Hand lettered Inspiration

Alphabet Challenge: 26 Days of Hand Lettered ABC’s

Like everything else, handwriting gets better with practice. That’s why I’ll be hosting an alphabet lettering challenge on Instagram and Facebook.

Join in on the fun and follow me as I post a new letter of the alphabet each day. The goal is to hand draw each letter in a variety of styles and mediums. I’ll tag each photo on social media with #letteringchallenge.

So if you’ve been dreaming of dreamy writing, this is something you can easily do with me! Just draw, snap a picture and post it using the hashtag. Just don’t forget to tag me @RaleighCalligraphy so I can see comment and share some of your best work on my page.

All skill levels are welcome, because the more the merrier. {smile}

The #letteringchallenge is starting August 1st. Get ready to share your ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYandZ’s! Yep. That about sums it up. {wink}

I’ll be posting updates here on the blog as well as a recap post at the end of the challenge.

If we’re not already besties on social media, you can follow me here: Instagram Facebook Pinterest

So go pull out a fresh notebook and some writing supplies and I’ll see you on Monday. Have an awesome weekend!



A Year From Now…

What can you do in a year?

Take up a new hobby… Finally read through War and Peace… Master a new skill… Learn a foreign language… Fall in love… Write a book or a blog {wink}… Enroll in classes to advance your career… Start a business or a family…

The possibilities are endless here. Karen Lamb said it best when she said, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” This is one of my favorite quotes at the moment. I especially love how it can apply to both personal life and business life. A year (okay a year plus) ago we started our family and took a gamble on our dreams, and I am so glad we did. A year from now, I will be grateful I never gave up on my business despite the many challenges of entrepreneurship.

A year is a long time. Or is it? People will often tell me that they love my work and that they wish they were as talented. {blush} I am always quick to stop them and encourage them to try. Okay, confession time: my regular handwriting is not glamorous and my grocery list does not warrant framing. {smile} Like most things in life, calligraphy is a learned skill. A skill that took me roughly a year to ‘master’. Which to most people may sound discouraging, but the year is going to pass whether you’re learning skills and doing things, or not. So why not give your future self something to thank you for, maybe she’ll buy you a drink to celebrate. {wink}

So what will you be doing now, that will earn you a watermelon martini a year from now? I’d love to hear what you are working on/planning that will pay off done the line. Feel free to share in the comments. For me, I’m a writer, so I’m writing…

Be Inspired- With this Quote about Success

I heard a quote the other day by Tom Kelley of Ideo. He said, “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” Failure is funny like that. We don’t want to fail, we don’t aim to fail, but more often than not, failing is exactly what we have to do before we can succeed. {sigh}

Most of us fight it. And for good reason. Failing at something, whether at work or in our relationships, can feel like a personal setback. Failure, or even the potential of failing, might just be enough to discourage us from trying again.

Of course, nobody ever sets out with the goal to fail. But as Tom points out, maybe we should… or rather maybe we should allow ourselves the freedom to fail so we have the room to grow.

If you’re an entrepreneur (or one in the making) you know this all to well. I know I’ve had ups and downs with my handmade business… and not to mention a few flat out fails! {wink} But I’ve come to appreciate every failure for one reason: with every failed launch or product flop, I gain valuable market research.

And I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today with my business if I didn’t care enough to fail along the way. Ultimately, trying, failing and trying again has opened new doors I never would have known existed. This week I hope you’ll embrace the insights you gain when something doesn’t go quite as you had planned.

So what about you? Do you view failure as an opportunity or a setback? Or maybe both? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!