Well, hello there! I have A LOT of exciting news to share. After you are finished reading, can you leave a comment with some words of encouragement? A lot of what I am about to share is 100 steps outside the Jessica box of comfort.

Recently, something became crystal clear. Up to this point, there have been people in my life that have a strong opinion about what I do, when I do it and why I do it. I’m talking about my career.

OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS ARE NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

I am writing this blog from my iPhone, on the couch, as I binge watch The Office. I’m telling you that so that you’re reminded you can do this whenever, right where you are. *screenshot below* The Blogging Meet-up Today, I spoke with my boss, Chrissanne Long, at My Office and More’s blogging meet up. […]

Coffee with Mayor Wiggs - Jessica Kircher

This is going to be a quick read but I felt this was an experience worth sharing.

First things first, if you are a young Lakelander then you too can have coffee with the mayor. All you have to do is submit your info & availability here: https://lovelakeland.com/join-mayor-coffee-chat/

Coffee with the Mayor is an open table conversation where you have the chance to voice your suggestions and concerns regarding Lakeland. What do you love about Lakeland? What do you wish Lakeland had more of? What would keep you from moving away? Mayor Wiggs wants to know the answers to those questions and whatever else may be brewing in your Lakelander heart.

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You know that saying, “if I knew then, what I know now”. That’s what I say in regards to internships and where my design career began. I took my internships for granted, one in particular. My first and greatest internship was with a design firm in Lakeland called, at the time, CE Design Co.. Besides the fact that everything was pink, I was truly inspired by the business and the owner, Amy Dennis. She’s this strong, talented designer that had a dream and didn’t let it remain just a dream.

I was only at CE Design Co. for a short period of time. Leaving the internship early is on my list of regrets. Let’s just say, I was young and I wasn’t ready to do WHATEVER IT TOOK to be a designer.

My best friend’s wedding is coming up and I promised her invitations. This was my first ever custom wedding invitation project. I enjoyed putting these together because it was a challenge for me. I’ve never designed, printed AND assembled an idea before. It’s opened a new door for me and I can’t wait to take on more of these creative projects.

I’ve been designing my whole life. I’ve been designing before I even knew that I was designing. It all started with Neopets. I would design Neopet guild layouts. Then, the passion traveled to Myspace. I started my own Myspace layout side business. I used Paintshop Pro in the beginning. My mom got the program to edit family photos. I also realized I had design skills all throughout school. I would also design great school presentations and enjoyed making slideshows and animated videos. Once I went to Keiser for an actual degree in design, I knew that that was what I was meant for. Graphic design and digital marketing is what makes my soul happy. SO, it’s been a long journey to get to where I am today. I still can’t believe that I am where I am. I’m genuinely proud of myself.

Over a year ago, my friend showed me a website called Elle and Company Design. I’ve heard about quick moments that can change your whole life and/or perspective and this was one of those moments. I didn’t know what all design had to offer till I was introduced to this creative resource. After researching the blog and browsing her portfolio, my perspective on design and the future of my career changed. If you don’t have a blog you are already hooked on and need design, creative, or small business inspiration, Elle and Company Design is the blog/site/go-to for you.

You’re in your creative field, so now it’s time to get paid for a career, not a job. There are a lot of jobs out there that will underpay their employees. Why? Because they can and designers that do not know any better will take it and not ask any questions. When you’re fresh out of school, this is understandable. I am a firm believer that if you have a degree  and more than 2 years of experience, then your pay should reflect that. It’s not your employer’s job to make this decision though. YOU need to know when to ask for more or when to know it’s time to leave and start moving on. This has been a constant struggle for me and my career. Here’s three factors I try to keep in mind when it comes to my career and my pay.

I’ve written a blog about anxiety before; you can read it here. This blog is different. Anxiety affects my creative life on a whole other level. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my anxious heart. I can say, there are pros and cons to what my anxious heart has done to my life. I try to look at everything with a positive lens but I believe that it’s okay to regret things in life, you just shouldn’t dwell on them. So, here’s how it is to live with an anxious heart (regarding creative living).

It’s crazy to think that I was not going to make it to this event. The money was tight, I had work the next morning and the thought of walking into a room not knowing anyone filled me with fear. I believe the Lord sent me a request saying “Jessica, this event is for you”. […]

Today was my first day going to the Grace City Women’s group. We met outside of Starbucks with our bibles and devotional journals. I was too excited; way way way too excited. This will be mentioned at the end of the post but let’s just say, the Lord knows I’ve been NEEDING this for a long time.

 

So, in the group we have a reading plan and at the end of the plan we would have read the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice; IN ONE YEAR! I think that’s super awesome because I’ve never read the Bible and now’s the time to do it. The best part is that I am not doing it alone.

Each Tuesday, Christina (the head pastor’s wife) gives us our assigned reading and we read it. After reading, each of us writes an observation from what we read and also a prayer. My goal is to not only write a blog post about Church but also write a blog post every Tuesday. My blog post will be my observation and my prayer.

So, I got this idea today. I tried out a new Church and loved it and after the service I thought, “I want to start writing about my experiences with God.” I think it would be better to write about it on my own personal blog/design site because in the past, when I would post about it on social media, I would be criticized immensely. I feel better about writing in a space that I feel comfortable because then, if people don’t want to read it, they don’t have to. I have yet to get myself 100% right with God, so who am I to throw him down your throat when I have yet to digest it all myself. I will look at this as my own personal diary with Jesus. Hopefully, I will influence others with my entries. I’ve started to realize that we shouldn’t start ANYTHING with others in mind. Everything we do should be for Jesus and our own well being and then the impact on others will shortly follow. So, here it goes. Welcome to my walk with Jesus.

Surprisingly enough, I’ve never played a sport before. I say surprisingly because of what I am about to describe as my biggest physical activity thus far. I describe this event as sprinting before even knowing how to crawl. I wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for my strength and number one motivator, Garrett Robinson. […]

I know every person wishes they had this option; be able to take notes through life and go back and live off of those notes. If only I knew then what I know now, happiness wouldn’t be so far away. I wish young adults would actually listen when you give them advice because, I would […]

What better way to honor my dad on his special day than to post my appreciation for his teachings. I don’t think my dad knows how much of his teachings really stick by me. I know some of the similarities found in me can keep my momma on her toes but, a lot of my strength and the reason I am where I am are owed to my dad. 

My school of choice for my design career was Keiser University. I had the privilege of being taught by two fabulous and gifted design professors: Mrs. Kerri Percy and Mr. Greg Williams. The two have different teaching techniques but mesh well together to offer such an elite learning experience. I wanted to share with you some of the key lessons I learned from Percy and Williams that have helped aid in the development of my overall design career.

A coherent design consists of logic and consistency. Coherence helps your brand streamline successfully and allows your client and audience to get to know your business. This is vital because in the beginning stages of your business development, you need to create that image in people’s minds so that they will find their way back to your brand and what you have to offer. Take a look at three key ways to develop a coherent design.

This isn’t your ordinary interview post. These tips are the reasons why I am where I am today and have had the job opportunities I have had. It is essential to learn as much as you can about interviews because that is the wall between you and your dream career. So, take out a pen and paper and jot down the tips and tricks I am about to list. Feel free to save the graphic I have created that list these out. 

Yes, I know, “How much could you possibly know about management?” Don’t draw conclusions based on my age. When you are a over-analyzer (If that’s an accurate adjective) and over analyze every teeny tiny thing you do, you tend to learn more about positions you fill. I had the priviledge and honor of managing a small (big) print shop in Plant City; one of my favorite jobs to date. Every day was an interesting one and I learned a thing or two about management; some pros and a handful of cons. 

I’m over it and it’s time I let out some steam. There’s nothing worse regarding professional communication than chatting back and forth through e-mail and the person on the other side not having proper e-mail etiquette. It turns me off to the conversation and makes me not want to chat with them any longer. There’s […]

Not to say freelancing will never be right for you, but there’s a point in your career when you need to make the right steps toward your success. Freelancing has its’ ups and downs and knowing when the downs over power the ups is crucial. One of the worst mistakes I have made is taking […]

Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Just kidding. No, but seriously, you might need to become a coffee drinker. I actually like some coffee with my creamer but anywho… I have been asked by many people how I got where I am today and what advice I would give to someone walking into the life […]

It has become such a beneficial experience working for a print shop. Before I started working here, I knew how to design and then send the design to my client. Never was I taught how to accurately set my client and their printer up for success. It is essential for designers to know how to […]

As designers, we are guiding the audience with our design. Often times, you will see a postcard or invitation with a lot of text but no direction. It’s essential to know the key steps to developing successful visual hierarchy. Designers have more control over their designs than they realize and should definitely use it to […]

There is no denying it, social media is the next best marketing tool for business owners. It is definitely adding more to our plate but the return we will receive is well worth it. Over 1.73 billion people are using social media and that number continues to rise each year (Source). It’s essential for business […]

If it wasn’t for the switch up I made to my lifestyle, I wouldn’t be where I am today. There are certain sacrifices people have to make to get where they want to be. It’s just one of those things, you have to leave where you are and who you are to be who you […]

The most exciting part about your brand is that you have the opportunity to create every piece of it. I think the most challenging part of a brand is designing for your own company. I can have consultations with clients, understand their desired direction, and follow through with a great design but when it comes […]

It’s time. You have officially gained the inspiration you need to take the first step into your future of blogging. There’s so much to do and you’re not sure where to begin. I dealt with this challenge first hand. It makes since to make this my first blog because it’s a fresh memory I can […]