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2011 Goals- free printable!!

January 4, 2011

I am likely the biggest “goal maker” ever.  And no, I’m not taking about soccer; I’m talking about creating a list of results that I want to achieve. Having set goals drives me to do my best all the time (which is very tiring, but very worth it).  I find that when I write down my goals and hang them up or carry them with me I am even more successful. I guess the constant reminder helps keep me focused.

If you’re a “goal maker” you will love this freebie! If you’re not, I challenge you to print this out, write down your goals for the year, tape one on your mirror, carry one around in your purse, and every time you come across it- read it (each goal)! I think you’ll find that it is beneficial to achieving success and you might just end up becoming the next big “goal maker”!

CLICK HERE to download your free HBI printable 2011 Goal list!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

Here’s to 2011: following your dreams & seeing fireworks!!

xo

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2010 comes to an end.

December 31, 2010

As 2010 comes to an end, I reflect on the past year and all that has taken place. It is crazy to think how much has changed in just 365 days. It’s been incredible, thrilling, scary and amazing….is that possible?

At the beginning of 2010 I set some serious goals…

  • Follow my dream wholeheartedly
  • Start a blog about it
  • Quit my stressful, overworking day job

And now, here I am….working on Honey Bee Invites stuff in my studio, blogging about the past year, and free of my stressful, endless-hours day job. Wow. Really? I still pinch myself every now and then.  Partly just to be sure I’m not dreaming and partly to make sure I am here, in the present, living, breathing and enjoying each moment. Life is incredible and this past year has proved it to me yet again.

I won’t pretend that this past year has been easy. It hasn’t. For those of you that don’t know, I started my own business, Honey Bee Invites, in 2009. At the time I wasn’t really sure the direction I wanted the business to go, so in early 2010 I did some branding exercises and made concrete decisions about HBI.  It was certainly no easy feat…there were many sleepless nights, tears shed and days when I just wanted to pull my hair out, but NOW there’s clarity.  I can actually envision the next few years for HBI and when I do I see FIREWORKS! It’s amazing. It puts the biggest smile on my face (I wish you could see me right now).

My mom, who is a bucket full of wisdom, always reminds me that I DID THIS. I think in gereral we all like to be humble and of course grateful for all the help we’ve received, but at the end of the day (or year in this case) we’re the creators. We build our own destiny.  We made this past year happen and if your year was anything like mine, you should be happy, or better yet, ecstatic.

Here’s to 2011…

xo

The most wonderful time of the year!

December 22, 2010

What a lovely holiday season it has been so far and Christmas has not even arrived! There have been cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and holiday parties galore! I love it that everyone loves to throw parties this time of year. Friends & family open up their homes and celebrate the season.

This time of year puts a smile on faces everywhere. I even find myself being more appreciative. In the craziness of the holiday season, I begin to stop and delight in more things in life….my bed seems more cozy, I see beauty in the bare trees, I’m thankful for my home & Christmas tree, my coffee seems to smell better, my gloves are adored, I want to spend all my time with family…. the list goes on.

It’s just funny thinking about the spirit of the season and what it can do to you. I love this quote by Norman Vincent Peal, she says it just perfectly.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

So in the spirit of this wonderful, beautiful holiday season, I threw a lovely holiday party to let all my friends & family know how special they are!

INSPIRATION

holiday party

INVITATION

INVITATION

INVITATION

xo happy holidays to all!

Inspiration board credits:

Creative Project: Christmas table Decorations / Ginger biscuits as Christmas decorations /
“Snowflake” Bookmark with Silver Finish and Elegant Ice-Blue Tassel
/ Wedding Pictures from the Four Seasons in Austin.
minarose’s photos – Project Wedding / Silver, white, and blue Christmas ornaments – Royalty-Free – Corbis

The holidays are here & I’m wearing red!

December 10, 2010

I love the holidays! And I mean LOVE the holidays!

If it has anything to do with the holidays, I’m all about it. The red & green drizzle on my latte- love it! The holiday radio station that plays non-stop jingles- love it! The families that put wreaths on the front of their cars- love it! The Christmas lights that brighten up the entire street- love it! I normally hate the color red, but when the holidays roll around….I love red. I have red scarves, coats, and shirts to match my big, bright, red holiday spirit!

Many people say it’s quite ridiculous, but I think it’s fun! It is great to have something to get so excited about every single year! And my love for the holidays has proven to be great inspiration for HBI’s holiday creations (cards, party invitations, etc.)!

Here are a few photos that have helped to inspire some of HBI’s holiday work:

Green & brown make me think of wintertime, the smell of pine, and Christmas trees.

Pinecones are like a wonderful little Christmas present from nature.

Decorating the tree is the best way to get in the holiday spirit.

A few of HBI’s holiday creations:

 

 

 

 

 

xo

 

Rose-y in love.

December 1, 2010

A lovely girl who loves roses once dreamt of a wedding in a rose bush! And while we couldn’t quite fulfill her dream (could you imagine the thorns?!), we decided to capture her love for roses on paper.

Jade wanted a vintage, unique feel to her rose-themed wedding, and nothing pink or green. So HBI created a fresh, rose-inspired invitation with a timeless feel….

The couple also wanted a wedding sign to help their guests locate the reception and also to help define the theme for the wedding….

Here’s to Jade & Steven! HBI wishes you a very, very happy marriage!!

P.S. to all those looking for little wedding inspiration (TWIPS!)…Jade & Steven had their first dance to Soulja Boy’s Crank That! How awesome is that!?!!

xo

Wedding signs for keepsakes.

November 22, 2010

Many, many details go into weddings. Everything from the dress to the napkin is planned. And one detail, do I dare say it, you cannot go without…a personal wedding sign.  I love wedding signs for their keepsake element.  Besides a photobook, what else do you get to really showcase from your BIG day?

Wedding Signs

Wedding signs became popular in recent years and I figured why not create wedding signs that mimic the invitations I create? Turns out I love doing it!  And the couples themselves always think of the best way to reuse their signs; everything from hanging it above the fireplace to using it for a unique and personal tabletop.

Our (Honey Bee Invites) wedding sign for Jade & Steven…

My favorite part of this sign is the small quote at the bottom…
“My whole heart for my life.”
Simple and breathtaking.

I will share the invite design next week so you can see the design theme carried out through both pieces.

xo

Anything is possible.

November 20, 2010
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I disappeared for a month. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Time truly does fly by. And although sometimes I wish time would stop, the ticking of the clock always reminds me to make the most of the time I have, and I appreciate it.

Many of you know the past few weeks have been have been an emotional roller-coaster for me. I’ve been everything from scared to ecstatic.  And unfortunately, Honey Bee Invites (HBI) had to take a backseat; my attention was needed elsewhere. I don’t want to get into my personal life too much, so I’ll keep it simple….

Four weeks ago my mom got a call that she had been waiting years for; the doctors had a matching lung donor. It was time for her transplant. Time for her to get new functioning, breathing lungs. Our entire family was excited and scared. My mom is the strongest woman that most people know, and she made it through the surgery and has spent the past 4 weeks recovering. It has been quite a journey for her, and for our entire family. But she is, and we all are, going to make it. Here’s to hope & faith, the very things that lifted up my mom and our family during this time…

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

~Christopher Reeve

Photo by Ashley Norwell

xo