Amber Housley

Sunshine and Sandals + AH Inspired Tampa Early Bird Extension

This weekend my husband and I are headed out on a long-overdue vacation for just the two of us. It’s part fun + part research trip. I’m a Sandals Certified Specialist and love helping my clients book honeymoon and anniversary trips to Sandals and Beaches resorts. It’s so much easier to make first-hand recommendations when I’ve experienced a resort for myself.

Last April the two of us headed to Sandals Negril, Jamaica. We loved it’s easy-going, casual vibe.

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Now we’re headed to Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exhuma, Bahamas. It is an outlying island in the Bahamas and the total opposite of the more popular Nassau, Bahamas. The Emerald Bay resort was voted “Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive” and we can’t wait to see and experience it for ourselves.

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Looks amazing, doesn’t it? Feel free to contact me at any time if you are interested in any of the Sandals, Beaches or Grand Pineapple resorts. With that, I have some great news about a new site I’m launching in early May….

I’m excited to introduce to you Sunshine & Sandals, which will be a blogsite that will highlight the entire portfolio of Sandals resorts properties and all the fun things that go along with Caribbean paradise. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Sandals places I’ve traveled to, trip reviews and experiences from former clients, and information about me assisting you with booking your own well deserved vacation whether it be honeymoon, anniversary trip or family beach vacation. Not to mention a sprinkle of destination wedding and honeymoon planning, alongside beach fashion and packing tips. Just in time for summer, right?

I designed the below logo and I have to say I AM IN LOVE WITH THE WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND I DREAMED UP. :)

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Even more fun, if you’re interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes in development of a new logo and site, you can get an idea of the inspiration I collected on my Pinterest Board: Project Beach that really evokes the style, feel and design inspiration that when into it all.

Speaking of sunshine and sandals….I have some GREAT news to many of you who have been getting down to the wire of the Early Bird Registration for AH Inspired: Tampa. I didn’t realize our vacation was going to coincide with the early bird rate ending and there is always an influx of people who love to wait until the very last day to register. I don’t want to worry anyone while I’m away, so I’m going to extend the Early Bird Rate until Monday, April 30th!

That will be almost a full week extra to make whatever plans you need to (with work, home, family, everything!) so you can make sure you are with us down in Tampa! I will reply to registrations on Friday, April 27 and will confirm seats in the order they are received up until we are sold out. (So if you do in fact know you want a seat, don’t wait until April 30th to register). It’s going to be two days of solid actionable business building directly related to your creative business. We are so thrilled to meet and engage with every one of you!

(The AH Inspired website will be updated by tomorrow with the new deadline). 

Speaking at Stationery Academy 2012

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been invited this July 26-29 to Pensacola, Florida to join Whitney English Kolb and Natalie Ellis Chang in welcoming a new ‘class’ to the Stationery Academy!

I’ll be a featured guest speaker and share some of my experiences expanding my brand online through social media and digital marketing. I attended Stationery Academy last year in its inaugural year and the information and knowledge gained from this conference proved invaluable. I don’t think there is any better place to get hands-on tactical plans for developing your stationery design business than Stationery Academy.

Not to mention, you get to spend three whole days discussing paper, fonts and pantone chips in a group that ‘totally gets it.’ You may even walk away with some new best friends like I did last year with these girls. They were my roommates in Room 612. We didn’t know each other before hand, but today we still talk weekly!

The inaugural class also still keeps in touch and I’ve been lucky to see some of these designers at various places over the past year. It’s been great seeing what everyone has been doing with the information gained for their business at Stationery Academy!

If you are a designer, I certainly hope I have the opportunity to meet you at this year’s Stationery Academy! You can find all the details on the conference website.

Making Dreams Into Plans

Category: AH Inspired

Can you believe we are already just a little over 100 days into 2012?

The year seems to be off to a really busy start and it’s really flying by! It’s times like these when I have to pull the reins back and really focus hard on what I’m doing and where I’m going. In January, I wrote this post about living and doing things in my life intentionally. Now is a good of time as ever to take a pause and see how I’m doing with those goals and making sure what I’m doing daily is done with intention.

Speaking of intention, I don’t think I have a more favorite quote right now than this one:

This quote above really sums up how I feel about being intentional with my time and focus in my business. If I don’t act upon my plans, I’ll be stuck sitting here dreaming wistfully away and going nowhere. I love this line my friend Lara Casey shared last week…I want to shout it from the rooftops…”you know all those things you’ve always wanted to do, you should go do them!”

We are just about one week out from when the Early Bird rate expires for AH Inspired: Tampa. In today’s video I share a special little bonus that is going to be given to each attendee who registers by the early bird rate (through April 24). The gals who have registered so far are getting so excited (us too!!). I hope you will consider joining us as well…maybe this will be the first step for you in making some of those dreams into plans.

AMBER HOUSLEY Inspired: Tampa Special Bonus from Amber Housley on Vimeo.

Tonight I meet up with some of the amazing women I met here in Nashville in March for a little get together. I can’t wait to hear first-hand all the things they have accomplished so far in just six weeks. I don’t think there is a better way to start my week than this…

AMBER HOUSLEY Inspired Nashville – Recap from Amber Housley on Vimeo.

Jelly Bean Easter Candy Bags

Colin’s preschool class has a little party for just about every holiday…and usually I’m the crazy Mom who on the day of the party, rushes to the store to buy <insert juice box / snack / candy / cupcake / etc > on the day it is due. Today is no exception, however I was able to whip these up using two bags of the Starburst jelly beans, some little baggies and ribbon I had in my stash. I found this cute free printable on Pinterest, punched the tags out, and in 30 minutes, I was done!

Two gold stars for me today, thankyouverymuch.

AH Inspired Tampa Scholarship Winner

Category: AH Inspired

It is inspiring for me personally to read the AH Inspired scholarship entries. Dozens and dozens of creative women giving me a peek at some of the big dreams they have for themselves and their business.

Side note: the fact that these ladies shared this with me in the first place and put themselves “out there” deserves a BIG pat on the back in itself.

I like to live by the motto that you need to surround yourself with people who dream big too…and I’m happy to say, I want all of these gals as my new friends. :) It’s also incredibly hard narrowing it down to just one. I really want ALL of these inspiring ladies to be there at Postcard Inn!

Courtney, Jessica, Sara and I are SO EXCITED for our big trip to St. Pete in just seven weeks. (Yes! You can expect that I’ll be stuffing our bags full of stripey pink straws, orange garland and monogrammed coasters…you know we carry a personalized party in our bags wherever we go, right?!) ;)

We want to see YOU there personally. Only a handful of seats remain and we’re just three weeks out from when the early bird rate expires! You can get all the details on the site and register today to snag your spot.

Cue the drumroll now please….

Our recipient of the complimentary seat at AH Inspired Tampa is….

Stacy Brown, one half of Preppy and Pink! So excited to meet you Stacy and all the other gals in Florida!