Weekly Roundup - January 5, 2018

We're back and kicking off the new year on Monday the 8th with an all new Visibility Challenge! In case you're not familiar with us and what the Visibility Challenge is all about, here's a little background:

As business besties, we noticed that our weekly check-in chats tended to be about the same things other designers were challenged by, so we decided to try recording our chats. The central theme in everything seemed to be visibility. Where to find potential clients. How to get in front of them. How to distinguish ourselves from all the noise that’s out there (and show that we’re more than just what you see on HGTV). And for Pete’s sake, how to not feel awkward when you’re networking. When we couldn’t find the resources we needed, we created them.

An interesting point is that in reality, we’re both introverts—Dixie especially. Going to networking events was PAINFUL. Putting ourselves out there on social media, our websites, and pretty much anywhere else was a challenge. We understand what a struggle it is to try to balance the daily business activities with finding the energy to go out and be visible.

Most of the resources out there to help introverts? Suck. Seriously, have you seen the topics that people suggest for small talk? Do actual human beings ever really talk like all those articles and self-help books’ suggested conversations? We’ve figured out ways that work and don’t leave you feeling even more #awkwardturtlelonely at events or online and we’ve teamed up to teach these techniques to other business owners so they can get the most out of their visibility efforts. There’s no reason for anyone to feel like they’re broken when it comes to getting visible—we want you to feel strong, confident, and empowered.

The the five-day Visibility Challenge is all about taking steps to put yourself out there. Each day, we'll give you a small task to accomplish—nothing too big or complicated, just the basic foundation you need to be visible. Once you're done, post your challenge wins in the Design+Style Club so we can all celebrate!

(If you're in the Visibility Lab, you'll get extra, personalized support.)

Ready. Set. Let's do this!

Jack Frost Cocktail 

Jack Frost Cocktail from The Blond Cook

Jack Frost Cocktail from The Blond Cook

Since so many of us are in a deep freeze right now, why not make it fun with these Caribbean-inspired winter cocktails? Get the recipe »

Our pro tip of the week:

Design and Style Pro Tip

Does your website list your location? It sounds like a no-brainer, but so many of us forget to include WHERE we work on our website. Whether you're online only, local only, or a combination of both, make sure it's easy for potential clients to find that info.

Our favorite finds of the week:

Painting (well...sculpting) with fabric - A little eye candy just for you. Watch British artist Benjamin Shine create art from just tulle, glue, and an iron. It's mesmerizing.

8 Ways to Fake It 'Til You Make It -  Strategies to help you kick impostor syndrome to the curb. 

How to Repurpose Blog Content Into Short-Form Social Media Updates - You've busted your rear to write an awesome blog post, why not reuse that content for other forms of visibility?

In case you missed it...

This week's podcast episode - Visibility Stories, Part 1 - One of the best things about the Design+Style Club is getting to watch everyone grow their visibility skills. Today, we're talking to five of our members about their stories.

On the blog - Some Things You Should Know About Me - Dixie shares her take on embracing her fear of being judged.