Reasons Why I love the Envato Market

The Envato Market is an online resource for digital media and, at the risk of divulging a secret, I decided to post about why I love it. The reason that I like it is that its a one-stop shop for everything you need to get a project going quickly. Their homepage slogan is,  "Everything you need for your next creative project. Over 9 million digital products created by a global community of designers, developers, photographers, illustrators & producers."

Many of the projects that come to ForeverBird Studio are in the initial stages. This means that keeping the production costs affordable is a good idea because we might have to test three or more visual style concepts to find the right fit. Using stock art, like Envato offers, increases the production quality of the graphics from the outset. While I am a firm advocate for original art, I am also a designer, and I know that good design is intended to be replicated and utilized appropriately in harmony with many elements. 

When working with new media, there are many technical details to consider. For the average Joe, it's challenging to distinguish one technology from another or keep up with all the industry-specific vocabulary. Another reason I love Envato is their categorization of media by technology. My clients can browse through the options of one specific shop without being overwhelmed by all at once. 

There have seven different shopping areas, and I can share just one with a client, so they are selecting from appropriate options. The categories they offer are as follows:

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Let me know what you think and if you have any other online platforms that offer quality digital media. 

AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime

My Global Alumni Sticker on file cabnet

My Global Alumni Sticker on file cabnet

Imagine you are 16 years old and leaving home to travel to a new country without your family. Young students from all over the world have this adventurous experience each year with AFS, American Field Service. I learned about this program because I was named after an Iranian AFS student who lived with my father's family. In 1998 I moved to Italy for a year where I learned Italian and became a member of another family, that I cherish dearly.

The lessons of this international exchange are the foundation of my compassion for myself and others as we all move ahead into the uncertain future. Founded after WW2 this nonprofit organization is a solution to humanities challenges today. Because of challenges I experienced and overcame, I fully support this program and highly encourage you to participate in any form.

AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime. Today’s exchange students are tomorrow’s changemakers: diplomats; thought leaders; influencers in the international business and non-profit communities. Every new exchange student is another global citizen in progress—an individual primed to help build a more just and peaceful world. And the impact doesn’t stop with the students. Host families’ lives are transformed by new members from across the globe and host communities gain greater cultural diversity. That’s THE AFS EFFECT.

AFS Infographic

Jenna from Tiny House Giant Journey

I love Jenna's youtube channel, Tiny House Giant Journey. Her process is inspirational to me. Like a moth to the flame, my attention is captivated by the movement of tiny homes. It connects with a desire to live in harmony with the environment, be free, be creative, and travel!

Get a look at how people are making their homes by checking out her YouTube channel. 

Hi! I'm Jenna. I live minimally, in a self-built Tiny House, so that I can travel the world! I make videos that promote alternative lifestyles on this channel. Watch the above compilation of Tiny House lifestyle tours to get an idea!

Some things you'll find on this channel:

1). Video Tours of Alternative Dwellings and Tiny Houses
2). Lifestyle videos and gear reviews for Tiny Living and Off-grid Living
3). Travel Adventures around the world

Jenna also has a website, check it out! She's all over social media so you can follower her where ever you like to checkin. 

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ig and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

What books have you read about sustainable architecture? Big & Green was the first one that I got into way back in 2004. You can still find in on Amazon from 3rd parties. The aesthetics of green design are attractive, and so are the benefits of them. Imagine what energy savings are possible.

Book review

A slick series of illustrations of sustainable design, ByA. McDonaldon May 28, 2010, 0 out of 5 stars . Mostly a book about green image, this is a sleekly designed but superficial overview of allegedly sustainable buildings. The book ironically illustrates a few alarming points about green building, mainly that sustainability is a slippery term, and that its possible to decry sustainability as a marketing tool while being basically that at the same time.
More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally. Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development. The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox & Fowle's Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster's Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV's spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.

Yoga Girl's inspiring journey

Rachel Brathen is a yoga teacher and the author of the book Yoga Girl, which became a New York Times best-seller. "Yoga Girl" is also the name of Brathen's Instagram account, which had two million followers as of March 2017. This success has given her a huge platform and media influence. How did she do it? 

I discovered her blog, From the Heart, this year. In the first podcast, she tells her personal story. This is an example of someone who has lived with authenticity and found success. The story is powerful in that her success is a model for other individuals seeking to live life in a new way.   She interviews others with similar stories of finding unique ways to live life. Check out Rachel's website to get the podcast:

Rachel is offering an even more intimate look into her life and the inspiring journey she is here to share with you. Weekly episodes of storytelling and talks from Rachel (sometimes alongside special guests!) will dive into topics such as love, trust, finding balance, overcoming adversity and of course, yoga and well-being.

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Sara Box's Website and Booklet, Nutrition and Fitness for Life!

Sara graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Anthropology and minors in Personal Fitness Instruction and Exercise and Health Science. Upon graduating she received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and was offered her first job at Titan Sports Performance where she had been working as an intern. In 2013, Sara completed her Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition through Hawthorn University. In 2015, Sara with her associate Matt Anderson purchased Titan Sports Performance with the shared goal of building a community of strong, fit, and healthy individuals.

Homepage of Sara-Box.com

In 2017 Sara and I started to create a WordPress website that allows her to publish information about her nutritional programs. We wanted to keep the production costs down while providing the most useful information to potential clients.

To better understand the details of her nutrition program, I did it myself. I can not speak highly enough of Sara's skill in fitness and nutrition.

Nutritional booklet

We also created a custom booklet with information with basic nutritional information that she can give out to her clients. It includes information like tips for real food, meal planning, food preparation, and journaling. Sara is a wealth of information and these materials, the website and the booklet, are a great sampling of the knowledge gained while working with her. If you are interested in working with Sara, contact her in advance. She books up quickly!

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