my shop on Society6 
  25. Participate in The Sketchbook Project
  26. Create our wedding photo book with Blurb
  27. Take a surfing lesson
  28. Enter the Minted Design Challenge // decided this is not something I want to do, see for my reasoning. 
  29. Learn basic sewing tricks
  30. Take a Spanish course // Beginner course on
  31. Finish a painting
  32. Illustrate a children’s book
  33. Take a tennis lesson
  34. Swim with dolphins
  35. Write an article for a magazine
  36. Go white water rafting
  37. Eat macarons
  38. Attend a Dance Trance class
  39. Take a ballroom dance class
  40. Set up and decorate our new condo in Jacksonville
  41. Attend 5 craft shows as a vendor
  42. Launch a collaborative series on my blog
  43. Attend a blogging conference // Business Boutique Nashville 2015 (not blogging, but it definitely counts!)
  44. Attend Pi Beta Phi Convention in Chicago // missed 2015, couldn’t afford! Adding to next list for 2017
  45. Connect with other bloggers in my area
  46. Visit 3 new states in the US // North Carolina (2014), Texas (2016)
  47. Visit 10 new cities // Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada (July 2014); Gainesville, FL; Charlotte, NC (2014), Dallas, TX (2016)
  48. Get professional photography done for my business
  49. Have a friend or professional take a portrait for my website
  50. Learn to take better photos
  51. Ride a hot air balloon
  52. Do yoga on the beach
  53. Start my newsletter
  54. Hire an intern or employee
  55. Have my studio or apartment published on a major blog or online magazine
  56. Publish an E-Book
  57. Visit a bar featured on Bar Rescue
  58. Make a media kit for my blog
  59. Visit 3 local breweries // Seven Bridges, Zeta Brewing Co (Jacksonville 2014),
  60. Go to a music festival
  61. Purchase a new desk(s) // Goodwill find for $20!
  62. Be able to do 40 push-ups without stopping
  63. Make 5 DIY items from Pinterest
  64. Make 10 recipes from Pinterest // 1. Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings 2. Easy Chicken Santa Fe 3. Orange Chicken Stirfry 4. Cheesy Sausage Tortellini 5. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (didn’t like) 6. Spinach and Artichoke Melts 7. Rolled Banana Snacks
  65. Collaborate with another blogger
  66. Take trapeze lessons
  67. Start Baby Step 3 of the Total Money Makeover (a.k.a. 3-6 months of emergency savings)
  68. Create a series of paintings
  69. Open a retirement account (Roth IRA or 401K)
  70. See Cirque du Soleil
  71. Buy nice beach flip-flops // early birthday gift! (April 2014)
  72. Buy and maintain live indoor plants
  73. Attend a show at fashion week
  74. Take a self defense class
  75. Take a course to improve my business
  76. Read 10 non-fiction books // Creative, Inc, The FabYOUList, The $1000 Challenge, Getting Things Done, The Renaissance Soul, #GIRLBOSS, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters, Heaven is for Real (2014), Lean In, The Money Answer Book (2015)
  77. Read 10 fiction books // Legends (2013), 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey, Alice in Tumblr-land, The Girl Who Was on Fire, Shadow Souls, Across the Universe, A Million Suns, Shades of Earth, Divergent, The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2014)
  78. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  79. Raise money for MDA
  80. Build a second website for a personal project // She Rates Fitness
  81. Finish a scrapbook
  82. Finish one journal or sketchbook
  83. Attend an AIGA event // Mentor Match May 2015
  84. Take outfit photos and post them on the blog
  85. Decorate and furnish our guest room / office
  86. Decorate and furnish my new workspace
  87. Buy and install curtain rods 
  88. Buy new coffee table and end tables
  89. Bake cupcakes
  90. Host a dinner party
  91. Create an organizing solution for the new pantry
  92. Save money to buy a house // Spring Hill, TN (May 2016)
  93. Plan and decorate a party for a client
  94. Design a full website for a client
  95. Design a wedding stationery suite for a client
  96. Establish a relationship with a local printer // Dagher Printing (Mar 2014)
  97. Work outside whenever possible // When I was freelancing in Jacksonville; my fave spots were the local beach Starbucks and the tiki hut picnic table at our condo.
  98. Create DIY projects for my home and take photos of the progress
  99. This one is a *Secret // Can’t tell, this goes with secret below : )
  100. This one is also a **Secret
  101. Put $10 in savings for each goal accomplished