Above are three covers for the author's journal. I helped her with the cover designs.
And this is her introduction to the journal:
"The year 2020 threw many of us for a loop. I felt blessed to make it to 2021. When a new year dawned, I felt a responsibility to live life to the fullest. Not just for myself, but for those who didn’t make it. More than anything, I felt it was time to do things differently.
"I started the new year by creating a vision board, something I’d heard a great deal about but had never actually tried. I hung it where I could see it every day. It helped to have a visual of where I am headed, but it wasn’t enough. That’s when I decided to get more intentional with my journaling.
"In addition to reviewing the vision board regularly, I started to write down what actions I took each day that fed into the vision I outlined for myself. I came up with my group of F Words:
"Faith - Family - Fitness - Full Steam Ahead (work/large projects) - Feed My Soul (creative outlet) - Financial - Frolics (fun).
"Each day I aim to do something that fills each of these buckets. The end goal - a balanced life.
"This worked wonders to help me stay focused and hold myself accountable. Over time it occurred to me that others may benefit from this same system. As a result, I’ve created this 90-day journal for you.
"I hope it serves you as well it serves me."
—Nadia Gilkes
Please accept my sincere thanks and I am happy to announce to others how pleased I am to work with you.
What an absolute joy to work with this talented couple. Dan and Darlene Swanson’s expertise knows no bounds. Working with them over ZOOM, on the phone, and via e-mail, I got to know their dedication to their work, and they got a feel for me and my book and what I wanted to convey. I’m so proud of the result.
I had an idea for a book cover, which Dan expertly entertained, but the picture I wanted to use didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would. I then let Dan loose to work his magic. I should have given him free rein from the start. I gasped when he revealed it to me.
Darlene designed my book interior beautifully, incorporating pictures and artwork to personalize it in a way I never imagined. I requested a canoe paddle icon between sections, so she asked me for a picture of a paddle for reference. I sent her a picture of my paddle, and that’s what is there – not just an icon but MY very own paddle. Incredible.
Dan and Darlene are personable, patient, gifted craftspeople. They won’t let you go until you are completely thrilled.
—Nancy DeWitte Condon, author, Paddle For Water
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