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Using Canva to Launch My Brand

When I launched The Ameri Brit Mom Writing and Editing Services in January I had a vision of a brand that communicated my ideals in the simplest way possible. At first, that meant designing a logo that matched the aesthetic of what I do as well as fit into my minimalist lifestyle. I used Fiverr to create my logo and I am so pleased with the work from my cooperating artist:

Once I owned the rights to my logo in various formats, I sought out an app that would allow me to use this image to create social media posts, photos for my blog, business cards and merchandise for my clients. I looked at several different options, but settled with using Canva for a number of reasons:

Why I Chose Canva For My Brand…

Canva offers the ability to easily create many different projects using templates. I use a FREE version of Canva, and am so far pleased with the FREE options. However, if you want to have access to more templates and elements you can upgrade to a premium account. For now, I am able to serve my needs using the FREE account.

With Canva you have the options to create video, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, logos, Facebook covers, flyers, cards, business cards, social media stories, presentations, photo collages, banners, resumes, Youtube thumbnails, invitations, desktop backgrounds, postcards, menus, stickers, brochures and more.

You can also print your designs from your own workspace OR you can opt to pay for Canva to print and mail your work directly to you. Right now, I am offering several FREEBIES that I created on Canva for those who join my Patreon page.

For $5, $10, or $20 a month, you can support the creative work of The Ameri Brit Mom and The Ameri Brit Mom Writing and Editing Services. In return for your monthly payment, you will receive access to exclusive content (pictures, templates, videos, downloads, etc.), FREEBIES, and surveys. If you join today at any level of membership, you can download your own copy of this super cute and inspirational bookmark:

I’m really excited about some projects coming soon to the blog that I used Canva to produce. For now, I will leave you with that hint of mystery and a super cute client testimonial that I designed using Canva:

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Possibility: Five Minute Friday

Welcome to my late edition to the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. Friday morning my internet was a bit spotty so although written on Friday in my trusted Morning Pages Notebook, these are my Friday thoughts on the weekly topic: Possibility.

This week I’ve been dreaming of possibilities a lot.

While stuck at home with a Covid-positive child, I had a lot of time to work on my Writing and Editing services. I’ve been working on a full-manuscript edit, a two-page speech, and some study materials for a former student looking to take a BIG test. Additionally, I’ve been researching SEO and running analytics on the posts and search engines that help to connect my brand with the right audience. (Although this sounds incredibly boring to most, I have enjoyed solving the question: How do I bring the right people to this site?)

I am really excited about all of the possibilities that launching my brand into the world as a solopreneur has brought to me. My client list is building and I cannot wait to continue to share work with my positive community of followers and subscribers.

If you want more information on The Ameri Brit Mom Writing and Editing Services, check out these posts:

Also, if you are interested in receiving updates and exclusive content from The Ameri Brit Mom, please also consider joining the free subscription:

I hope that as a reader you can sense my authenticity in writing this post. If this comes off as a sales pitch or marketing ploy please know that my intention is to share something I am proud of and excited about with those who find themselves landing on my page. A lot of work and planning has gone into launching this brand in 2022 and I am proud of all that I have accomplished in the first twenty-two days of business.

I cannot wait to grow and offer many more possibilities for my clients and subscribers.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Far From You: A Book Review

Title: Far From You

Author: Tess Sharpe

Publisher: Hyperion

Copyright: 2014

photo credit: Amazon

Sophie lost the trust of those closest to her when she became addicted to oxy. The accident that permanently injured her leg drove her to extreme measures–numbing the pain with the pills that helped her forget it. All of the lies piled up until Sophie isolated herself from all friends and family.

After a stint in rehab, Sophie decides to come clean about her addiction and resolves to live a sober life even though the pain hasn’t gone away. She is beginning to pick up the pieces of the life she traded for drugs, when she and her best friend, Mina, are attacked in the woods. Only Sophie leaves that woods alive.

A masked man kills Mina and plants drugs on the unconscious Sophie. He knows Sophie’s past well enough to know exactly how to frame her. When she awakes in a pool of Mina’s blood, Sophie becomes the main suspect in Mina’s murder. Who would trust that she was sober when she has a history of lying about her addiction?

Once Sophie returns from rehab a second time, she sets out to find the man who shot Mina. On her quest to avenge her best friend, Sophie uncovers that she wasn’t the only person who kept deadly secrets.

Far From You is a YA Thriller that contains drug abuse, sex, and LGBTQ+ scenes. The plot is so delicately woven by the author that the identity of Mina’s killer was an enormous surprise. I love when an author creates a believable YA Thriller that the reader can be sucked into and that is exactly what Tess Sharpe did here. I gave this story 4/5 stars on Goodreads. Follow my Goodreads page to see other recommendations and what I am reading next!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Covid In The House…

For nearly two years we have avoided bringing Covid-19 into our house. Thanks in part to hand washing and vaccines, we kept the virus out of our bodies. But Omicron found its way into my nine year-old this week and entered our home as a most uninvited guest.

So far, symptoms are mild. Some cold chills and coughs are all that marked the arrival of Covid-19.

Since Thursday we have quarantined as a family and it has reminded us of those months in 2020 when we were housebound and nervous about contracting the novel Covid-19. We are keeping ourselves busy, but the hardest part of this quarantine is keeping sisters apart. Luckily our nine year-old was fully vaccinated, but our three year-old did not have that option.

We’ve been filling our days with a healthy mix between productivity and fun. I’ve used this time to get ahead on some projects for The Ameri Brit Mom and I’ve been reading a lot as well. Our oldest has been sequestered to her bedroom, but she is getting plenty of snacks and attention. I know she is bored, but we are getting creative. We even Facetimed her to read books together 🙂

We still have four days left of this family quarantine. This has been a great “slow down” for us to remember what is important in life and to focus on our physical and mental health as both individuals and as a family.

If you have had Covid-19 or found yourself in quarantine what are some things you have done to pass the time?

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Six Ways to Support the Brand…

As with the launch of any brand or small business, The Ameri Brit Mom has been busy setting up multiple channels for clients to find and interact with this new vision. Today, I wanted to create a post to share ways in which you can stay connected with The Ameri Brit Mom and support all of the work being done to serve readers all over the world.

1. Email Subscription

If you want to stay up-to-date on the news and all things connected to The Ameri Brit Mom blog and brand you will want to make sure you join the FREE subscription. With a subscription, you will receive a monthly newsletter in your inbox that includes updates and special offers.

2. Facebook Page

The Ameri Brit Mom posts on the Facebook Page a couple of times a week. This is also a place where I share tools I encounter in my own growth as a writer–articles, memes, photos, etc.

3. Instagram

My Instagram story and posts are full of photos that convey the aesthetic of both The Ameri Brit Mom as an individual and as a brand. On this platform, you will see photos and videos of my family, real life adventures, and updates on the brand.

4. Pinterest

If you love the things you read about and the vibes of the brand then you will love to follow The Ameri Brit Mom on Pinterest. This is where I curate boards of beautiful inspiration that come across my feed. There are even some pins that are original to the brand.

5. Patreon

This is a paid platform. You can choose to pay $5, $10, or $20 a month to support the brand. In exchange for your patronage, you will receive exclusive deals and content. This is a platform that is critical in the growth of the brand. With monthly donations, I can continue to build on the foundation of the brand and offer more in the coming months.

6. Hire The Ameri Brit Mom to serve your own writing Projects

If you have a piece of writing you have been working on or dreaming about, The Ameri Brit Mom can serve as an extra pair of eyes and experience to bring to your work. From one page resumes to full manuscripts, The Ameri Brit Mom has experience with the process and publication of writing in its various forms. Completing a client survey can get the ball rolling and help The Ameri Brit Mom serve your needs.

Thank you so much for your support as I launch this creative brand into the world and as I prepare for a BIG future for The Ameri Brit Mom. Anytime you follow or share this brand with others you help to widen the audience and get the services of The Ameri Brit Mom into the hands of people with dreams to communicate a message to the world.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Important: Five Minute Friday

The Five Minute Friday Link-up community is back at it again with the first prompt of 2022. Each week writers from all over the globe write on the same topic as prompted by Five Minute Friday. It’s a fun way to get creative and to meet others who write and create as well. This week the prompt is: Important.

Check out the FMF community and support the other writers!

Here is my five minutes of unedited writing on this week’s prompt:

With each new year, we find our selves setting intentions or goals. We reflect on growth (or lack thereof) in the previous year and we resolve to make the best out of the next 365 days. Although it is important to orient ourselves toward goals, it is equally important to appreciate the people and memories from the previous year.

While I’m a huge advocate for fixing our eyes on the future and not dwelling on past mistakes or downfalls, there is something to be said about the practice of looking back and taking inventory of those that have shaped us into our current state.

For 2022, I have BIG goals. I’ve drafted resolutions and tried to place time in my calendar to make those goals my 2022 reality. I’ve dreamed and laid a foundation for 2022 to be the year of so many blessings.

But what about 2021?

Like everyone else, the past year had some definite moments of aching. But it’s not as though I experienced 365 days of pain and fear. And if I really reflect, I’m certain there were more victories than failures in that calendar year.

I completed my Master’s program

My school returned to in-person instruction

I received my Covid vaccines and booster

I went to the beach THREE times

I met some pretty awesome people

Many of my friendships flourished

We were able to travel back to England as travel bans were lifted

I planned and executed the launch of my new business

And many more…

You see, there is always a silver lining. As I planned out my 2022 resolutions, I tried to be aware that growth is important to my future, but so is living in the moment and appreciating those blessings in my life now–no matter how big or small they might be.

What victories can you recall from 2021?

The Ameri Brit Mom

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An Introduction to Patreon

Many of you are aware that The Ameri Brit Mom became personal brand and business on January 1st. Launch Day was such a smooth process and the support the brand received from both friends IRL and the online community was overwhelming. Thank you for making this new adventure an encouraging experience.

Over the next several weeks I plan to give more clarity to the mission and avenues for support available for The Ameri Brit Mom.

The first way you can partner with The Ameri Brit Mom is through Patreon. Patreon is an online platform that provides financial support for Creatives through a unique setup. Instead of just donating money to a brand or cause, Patreon provides a space where Creatives can send exclusive content and material to those who decide to partner with them. So, you as the donor receive numerous benefits from your financial support.

The Ameri Brit Mom is offering three tiers of support. Each level comes with a unique set of monthly benefits. Allow me to break this down for you:

For $5 a month you can receive: a one-page editing service for free, access to a monthly video/vlog, and you allow for The Ameri Brit Mom to continue to offer content connects with readers and writers around the world.

For $10 a month you can receive: a two-page editing service for free, access to a monthly video/vlog, exclusive content and news, and general support for the brand.

For $20 a month you can receive: a five-page editing service for free, access to a monthly video/vlog, exclusive content and news, and general support for the brand.

If you are ready to partner with The Ameri Brit Mom here click HERE!

Financial support is not for everyone. If you find yourself wanting to support the launch of The Ameri Brit Mom, but you are not in a spot financially to do so, do not fear! As I said before, there are several ways to partner with The Ameri Brit Mom and I’ll be highlighting different ways to show support in the coming weeks.

If you have additional question about Patreon, feel free to reach out.

The Ameri Brit Mom

 

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January 2022 Bullet Journal Setup

A few days ago I let you all see the setup of my beautiful, new Amanda Rach Lee Bullet Journal for 2022. I’m going to keep this post short because not only am I on vacation, but I am also finishing up all the loose ends for the BIG announcement coming on January 1st.

So let’s open my journal and take a look.

Cover Page

My January 2022 theme is based on the beach vibes I’ve had over the past week. My newest obsession is Pura Vida jewelry and so not only did I illustrate some of my favorite pieces, but I used colors that create those beach vibes like teal, blue, and green.

I’ll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves.

Calendar

Fitness and Diet Tracker

Weekly Spread

I will be checking in tomorrow and Sunday with some BIG announcements and news for The Ameri Brit Mom. Please be sure to join the subscription list to be the first to know what’s going on.

The Ameri Brit Mom