Getting the Women’s Dreamvision Network up and running has been a labor of love.
I’ve never worked this long or this intently on anything. (Well, I worked longer for my college degree but that felt a lot different!)
Working toward your dreamvision can be grueling. But it’s so very fulfilling and rewarding, which makes all the late nights worth it.
Also making it worth it – all the help and encouragement received throughout the process.
So, here’s my rundown of thanks. If I was on the Oscar’s, no doubt they’d cue the exit stage music.
Advice and Encouragement
My husband takes front and center for this. He’s been nothing but supportive from when I still didn’t know what this would turn into, to all the nights I ignored the dishes to sit down and work. If not for his encouragement, I wouldn’t be doing this.
Also propping me up with kind and encouraging words and advice: my family. Specifically my mom, aunt, and cousin (who also branched out on her own as an entrepreneur). Plus a couple of friends whose advice has been invaluable.
I’ve done countless websites. But they’ve been for the healthcare and higher education industries. Never for myself or a private company. And oh! what a difference! Putting yourself out there, sharing your story, starting a business – that’s a whole other can of worms than communicating for an organization. I was wise enough to bring in reinforcements.
Which is where Nikki Elledge Brown and A Course About Copy come in. I admit, I was hesitant to buy a program, especially since I write websites for one of the best engineering schools in the world. BUT, I knew I needed some accountability and wanted the course to walk me through the steps I needed to take. I’m super glad I invested in this opportunity because I know I would still be hesitating about what to write and how to say it in MY voice. Thanks, Nikki!
I also knew that building my site on my own would take FOR-EV-ER, which was time I needed to spend on my message and growing my business. Enter Anne Molnar, founder of Banyan & Finch, who managed the project and Lisa Wood with Sprout New Media for design. I would NEVER have gotten this amazing site done without them. Thanks for the guidance, patience, and advice. I’m so very, very pleased with it! Just what I ordered.
They also turned my vision into a visual identity, which I absolutely adore!
The amazing Kendra Pence fit me in for my first ever professional photo shoot. She’s been taking pictures of me and my family since my first child was born. Such a breeze to work with. And an added bonus – she can catch great shots of me without my left eye looking like it’s bugging out of my head. Seriously – that happens!
Being a busy mom juggling multiple professional activities, I don’t have time to shop anymore. Enter my two personal stylists. Ali Clapper with Findings Boutique is my local style maven. She’s amazing. She messages me when something comes in that I’ll fall in love with. Like the LBD I’m wearing in some pictures on here.
I also work with Heather Byrne from Trunk Club. She started styling my husband but then they added the service for women! She found the black blouse and plum pants worn in some of my pictures here.
If you aren’t familiar, it’s affiliated with Nordstrom, based in Chicago, and they work with you to find clothes you love. With NO styling fee or minimum purchase. And they have an awesome return policy. If you’re interested in trying it out, here’s my referral code for Heather. (Full disclosure, if you purchase, I get a $50 credit on my account.)
Couldn’t have done it without any of you! Thanks a million! (kiss, kiss) : )