About

Hey there!

I’m Kimberly from Thoughts & Designs. I’m here to serve the web and graphic design needs of entrepreneurs, artists, and other creatives like you. I desire to provide content that encourages and inspires you in practical ways as you share their talents with your Tribe.

Do I look scared in this video? So out of my comfort zone, Tribe!

I want to help you understand how to successfully share your endeavors online, from developing your brand, creating effective content, and spreading the word. Here at Thoughts & Designs, you’ll also find practical inspiration for making the most of your time while remaining your delightfully spontaneous self.

#PureMichigan Pride & Education

Caseville, Michigan. Our Great Lakes are Unsalted and Shark Free!

Thoughts & Designs is headquartered in the “Thumb” of the mitten state, Michigan. You’ll find I’m pretty passionate about all things Michigan, from our gorgeous Great Lakes to the small businesses, artists, and musicians that call Michigan their home.

Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium in Bay City Michigan
Beatles and Beans Coffee in Bay City, Michigan

I grew up in the Metro Detroit area, and fondly remember Christmas shopping at the Downtown Detroit Hudsons with my grandma every year, and enjoying lunch at the Kresge counter. Seeing the downtown areas of Detroit as well as nearby Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City come back to life thrills me.

I graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula along Lake Superior. My degree is in “Industrial Media” which at the time included Photography, Electronic Imaging, and Graphic Design.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan.

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, my education didn’t end at graduation, and yours doesn’t need to either. I continue to learn and grow with courses online through websites like Udemy, Lynda.com, and Hubspot Academy, not to mention Tuesdays Together with the Rising Tide Society.

Our Mighty Mac, and the Straits of Mackinaw.

My Name is Kimberly, and I’m a Coffee Addict

Cafe Rhema in Downtown Flint, MI
This is a Lavender Latte from Cafe Rhema in Downtown Flint. Yum

I consider coffee an integral part of the design process, as my java addiction helps me bring design projects to life. You’ll find me in small craft coffee shops all over Michigan as much as time allows

My favorite drink is a Breve Latte with Whip and a little dusting of nutmeg. When I’m at home, I drink it black or bulletproof.

Getting Personal

I’m also the proud mom of five adult kids and I’ve been married to my partner in crime, Martin, for over 27 years. I try to respect the privacy of my family by not oversharing about that part of my life.

Indy my Keeshond Fur Baby
Indy, My Keeshond

I’m the dog mom to Indy, my loveable Keeshond. She’s a weird dog at times but I love her. Probably should have named her velcro though.

The kids brought their own furbabies into our family, making me dog grandma to Jade (a Pointer/Lab/Dane rescue) and kitty grandma to Rory and Rocket (both rescued Maine Coons), as well as Jack and Jasper (our dumpster kitties).

Faith & Life

A few years ago, Hebrews 10:23-24 evolved into a guiding principle in my life, and it’s my favorite Bible verse. I love the Passion Translation’s take on this verse:

“So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises! Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love.”

I believe in the promises and reality of God at work in my life because I have experienced His miracles, grace, love, and encouragement in my life. I want to be a beacon of His love to others.

Most of my faith-focused writings are now found on a separate website to keep things more focused over here.

Arty

My passion for art began as a teenager, though others discouraged me from pursuing it further. For some reason, the powers that be thought I’d make a great doctor. Given that my kids grew up knowing to call someone else if they were going to barf, that’s hilarious. I don’t do medical, though I had to adjust while my kids recovered from a car accident over the last several years.

I love to create pen and ink illustrations with watercolor washes, usually with some kind of hand-lettered quote or verse.

I’m a passionate lover of music of all sorts. For reasons unknown, my kids inherited an impressive level of musical talent, though my husband and I are sorely lacking in that department.

I have some diverse playlists over on Spotify that inspire me if you’re into that sort of thing. 

Manistee Michigan Beach and Breakwall, and Lake Michigan
Manistee and Lake Michigan

Your Next Steps

I’d love to connect with you on Social Media. I am most active on Instagram and my Facebook Page. I also have a semi-active presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

And, am I the only one who misses Google+? *sigh*

If selling your art, music, or writing (or anything else) online has crossed your mind, and you’re not sure where to even start, I’ve written some articles that will offer you some direction and clear up the mystery.

For those of you who prefer information in a neat and tidy format, I’ve written books and ebooks on this topic, sold on Amazon. These books go into much more detail than my articles do. (Available April 2019)

Ready to start a design project? I’d love to talk to you about it. Let’s schedule a no-obligation half-hour meeting about your project. I’ll get back to you within one day to arrange how you want to meet (phone, Skype, or Zoom).

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