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SOME THINGS I LEARNED AT YELLOW CONFERENCE and the #30days30minchallenge

After attending Yellow and hearing Sean Mcabe speak on the importance of writing, I decided to take him up on his challenge to wake up and write everyday. I was two days into my own challenge when I saw Joanna Waterfall started her own writing challenge... with it's own hashtag... making it much more official than my own challenge. So, I've decided to join the #30days30minchallenge! This way I'm accountable to more than just myself and have a few friends to write with along the way :) Unlike Joanna, I won't be posting all of my writings here. I plan to post the ones I feel can provide helpful content to my readers (if I have any). Feel free to follow along with Joanna and her musings on her blog. Because the Yellow Conference is where I decided to write more, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my first days writing, which recaps three things I learned from the conference. 

1. THOUGHTS > BELIEFS > ACTIONS

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Eryn Eddy, founder of So Worth Loving, taught us some great business and self-care advice during her talk. She shared the chart above and it really spoke to me. So often we say one thing and do another. Eryn's reminder helped inspire me to be more intentional with my thoughts because they ultimately affect my actions. Positive, truthful thoughts lead to believing those truths, which brings the actions and habits that make up our daily lives. 

2. PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD

Liz Forkin-Bohannon, founder of Sseko Designs, taught us a different way of approaching new ideas and problem solving called design thinking. In design thinking, you don't need to know what you are looking for before you start looking. How amazing is that!? When explaining this process more in depth, Liz said "perfect is the enemy of good". Now, this doesn't mean you shouldn't care about the quality of whatever you are producing... It refers to not letting the need for something to be "perfect" paralyze you from putting it out into the world. I so often have an idea I am so excited to create, and then slowly, as I dive in, doubt enters my mind. Are you positive you’ve done enough research? You should probably run this idea by a few more people before launching it, just to be sure. Before I know it, all motivation and boldness to put the idea out there has dwindled into a flicker of maybe one day I’ll get back to that project. Well, no more! Liz helped me to ask myself some very needed questions. How will I ever be able to improve myself and my products if I am not getting real feedback from those using them?  It is worth the risk. If you believe in something enough, put in the time and effort to create it, then, release it and be ready with pen and paper to get feedback on what works and what doesn't for those using it. It'll only make you and your product better!

2. WRITING IS FUEL FOR EVERY OTHER MEDIUM

I’ve followed Sean McCabe and his podcast for a little while now so it was no surprise when he delivered a direct, informative and immensely helpful talk focused on the importance of writing. I believe as a graphic designer, I should be at least as good at writing as I am at design, if not better. Most of my contact with clients and potential clients is through written word, whether through the info on my website or emails.  I should be able to beautifully and clearly articulate my vision, ideas and the reasons behind them in written form. Despite believing this, I have not been purposeful in improving this skill. Sean's talk (and being inspired to be a kick butt business owner by my fellow Yellow girls) gave me the push I needed to stop making excuses and SHOW UP, that's why I've decided to do a writing challenge. I hope to improve my communication skills, allowing me to serve my clients and community better! 

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Below are some other pictures I took to share the goodness of the Yellow Conference with you :) If you're interested in reading a recap of the entire event, you can see it on the Yellow Conference blog here

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