Entrepreneurial Journal Week #2

I quite enjoyed our studies this week on creating a life of meaning. I remember having dreams and goals when I was a child, but they were mostly to learn to swim, to go to college (although my parents never pushed me in that direction), to get married, and to have children. I also dreamed of becoming a Secretary, which was why I majored in Business. After attending BYU for two and a half years, I married my husband. I quit school, so he could pursue his degree. We started our family, and I became the busy mom of six children. I think I still had some dreams during that time, but after a while it was all I could do to keep up with everything going on in my children’s lives and with my callings in the Church. Then our son got cancer and died. There were many more difficult things that happened after that, which engulfed all of my time and energy. One day I realized that I hadn’t had any hopes or dreams, besides my goal of reaching the Celestial kingdom, for many years. When the opportunity arose, I returned to school to work towards finishing the college degree I started so many years ago. That has made me think of more things I would like to learn. I have honed my sewing skills to the point where I designed and made my daughter’s wedding dress five years ago. But there is much more I want to learn.

Sitting down and creating a bucket list has made me really think about some of the things I still want to accomplish during the rest of my life. The death of my son has given me an increased appreciation for and desire to be with my family. I want to be a loving wife, a supportive mom, and a fun grandma. I want to serve faithfully in my callings, so others can learn to love the gospel as I do. I do “head fakes” (although I didn’t know they had a name until I listened to Randy Pausch’s last lecture) in Primary and make my kids believe they are learning rhythms, playing musical instruments, solving puzzles, and just having fun, when really they are memorizing the words to the Primary songs, and thus memorizing the gospel. I have started dabbling in photography and would like to take a class or two to learn how to use my cameras to their full potential, while I work to develop an eye for snapping creative and beautiful photos. I want to improve my musical talent by learning more about music, about playing the organ, and how to get better at sight-reading. My husband and I have begun to travel and are planning more trips. I discovered that writing my goals in a bucket list has made them become more real to me. I feel an inner push to complete them—just by writing them down! My next goal is to go through them one-by-one to write out the specific steps I need to take to achieve them.

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Entrepreneurial Journal Week #1

I took this class as a prerequisite to a required class I need to complete my degree. I wondered if it would be relevant to my life. Although I have occasionally contemplated starting my own sewing and alterations shop, it hasn’t been a top priority in my life. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this class is really about the startup of me. While my own business may someday transpire, and I do look forward to learning how to make that happen, I am more excited to learn about transforming me. I recently became an “empty nester” and suddenly realized I don’t quite know what to do with myself now that my children are all grown. I had begun giving it some thought yet wasn’t certain just how to decide what to do with the rest of my life. I am glad that this course encourages us to find our entrepreneurial “calling” then clarifies that a calling “helps you decide what to do with your life and who you want to become.”

As I read the articles and watched the introductory videos, I realized that this is what I’ve been looking for; this course can provide me with the tools I need to determine my life’s trajectory from this point. Each article offers something I need in my life. I loved that Elder Bednar teaches us that a “disciplined and educated mind” develops “essential skills for a spiritual, happy, and productive life.” His discourse on the importance of sacrifice and consecration confirmed that my work towards a college education and degree will allow me to become what the Lord wants me to be and will give me opportunities to bless the lives of others along the way. He has inspired me to work hard and appreciate the prospects that are mine. I was heartened by the encouragement from the Course Introduction to etch constructive habits deeply into my character. I have seen the benefits of that instruction in my own life and realize there are several good habits I need to acquire. I love the BYU-I Learning Model for its marriage of righteous standards, high ideals, and devotion to learning and teaching. I am glad that it develops the whole person, not merely the mind. I appreciated Jeff Sandefer’s challenge to dream big and dare greatly. It’s something that I had lost sight of in the busy-ness of being a wife and mother. It has been a much-needed reminder to me that I can have my own dreams and goals. It made me happy to realize that I am already following Reid Hoffman’s and Ben Casnocha’s advice to invest in myself, as I have made earning a college degree a priority. The people at ACTON Foundation have inspired me to live life with intent, so I don’t flounder. Living with intent will require me to craft choices with purpose, precision, and determination. I am eager to acquire the knowledge I need to make this happen.

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13A Final Portfolio

 

I enjoyed preparing this slide show. I created it in PowerPoint. I know how to do so much in there now! I re-worked five of my slides to prepare them for my portfolio. I remade my “Eye of the Tiger” to make the text more visible. I had to remake the whole thing, because I hadn’t saved the Word document; I thought a JPEG was all I needed. I created a somewhat transparent background rectangle the same color as the leaves in the image. I softened the edges so it wouldn’t detract from the image. It is a great match, doesn’t show up, and the text is crystal clear. I also had to recreate my event flier. I had placed some text too close to the margin in the original version. It was fun creating it from scratch again, knowing what I was doing this time. I had to work on my movie poster. There was that problem with the shadow on the roof looking like it was sky. I got Brent to help me and we made it the same color as the shingles on the roof. We removed both trees from the image. I didn’t like how bare it looked, so I went back and used a photo that I had taken the previous day while it was snowing. I like the white it adds to the project. It still has the trees, and now it doesn’t look so bland. I like my new movie poster much better. I also had to make changes to my pie Web Site page. Sister Larson suggested I change the logo from a white background to a red one, to match the rest of the heading. I had a cute pie clip art image I wanted to keep in the logo, but it had a white square background to it. Because it was so small, it lost its shape when I tried to cut it out. I worked on it for quite some time before I called “uncle” and went to a tutor. Brent knew a way to use the magic wand to accomplish what I needed to do, so we did it, and it worked! The solid red heading looks much better. My last change was to my magazine spread in InDesign. I removed an image, removed a box outline, then corrected some text to remove an orphan. I like the white space those changes added to my spread. To finish making this slide show, I had to choose my layout for the portfolio. I vacillated between using color in my background or making them all a neutral gray. I finally opted for the grays. I also decided to center each project on the page.

My message is: Look at the amazing things I have learned to do in COMM 125!
My audience is: Everyone! I hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Critiques:
Margery Bailey Sabolsky: Nancy, brilliant idea to say what software you used to create your designs. My critique from Sis. Larson encouraged me to do the same. Great job on the ‘bars’ with titles in them; great use of color. Not sure I like the font on First slide; the cursive one.
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Kristen Larson Wayne (aka Nancy) here you go: http://screencast.com/t/d5CnQztm0p0
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Shelley Guthrie Tiffany: The label bar on Slide #2 is a little difficult to read. Perhaps a darker background?
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Nancy Wells: Shelley Guthrie Tiffany It’s black and it’s not been coming through. I don’t know why slideshare kept dropping it. It saved right in the pdf. I just redid the whole thing. It worked and all the bars came through. I changed the look of it in several ways. Could you look at it again, Shelley, and tell me what you think? Thanks! Nancy
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Shelley Guthrie Tiffany: Nancy, this revision looks really nice. I like the black/white gradient in the backgrounds. The new diamond design works well. I like the placement of your images for the slide design page better on this newer version. You have good color variations in your labels. Nice work!
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All of my critiques were from Facebook, with a Jing included from Sister Larson. All were given on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the project was due. Neither Margery nor Sister Larson liked the decorative font I used, so I changed it to something a little easier to read, made all the fonts the right size, and corrected the leading. The new font adds some variety, but is tasteful. Shelley noticed that SlideShare was dropping the black bar from one of my slides. I worked to correct it and couldn’t get it to work with SlideShare. So I re-did my whole portfolio. I needed to redo it anyway, because Sister Larson pointed out that my pictures were too small, since I had the bar that labeled each slide at the bottom of the slide. I moved the bar to the left side and made it wider. I removed the colored background and decided to go with a gray background. I wasn’t happy with it until I made it gradient. That made the slides look much better. I also added a diamond design to connect each slide to the others. I listened to all of the critiques and appreciated all of the great ideas for improving my portfolio. I’m pleased with the final product.

Fonts: Roboto/sans serif, Gabriola/serif

 

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12B Magazine Spread – Update of 7A Blog Post

12A Magazine Spread Portfolio Final 2

12A Magazine Spread Shape Map

COMM 125 Magazine Sketch 001Comm 125 Magazine Sketch 2 001

I am writing an article for the Ensign. My audience is adults and older teenagers. My message is about simple ways to be a true friend to someone who is in need. I write about the time my teenage son was in the hospital fighting cancer. I tell about the young woman who came to visit both him and me and the different ways she supported us through our trials. Often, we feel we are inadequate to give meaningful service in difficult situations as these. This story shows how a teenager did simple acts of service that made a huge difference in our lives.

Update: March 26, 2016
My message is that being a friend is made up of doing simple things that can make a difference in someone’s life. When we serve others, we are only serving God. My audience is teenagers and adults. Making the sketch a few weeks ago was really helpful in getting to my final spread. I started with one that I liked best, then tweaked it to make it look better. It changed considerably. It was a challenge to learn how to work InDesign. I have had great help from Sister Larson and Brent Fisher. The shape map was also fun to make. But the best part was watching all the photographs and text come together to form an artistic design. I like trying out different things when I am creating to see which hue or shade looks best. I feel the final project is greater than the individual parts.

Font: Title: You’reInvited /Decorative and Arial/sans serif. Body Copy: Arial/sans serif and Vijaya/serif)(very similar font to You’reInvited) used for the Quotes

Critiques:
Shelley Guthrie Tiffany Because of the spacing to show your image of the wave, the text feels very spaced apart. It was hard to know where to begin reading on the second page. I think you should bring it back together and just let the wave in the background come through behind. This is a very touching story. I’m sorry for your loss.

Shelley Guthrie Tiffany My issue was whether to start at the bottom left column or the top middle.

Dee Selph Wightman Nancy this looks great. I love how you used the whole photo in the background. You may want to lighten the scripture text box color.

Wayne Wells Thanks, Dee. I decided to make the text box colorless and just have the colored stroke around it. It’s easier to read that way. I also made the stroke 2 pt. rather than the 3 pt. it is in this draft. Thanks for your critique! Nancy

Margery Bailey Sabolsky Okay I pulled myself together and now I’m not crying. I very much like your second try. Well done. I like how the top right steps down like the bottom right steps down. As a mother to four, please know I’m very sorry for your loss.

Michala Wawro Beautiful coloring! And I love your background images. I would maybe make your title bigger so it’s what you really notice on that first page. Great job!

What I Did: Shelley Tiffany gave me a great critique which really helped me with my final product. I moved my text boxes so they were closer together and easier to read. I had already changed the text box to no color. Dee suggested lightening it. Michala Wawro suggested making the title larger, which I did.

Color Scheme: Monochromatic – Blue

Image Sources:
Teen in hospital bed with chemo in focus
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/2/1433254721636/6a81b6f8-b902-4fdb-8119-bd41ae74eb5f-2060×1236.jpeg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=df0ce862791e532cd87caedf4b5299f2. jpg

Large blue wave
https://renusfantasyblogs.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/waves. jpg

Dewey He Lives small (good quality)
http://www.mormonwiki.com/wiki/images/5/5b/Dewey-He-Lives_small. jpg

Text: Ye Have Done It Unto Me
It was the day before Thanksgiving. I was in a sterile ICU room with my 17-year-old son, Bill, who had been diagnosed with leukemia five weeks earlier. While his immune system was down from the first round of chemo, a life-threatening fungal infection attacked his body. It came in waves as individual organs began to suffer. Then, just the day before, the doctors had told us they had one last medicine available to treat the fungus. If it failed, there was nothing more they could do. In his weakened condition, Bill could no longer move or talk. His only form of communication was blinking. I sat at his bedside hoping and praying that my son’s life would be spared.

Suddenly, the door opened and a young woman entered. I recognized her as a friend of Bill’s from a couple of years earlier. Joscelyn had learned of his illness the day before in Seminary. I shared with her his latest struggles. She approached his bed and asked Bill if he remembered her. His eyes flashed with blinks! The blips on the monitor revealed his heart also recognized her. Her care for him was evident as she spoke soothingly to him and caressed his cheek. She visited for several minutes then left.

On Thanksgiving, Joscelyn returned. Bill had significantly improved; he could move his arms and legs a little and nod his head. Joscelyn cheered his every movement. I could tell Bill was pleased, and I was encouraged by his progress. Yet on Sunday, his spleen died. He was rushed into emergency surgery. Joscelyn waited with us the five long hours he was in surgery. Her positive attitude and hope were calming. Miraculously, Bill pulled through.

Joscelyn began dropping by almost daily. I eagerly anticipated her visits. My lonely hours in the hospital were replaced by amusing stories from her childhood. We laughed together. On difficult days, she comforted me. She shared with me her goal to become a nurse after her early graduation in December.

On Bill’s birthday, Joscelyn delivered get-well cards from her Seminary class to tack onto his walls. She also brought posters and markers. Together we designed colorful birthday signs to brighten his room. He was still sedated from his recent surgery, but through Joscelyn’s creativity, we celebrated his milestone into adulthood nonetheless.

Bill began to improve after the surgery. Over the next two weeks, the doctors began to speak of moving him back to the oncology floor. He still had some ups and downs, but things were looking up. Then, just when it appeared we had smooth sailing, a giant wave hit. My husband had gone home one evening to be with our other children. Joscelyn and I were chatting, when Bill unexpectedly began vomiting blood. The doctors indicated this was a serious turn. Joscelyn didn’t go home, but stayed at the hospital with me the entire night.

Bill’s final day came four days later. Although it was Joscelyn’s last day of high school, she raced to the hospital to offer her support. She selflessly took our younger girls for needed walks, allowing my husband and me some extra, cherished moments with our son. Her hugs that day reached deep into my soul. At one point, she kissed Bill on the cheek, and whispered in his ear. My heart was touched as, once again, the monitor indicated his heart felt her love. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for Joscelyn’s love and support. When I was at my lowest, she came to that awful place and buoyed me up.

Scripture:
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee sick, and visited thee? …
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them… Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these … ye have done it unto me.

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12A Magazine Spread

12A Magazine Spread Portfolio Final 2

URL’s for Images:
Boy in hospital bed with chemo in focus
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/2/1433254721636/6a81b6f8-b902-4fdb-8119-bd41ae74eb5f-2060×1236.jpeg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=df0ce862791e532cd87caedf4b5299f2. jpg

Large blue wave
http://windows10wall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/blue-wave-ocean-nature-beautiful-scenery-hd-Wallpaper. jpg

Dewey He Lives small (good quality)
http://www.mormonwiki.com/wiki/images/5/5b/Dewey-He-Lives_small. jpg

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11A Web Page Layout

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11A-ShapeMap-NancyWells

11A-Sketch_NancyWells 001

Message: Pie is delicious and pretty much everyone loves to eat it! The message is that our company quite simply makes and sells the best pies. We try to make it as easy as possible to find us, use us for catering, weddings, holidays, etc. We want to draw people to come into our shop and have a piece of delicious pie. We do that with inviting pictures. We also tell about the quality of our pies. I had planned on doing something else for my project, but when I learned it was pie day on Monday, I made a pie. While I was making it, I decided pies would make a great website.

Audience: Everyone who loves to eat desserts, but especially those who love pie!

After I decided to make my website based on a pie shop, I had to figure out what it would look like. I knew I wanted a picture of a scrumptious pie front and center. I decided to put the logo in the upper left corner with a heading/navigation bar next to it in a different color. I placed some text below the picture and drew in the footer. Last of all I added three circle pictures of slices of pies above the footer. Transforming this into Photoshop was a little difficult for me, because I am still learning Photoshop. Getting it to work for me can be painfully slow sometimes. But I learned a lot doing this project. I finished my wire frames fairly easily. I spent quite a while trying to figure out a logo. Once I had the idea, it still took awhile to bring together. Brent Fisher helped me figure out how to get my Logo into the project. It was tricky to create because I had to use five text boxes to include everything and have it in the right places. I aligned everything, so it would all fit together. Then I saved it as a pdf and made it into a jpeg. I didn’t know how to clip it, but Brent did. It was pretty easy once I learned what to do. The rest was fairly easy. I really appreciated your critique, Sister Larson. I start being pleased with my project because it is starting to look nice. But you always see it with fresh eyes that can quickly tell what would improve it. And it does! Thank you!

The following people critiqued my project:

Kristen Larson Last Critique of the night! You made it! http://screencast.com/t/ymu7yGaz5L0
1. Add year to copyright.
2. Remove grid, unless intentionally there.
3. Make footer narrower.
4. Increase logo size.
Shelley Guthrie Tiffany Be sure to remove the grid from behind the circle shapes near the bottom. Maybe increase the font in your logo. I love the apple red color throughout. This looks delicious!
Sharon Lundgren Coleman Very cool project. Nice job. I agree, the logo font should stand out a little more. Can’t see anything else I would change.

I really appreciated all the great critiques. I used all of the suggestions. Removing the grid made my project look a lot cleaner. I was surprised how much better it looked when I made the footer narrower. It also corrected the spacing above and below the circle pictures to make them more even. Increasing the logo size made the biggest difference, I think.

Color scheme: Monochromatic (red)

Font: Title/Logo: Vivaldi/decorative, Text: Arial Unicode MS/sans serif

A quote from my son: “I love pie!” -Bill

Pie URLs:
Apple Pie
http://images.harryanddavid.com/is/image/HarryandDavid/asiHighRez/overlay_shipsOvernight_feature_pre/1630_29544_01h-sweet-lady-jane-deep-dish-apple-pie. jpg
Lemon meringue pie slice
http://lackeyafjrotc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/lemon-meringue-pie-slice-slice-of-baked-lemon-meringue-pie. jpg
Photo of up close pecan pie slice
http://img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webmd/consumer_assets/site_images/articles/health_tools/holiday_depression_slideshow/getty_rm_photo_of_pecan_pie_slice. jpg
Cherry pie slice
http://www.trbimg.com/img-51003980/turbine/la-dd-recipes-to-celebrate-national-pie-day-20-001. jpg
Cherry pie clipart (used in logo)
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/12/23/f1/1223f1faa11d30a8521ed2763a26440d. jpg

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