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May Recap Featured Image

Where did May go?? Holy smokes. I cannot be the only one that is questioning this? I feel like I was just writing last months recap post. Any who, May was a very busy month for me.

What did I do in May?

I went to two conferences in Minneapolis towards the end of May which were completely awesome. WordCamp Minneapolis was fun as usual and I will be writing a short review post of the Prestige Conference in the next couple of days so make sure to come back and check that out!

Project wise, I am still busy working on redesigning a logo for a local auto repair shop, and I did start working on a new website for American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Inc and I am so very excited about that. I am also working on my existing projects for Radiant Homes and some small changes for Enclave Development, so stay tuned for those!

Keeping it short today cause I am a busy girl. I am just happy I am staying on track with my recap blog posts because let’s be honest, keeping a blogging schedule is not my strongest point.

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April Recap 2016 Featured Image

Well, April came and went pretty quickly. I think for my second month doing my freelance business, I was pretty busy if I do say so myself!

What was I up to in April?

I launched two websites (!!!). Those two sites were enclavecompamies.com and diamondcutfm.com and I also designed the logo for Diamond Cut Lawn and Snow.

 

I will be updating my website with those added into my portfolio shortly so stay tuned for deets on those two projects!

What do I have on deck for May?

I am working on one website as of right now and have another logo design in the works! Plus lots of updated stuff for my personal sites, so stay tuned.

AND I am going to attending two conferences towards the end of May in the cities that I am completely stoked about, more on those later!

Quick Side Note:

Have I mentioned that I love my job, because I do absolutely love my job.

Welp, that is all I have for right now. I am going to try to keep these monthly recaps going, but no promises.

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This is a post from my personal blog, #StaceyLogic. I delve into my freelancing decision a bit so I decided to share an excerpt here.


Follow that spark (Seriously, just do it.)

Warning: Semi mushy post alert. Proceed with caution.

The last five months have been a roller coaster, and let me tell you, I am not a fan of roller coasters. I have had to make some HUGE changes. One of those changes was deciding to join the self employed world and freelance full time.

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For those who don’t know, I am now freelancing as a Web + Graphic Designer under my own name, Stacey Bartron Designs.  It’s been just over a month and I couldn’t be happier. I am also scared, what happens when my current projects are done?  Am I going to make it? I have no clue and no one else can really answer that question.  I am doing this by myself, I don’t have any colleague to turn to when I have a question. I have google and my work ethic and my family. Shout out to my sister who I should be paying to proof everything and for keeping me (semi) sane. I am hoping my work ethic, word of mouth, and my customer service skills will help me out along the way.

This post is getting a bit off the point, which is to follow that spark that makes you happy (I know, I know, super cheesy. I am channeling my inner Shia).


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Why I decided to quit my job and work for myself

I am the type of person who likes a regular schedule and a steady paycheck (Who doesn’t love a steady paycheck, though. AMIRIGHT?!). My husband has worked jobs that have been commission based, and the inconsistent paychecks made paying our bills hard to do. In fact his current job is still commission based, but he has regular accounts therefore it’s more consistent. I never thought I’d want to put myself in the position where I might not be getting regular paychecks. As much as I try to be a “go with the flow” type of person, I am not.

One does not simply go with the flow
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That’s probably why I am the most shocked with my decision to go freelance. I had my moments (and still do) where I was asking myself “Hey Stace, love you girl but quick question. What. Are. You. Doing??”. So what helped aid me in the decision? I am a list person. I like my check lists, grocery lists (even though I always forget them) and pro/con lists. I wrote down all of my reasons why I thought it was a good idea and a bad idea for me to go out on my own. I cleaned up and detailed out the top 5 pro’s on my list and decided to share it with the world. Drum roll…

My top 5 reasons that made me decide to quit my job and freelance

Warning: Get ready for an onslaught of cheesy inspirational quotes, feels, and Stacey rants.

1) Do what you love, love what you do

I love what I do. No kidding. I love web development. I love graphic design. I love WordPress. I love learning and challenging myself. That’s a lot of love flowing around, I know. I was at the point in my previous position where I wasn’t learning and being challenged enough. I know some people won’t understand that, but having a new challenge is what keeps me getting up and going to work. When I am truly excited about something, I dive in and don’t come up for air until I absolutely have to. What I was doing wasn’t quenching that thirst. I was proficient at what I was doing, but proficiency is basically the opposite of being challenged.

2) I realized I had a great ideas

I am going to toot my own horn here, so stay with me. I am not sure how many Stacey rants people had to sit through (too many, I know), but one day after one of my rants, I realized I was making a damn good point. I started to keep a mental note when my rambling actually lead up to a really good idea or a valid point and I started to gain confidence. My ideas may not be perfect, but I know that I have some well rounded ideas on how to run a business, grow a business, and keep people happy in a business. I have never managed another person or department before, but I manage myself and get stuff done better than people who have managing experience. I am dedicated and focused to my profession. Now maybe I am late to the game in realizing this about myself, but when I added all of this up, I realized I wasn’t living up to my own potential. I am still not 100% sure what I am doing in all aspects (erm, self employment tax?), but it’s nothing I can’t figure out.

3) Trust and respect

Side note: Most jobs I have worked at had these type of rules in place when it comes to the points I am bringing up. I honestly feel these are outdated workplace trends.
These two are whoppers, I know. The fact that I am a self starter and I got my job done, yet I had to adhere to a schedule, track my time, have my internet monitored much to how I was treated in high school, didn’t sit right with me at any job. Tracking billable time is obviously very important. Making sure I tracked my time sitting waiting for my computer to restart or time spent chatting with a co-worker, I didn’t like. It gave me extra anxiety and I felt I had to be extra productive when I was already ridiculously productive right out of the starting gate. Even if those restrictions weren’t directed at me, I felt like the harder I worked, the more restrictions were put on me. I am probably coming off as a whiny and privileged young person, but 95% of the time I worked hard at every job I had and I have references to back that up. As much as I joke around, at the end of the day I am an adult, as are the other people in most workplaces. If you can’t trust those people you hire to do their job, then why hire them?

4) You just never know…

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.Thomas Edison
I know, the cheesy cringe worthy quote about missed opportunities and taking chances. I am so guilty of using them, but for the most part they are true. I am doing something I never thought I would/could be doing. 6 months ago, I would never thought I would be my own boss. The thought of freelancing actually scared the bejeebs out of me. But I am doing it and I am figuring it out. I will either be really good at it and love it or I will figure something else out. One week into it, I am freaking elated and I have had a smile plastered to my face since I started this adventure. Please note, I am only one week into it and I am a realist (almost to a fault) so ask me again in a couple months how I feel about it.

5) When the pro/con list doesn’t add up

At the end, my pro/con list was pretty even. I need to stress this wasn’t an easy decision to make. I lost sleep and stressed if I was doing the right thing. Sometimes, you need to tear up the pro/con list and do what is best for yourself. And that is what I did.

Now for the gushy part

The support I have received so far has been overwhelming to say the least. To the people who have supported me and the people who have always been there for me and are my backbone when I need one. The ones who believe in my skills, recommend my services, and have been promoting me since the second I made the decision to do this. I mean this from the bottom of my heart… thank you.

Blowing a kiss
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I am already busy with a couple projects and have a couple more in the works. This feeling in itself is something amazing, that I am doing this, my own way, on my own terms. I cannot wait for what the next year is going to bring. Here is new exciting adventures.

Stacey Bartron Freelance WordPress Design

Introducing Stacey Bartron Designs

Yep, you read that correctly. I am now operating under Stacey Bartron Designs. And I am so very excited about this venture that I can hardly keep the smile off from my face.

I will get into my decision to go freelance into another post, I just need to let the world know because I have been sitting on this news for the last two weeks wanting to yell it from the mountain tops, but I held back. Why? Because when I made this decision, I knew two things.

  1. I needed to focus on my previous clients with my previous employer to make sure they were taken care of. I am going to miss working with those clients, they were great, but I worked hard to make sure my projects were passed off knowing they would be left in good hands.
  2. I wanted to be able to focus 100% of my attention to SBD (Stacey Bartron Designs). I couldn’t, in good conscious, promote my new venture while working for my old employer. I mean, technically, I could have, but it wouldn’t have been ideal, and I want to make sure I am doing this the right way.

Hitting the ground running

I already have some clients lined up and I am ready to help them make an amazing website and help them learn all about WordPress. I cannot put into words how excited I am do this, my way, and flex my WordPress muscles.

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Are you looking for a new look or more information on what I can do to help you and your business? Want to learn more about WordPress? Give me a call or use my contact form, I am more then happy to meet with you and have a chat.

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Proud to (finally) launch StaceyDesigns.com

Well, the time has finally come. I have decided to quit picking over small details and launch my new portfolio. This has been a work in progress for over a year.

WAIT, what..a year?? Yes, a year, I have the hosting renewal bill to prove it. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it a priority in my life or else it would have been launched months ago. Total time I spent on it was easily less than two weeks total. And months and months of this nagging feeling that I need to finish it. One thing I need to get better at is setting time aside for personal development.

So much has changed since I started. I went through three logos, 2 different color choices. I couldn’t figure out how I wanted my portfolio to look (and to be honest, I am still not sure it’s the final look…but is it ever?).

At one point, I started to build my own theme. I actually still have those files, and plan on working on that in my downtime (so 5 years from now I might be close to finishing it). I decided to ease up on myself and use the 2013 WordPress starter theme. See the screenshot below.

WordPress 2013

So my next step, customize the crap out of it. I added a project post type, created a custom page template, made a full width page template. I enjoyed (pretty much) every second of it. (BTW..2013 theme has some funky sidebar issues going on. Has anybody else struggled with it?)

And…I am pretty much in love with this site. For the time being. Until I get the itch again for another redesign.

That’s all I got for right now. It’s late, I need sleep. I am launching this bad boy tomorrow.
-Stacey Bartron

So, the other day I was bumming about my list of goals I set in April after I attended WordCamp.

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And today, I was going over my list again, and it hit me, I have been working with WordPress just over a year, and that helped me put everything back into perspective. 365 days doesn’t actually feel like that long of a period of time, but when I think about the last year, it feels like it has been so much longer.

In the last year, I have worked on over 20 WordPress websites and over half of those, I have managed the design process from the beginning to end. And I have started to delve into development side of WordPress. I have made custom post types and custom templates for those custom post types. Now that is something I am proud of.

I was lucky enough to get to redesign the first website I made when hired by BNG Design.

 

All in all, after I put things in perspective, I have accomplished a lot and I am pretty happy with myself.