Spinning Plates

It’s Monday and I’m looking forward to another week of spinning plates. I take a step back and look at all the projects and life adventures I’m balancing and I see myself looking like this: (note, I have a very colorful imagination) The reality is, I’m pretty sure I look more like this: What I… Continue reading Spinning Plates

Best when blessed

How would you categorize yourself in regards to goals? Do you make them? Are you “goal-driven”? How do you prioritize your goals? What was the BIGGEST goal you ever reached? I love making goals because they keep me focused. I have goals of ALL KINDS and am absolutely, a goal driven person. There’s nothing better… Continue reading Best when blessed

My entrepreneur perspective

Happy Holidays! I hope this season is treating you well. I had a wonderful conversation with my sister this week. We were discussing how this year is coming to a close and the all the plans I am making for the coming year. My sister is a brilliant person. While being an organizing aficionado –… Continue reading My entrepreneur perspective

Postcard Sale

Postcards are a QUICK and EASY way to reach your customers. One of the things I like most about postcards is the paper. I like how one side can be glossy, how thick the card stock is, the bright colors and that they seems to capture my attention immediately and I can’t wait to flip… Continue reading Postcard Sale

The beauty in hard work

A common issue I tackle when working with my website clients is the level and amount of work. As a designer, I commit hours on end to programming, structure, functionality and graphics when building a new website. I try to communicate that a website is always a work in progress. The number one issue I… Continue reading The beauty in hard work

Short Business Plan

I am excited to celebrate nine years of Karen Oakley Designs. I started out as a person with a great creative idea, a strong skill set and an education to back me up. I had written a business plan and tucked it away but felt ‘responsible’ because I had actually authored one. This last year,… Continue reading Short Business Plan

Giving YOU the Tools

I am frequently approached about the design services I provide. I want to give YOU the tools to ask these questions and place your requests. I have very user-friendly order forms for the myriad of design services I offer. Each one offers different options but gives you a great opportunity to order what you need… Continue reading Giving YOU the Tools

Try, Try, Try Again

I was invited to participate in an art show this weekend. I have been working on a piece of art for months. I took a lot of time to carefully sketch it out in my mind. I reworked it and reworked it several times before I picked up any materials. I was SO sure it… Continue reading Try, Try, Try Again