A Braid Update

July 8, 2013

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This weekend my sister, Tara, and I moved out of my home office and into our very own Braid Creative office – which happens to be in an old apartment complex built in 1929. Our second-story one-bedroom place has a fireplace, a little breakfast nook, and windows overlooking a quiet neighborhood filled with historical mansions. We’re on a busy-enough-to-feel-metropolitan tree-lined street. Today also marks two years since my sister declared her independence and put in her official notice that she’d be leaving her very important title of Creative Director Vice President nine-to-five to join forces with me in my house. It kind of felt like we were kids again – playing office on the weekend (which is now quite telling).

So with all that, it seemed appropriate to do a Braid update today. I’ve done plenty of “keepin’ it real” in my posts – so I’ll skip the blood, sweat, and tears talk (but trust, there has been plenty of that). Instead I’m going to focus and reflect on the stuff worth celebrating:

• We now have 2 full time employees (Kristin & Liz, pictured above with me & Tara) + a team of help including Emily Thompson who keeps our ECourses running smoothly and will help us grow our business as we move forward (and boy, are we moving forward).
•  We’ve helped over 100 clients from all over the world with one-on-one branding, consulting, and coaching. Each one has helped us realize our dream and for that we are so very thankful.
• We have three Braid ECourses that rotate monthly. They have been more successful than I could have ever imagined and it’s opened my eyes to the world of digital products and passive income.
• We got hired by one of my personal heroes. That felt like a big win.
• We hosted our first in-person workshop and are now facilitating two mastermind groups. Both of these have pushed us out of our boundaries – in a good way.
• We hired a business coach. Tara and I are growing into our roles as business women (which can be a tricky transition when you’re job title has always been “creative”) – so with that we needed help. It felt like a big deal to hire a business coach to help us. Like … we’re really f’reals about this whole thing. 
• I’ve given lots of talks. When we first launched Braid speaking was a big goal of mine. Since then I’ve spoken at Alt Summit, Ignite, AIGA, Designer VACA, and other gigs at universities and local associations. I love it.
• We’ve written. A lot. Two blogs + a weekly newsletter (with exclusive content) + Braid ECourses … and now I’m about to start on my first EBook. When you’re in the business of creating content your work is never done. There’s a lot of tap-tapping on our keyboards around here.
• I started life coach training with Martha Beck. I sold out my life coach offering within hours of posting and have started a Coaching for Creatives series. P.S. I’m working on an updated life coach offering – stay tuned if you’re interested in 1:1 coaching sessions.
• A now our very own Braid office! I promise to post photos once we get a bit more settled in – for now follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks.

There’s so much more I could include here – so much to be grateful for! I can’t wait to share more about where we’re going and what’s next. But I’ll conclude with a big thank you to all of you for sticking along for the ride – I’m feeling especially lucky to be able to share this journey with you.

Photo by Greer Inez. 

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