pastel mandala

Friday Favorite Five

Happy Friday, peeps! Check out some cool things I’ve rounded up from the Internets recently.

1. Design Trend Alert: Mandalas, via Creative Market Blog

pastel mandala
Mandala by Della_Liner on CMB

The idea of design that’s been around for, oh, several thousands of years as a “trend” is kind of silly to me, but I do love mandalas dearly. The more people who are turned on to their beauty, sacred geometry, balance, and meditative aspect, the better!

2. The Primary Archetype Test, via Cerries Mooney

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Sage / Alchemist inspiration board via Cerries Mooney

A unique approach for those looking for guidance, whether that’s soulful branding, personal exploration, or new business paths. Are you a Creator, Romantic, Explorer, Jester …? There are many options, or you could be a combo of two or more! Turns out I’m an Alchemist, which is synchronistic because I’ve had magic on the brain a lot recently. The images and words for Alchemist resonate with my own interests, so I’m exploring this further. Take the test and get a PDF with descriptions, plus loads of beautiful designs and inspiring images to help develop your archetype. What are YOU?

3. The Anti-To-Do List, via Slate

It’s not what you think! To-do lists are fantastic ways to actually get shit done. The author here is talking about DONE lists. I’ve been a huge fan of tracking my accomplishments ever since I was required to back in the Google days, so many years ago. It’s an excellent way to prove to yourself that you haven’t actually slacked around all week, and it’s a tremendous boost when you’re feeling imposter syndrome. I write mine out on Fridays. Will you try today, too?

4. The Goodshopper blog, via

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Image via The Goodshopper

Oh, heyyy, Blatant Self-Promotion, happy Friday! 😉 Who’s behind this redesign and soft re-launch?? Hee hee. This has been a really fun and satisfying project at work, and it’s exciting to imagine (and map out!) where it will go.

5. Re-Color App — Coloring Book for Adults, via the iTunes App Store


The adult coloring book craze is a good thing. I’ve been using coloring books as a tool to get through creative blocks for at least a decade! I think they can be hugely relaxing, satisfying, and creative. But it’s also hard to lug them around with a bag full of pencils or markers. There are several coloring book apps out there, but Re-Color is by far — by leaps and bounds!! — the best one out there. The designs are phenomenal: top-notch illustrations, fantastic palettes to choose from, and overlays to give your final design an extra edge. I’ve used it with my fingertips and a stylus and I prefer a stylus, but that’s just me. Fingertips are easy! This way, I can color on the train, on the go, anywhere and any time I want. Try it and see if you love it as much as I do.


Have a great weekend!! xox


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