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Krista A. Jones  Brand & website designer for @daveyandkrista, wife to @daveytjonesy, mama to Jack, wine & pizza aficionado, and lover of all things coastal

I’ve never been good at delegating. Back in high school, working in a group was one of my least favorite parts of class. Not because I didn’t like the other students, but because, in a lot of cases, I believed I could do things better and faster than anyone else. That’s a mentality I carried with me through college and into adulthood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Honestly, I feel a little ashamed to admit that, but a lot has changed recently. I wrote this week's blog post in hopes that in case you have the same mindset I used to, you can see how wonderful it is to let others take some of the work off of your plate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Learning to delegate and outsource some parts of our life was really hard for me. Turning to others for help with tasks that I’m capable of doing myself made me feel like both a failure and like I was privileged at the same time. I worried I was paying too much money for things I could do on my own and that we wouldn’t see the return on investment for outsourcing those tasks. I also worried that when others heard we had outsourced things, they would think we were incredibly well-off. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But once Jack was born, my time became much more limited. I realized that in order to get the work I needed to do done for the business, while still caring for a newborn, I was going to have to let others help me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And honestly, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was one of those people who never believed outsourcing was actually worth the cost. But now that I’m on the other side, I can attest that it’s well worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I really can’t do it all and, in a lot of cases, there really are some people who can do things much better than I can. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Head over to the post link in my bio to learn about a few of the things I’ve handed off to others this year.

Almost one year in and sometimes I still can't believe that I'm a mother! I honestly had no idea how much I would love being a mom until Jack arrived. And the more he grows and interacts, the more fun it becomes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As much as I wanted to be a mom, I was also fearful about the ways it would change me. I was worried I wouldn't be as productive, I was worried I would never have time for myself and I was worried I would be one of those moms who shares way too many photos of her baby. And while all of those things may be true, life still feels balanced and the fears I had before Jack arrived are gone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We lost Davey's mom 13 years ago today and we know how difficult this day can be. To all of the mothers out there - past, present and future, I hope you feel loved and honored today! 📷 @katelynjames

We’ve learned a lot about money, having started and run several businesses over the past 10 years.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These businesses include brand and website design, a wedding blog, photography, companies started with friends, partnerships with tech companies, courses, online shops, and other successful endeavors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Regardless of the business, one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is to know and understand your numbers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Even though it can be scary to actually dive into the numbers of your business, it's one of the best things that has made the biggest impact on our growth. We're sharing how knowing our numbers helps us avoid seasonality in our business, helps limits feat + anxiety and how it helps us figure out our next steps. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Read the full post on @shannaskidmore 's blog this week via the link in my profile!

A brand new full Showit website design quietly dropped in The Palm Shop last week week. It's called Kiawah Island, and it's perfect for somebody looking to elevate their brand with a classic, clean look.
When I introduced this template to Davey, he thought the template was pronounced like "quinoa". Oh Davey... ⠀⠀⠀
But regardless of how well you can pronounce Kiawah (for the record it's "Key-uh-wah"), it's brand new and it's available in our shop! Check it out via the link in my profile!
And thank you to @lightandairyphotog @carolineloganphoto for providing the gorgeous demo images for this template!

The incredibly talented @reneehphoto took our new headshots + a few family photos this week! And we finally let Jack’s dreams of munching on the podcast microphone come true 😂 ⠀⠀⠀
Speaking of podcasts, Brands that Book is back this week with a new episode from @scstockshop and @socialsquares founder @shaycochrane. She's chatting all about turning your service into a product. If you're looking for ways you can stop trading time for money and starting earning some passive income, you don't want to miss this week's episode! Check it out via the link in my profile!

One day, he’ll probably be too cool to let me take photos of him in patches of flowers we find on walks. But until then...
PS - thanks @veilpresets for making iPhone photos magical!

“We are left wordless with sadness over our sins and awe at his mercy.” - A snippet from my devotional a few days ago that perfectly describes the beauty of this day.
Easter 2019 🖤

A lawn care company recently tried to sell us lawn management services. They gave us quotes for two services: lawn management and pest control. Let’s say each service was around $500.
But if we bought the lawn management, the pest control would be nearly half off.
That makes sense, right? They save money because they’ll already be at the house—they save money on the travel and labor costs built into the pest control service. The same person can knock out both jobs on one trip.
And as consumers, we feel like we’re getting added value for a great deal. This led me think about other ways we can increase customer value without necessarily doing a ton more work.
Want to learn more about increasing your customer value? Head over to the link in my profile!

I just got home from a girls weekend in Charleston. I was so nervous to leave Jack but it was so nice to be away. I had no idea how much I would need this time until it actually came. As incredible as it is to be a mom, this was the first time I’ve really been able to relax since Jack was born. No worrying about what I need to get done while he naps, how quickly I need to get back to nurse or whether he’s going to wake up early. 🌴
I know Jack had a ton of fun with @daveytjonesy and I’m so thankful he held down the fort while I was away. Thank you @katschmoyer for organizing the trip, @laurenlcarnes for keeping us well fed and everyone else for the amazing time! 🖤

Charleston bound today for a few days away with some girlfriends! I'm very excited for some girl time + relaxation although I'm still a bit nervous about leaving Jack. Any advice for this new mama? If I Facetime him will that make his separation anxiety worse?

Have potential clients ever asked "Have you ever worked at/in ______________?" Now you can answer this question by sending a link to a beautifully designed page on your website dedicated to that venue. It also can be customized for cities or regions.⁣
Use this page to create valuable cornerstone content by using it to target online searches for venues or locations in the area you serve (or want to serve!). The template comes with two video tutorials: One video demonstrates how to set up and customize it, and the other gives insight into how you can optimize the template for search engines.⁣
Follow the link in our profile to check it out! ⁣

Template images by @_lorenjackson_

We snapped a few quick maternity photos of our friends @ashleyherrinton and @tylerherrinton while we were at @bigspringfarm a few weeks ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These two are going to become parents any day now and we couldn't be more excited for them!
They also host an amazing Podcast and each Monday they share reflections on their life in the form of short letters to each other ("Dear Monday"). It's one of my favorite podcasts to listen to and if you're looking for new podcasts to add to your queue, go check it out on iTunes (search for Ty's Tech Line).

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