To give her boss’ office a unique touch, Janette created a decal which encompasses his passion for outstanding customer service, innovative thinking and achieving his dream for the companyRead More
As executive secretary at Caribtrans, an ocean and air freight service based in Miami FL, Janette Espinosa designed the ideal decal for her boss’s office. The quote, which derives from her boss’s favorite book, Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, encompasses his passion for outstanding customer service, innovative thinking and achieving his dream for the company.
The decal was created using Chancery font in both True Blue and Apple Green. Creating the decal using 3.5 inch high lettering in a staggered format creates a special twist to this fun saying. While this quote is used to inspire employees, Janette also decided to order a Client Office Rules decal to encourage Caribtrans’s employees to always serve customers to the greatest extent. The 24 inch decal in Navy, Burgundy and Cinnamon is the perfect touch to the home office and acts as a constant reminder of Caribtrans’s goals as an outstanding company.
Could you give a short history of how you began your calligraphy career and business?
Over my adulthood I did commissions for people and taught some classes in calligraphy and watercolor. In my current setting I offer assistance to clients with their special occasions as well as doing works for exhibition. Teaching others to enjoy and be active in these heritage arts continues to give me great pleasure.
What inspired you to get into calligraphy?
I started doing calligraphy when I was 12 – I was fascinated by the contrast of light and dark, thick and thin.
Where do you seek inspiration?
My surroundings and my children’s interests. I read widely too. There is always something to look at and be inspired by if you open your eyes.
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Sometimes, when you’re on a journey and have committed yourself to it 100 percent, you lose sight of what makes you you. My name is Ashley Johns, and I am the creator and leader of the Fierce Forward community. I don’t think I’m that different from anyone else, and when one of my Facebook followers calls me inspirational, I am still a little surprised by it. I think to myself, “How did I get here?”
I’ve always believed we are capable of anything. Like many women, I struggled with my weight and never felt satisfied with my body. I was fierce in the gym and did everything right but was still not happy with my body. In 2011, when I hit that wall everyone experiences when losing weight, the dreaded plateau, I headed down an unhealthy path with gusto. For several weeks, I ate absolutely no carbs and lost 15 pounds. Even though I loved what I saw in the mirror, I knew deep down that this was a bad road. If you’ve ever taken dieting to the extreme, you know that every part of your body suffers including your hair and your brain. I was so committed to losing the weight that I didn’t hear my heart saying, “This is just not who you are.”
Interview with Leah Richardson, author of “Interior Wisdom” Part 4
Yolanda: I expected a thirty minutes interview and I could like go on and on talking with you. You are just fount of wisdom. I am definitely going to make it down to your Replenish retreat one of these days!
Leah Richardson: That’s great!
Yolanda: Because I have seen all the pictures and I am like, Oh, that looks so amazing!
Leah Richardson: I would love for you to come. It is a very special time and it is amazing what God does when we pull away. It’s good to pull away, because the world would tell you. You have to keep going 90 to nothing, and that little business of yours won’t run without you! But God honors those who honor Him and when we pull away to fill up, to just empty ourselves it’s a kind of replenishing. It is amazing what God pours out of our lives, because we are just a vessel. We are just a vessel. So when we pull away to fill up, He will definitely pour us back out in amazing and beautiful ways.
Yolanda: That is wonderful. One question. My last question that I will ask. How did Replenish come about? You just moved down to the farm. How did that come about? How did God move to make that happen?
Leah Richardson: That is an amazing story.Read More
Leah Richardson’s Interior Wisdom Interview Part 3
Yolanda: You also in Interior Wisdom give us behind the scenes view of the beginning to end process of designing. Whether it be with a full team, architect, client, craftsman and various contractors or a team of one wearing many hats. And you’ve described the joy of working with like-minded godly professionals on the construction site. And along with that, the fruits and challenges of managing a site where everyone isn’t so like-minded. I particularly enjoyed your way of being salt and light on a jobsite using just a sharpie pen. Can you give us tips on being salt and light in the design field and practicing our ministry of reconciliation of among professionals with diverse worldviews?
Leah Richardson: Okay, I do love a Sharpie. For obvious reasons I love to wield it like a sword.
One of the things you are referring to is once the studs are put up into the house I love writing scripture on them, because I just think, to me, it is part of the foundation. I love the book of Isaiah. It says as the rain falls and waters the ground causing it to flourish and grow, God’s word never returns void but accomplishes what He sends forth for it accomplish. I will never know who has read that scripture on that job site. Maybe that burly construction worker. You never know how God might grab his heart. Part of that is just being obedient. Being salt and light, I think that is our greatest ministry. I don’t care who you are or what you do, our greatest ministry is to live out what we believe. It is a radically thought nowadays, because we do live in a diverse society.Read More
Interview with Leah Richardson, author of “Interior Wisdom” Part 2
Yolanda: One of the things I love about your book is how you use the process of interior design as a metaphor for spiritual renewal. You give us metaphors that show that the process of designing is akin to the process of having the Lord work in our lives. To clear up the old and the unlovely to make room for His best. Can you give us an overview for your personal process of interior design from the inside out?
Leah Richardson: You know Yolanda, over the years we all accumulate lots of stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. And we can push that stuff aside… we can even walk around it. Hide it. And even today, we look at society and see the sadness of the dark side of hoarding.
What got my attention in what I needed to do in my life was through walking in people’s homes around the country. The outside looks fabulous. And I go inside, and it would be a mess and it would be chaos and there would be no peace or tranquility in the home. It made me realize that the most beautiful interior and the most beautiful life reached far past my human design to the power and presence of God in our lives and in our homes, because we all try including myself, to fill our lives with temporal things.Read More
Interview with Leah Richardson, author of “Interior Wisdom” Part 1: How I Found My Calling as an Interior Designer
Yolanda (WiseDecor Creative Director): I just reread your book and shared your wisdom and have come away refreshed and challenged and thank you for your beautiful reflections. I particularly appreciate the prayers throughout your book and I of course loved all the gorgeous photos, rooms, wall decor, etc. And I loved reading your story and it woved in your design reflections. Can you tell us your story on how you became to be an interior designer?
Leah Richardson: In looking back, I grew up in a very creative home. My first memory of going to the beach with my mom is making plaster of Paris handprints and footprints in the sand. My mother is an artist and she was always painting and drawing. When I went off to college she started a gourmet catering business. She cooks beautifully. So she could do anything. It was really fun to grow up with a creative mom. When I went to college, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, so I ended up in journalism in public relations and advertising. It was not that I was this avid reader, because I did not realize how bad I had dyslexia until I went off to design school and started drawing floor plans in reverse! But I ended up really loving the written word. My degree is in public relations and advertising. I graduated when interest rates were eighteen percent and it was high unemployment. So again, I’m going to use the word “I ended up” in real estate…Read More