I believe that there's a powerful relationship between design and intention. One of my favorite quotes about design is from Steve Jobs:
"Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation."
With the help of the wonderful folks at Ninjamatics, I've changed the blog and website design to match my intentions for the new academic year: More white space, more clarity, and increased simplicity through mindful integration. I'm a messy, complex person with lots of roles. Simplicity is key.
I hope you like the new look and I especially hope you feel invited to jump in and look around. We're still working on a few of the pages. They should be done by mid-August.
And . . . speaking of design . . . I have a great story for you!
I've officially converted both of my sisters to Pinterest junkies. They love/hate me for it.
They emailed me a link last week along with a note that said, "You have to have this for your playroom!" It was this really amazing sign from Barn Owl Primitives:
I thought it was great and I ordered it.
Two seconds later I got this emai from Kristi at Barn Owl Primitivesl: "I just got your order! I love your work! I have your books! I sent your TED talk to all of my friends! You're not going to believe this, but you inspired my latest sign!"
As you can imagine, I absolutely flipped when I saw it! It's art meets The Gifts of Imperfection! CHECK it OUT!
After several really mushy emails, Kristi and I decided that we needed to give away one of these amazing pieces to an Ordinary Courage reader!
All you have to do to win is leave your name in the comments section and tell us your very favorite word from Kristi's Be Real sign. We'll pick a winner on Monday!
Before you go - please meet Kristi of Barn Owl Primitives! I asked her to introduce herself to our community and here's what she wrote:
"I am a mom to two beautiful, energetic and charismatic young kids!I am a wife to one husband, because,let's be honest, one is quite enough!! ;) I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor and a friend! And when the rest of my world goes to sleep, I am a painter!!
I enjoy laying out all the letters, creating a picture, and telling a story. Have a story that you would like to share? Let me paint a sign for you so you can share your story with the world...or at least with your friends that visit your kitchen!"
Can't wait to see your words!
Congrats to Viviane! You won the Wholehearted Sign from Barn Owl Primitives!