Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert

steph-calvert-by-natalie-moser-photography-2-square-350One of the things I love most about TypeA Parent conferences is the warm and welcoming attitude of the organizers, speakers and other attendees. Steph Calvert is no exception. She was the friendly face I sat down next to during a hands-on workshop about creating a media kit. Lucky for me, Steph’s a talented graphic designer! Instead of taking notes, she was writing and designing her kit during the workshop as the speaker covered each step. It was fascinating to watch her work and see what she could accomplish in a two-hour session that left me with nothing but a notebook full of tasks that it took me months to decipher and execute after returning home. 

Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert 

Business Name: Hearts and Laserbeams

Business Description: We work with small businesses looking to take their web design, graphic design, and illustration projects to the next level.

Steph’s Story:  Hearts and Laserbeams has been around since late 2006. It started as an indie crafting venture on Etsy, a side project outside my full-time graphic design work where I could create funny, light-hearted one of a kind art pieces. My husband and I sold my crafts at a variety of shows across southern California, from Felt Club and Bazaar Bizarre to Unique LA and Patchwork.

Design for my own clients has always been a part of the business, but in the beginning it took a back burner. I saw Hearts and Laserbeams as a creative outlet outside of work.

In 2010, everything changed. My husband and I found out we were expecting our son, Phil. I was working full time as a t-shirt graphic designer & illustrator in downtown Los Angeles. As someone who had a vast amount of design experience, I was able to negotiate a 100% telecommuting setup to eliminate the long train commute from Long Beach to downtown LA. The setup began months before I went on maternity leave. My art director loved my work; my designs were getting the company sales at stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Life was good. No. Life was *great*.

I went on maternity leave and came back to a position that was vastly different from the one I left behind. I returned to a new art director who hated my telecommuting status, no matter how well it worked. She made it extremely clear how much she disliked me because of it from the second I started working for her.  Working for this new unprofessional art director was a horrible fit. The stress it put on me and my family… with a newborn… I couldn’t stay there and I knew it. Something had to change immediately. [Read more…]

The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit [Video Book Review]

Disclaimer: I am totally not qualified to review a book for artists. The first thing you should know about me is that I would never consider myself an artist. At least not in the visual arts. But reading Whitney Freya’s book, The Artist Within, helped me shift that mindset and learn to appreciate the artist inside me – no matter how talented she is! This is one of the most practical and inspirational books I’ve ever read on how to boost creativity and let go of perfectionism.

Take a look at the video book review to learn more about The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit, by Whitney Freya.  I pray it blesses you with a renewed creative spirit!

 

Then let me know how you like to exercise your creative muscle? What’s your favorite creative outlet? 

How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board [Video]

Spiritual Vision BoardLooking for a fun and creative way to accomplish your goals this year? Create a Spiritual Vision Board! Call it a vision board, dream board, art journal or treasure map — the idea is the same: to provide visual focus and direction and inspire you to be your best self. For me, it’s not about manifesting all the things I want to have or all the amazing accomplishments I hope to achieve. It’s about reminding myself who I am called to be and what I am called to do. And it’s a tool I can use each and every day to remember that what I put into my mind and heart determines what comes out through my words and actions. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 

When Paul wrote Philippians he was in prison. Prison! Now, if a man in prison can learn to focus on the positive things in life, then certainly we can do the same. A spiritual vision board helps me to do just that. It helps me to keep a vision of all that is good in my life — and in myself. And with a vision like that, I’m on my way to accomplishing just about anything! 

Want to know how to create a Spiritual Vision Board? Take a look at this short video for my simple 4-step process and then show me a photo of YOUR Spiritual Vision Board over on our Facebook page

 

Looks easy enough, right? Leave a comment below if you have any questions. And don’t forget to show me a photo of YOUR Spiritual Vision Board over on our Facebook page