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#GoingBold :: Illustrator Deborah Becker

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Illustrator Deborah Becker
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Illustrator Deborah Becker

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hello! I’m an artist and illustrator in Denver, Colorado. I am obsessed with coffee, interior design, vintage jewelry and fashion books. My happy place is at home in my studio with a jumbo mug, sketching, editing, creating products for my Etsy shop, and trying in vain to keep the cat off the keyboard.

After college I worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world, but found it a bit restrictive, as I couldn’t be as creative as I wanted to be.  I was always painting and sketching in my spare time, so I decided to make the transition from design to illustration. I've had the opportunity to work with private clients and businesses to create custom illustrations for blogs, social media, bespoke portraits and branding materials. 

I recently decided to make the leap to working freelance full time, focusing on fashion illustration and building my own brand of illustrated prints, mugs, phone cases, and pillows.  At the moment I’m working on a line of greeting cards, including a holiday collection, soon to hit my shop.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

A couple years ago I was asked to illustrate a children's book, which I'd never done before and was definitely challenged by. It took a year and a half and a lot of trial and error, but I finally did it and now it's out there in the world. It was gratifying to get a hard copy of the book, with "illustrated by" me on the cover. I don't know if I'll ever do anything like that again, but I learned a lot by taking the leap and stepping out of my comfort zone, and I'm glad I did it.

Another cool thing was being re-grammed by Saks Fifth Avenue. That happened soon after I started an Instagram account, and I realized how far-reaching a platform it is. So many people saw my work from just that one post! It was an exciting moment.

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Illustrator Deborah Becker

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Don’t expect everyone to understand. There will always be those who assume it’s just a hobby, or ask when you’re going to get a real job. Don’t let that throw you off. Just stay on your path and keep learning and improving. Also, reach out to others in the same field for support. It can get lonely going it alone, especially if you’re an introvert like me. I’ve found a great network of fellow illustrators on Instagram. Seek out people who understand your entrepreneurial bent and fully support it.

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Etsy

Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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3 Functional CSS Code Snippets You Need for Your Squarespace Website

Bold & Pop : 3 Functional CSS Code Snippets You Need for Your Squarespace Website

Whether you’re a fellow Squarespace designer or someone looking to spruce up their current website, we know how much you love our Squarespace coding snippets and tutorials that we give soooo we’re back with some more! In case you didn’t catch the first five (like adding a custom font to your site, you can get them here or five more we provided, you can get those here too!)

Usually the code snippets we share are fun design elements to make your site look awesome but what about the times you need something to just function better from a user experience point-of-view? Today we’re talking about some of those fixes! We’ll be sharing:

  • How to remove hyphens on mobile

  • How to hide the dates on your blog posts

  • How to force the titles in your grid gallery to wrap so all the text will display

Alright now let’s get to the good stuff!

Remove hyphens on mobile

How many times have you finalized your site to be just the way you want only to look at mobile and see half of your headers hyphenated? It looks messy and can make it hard to read your text. Luckily, adding the below text to the Custom CSS section of your site will fix this problem in 2 seconds! To find the Custom CSS section of your site, go to Design > Custom CSS.

p, h1, h2, h3 {
     -webkit-hyphens: manual !important;
        -moz-hyphens: manual !important;
         -ms-hyphens: manual !important;
             hyphens: manual !important;
   }

Remove blog date

Removing the dates of your blog posts might seem like an odd thing to do but if you have evergreen content, this is essential to keeping that content relevant! If you have a great blog post from 2017 that’s still relevant today, then visitors might discredit the post since it’s “old.” So you can see why it might be a good idea to remove the dates. To do this, you’re going to add the below code to the Custom CSS on your site.

.entry-title-wrapper .date { display: none; }

Force title in grid gallery to wrap

Don’t you just hate when you get your grid gallery looking amazing on your desktop and then you make the screen smaller or look on mobile and the text collapses but doesn’t display all of it? This is almost always an issue for us on client sites but we have an easy solution for you! Add the below code to your Custom CSS and voila! Your text will wrap now!

.sqs-gallery-block-grid.sqs-gallery-block-meta-only-title .margin-wrapper .image-slide-title {
     white-space: normal; 
     line-height: 1.5em;
 }

And there you have it! Three simple codes to add to your site to help improve the functionality and user-experience no matter what screen size they have!

Please note: Because we can’t see the backend of your website, we do not provide assistance with the above code snippets.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hello! My name is Melo Hogan. I am a local Realtor in Tacoma, WA helping my clients with their real estate needs since 2011. Real Estate brokers are independent contractors and hang their licenses with their chosen brokerage. I hang mine with Windermere Abode, a boutique real estate company located in Old Town Tacoma.

I started the real estate business with my husband, Steve. I love working next to my husband and we made a great team! But 6 years later, he got a job opportunity that would work better for our family and this change made me reflect whether I should continue on make a career out of real estate. I continued on and missed having the teamwork I used to have but surprisingly, I also started to love working on my own and helping my clients on their real estate journey. I found pride in being able to work independently and pride in my work and the relationships that I have built with my clients. For the first day of 2019, I joined Windermere and plan to take my business to a whole new level!

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Aside from my 3 children, ( they are my ongoing accomplishments!) I feel accomplished when I am serving my community. My family and I volunteer 2-3 times a week at our local food bank; we pick up donations from local grocery stores and deliver them to the center for our clients to receive free healthy food! We also make sandwiches at the center and hand them out to our friends at the Tacoma Rescue Mission. One of the latest bold boss moment that I am so proud of is getting a group of women in business called Tacoma Boss Ladies! We meet each month, decompress, talk and learn about one another our our businesses and ask where we can provide support with each other whether in our life or work.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Love what you do - it is hard to do something you don't love. Having the mindset of loving what you do truly helps and everything else will fall into place.

Don't be too hard on yourself - I am guilty of this. I tend to be hard on myself but when everyone else is a critic, why add on to it? While it's always good to being kind to others, more importantly be kind to yourself.

Give back and pay it forward - Do good and good will come to you.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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