• Design,  Faith,  Life

    Vivian: Hope in Chaos

    You may have noticed a new design popping up in my shop and on my social media pages. It has been a work in progress for several months now, so I am really excited to get to share it with you today! Now that art is my vocation, I am very mindful of the fact that my feelings and circumstances impact what I create. Sometimes these factors make it difficult to be creative. Other times, it is these very factors that provide inspiration – and that was the case with this new design. The last few months have been quite chaotic. It has been a true “busy season” of life, coupled with many unexpected twists…

  • Creative Living,  Design,  Faith,  Life,  Style

    Creative Living: Style

    It has been a little while since I wrote the last two parts of my series on Creative Living, so here is a quick recap… The purpose of this series is to share three ways that I express creativity in daily life apart from art and design in order to encourage you to look for little joys in your daily life and surroundings. So far, I have shared the ways that I express creativity in food and through my home. Today, in the final part to my series, I want to talk about the most personal way I express creativity – style. Let’s face it, I doubt that you could…

  • Design,  Faith,  Life

    The Golden Question

    “What are you going to do with that?” It was the “golden question” that rang through my ears for over four years. When I decided to study counseling for my bachelors degree, few people understood the purpose. I get it – most people go to college to study a skill for a future career. I went to college to study a skill that I knew wouldn’t lead to a career at all. I didn’t expect others to understand it. For years, I couldn’t answer the golden question. There were even times when I asked it myself. I wish I could say that I went through all four years of college without doubting my major,…

  • Design,  Faith,  Life,  Marketing

    The Value of Rest

    Most weeks, my to-do list seems endless, and last week was no exception. I hit the ground running on Monday with a full schedule, but my plans quickly came to a halt as sickness forced me to stop and rest. Although that rest seemed inconvenient at first, it gave me time to reflect on the last year of running Laude Designs and the real reason my small shop has made it this far.   50% of small businesses close within the first five years. I have read that statistic countless times since I started Laude Designs last Spring. I can’t imagine Laude failing after the amount of work I have put into it in…