Oh Happy Day!

Ten months ago I sat in a room with 27 amazing women (and Mike – lucky guy!) at Making Things Happen. This, for me was a life-changing experience that will be in my mind daily pushing me towards being a better version of myself. I have been blessed to do what I love every day and spend time surrounded by wonderful friends and family, but at the end of it I must admit there was a lot of room for improvement. This year has been all about focus, restructuring, changing and learning how to live a full life. I have had several years of amazing clients and projects, built wonderful industry relationships and forged friendships that bring me so much joy. In March I began the journey of discovering why I do what I do and how I can do it best. I love paper, I love my clients, I love being challenged to create something new that adds to the amazingness of that one perfect day. Who better to help me discover the direction to head than Lara Casey, Emily Ley and Cathy Olson. These women have helped me to build something remarkable that perfectly represents me and my business.

It started with exploration and pretty pictures (my favorite things!) – I gave them this inspiration board which represents the feeling of joy, happiness, brightness and love that I want everyone to experience from Brightly Designed.

Everyone always says “you’re a graphic designer can’t you do that for yourself?” but for me it was too close to home and I needed someone to help me step back and look at not only what I wanted in a logo or brand, but what I wanted in my life. After more discovery and countless hours it all came together in this perfect package….

Followed by my least favorite thing – pictures of me! Thank you, thank you  Audra Rene for your hair and makeup magic. And of course the photos had to be by the amazing Suzanne Hansen of Shewanders Photography. This amazing woman has been here for me through this entire journey encouraging me every step of the way. Her heart is so full and her love for life is contagious!

All of these amazing new relationships I have built have helped me ground myself to get ready to run into a future filled with fabulous clients, growing friendships, and a life filled with love and laughter. These women have challenged me to step up, face my fears head on and jump in – having a team to share this journey with has made all the difference in the world. I’m so thrilled to have this shiny new platform by Making Brands Happen and Love-Inspired to share my work – there is so much of it that you haven’t seen and so many more exciting things ahead!

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18 Responses

  1. Lara says:

    Courtney, I am so proud of you and just on cloud nine thinking of what’s ahead for you! You have had a truly remarkable year. This is just the beginning!!!

  2. Courtney, WOW! I am so impressed and proud of all that you’ve accomplished since that amazing day in February :) It is just amazing how this blog and your beautiful new website completely completely exude YOU. Wonderful job to you and the MBH & Love Inspired team! The site is wonderful, I explored it all and I especially died over the Alicia & Aaron and Tasha & Michael galleries. Plus all that press! So so happy for you!! <3

  3. Emily Ley says:

    COURTNEY!! We could not be more excited about you and your new brand!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS and you’ve done such amazing work!!! TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!!!

  4. Amber Moon says:

    I mean really, the most beautiful brand and site ever – so reflective of the most beautiful stationer!! Proud to be your friend! It’s beautiful! Congrats! xxoo!

  5. shewanders says:

    I’m so happy for you my wonderful friend! This site is gorgeous and so reflective of the beautiful work that you do. Like Emily said, it’s time to CELEBRATE!
    xoxo suzanne

  6. OH MY GOSH! This is STUNNING. I am SO happy for you!! (And secretly doing a teensy dance of happiness that one of my photos made it on your inspiration board!) LOVE YOU!

  7. The site and Blog look so beautiful! Congrats, Courtney, on an incredible journey and a fresh new beginning. Wishing you all the best and many blessing in this next chapter!

  8. HOOORAY HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY! This is so great! I am so excited and proud of this for you! It is beautiful and complete and so simply stated! I see your energy and passion for what you do through these colors and your writing! :) I LOVE THIS! GO YOU! This has been an amazing journey and so much more is yet to come for your talented self! :)

  9. shewanders says:

    i like Emily’s Hoorays!!!!!!!!

  10. Briana Smith says:

    Everything looks sooo GREAT!!! Good luck with your journey! We know you will be so successful!! :)

  11. aimee jobe says:

    Courtney……….AMAZING times double infinity! Seriously this may be the most beautiful brand I have ever seen! I really goes ties all your stunning products together with such beauty. You are so awesome…I look forward to lots of blog posts displaying your lovely work. :)

  12. Cie says:

    Courtney!! I LOVE every little corner of your beautiful website. It leaves such a happy feeling in my heart! Congratulations on this huge step in the right direction for you and Brightly Designed :)

    BIG hugs!

  13. Congratulations friend! I am so very proud of you and all the hard work you put into getting your new brand launched. Happy happy dance! xoxo

  14. Amy Kinslow says:

    EVERYTHING about your new website is stunning! I’m super excited for you and super jealous of this fabulous new site, ha! Congrats!

  15. Allie Rossignol says:

    Courtney! I’m impressed and proud and squealing for you in a way that can’t quite be conveyed through the internet. I want to pat you on the back and say “now go get that dream!”, but I think you’ve already got it. Amazing.

    • admin says:

      AllieMac!! Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I hope you are well. I can’t believe how grown up William is! We need to schedule a chat soon!

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