Brave is the first Dixon Sheppard theme to be built using the Elementor page builder, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here are the reasons I switched.

Faster

I was previously hand coding everything and providing widgets upon widgets of options that even I started to get confused by all of them. Elementor is faster for both creating themes, coding them, but also for you the user and for your visitors. With Elementor I am using less code, everywhere which speeds up your site. Additionally, fixes are faster and easier and new themes will be coming out much faster!

Versatile

Elementor makes updating your theme and making it truly yours much easier. I am also able to provide my themes more options. Brave for instance offers two different home page settings and two different blog post types. Future themes are currently planned to have more. Additionally, you can literally drag and drop boxes and change colors all on a whim inside the Elementor edit options. Want something to be purple? Make it purple.

Responsive

I have always worked to make Dixon Sheppard themes be mobile ready. This is because increasingly websites are being accessed on phones and tablets. To not code for a mobile world is to be behind on the times. Elementor gives me the option to design each page with a unique layout for phones, tablets, and computers. This means no matter what device your visitor is on, your website looks stunning.

Lastly…it’s free!

That’s right, Elementor is free! You don’t have to go buy some fancy framework that costs JUST as much as the theme you fell in love with in order to have the site of your dreams. Every feature I use in Brave is FREE. So much power in a free package.

Hopefully this shift to Elementor makes sense now. It’s simply too useful and powerful to not use especially with it being free. Yes, this means you’ll have to install the Elementor mod to use my Brave (and future themes), but I’ve included that in the download.

 
May 24, 2019

 

It’s nearly May! With May comes warmer months, summer time hopes, and changing up the ‘gram. I’ve made, for free, a photo filter that works in Photoshop that adds light leaks and grain to your images to give them of a more grunge look. If you wanted pastel perfection, you wouldn’t be here. I’ve included multiple examples of each of the four different light leaks below. Everything is changeable, including the grain. Enjoy!

 
April 25, 2019

 

It’s that time of the year again – where logical, somewhat rebellious Aquarius gives way to creative and dreamy Pisces. This transition can be somewhat jarring for many. We basically go from 0 to 100 on the feelings scale! How to handle Pisces season should on the top of your agenda, and it’s time for another page from my business grimoire.

Pisces encourages people to open up, be vulnerable, and explore all possibilities while serving as a gentle reminder that not all puzzles need to be solved. Tapping into your exploratory side to unleash creative energy that makes use of your vulnerable nature will be key.

useful pieces season tasks

1) get to know your audience and let them get to know you

There’s a difference between oversharing and opening up. Pisces season may encourage you to overshare. Remember to temper personal information with common sense. Some things you’ll wish you never shared! All that said this is a very good time to open up a little bit in both directions. Ask your audience questions, post thought provoking blog posts, and post pictures showing more vulnerable parts of your life. (Maybe your desk is total chaos despite the fact you’re the type of person to have all it “all together”?) Remove your mask of perfection, and say hi.

2) is there an idea you want to pursue further?

Generally speaking, Pisces season isn’t a great time to implement big, bold changes to your work model or blog. This doesn’t mean you can’t explore big, bold ideas. Creativity and ingenuity is at a high in Pisces season. Research fun ideas thoroughly and use the time to prepare for possible implementation later. All options will be more obvious to you during this time.

3) what needs to be let go?

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and as such is a sign of letting go. It is a sign of endings and transitions and Pisces is fit for that task by being a highly adaptable and flexible sign unlike it’s predecessor Aquarius. This is a valuable time to get rid of things that don’t help you or your business or things that don’t make you happy.

Pisces season lasts until March 20th. Make the most of it!

 
February 27, 2019

 

Ready to steal a page from my business grimoire?

Magical or not, the full moon is a great time to sit down and evaluate your business, goals, and accomplishments. 

This month the full moon falls on the 19th and is in the sign of Virgo, which means a lot of good things if you’re the type that’s trying to get organized!

The Virgo full moon holds many beneficial traits for businesses.  Virgo is a grounded, Earth sign which means it’s a little more practical than the floaty air sign of Aquarius that rules much of February.  You can use a Virgo moon to “create order out of chaos” due to the signs highly detailed, perfectionist, and analytical nature.  Let’s be honest, you’re probably already feeling the pull to clean up and organize your life (spring cleaning anyone?).  You can give some thanks the impending full moon in Virgo for those urges.  This full moon is a great time to get your life a little more organized and your ducks a little more in a row.

The sign Virgo is very detailed oriented and motivated towards improvement of the self and its surroundings.  Virgo’s traits make it a somewhat critical sign which means this is a good time to take a long, hard look at what is and isn’t working for your business.  Virgo encourages improvement while the full moon is ideal for casting off things that no longer serve you.  This month, the two go hand and hand. 

Six Easy Tasks to Do with a Virgo Full Moon

  • Did you cross your T’s and dot your I’s?  Now’s the time to go back through your blog posts and edit any mistakes you may find, and maybe even attempt updating your older posts to reflect more of what you know now.
  • Does your website load just right in all browsers?  With detail-oriented Virgo now’s the time to see if there are any small, but noticeable flaws.
  • Does your schedule work for you?  Are you taking care of both your business and self?  Virgo is a sign that loves self-improvement which means if you’re not putting in enough self-care, it’s here to help you establish new patterns to help you keep going and growing.
  • Does everything you’re doing for your business serve you?  Is it bringing you money, traffic, or happiness?  If the answer is no, it’s not working.  With the full moon being in Virgo establishing things that do and don’t fit into these perimeters will be easier.
  • Are you still learning?  Take the time out of your day to learn something new.  The urge will already be there.
  • How’s your work space?  Is it working for you?  Could it use some cleaning up?  Allow the full moon energy to motivate you into filing, organizing, and getting rid of clutter.

The full moon is all about celebrating your accomplishments, getting rid of what doesn’t work, and preparing for the work that lays ahead.  Establish your intentions for the month ahead on the full moon and get to work.

Ready to take action?

 
February 11, 2019 /

 

Are you ready to make your monthly goals, plans, and magic for February? If you need a little push then allow me to present the February calendar with marked moon phases, sabbats, and a place for notes. After you get down with the calendar, move on over to the weekly block scheduler so that you can keep yourself on task during the week.

Why moon phases?

Because different moons help you channel different business magic. The new moon is a great time to set plans into action while the full moon is a time to reap your rewards, set new goals, reflect on the goals you’ve accomplished or failed. Following the moon, you’ll always be moving forward, staying on task, and working towards your greatest good.

weekly block schedule

Block scheduling is a total life and time saver. Never struggle again to know what you should be doing at anytime on a Thursday (or any other day). Using a block schedule, you explicitly state your goals for the day and you devote time to each of them. As an entrepreneur, block scheduling also helps work burn out and holds you accountable to both yourself and your clients.

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January 30, 2019