Cheers to 8 Years

Nubby Twiglet | Cheers to 8 Years

Time flies when you’re having fun!

In August of 2007, I left my Live Journal (the formative place where I’d discovered blogging in 2001) behind to start this blog.

Blogging to me had always been about sharing personal experiences and stories. It was a way to find my so-called tribe of like-minded people. It was never about making buckletloads of money or heavily pushing advertising — because when I started, those things didn’t even exist in the way they do today.

In a way, I think that was a major benefit. I had already been sharing stories online for six years before taking the leap to a more professional platform and that allowed me to keep on doing what I had been all along without any expectations of fame or fortune.

Blogging has shifted drastically over the last few years with social media platforms eating up more of our time, not to mention that of our readers. But I’ve always stuck around because blogging to me has something that is really powerful that most other platforms are missing — it allows you to share as much as you want and your posts can literally be anything you want them to be. I’ve always valued the boundless creativity blogging holds.

While blogging has changed, I still view it like this:

Social media is like a quick coffee date. You meet, introduce yourself and people get little snapshots of who you are. Blogging is like inviting someone into your living room. It’s where you go much deeper. It’s where those life-long friendships and client connections form. I can say that with certainty, too — most of my best friends to this day connected with me through this space. Clients I’ve had for 5+ years found me through this space. My whole world literally changed, thanks to this space.

And thanks to this space, I’ve had the chance to meet and connect with so many of you as I traveled with The Blogcademy. Your comments, tweets and emails mean the world to me. Thanks for sticking around through the good, the bad and the ugly (blogging wasn’t so picturesque in 2007, was it?!) A lot can happen in 8 years, that’s for sure.

One final thing — while this year has been about growing Branch, not to mention working on new personal projects, this space is in the midst of a very sleek and modern makeover and will re-launch by the end of 2015. Good things take time and I’m so excited to evolve this space, not to mention re-open an online shop of goodies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cheers to 8 years. I’m so glad to have you by my side. -Shauna

The Week In Pictures: 8.21.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I feel like this Summer has been all about transitions and taking responsibility. In between client work, I’ve been pushing hard to make some creative courses I’ve always dreamed of doing a reality and though that has meant less time for fun and relaxing over the last few months, I’m excited to finally be accomplishing things I set out to do years ago. It’s a good reminder that even if some of your dreams may be a little dusty, it’s never too late to put them into motion.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My idea of a good time: making weird still lifes. I’m still doing #stilllifefriday and it’s such a great opportunity to experiment every week with new ideas. Join in the fun!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ahhh, the most citrusy perfect bikes ever. Spotted these in Downtown Portland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My office has been full of flowers over the last few weeks while I work on a client project and I’ve been taking full advantage of the leftovers. Flowers for DAAAAYS.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week: joined the #pdxmeet hosted by Portland Gear. It’s an awesome hangout sesh where you get to meet like-minded folks, most of who are into photography and art and then you visit a unique venue to practice shooting photos of your own. This time around, we got early access to the under construction Society Hotel. The history inside the building is pretty amazing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m digging back into work before heading out to dinner with my dad tonight but I wanted to wish you a great weekend! xoxo

Link Love: 8.20.15


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• Seriously….is your dream dead yet?

• Not a morning person? You should work on becoming one!

• 15 inspiring career books.

• Amazon has some pretty crazy standards its employees must adhere to. Just…WOW.

• Mindy Kaling wrote a guide to killer confidence.

• This lady followed her mom around Costco and here’s what she learned.

• Rosé lemonade? Yes, please.

• An adult’s guide Snapchat. Ha!

• It’s okay to change up your path and take a break from freelance.

• When engaging online, always choose kindness.

Image: Stephanie Dimiskovski.
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Project Spotlight: Miracle Worker

We Are Branch | Miracle Worker

Miracle Worker is an online course designed to help you find your next meaningful career opportunity and earlier this year, Branch had the honors of designing the branding, workbooks and social media assets.

I have a major obsession with gradients and I know it’s one of those love / hate things in the design world but I can’t get enough! The gradient solution worked especially well here because there are two distinct personalities behind Miracle Worker: Gala, the queen of fuchsia and Ellen, the queen of orange. Blending their two key brand colors made sure both of their personalities were represented.

We Are Branch | Miracle Worker

To learn more about Miracle Worker (and what that icon means!) please click through to the full post on Branch.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my design work — I always love hearing your feedback!

A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

There’s so much beauty in simplicity.

In daily life, we have a habit of overcomplicating even the simplest tasks. Even this morning, I was trying to connect the dots on a new project I’m pitching and even though the concept itself was really simple, the details felt muddy and tangled in my head.

I had to stop and remind myself that what I wanted was totally possible and tripping myself up was just an excuse to procrastinate and not follow through. Do you ever feel that way, too?

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

These images are from an in-progress project. Of course, I was trying to make the outcome much more difficult than it had to be but when I stopped overthinking it and instead started scanning in the beauty that was already around me, things finally started taking shape.

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

There’s clarity and confidence in simplicity. Sometimes, the answer you’re looking for isn’t as hard to find as you think. It’s right in front of you — you just have to be willing to listen.