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Our first ever Business & Branding Webinar Series!

February 15, 2012

Introducing the first ever Making Brands Happen three part Business & Branding Webinar Series!! Join us (Lara Casey and Emily Ley of Making Brands Happen… and a whole lot of other great companies we own), for a series of webinars that will transform your business and revolutionize (i.e. simplify!) the way you work.  We know branding, and we’re ready to dive in with YOU!  After droves of requests, we’ve decided to share our branding secrets via the wonderful world wide web and you get to join us from the comfort of your computer.  We suggest PJ’s and hot cocoa for the full experience!  From evaluating where you are, to digging deep into where you want your business to be, we’ll go into detail on the key things you need to know to take your brand to the next level and spread the word with strategic marketing.

We’ve created this curriculum as a SERIES OF THREE ESSENTIAL WEBINARS so we can cover all the essentials you need to know:  Get BrandedThe Client Experience and Get Published.  You are welcome to just take one, but you’ll be missing the total package!  Each area directly relates to the other.  We’ve made this super affordable so it’s a no brainer to join us for all three and really take things to the next level.  Our motto: Life is too short to play small!

Live Q & A will follow each webinar, including a live branding evaluation for one lucky attendee! (First come, first served with the single ticket above!)  This webinar series is open to any creative professional — whether new to the business or a seasoned pro — that wants to take his or her brand to the next level. Ready to make 2012 your biggest year yet?  Cancel that hair appointment and Get Branded!

Part 1: Get Branded Wednesday, March 14th from 1pm to 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

Strong, powerful brands are built on foundations of passion, authenticity and unmatched attention to detail. Join us as we dive into these details and create an actionable plan for bringing authenticity and personal connection into every aspect of your business and into every step of your ideal client experience. Your brand should tell your story in every detail and should invite your ideal client to be part of an experience she won’t soon forget.

Part 2: The Client Experience Wednesday, April 11th from 1pm to 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

Client experiences are viral. From start to finish and beyond, your client experience should be simple, streamlined and full of unexpected, personal touches. Together, we’ll create a strategy for mapping unforgettable client experiences and discuss how to utilize that experience to create a viral buzz around your powerful brand.

Part 3: Get Published Wednesday, May 16th from 1pm to 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

Join Southern Weddings Magazine editor-in-chief/publisher, Lara Casey and art director, Emily Ayer as they discuss the key things you need to know to take your brand to the next level and get published in print and online media.

Location: Your computer.  Platform details to follow once you are registered.

Prepare: Have your branding and publication questions ready, your computer open and something to take notes with.

Follow: on Twitter for updates @PowerfulBrand

VERY LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. 

Please note: This intensive does not cover any of the Making Things Happen curriculum.  To register for Making Things Happen, click here.  Please note #2:  These webinars are just a very SMALL TASTE of the full Making Brands Happen experience.  They do not in any way replace it.  Please note #3:  After the webinar, a recording will be a available for attendees, as well as branding homework.

*Dates and times are subject to change.  Seats are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Space is very limited. 

Warning: this webinar series is awesome. ENTER TO WIN A SEAT HERE!

 

 

accepting a limited number of sponsors

January 24, 2012



Happy Tuesday, friends! After much deliberation, I’ve decided to open a very limited number of sponsorship spaces on the right sidebar of the blog! Readership is growing exponentially – and I’m having entirely too much fun sharing my journey as a wife, mama, designer, entrepreneur, blueberry smasher, family organizer and tightrope walker (sure seems like all of those some days!)

When I began writing in this little blog in 2008, I never intended to open it to sponsors, but after multiple requests and the realization that I’d love to hand-pick extra special businesses and shops to help my readers balance their multiple job titles… well, it just seemed to fit. Please visit the sponsorship page for more information and to request the full media kit.

Special note: Each sponsor will be hand selected as an appropriate fit for the “Emily Ley” brand. In keeping with my love to for design, each sponsor will receive complimentary ad design (with one round of revisions). Enjoy!

 

THESE ARE THE DAYS WE’LL REMEMBER

December 19, 2011

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. – Dr. Seuss

I’ve sent maybe 25 emails in the past thirty days. God is good. I’ve given myself time to unwind, to reconnect, to be a Mama. We’ve seen Santa three times. We’ve visited the Christmas lights at Chick Fil A (they’re amazing) three times. We’ve baked cookies (ten, no TWELVE dozen… Daddy got into them). We’ve had play dates. Lots. We’ve gone shopping. We’ve painted with our hands AND our feet. We’ve swung on the swings. Brady’s favorite. We’ve purchased a new car for our little family (The 2012 Ford Explorer is gorgeous). We’ve outfitted our kitchen with new appliances in preparation for a complete overhaul next year. We’ve watched cherished Christmas movies. We’ve had friends over. We’ve visited friends. We’ve made friends. We’ve started swimming lessons. We’ve loved, loved, loved just being the last few weeks.

The best news of the past few weeks is news that no one will really realize. Bryan and I haven’t, for obvious safety reasons, shared anything about this for the past year. But beginning two weeks before Brady was born, Bryan began a position (he is in sales) that required him to travel every week. Every Tuesday morning he hugged little Brady and I and flew to West Palm Beach (where his territory was) to stay in a lonely hotel until Thursday late evening. And every Thursday he burst through the doors with a big smile to greet an even BIGGER smile on little B’s face.

It was hard.

We carefully made the decision for him to take this job while I stood on the shores of Maui last November. Eight months pregnant and excited/nervous we jumped head first. It was a wonderful job and, looking back, was the best decision for our family. But just this week, Bryan accepted a position with another company here in Clearwater, Florida.  It fits our family in so many ways and will allow Bryan to be home every night for dinner.

Praise the Lord.

Honestly, I have no words other than those. This year has been unbelievable (understatement of the century) but having Bryan gone, while I work full time from home, with a baby….. it was all just too much. There were moments in September and October when I literally thought the floor was going to fall out from under me and I was just going to sink into a puddle. It was so hard to do so much. And it broke Bryan’s heart every time he had to say goodbye to B.

But we made it.

And here we are. As we wrap up the year and head to Pensacola to spend time with my family… I just have to sit back and tell myself… these are the days we’ll remember. The good, the bad, the hard, the times we want to get BACK in the bed and start over… these are those days. I watched little B today with Bryan. NO ONE on the planet makes Brady laugh harder than Bryan. And Brady watches his Daddy with the eye of a little boy whose idol is in the room.

Somehow that hot frat-boy, bartender I fell for twelve years ago is that man who loves our little boy more than anything in the world. Having these past few weeks (and a few more!) off has been food for my soul. I remember sitting at engage!11 in Grand Caymen and hearing Donna Von Bruening read a blog post she wrote after taking three months off… and feeling tears well up in my eyes (I was on the cusp of this much needed hiatus). She talked about how she disconnected from the world and reconnected with herself, her family, her kids, her husband, her photography. She talked about being addicted to busy.

What.

Yes. I thought. I need this. I am that.

Not only am I loving this time and thankful that I made it a goal at the beginning of this year, but I am hereby instituting the “December OFF” rule from here on out. It will require more work the rest of the year to prepare for such amazingness, but as creative people, we have to reconnect, refill, refuel and recenter ourselves.

So I challenge you to unplug for the next week. Make yourself unbusy. Be silly. Create memories. Soak up these precious, crazy, beautiful days.

xo

Emily

The photo above is my every day. Brady is crawling now and is into everything. If I could get him exactly what he wants for Christmas… it would be a bowl of dog food.

 

 

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