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You want to beautify your blog with eye-catching graphics and stunning photos. You want to land your dream job, impress your boss, and wow your clients. You want to turn your passions into a meaningful business and build a recognizable brand. You want to express yourself through visual design with style, authenticity, and confidence. Intelligent, butt-kicking babe that you are, you want to do it on your own.

There’s just one BIG thing… Now you need the technical design skills to bring it to life.

In our digital world, having working knowledge of Photoshop is no longer an asset. It’s a requirement. But we know that it’s easier said than done.

This is precisely why Digital Darlings exists — to teach busy, professional, passionate women like you how to use Photoshop to confidently and efficiently execute your aesthetic visions. Tech whiz status not required. With Digital Darlings you’ll get the tools you need to advance and enhance your career or creative pursuits, all while making connections and networking with likeminded ladies.


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 I was recently asked about being your own boss, and keeping balance between work and play. // Here's what I think, and the approach I take // Finding balance is ongoing, but really getting to know yourself, your habits (good and bad) and how you want to feel during the day/week/month is HUGE for maintaining a balance that works for YOU. For me, a balance between work and play looks like this: ✔️ waking up early, and alternating working in those early hours, or going to yoga/reading/journaling. Making time for these three things is NON NEGOTIABLE. Sometimes I spend a few hours reading in the morning (right now it's @gretchenrubin's "Better than Before" which I can't recommend enough!), and sometimes I take an hour to read outside with my lunch. ✔️ Exercise: see above. For me, committing to yoga/physical activity every weekday was essential - it was all or nothing, when I started to say oh I'll just catch a class tomorrow, I'm too busy working today, I was less productive and did NOT catch the tomorrow class. Now I prioritize yoga or movement each day - a walk, a class, a bike ride. I have to get out of the house. ✔️ WEEKENDS OFF. Back when I created @frameworkmag, I worked 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was so passionate but stressed ALL THE TIME. And in the end, I was left with a burnout so severe I was forced not to work or do anything for MONTHS. Now I don't touch work at all on weekends. Weekends are for play, getting my home life organized, and spending time with my guy and friends. Working around the clock WILL NOT DO YOU GOOD. Turn off your email notifications, pre-schedule your social media posts, do whatever you must to preserve your weekends and be present. ✔️ Schedule time for FUN, and find ways that your work can be MORE JOYFUL. Just asking yourself "what can I do to enjoy this project/day/week/hour more?" can be a huge shift, but also put FUN into your calendar. I have a tendency to get wrapped up in the mindset where "I'll do this fun thing once I accomplish X" But that's a deprivation mindset. I'm turning fun into some kind of reward to be earned. FUN IS NECESSARY. Build fun into your day for the sake of it.
 You know that project/dream/idea/crazy big or small thing you've been sitting on for a while now?? (Or maybe the one you just thought of while daydreaming at your 9-5 desk today) I think you should just GO FOR IT. #mondaymantra
 Today though does anyone else (especially you friends in #vancity) feel like summer should be just beginning instead of coming to a close?!? I couldn't resist walking over to #kitsilanopool for a little swim & sun after working. How is everyone else taking advantage of our last few weeks of ample daylight in the evenings?
 INTO THE WILD // that's what creating a business & brand feels like: a mix of excitement, curiosity, nervousness, anticipation, fear, uncertainty, freedom, adventure. Often, the further into the wild you go - the deeper into the jungle - the more you come face to face with the darkest parts of yourself. The voices that once only whispered to you in the dead of night now dare to shout in the daylight: "you can't do this", "your gifts aren't special," "why would anyone hire you?" "You're not experienced/talented/different enough." I'm not impervious to these thoughts. Neither is the most experienced entrepreneur. And I'm betting, neither are YOU. ✖️So how do you - WE - step into our power as an entrepreneur, as a brand? ✖️  we get SUPER clear on WHO we are, our unique VALUE as a human and a brand, and how we are most MAGNETIC. (Trust me, you are all incredibly valuable and magnetic!!!)  we start expressing those 3 things fully and consistently and with that comes a shift in knowing in your head to knowing in your heart to bring true confidence, freedom, and opportunity. ✨That's where the magic begins in your business and your life. ✨ Raise your hands if you're on board
 BEACH BREAK / As an entrepreneur it's important to design my work day in a way that promotes the most productivity AND enjoyment so that I can continue to love what I do day in and day out. ✖️What I know for sure? There's nothing like getting outside in the sun with a good book to fuel me. When I take a REAL break (aka, no emails, no thinking about my to-do list) in the middle of the day, I can return to work feeling joyful, inspired, and calm. ✖️Finding your daily rhythm takes practice, experimentation, effort, and patience. I'm still working on mine, but I know that I like waking up early and having lots of transition time between tasks. ✖️Design YOUR day: start with what you know. Are you more alert/productive in the morning or afternoon? When is it easiest to "get in the zone?" Which daily habits are beneficial, and which ones seem to drag you down?
 Expose your whole heart. #mondaymantra ✖️ "The moment that you feel that just possibly you're walking down the street naked exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside showing too much of yourself - that's the moment you may be starting to get it right." ✖️ As entrepreneurs, and as women, more we can share everything on the inside - the more vulnerable we can be, the more power we have to change a life, change the world, and to come home to ourselves.
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Hola! Bria here – founder of Digital Darlings Creative, design chameleon, and word stylist. In addition to teaching Photoshop, I love to take on select clients for freelance projects involving Graphic Design, Branding and Copywriting, and I’m also available for consulting, speaking engagements, photography, or any other creative collaborations that your heart desires! Want to work together (or just say hello)?


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