BEYOND Podcast Ep. 270: How to Define Enough and Design a Brand and Life You Love with Bri Summers of Brighten Made

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Warm desert hues highlighting shades of pink, a playful yet refined boho vibe paired with hand drawn fonts and custom illustrations… this is the aesthetic fingerprint Bri Summers has become known for through Brighten Made, her branding and web design studio that serves female entrepreneurs.

With a distinct style that has evolved over the past six years, Bri and her team have tackled an array of design projects, from full branding for small businesses to book cover design for Jenna Kutcher. But the thing she’s proudest of as an ambitious, enneagram-3 creative entrepreneur? It’s the life she’s built alongside the growth of Brighten Made.

The freedom and flexibility Bri once dreamt of as a recent college grad bored with aspects of corporate life have led to a reality she loves. And building a business on her terms has never felt more rewarding than now as she transitions into life as a brand new mom. (Though this episode was recorded during her pregnancy, Bri and her husband Joe welcomed baby girl Navy in September 2023).

On this episode of BEYOND: The Podcast for Moms Called to Business, Brianna shares some of the defining moments in her journey to building a successful design business and how preparing for motherhood led to asking some important life questions she hadn’t really considered before.

On this episode of BEYOND, you'll learn:

• Why Bri believes mindset and confidence are key both in owning your own style as a creative and in building a business on your terms
• Why defining “enough” is crucial in designing a business and life that you actually want to be living, especially when you value quality of life and don’t want to work 24/7
• What it looks like to create work with integrity, and how she stays interested and inspired in her own creativity without overconsuming social media
• How Bri has leveraged her unique design style and one-of-a-kind aesthetic as a marketing strategy where her work “sells itself”
• How growing a team led her to experience real time freedom and the ability to prioritize both rest and travel
• How pregnancy forced her to slow down and led to life-changing reflections about what’s most important in life, and what isn’t
• How God has used her business to both grow and humble her
• What her plans are for her maternity leave and beyond (and why she's holding them loosely)

Important links for this episode:

• Instagram: @brightenmade
• Brighten Made's Design Style Quiz

I pray this episode encourages you in learning what it looks like to navigate the peaks and valleys of business and motherhood.

If you're ready to continue the conversation beyond the podcast, if you are ready for the combination of life support and business strategy you need in navigating the highs and lows as a mom and entrepreneur, I want to invite you to apply for 1:1 coaching. Working with me privately is kind of like having a business therapist, marketing strategist and personal trainer for your brain all-in-one.

I can’t wait to help you gain the confidence, momentum and strategy required to build the business you’re called to.

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This is the podcast for moms called to business as creative entrepreneurs and coaches. Through mindset and strategy, I help you leverage your faith and your beliefs to get out of your own way so that you simplify, focus and build a business that serves you, your family and your clients well – a business run with integrity that creates both income and impact. Around here, we go beyond the surface and dive deep into what matters most. We talk about mindset, faith, motherhood, money, marketing, messaging and more. So much of why you were called to business is because of who you’re becoming along the way. As your coach, my job is to help you grow your business. My mission is to help you grow as a person.


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