Featured:: {Mingle Magazine}

Yipee!!! I have been counting down to this month since early Fall last year. When I received confirmation that my Commercial Winnie the Pooh shoot, with Disney, seen here would be featured in Mingle my heart wanted to burst. It was torture keeping this a secret from y'all, but so worth it.

This was my first national feature in a national magazine, so yipee!!! I have read Mingle for years and was thrilled to learn the editors fell just in love with my shoot as I did!  My feature starts on page 76-80, a 5 page spread! So go run to the nearest Barnes and Noble, Michael's or Costco and pick up a copy now, they always sell out fast!!

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New Year Brings New Changes and Contentment...

2014, was a year of finding out more about myself, and my business . It was a year of discovering what fuels my core, what drives my passion and what makes sense in the end. I remember sitting on the shuttle bus on the way to the airport after the AH Inspired conference, talking with my sweet friend Tana, and it all of a sudden clicked. It started to make sense all of the jumble I had clouded in my head for so long, suddenly became clearer.

After that pivotal moment, I collected my thoughts and started to dive into what I knew my heart and business needed, a face lift. I contacted a lovely calligrapher who I admired for some time, I started building a new word press website, branding collateral, etc. I knew after talking to a few industry friends and colleges that this was the right direction I needed for my business, my heart felt right.

So what does all of this mean? Greyson Design is changing but in a good and beautiful way. My name will change a little bit to focus more on what makes my heart burst. With that change a new beautiful logo and website is being curated and finalized as we speak. My services will be altered to fit my new brand and more. I can't wait to reveal the final product to you soon, my heart could just burst at the seams.

One thing that will be a huge change to my company is the graphic design aspect of my company. I will no longer be producing invitations, printables or any graphic design like that. Later, down the road my focus will be more on inspirational pieces that make sense to me and my core values as a business and person. I can't wait to reveal more on that, but all in perfect timing!

Going into 2015, I was a little paranoid to say the least. To make these major changes has been scary, but reassuring. I knew that I couldn't get down on myself and compare my old business to my up and coming one. Or to not compare myself to other professionals who have a strong brand and name, we all start somewhere right? So going into this new year I wanted to make sure my #onelittleword was a powerful and meaningful word that would resonate. This year I will be soaking up the word CONTENTMENT.

This word can mean so much for so many people. For me it is the idea of being comfortable in my own skin and life. Not that improving any of these areas is negative, but doing it in a positive way. I want to be content on where my business and life is heading, but driven by my own heart, not others progress. I also want to be content knowing that I am enough and doing the best I can. So many times in our life we get lost with comparing ourselves to others, but in the end it just brings us down.

I look forward to sharing so much with you in 2015. Wishing you all so much love! Here's to being content my friends!

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{AH Inspired}- A Inspiring Conference for Creatives

It's been a whirlwind the last few weeks. I can reassure you that life has been good, real good. A few weeks ago I attended a amazing retreat in Nashville, and I am here to dish all about it on why you should be next to attend. Stay here because this post is full of lovely details, fun and just pure goodness!
Where do I even begin? Welcomed by the sweetest staff, Amber's smiling face and the most sincere southern drawls and y'all's. I first meet Amber a few years ago at the Dreamers into Doers conference, you can read all about that here.Typically, when I am selecting conferences to attend I am very very particular. I base it on the speakers being experts or creatives that I look up to, what's being taught, location, price and what information that is crucial to my investment, When I got word about AH Inspired and the speakers I knew I just had to be there.

We kicked the first night off with a lovely and colorful cocktail welcome party! Kim from The Tomkat Studio knocked it out of the park. We had such a great first night! Also, look at all the lovely speakers and staff in a pre-party photo op below!
 Below is Kim from The Tomkat Studio speaking to us about the business of blogging. She's was just as sweet and lovely as I imagined. So glad to have connected with her at Inspired. And yes amazing things will happen. Lovely canvas designed by Design Roots for Tomkat Studio and printed through Shutterfly!

Inspired was a collection of some of my favorite creatives. Some I have followed for years, others I have met in person and a lot I wanted to meet. It just all made perfect sense, oh and the occasional pj parties and surprises were just a added bonus. This conference has been one of the best in my opinion and worth the investment! So many fun memories!

One of the main reason I felt Inspired was worth the investment is because some of the headline speakers who I consider experts in their field and are continuously making a way for other creatives.  Pictured below (L to R): Samantha from Studio Calico, Nancy from Nancy Ray Photography, and Nicolle from Libby Lane Press.

Speaking on topics like collaborations, SEO, blogging, client experience, branding, balancing life and work, floral design, watercolor, chalk lettering and so much more. One on one and more intimate time with the speakers was such amazing part of this journey. That alone is worth the investment I would say.
With every conference comes amazing swag of course. The sponsors from this event really knocked it out of the park when it came to spoiling us. I felt like a kid again on Christmas morning.

Sponsors: Just a few to mention Cricut, Emily Ley, May Designs, American Crafts, The Tomkat Studio, Lara Casey, Southern Weddings, Nauge Designs, Smitten on Paper, Shutterfly, Tieks, Mail Chimp and more!



Oh and let's not forget about the crafting challenge with Kim from Tomkat that was sponsored by Cricut. We were given 1 hour to create a tablescapes out of adorable scrapbook supplies from American Crafts, Crucit and more! It was such a fun and exciting challenge, The winning table won a brand new Cricut Machine and lots of gooodies from Provo Craft. All of the tables had such fun and unique designs.
Everyday was filled with amazing food, meeting new friends, strengthening bonds with old friends and so much more. No detail let untouched for sure. The nights were filled with cocktail parties, reception style dinners and fun pj parties and craft sessions. It was like a giant slumber party every night, so many memories to cherish.

Above: Lovely gifts from Amber at the farewell dinner, Colorful Tieks from one of our generous sponsors, and the beautiful watercolor suite Jessica created for the conference. 
Above: Lovely dinner party presented by Hey Gorgeous Events, Sweet swag and goodies, and some beautiful ladies in their cocktail attire. 

Each speaker bought so much to each session and information that was obtainable, informative and applicable. I couldn't have asked for better content honestly! I felt refreshed, content and at peace returning home. So greatful for this intimate experience.

So thankful for the few days with other creative women, forming new relationships and soaking every beautiful moment up! Looking back at this group photo is such a beautiful thing, something that can not be measured, but only remembered I believe.
If you have any hesitation about Amber Housley Inspired don't wait! She my friends is Making Things Happen, good things indeed. What are you waiting for? We all have a inevitable story to tell that is ingrained deep in ours veins. Something that fuels our soul and ignites our passion. The struggle it took to obtain your story isn't all that matters, it's the story you choose to leave behind. What story are you writing, waiting for others to read? What are you waiting for?

Inspired 2014 (www.ahinspired2014.com) hosted by Amber Housley (www.amberhousley.com)
Photography by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography (www.nancyrayphotography.com)
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