Archive for 2010
2010 is nearly over and 2011 is just waiting to begin. While I am very much steeped in preparations for the holidays; sneaking away to buy presents, baking (& eating) waaaaay to many cookies, singing Christmas carols and making cards, my mind has already started to wander to what I’ve accomplished this year and what I hope to achieve next year. So I started out writing this blog post with the concept of “taking stock” of the years successes and failures in order to create more focused, effective branding in the coming year, BUT I’m not going to continue with that…
On the whole I think we spend too much time thinking ahead and we don’t stop to just enjoy the moment we’re in. (Of course, planning is important and brewing up some innovation for the coming year sis awesome, but I’m going to save talking about that til January.) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how time flies, my kids are already 12 and 10 and it seems like their childhood was practically a flicker. Each year Christmas is a little less “childlike” in our house and I want to enjoy these moments as long as possible.
I don’t know about you, but when I know I have a vacation coming up or in this case a trip to visit friends and family for the holidays, it becomes harder for me to focus on work. Sometimes this makes me anxious because I know I will make my deadlines one way or the other, but my mind starts to wander with thoughts of holiday dinners and family hugs.
So I’m proposing a little solution, which I hope will help you too. What if we just spend at least 1 hour per day doing something that is just pure holiday fun? Maybe watch a favorite movie (ok a little longer than an hour), or bake some cookies, or just go walk around the neighborhood and look at lights. Maybe if we give ourselves permission to just take a breath, c’mon, do it with me, ahhh and enjoy the simple pleasures of the holiday season, the stresses won’t creep in so easily.
Take a moment today or tonight to just enjoy the time spent. Life is short and this is all we’ve got–this moment.
Here’s a little holiday cheer for you, and look out in January when I’ll be back to talk business!
From our little family, we put together a little rock number. he he:
[Sorry, dear friends who don't celebrate Christmas, don't mean to leave you out here...hope your holidays are wonderful!]
All the ‘self-touting’ in the world doesn’t mean a darn thing, but when a client says something like this about your work, you just have to share it out of sheer joy:
“Wow…. this is why working with a professional is worth the cost. I almost wept – you really [get] what I’m trying to do…” -Larry Dishong, Hog Legend
That is the kind of comment that just sums up why we do what we do! It’s all about helping our clients find and share their voice! Here’s a little bit about the project…
As the weather begins to cool and the leaves fall, I find myself inspired to make more comfort foods and cuddle up in front of the fireplace with my little munchkins. As the holiday season approaches I look forward to time spent with family. Many of our clients over the years either work with us on a continual basis or come back from time to time with new projects. It is always an honor to help out our “client family.”
At Lucky 19 it’s been a time of reunion with one of our ‘client family’, namely Larry Dishong. We first worked with Larry back in 2008 when he was launching a japanese fusion restaurant for which we designed a logo and other collateral and identity peices. It had been a couple years since we’d last worked together and we were thrilled to work with Larry again. You see, Larry is a family man and his love and commitment to his family shows in his businesses as well. This time Larry came to us with a project very near and dear to his heart–a website to honor his legendary father, Stan Dishong. If you know about classic motorcycles, chances are you know about Stan Dishong, the Hog Legend. Stan was a motorcycle engine builder and accomplished racer, long before the likes American Chopper. Larry and his son Trevor are traveling the nation collecting stories about Stan, in order to share Stan’s legendary stories and help solidify the recognition he deserves.
As with every project we started with extensive research, this time into Stan’s legendary accomplishments, the look and feel Larry wanted to communicate and the functionality of an online community for ‘fans of Stan.’
In the end we created a logo that personifies the art, power and passion of Stan Dishong’s legend, Hog Legend; and we designed and developed a membership-based website to foster a community of hog lovers.
We invite you to visit www.HogLegend.com to learn more about Stan Dishong, the Hog Legend.
[Thanks to our great experts--Luke, Anthony & Justin who all hand a hand in making this project great!!]
I love this time of year! Here are a few quotes I’ve collected about being thankful.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –Marcel Proust
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” –Seneca
“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” –John Henry Jowett
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” –Elie Wiesel
“God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” –Izaak Walton
“A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” –Henry Ward Beecher
“Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise–then you will discover the fullness of your life.” –Brother David Steindl-Rast
“If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.” –Unknown
“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” –French Proverb
“A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer.” –Gotthold Lessing