It's been a few weeks since I've been able to do a Lovely Web Links post, so if you're looking for a lot of creative inspiration/indie business advice/random web comics this Thursday, you've come to the right place!
+ 8 skills you need when running your own business.
+ Do you use the Afterglow iPhone app? (I've been seeing photos created with it for weeks, and finally figured out what app everyone's been using!) Here are some free Afterglow Photoshop actions to go along with it.
+ Krisatomic's interpretation of every December gift guide, ever. Ha.
+ So pretty: black and white holiday decoration.
+ My talented friend Sarah recently started a gorgeous blog called The Curated House. She beautifully features interior design, fashion, and FOOD! The photos of her pumpkin spice bundt cake with maple butter icing are making me salivate.
+ If you're a blogger or small biz owner, knowing how to properly hold a contest on Facebook is super important. I've seen bloggers make huge mistakes, and without the right information it's easy to accidentally do something illegal (seriously).
+ Really touching: "16 ways I blew my marriage".
+ I love Kelli Murray's thoughts on Sunday, the best day.
Happy Thursday. xo
You may have noticed some serious radio silence here - not updating for two weeks really isn't my style. But sometimes life takes a turn that you don't expect.
Two weeks ago today, my brother Malcolm died.
He was 26, and was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle. He had spent the weekend working hard to finish up a construction job (he was a self-employed contractor) and took a long ride on a peaceful country highway early on Monday morning to go shooting at a gun club he was a member of. He was struck by a driver that turned left into his path, that didn't see Malcolm on his motorcycle at all. It was a head-on collision, and he was killed instantly.
It breaks my heart that he didn't have a fighting chance, but my heart is also comforted by the fact that he didn't suffer. He died doing something he loved, and looked totally badass while doing it. (He had ammo strapped to his chest, Rambo-style. Seriously.) He lived his life being true to himself, and died the same way.
Nate and I flew to Canada to be with my family last week, and even through our grief, it was a beautiful experience. The outpouring of love from friends, family, and acquaintances blew me away. I have never felt so loved, so supported, and so comforted.
I am so thankful for:
+ The most amazing husband a girl could ever ask for, Nate. I swear that I fall more in love with him every day.
+ For Nate's parents, who flew from Minnesota to Canada last week to be with us. Their sacrifice meant the world to me and my family.
+ My three best gals, Krista, Tara, and Beth (and their awesome significant others). Who are there for late-night airport pickups, hugs, laughs, coffee, and the messiness of life. I wouldn't be the same without you, and my life is better with you in it.
+ Our incredible community here in Los Angeles. Our church family, co-workers, and friends have brought me so much peace and comfort through prayers, meals, phone calls, texts, and hugs.
+ The support of friends from all over. We've received cards, letters, financial gifts, phone calls, and so much love that my heart has felt like it was about to burst. People showed up to my brother's visitation that I haven't seen in years, and that's something pretty special.
+ For Canada. For my home. For the cool weather of fall. For walks through the forest. For my childhood home. For Tim Horton's (naturally).
+ For my brother, Malcolm. For my warrior boy. For all the fun (and frustration) of growing up together. For his wild spirit and fierce determination to be no one but himself. And of course, for just being my little brother.
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Congratulations to Kelli - the winner of the Creative Book Duo giveaway! Big thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and shared about it. Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon!
Have a most lovely weekend everyone! I'll be spending mine with my beautiful friend Micaela who's flying in from Seattle for a visit (yay!).
+ Love Lisa Congdon's hand-lettering.
+ How to create the best graphic logo.
+ 5 simple rules for working from home.
+ Have you heard about Pinterest's new feature to verify your website? (See the little red check mark next to mine?) Here's how to make it work on Blogger, Wordpress, and Tumblr.
+ All about Snapwidget - an Instagram viewer for blogs. (I use it in my sidebar!)
+ Jamie's insights are always humorous, touching, and true. Not to mention that she has the catchiest post titles, like Jesus in Cougar Town.
+ Instagram FINALLY has web-based profiles! They look pretty slick too. Find me at instagram.com/lesleymyrick.
Today's your LAST CHANCE to enter the Creative Biz Book Duo Giveaway - click here to enter for your chance to win a copy of Lisa Sonora Beam's The Creative Entrepreneur and SARK's Make Your Creative Dreams Real.
There are only a handful of entries so your chances are good! Ready? GO!
Not only do I love this fun, flat collage-style approach that Refinery 29 has taken in this graphic, but the accompanying article is hilarious. Take a peek to see if you're living in a hipster apartment - you might not even know it! (I have 8 out of the 32 things in my apartment that they define as "hipster". Oh my. Time for my record player to crank out some tunes on vinyl while I heed the advice of my "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.)
November already, eh? One month until the GREATEST MONTH EVER! I'm a bit partial to December, due to the fact that it holds my birthday, Christmas, a visit to both sets of families (in Minnesota and Canada), and our wedding anniversary.
But enough about me, on with the links!
+ The wall art above? So. Rad. I see a DIY wall art project here...
+ A very lovely little story.
+ Do you have what it takes? Here are 10 qualities of entrepreneurs.
+ A collection of great, free fonts for party invitations (and more, of course).
+ iPhone tips and tricks for iOS6. Super useful!
+ Photographer Sara Lando is giving away her newest graphic novel as a PDF for free. Her style is killer - totally worth checking out for visual inspiration.
+ Have you entered the totally awesome creative book giveaway?
And here's what else I've been up to on the web:
+ Sharing my favorite home decor trends for fall.
+ Giving a video sneak peek into a cool and colorful designer showhouse.