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Perfection almost killed our newsletter.

Yuppers. The Plum Nelly Productions newsletter almost stopped before it even got started. For those few who are receiving it, at the writing of this post, you haven’t heard from me since July!

Perfection always seems like the safe alternative. If you want to get that project, nail that presentation, reach your revenue goals, make your dreams come true … then being perfect is the perfect way to control the outcome and make it work, right?

I know you know better.

Perfection is how I may try to control my situation, to make people like me, make my clients hire me and is how I feel that I’ll become successful through strain and pain. And it’s not true. Perfection is one of the most uncomfortable ways I have of trying to play it safe.

Take a pause today and give yourself permission to get it wrong. Give yourself permission to love yourself, love your work and to share it with the world – however that looks to you. Don’t wait for perfect.

You’re worth it.
And your business is worth it.

Transformational Story

I’d like to share the logo I worked on for the American Associate of University Women, Redlands Branch STEM program.

With their discovery board, used to help narrow color palette, ideas and concepts, we started this journey with three concepts. The final concept below is a beautiful combination of the AAUW dark blue with green. It represented their 25th year of continued work to empower women and girls through education in areas of STEM. It was a joy to work with these women and help them to represent their love and passion for the young women in our community.


I was recently gifted a chicken who was destined to be stew (she did not play nice with others) and a rabbit who just showed up in my yard. They are now the best of friends.

They hang out, huddle together for warmth, alert each other when danger is near (like the neighborhood hawk who spied on them for a couple days) and they chase each other around like little nuts.

It’s so easy to isolate when we’re stressed. Reach out today and let the warmth of friendship hold and shelter you – and reach right back and hold them in turn.


Follow Your North Star

This past month has been one where I’ve felt a little lost, even while I felt like I knew exactly where I was going. I did all the ‘right’ things; crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s but I felt a little empty and inadequate at the end of every day. Too much on my plate and no brakes to say ‘no.’ I was sorry every week to miss the opportunity to say ‘Hey’ to you guys.


Don’t Fear the Egg

This week has been cold and rainy and a little grey. And this is the week that Annie, our giant chicken, laid her first egg. It was a little alarming for her and her chicken friend, Lucy and they clucked the whole time.


Love Thy Frickin’ Self

I woke up this morning a little under the weather and the urge to stay in, under covers and just be. And here I am typing away at you guys. That’s cause I’m being led down a rabbit hole – a helpful one and have an urge to share.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: iPhone Precision Keyboard Cursor

Selecting text on my iPhone has always been frustrating, but it’s been especially so since they stopped magnifying the text when you long press it. What I didn’t know, until recently, is that Apple updated the way the cursor works in iOS 12 — two years ago!


Ants vs Owl

None of us is the yogi on the mountain or the unflappable guru. We’ve got lives and reactions to life, families, businesses, emergencies and troubles.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Remove Text Formatting in Windows

Do you ever have a need to remove formatting from text before pasting it into Word or some other document software? I do this all the time in my design work, and I needed a way to do this in Windows 10.

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