• 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…

  • Creative Living,  Design,  Education,  Life

    Creative Living: Home

    Last week, I began a new series on the ways that I express creativity in daily life. I started out by talking about the joy of creating good food – not just in taste, but also quality, nutrition, and color. This week, I want to touch on another creative topic – home. To be honest, decorating my home in this current phase of life has been a challenge! When I got married and moved into my husband’s “bachelor” apartment back in the Fall of 2016, it was pretty much a blank slate. As I began to decorate, it didn’t take me long to realize that crafting a home is not something that can be done overnight. In…

  • Creative Living,  Education,  Food,  Life

    Creative Living: Food

    Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you three ways that I express creativity in daily life apart from art and design – food, home, & style. My goal in doing this is to motivate you – even those of you who say you’re “not creative” – to look for the little joys of creativity in your daily life and surroundings. If you know me well, you probably know about my love for good food. I don’t just mean good in taste (although that is a big part of it), but I also mean good in quality, nutrition, and color. Growing up, I was happy with a…

  • 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,  Life,  Marketing

    One Year of Laude Designs

    Laude Designs is officially one year old! On May 4th, we celebrated one year since I started Laude Designs. The past year has held countless learning opportunities, new ventures, failures, and victories. This week, I wanted to share some highlights from the first year – complete with a big announcement…   Many thanks to those who have faithfully followed, supported, and encouraged me over this last year! Without you, there would be no Laude Designs!

  • 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…

  • Design,  Education,  Life,  Marketing

    Three Motivativing Factors to Pursue a Goal

    Building a website — it’s one of those goals I had on my to-do list for a long time, but kept putting off. I knew it would a huge investment and commitment, but the idea never seemed to leave my to-do list. In fact, I had been wanting to build a website before Laude Designs even existed. So what finally motivated me move this goal from an idea to a pursuit? Previously, I talked about intentionally setting goals and using a planner to accomplish those goals. But one topic I didn’t touch on before is what actually moves a goal from an idea to a pursuit. Today, I want to…

  • Design,  Education,  Life

    A Key Factor in Accomplishing Goals

    Anyone who knows me well knows that I love planners! I never used a planner until I was in college. While I was trying to keep track of classes, work, homework, and extra activities at my university, I felt as if I couldn’t live without my planner. In fact, my friends often joked with me, asking what would happen if I lost it (I never wanted to think about that…)! It played a huge role in helping me complete everything that I needed to get done. Through this, I learned that a key factor in accomplishing goals is intentionally setting them.   Intentional Goal Setting One of the best ways to…

  • Design,  Life,  Travel

    Three Art-Inspiring Sights in Princeton, NJ

    This week, my husband was going on a business trip to Princeton, NJ, so I took advantage of the travel opportunity and went along! If you’ve ever been to Princeton, you might agree that the city itself is not so lovely. But tucked behind Route 1 lies three art-inspiring locations to explore.                     Princeton University Art Museum + Library One of the first days after we arrived, I set out early in the morning to explore the campus of Princeton University. The architecture and academic bustle around campus made it feel as if I was back in Cambridge England, where we…