Seeing the Big Picture

Time for the next Right-Brain Business Plan exercise: Create a Big-Vision Collage.

"Thumb through your magazines and other material for images that evoke what you discovered in your vision. Cut or tear out pictures and words that represent the images and feelings you experienced." pg 38 Right-Brain Business Plan

"Once you've collected all your images, it's time to start grouping them." pg 39 Right-Brain Business Plan

During the beginning of the year I completed this exercise. You can see what I created below.

Front: Company Overview
Right Side: Products & Services
Left Side: Getting the Word Out (Marketing)
Back: Creative Cohorts (top), Wealth & Abundance (middle) and Perfect Customers (bottom)

The start of The JMS Plan sits on my desk. This way I can be reminded of the big picture when I start to become overwhelmed by details.

My Big Vision Collage was created on the outside of an empty box with the hope that other elements of The JMS Plan will go inside.


Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary Logo Contest

When a friend told me about a logo contest being put on by Rocky Mountain National Park I froze.

For about three weeks.

A successful logo takes time to create. Time doing research. Time sketching. Time digitizing your ideas. Time looking at type & color choices. And finally, time making revisions. Lots & lots of revisions.

Time I didn't *think* I had with a baby due at the end of June.

The week of my due date I set to work.

The Rules:

Logo must include the words:

Rocky Mountain National Park


Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder **This slogan should be placed under the logo design, with the ability to remove it depending on the size & contextual use of the logo.

And the desired response of the winning logo needed to be:

Vision: Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary will encourage people to rediscover and reconnect with the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder that have inspired and continue to inspire visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mission: Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary honors our rich cultural and natural history and celebrates the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder that inspires people to experience, connect with, and protect Rocky Mountain National Park.

I ended up finding the time to create not one but three logo options for the contest. Take a look.

Big Horns Option

Mt Peak Option

Abstract 100 Option

The winner receives $3,000 & the opportunity to connect their work to a National Park. Just imagine how proud Ranger Roy will be if that designer is me?


The Future

image from somewhere on the internet.

The first exercise I did out of the Right-Brain Business Plan book was the Dream Big with the Big-Vision Visualization. A mental exercise of looking into the future. Jenn provides you with a recording to listen to in a relaxed space while letting your minds eye "see" the future of your business.

"In this relaxed space, give yourself permission to let your imagination roam freely. There is no right or wrong here. As you listen to the guided meditation, you might have an epic vision filled with colorful details, or you may simply experience an inkling or a feeling." pgs 33-34 Right-Brain Business Plan

Notes from my visualization that I did back on January 8, 2012:

medium size room. large windows. large desk overlooking a garden. fireplace. modern community of clients. profits staying a step ahead of needed expenses. enjoying ebb & flow of children and work. inspirational & uplifting space & attitude. yellow curtains. gray walls. warm & inviting. leaving a legacy of teaching others to love nature. clients are people who appreciate well executed design, but can't always do it themselves. an assistant is hired. also in medium office. a different house? transparent. family. love. spend money on travel & food. a future award for my work. fuzzy. new products: more products focusing on nature for a wide age range.


After this visualization exercise I pushed forward with wanting to offer products dealing with nature & the outdoors. And I wanted to offer these products now. I put my heart & soul into preparing for a class I was scheduled to teach at Parkland College this summer called Day Hiking with your Family. I thought this was the direction God wanted me to go. Right now.

The class was cancelled due to low enrollment.

I was devastated.

Then my sweet husband, Jarrod, sent me a fitting post by Seth Godin called Getting serious about experimentation. A good reminder that doing your work successfully means failure will occur.

And I was gently reminded by God that I needed to have patience.

I picked myself up & moved forward.

One of the steps I've made while moving forward is to slow down to give myself time to complete the Right-Brain Business Plan for Jessie Marie Studio.

And Jarrod painted our kitchen yellow.

The Plan

Doors to Jessie Marie Studio, LLC will reopen to clients on September 4th. During my maternity leave I've used tidbits of stolen time to begin the process of creating a clear vision for the company. The tool I'm using for this refinement process is The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee.

This fall, you, my faithful audience, will get the privilege of seeing the vision unfold as I post my process here.

Now let's get started.


A Baby Was Born

The Scheunemanns became a family of four on July 7, 2012. A little boy was born. The first week of his life his Mommy set to work creating his birth announcements.

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Oddly enough that was six weeks ago. Which makes it soon time to open Jessie Marie Studio's doors again.

Back of Card