NEW JOURNAL RELEASE 1.8.19

The navy journal cover release offers a different look and feel to the traditional guided wellness journal with a more minimalist, gender neutral feel. The navy journal is composed of brand new quotes submitted by many different members of our community- how cool!

For those of you not into journaling or who just don’t think it’s for you, listen up…

Many people create guided journals (meaning each page is lined with prompts vs just a blank page) for the customer base of people who love to journal- simply put, I do not. That’s what sets the One Ray Journal apart from the rest. I took on the more challenging task of bridging the gap between traditional journaling and the kind of journaling I believe actually works in helping people achieve their health and happiness goals from the past 8 years of experience.

Traditional journaling includes writing down your feelings everyday. It takes time to put your thoughts into words and can include quotes, memories, emotions, and different quote- “girly” things like that. One Ray is not that at all- unless you fit the small group of customers I have who truly are into that kind of thing. And by all means, do what feels right for you.

One Ray is a daily habit planner / tracker that focuses on the 5 most important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle with fulfillment and enjoyment. It takes less than 3-4 minutes to jot down a plan in the morning or a reflection in the evening. It’s designed to pull you away from your phone and be mindful / present of your habits. For example, it can be SO easy, especially coming off the holidays, to forget that you accidentally ate 5 Snickers bars during a stressful phone call at work today. This journal is designed to get you in the habit of being present when faced with temptation. To focus on what brings you actual clarity and joy instead of quantitative numbers that may bring you down (such as weighing yourself everyday).

Each day we focus on 5 elements of physical and mental health that will hold you accountable for the steps it takes to reach your goal. Each Sunday, we both reflect on the past week and plan for the week ahead to feel strong heading into a busy Monday. What I love most about this formula is that you don’t have to be philosopher or super in touch with your emotions to find it useful- I have 6 men out of 150 current customers. All you have to do to find meaning and purpose in this method is to put the effort in every day. Often I get asked why I have such a positive and optimistic demeanor and I tell it like it is, I find deep meaning in the small things I do everyday. 

Journals will be available on my website www.mariafitnezz.com beginning @ 8 am on Wed, 1/8/20. 

How I Got Started Blogging

Wow, I am absolutely blown away by the success of Small Business Saturday over in my corner of the internet. I can’t even put into words the appreciation I have for each person who supports my business and mission, whether that be sharing a post on social media, purchasing a journal, or simply just showing their belief in what I’ve built.

I’ve been getting some questions recently about how my blog / social media / journal got started as I realize at this point in time, we’re growing past beyond just my own friends and family!

I had a blog before internet blogging was a thing- just open any of my high school journals or home videos (that someday I may have the courage to share). I studied how to build healthy habits to make my life better to escape being in a dark place mentally. I recorded everything in a blank-paged journal, such as quotes, workouts, recipes, and different experiences. And to be honest, I built a steady routine for myself that worked years before I shared it with you.

The videos I post are conversations with myself on the way home from work, encouraging a physical therapy patient, or a pep talk in the mirror that I just happened to start recording. It’s worth the mention that I’ve had training and experience in public speaking since I was young, that wasn’t at all built overnight. If you’re someone that wants to start sharing your message with the world, I suggest Youtube videos on speaking, tongue twisters, and a LOT of talking into the mirror… I still do that all the time before videos or events!

Bringing the journals to life was a combo of the perfect side kick, Google search, and timing. Overall since my boyfriend and I began planning the idea to collabing with Emily, finding the right manufacturer (in the USA), learning customer service, basic website code, marketing, shipping, taxes, etc… about 5 months. It’s worth taking the time to do the research, learn the tips, and compare options to find the right fit. Also, I did it all through free resources such as Youtube videos, podcasts, books, and Google. It’ll always be a work in progress to tweak and improve small steps along the way, but nailing down the designer, manufacturer, and setting up the marketing plan were the most important aspects.

While I’m not a master in business or qualified to give advice on it by any means, I want to continuously share my journey as I know many members of our community also have an online presence of some sort! If there’s a message on your heart to share with the world, it’s more than possible to do even with the slimmest of resources. My best piece of advice to the beginner who’s intimidated to get started or feels like there’s too much to learn first- start by dipping your toe in. You can do all the research and talk about getting started all you want, but people won’t take you seriously until you actually get started. 🙂

Thank you again for your support on Small Business Saturday and ALWAYS!
xoxo, maria

Meet Emily! Graphic Designer of One Ray

You guys are in for a treat today! Below features an interview from an essential piece of the One Ray Journal- the graphic designer who created and brought the entire journal to life. 🙂

Meet Emily!…

Alright so tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?

Hi! I’m Emily Frazier, and I am a graphic designer working primarily in print design (but also a little web/environment design). I grew up in Mentor, Ohio, but recently moved to St. Augustine, Florida after I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a design degree. Outside of work, I’m an avid reader, tea-drinker, knitter/crocheter, and music listener—occasionally all at the same time!

When did you know graphic design was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

Not until I got into the design program at BGSU. I wasn’t even considering a career in art during high school until my senior year when I learned that graphic design was a field that even existed! I decided to pursue it on a whim and just see where it went, mentally prepared to switch majors after the first year. Thankfully, I never had to.

Once I got into the basic design courses and learned more about what design is, I realized this is exactly where I need to be. And for the most part, I’d been there for most of my life without realizing it. As a kid, I used to make birthday cards on my mom’s publishing software, I would spend more time formatting Powerpoints for school than on the actual content of the presentation, and I would volunteer to make posters for friends when they ran for student government.

I think the coolest thing about design is how broad it can be.  As someone who had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to be when I grow up because EVERYTHING was interesting to me, graphic design as a career is a great solution because it can be applied to nearly any subject. My dad says you should learn something new every day, and design definitely allows me to do that!

Do you work for yourself freelancing or a company? 

A little bit of both actually! I work full time at Mosaic PRO in Jacksonville, which is a marketing arm for a few larger companies, so I get to work on a variety of projects from designing grocery displays to go in Walmart to promo items and print collateral for Google, and nearly everything in between. Outside of my day job, I like to take on freelance projects that more closely align with my own values and interests—like the One Ray journals! I would love to one day do freelance full-time focusing on serving small, women-owned businesses.

What specific resources best spark your creativity? 

Too many to name! I’m a firm believer in interdisciplinary work, and that the best ideas and solutions will usually come from the places you wouldn’t expect them to. I was extremely fortunate to be part of BGSU’s design program that values this interdisciplinary approach, and it has definitely impacted the way I work. If I’m trying to solve some design issue, you probably wouldn’t find me looking for a solution in a design textbook. I’m big on reading, both fiction and nonfiction, everything from short articles to full length novels. If I get stuck, I can almost always get through it by working with my hands on something repetitive for a bit, like knitting or crocheting; it allows my mind to wander for a bit and take some focus off of the issue at hand. The beach is a 5 minute walk from home now, so I’ll take my dog and do some thinking there also.

How did you come up with such a beautiful design for journal? 

Thanks! The cover was a lot of process work—I think I had over a dozen iterations of it initially. They looked nice but there wasn’t much of a driving idea behind any of them UNTIL I got to the one that ended up being the cover now. Here’s where that interdisciplinary work comes into play—the swirling blue rings inside of the sun are inspired by the rings you would find if you cracked open a geode. Somehow all of this information about geodes I retained from probably middle school science class came back to me, and it just clicked. Geodes look like ordinary rocks on the outside, but the inside of each of them is unique—formed by different environments with different temperatures and pressures.

What’s been your favorite part of bringing One Ray to life? 

It’s been a lot of fun to play with the typography for the daily quotes for sure—seeing which words need to be bigger or smaller and how that affects how the quote is read. The coolest part though is seeing everyone’s reactions. I love seeing those reposts on Instagram and reading the feedback from people that use it daily!

What is your dream project to work on? 

I don’t know what exactly the project would be or look like, but I love working on projects that allow me to work with my hands (sewing, screen printing, textile arts, ceramics, etc.), that have some kind of health/environment focus, and that have lots of text to work with—I’m such a typography geek lol. Most importantly though, I love when projects are deeply meaningful in some capacity or conceptually complex.

What was the transition like making a big move out of OH? 

It didn’t seem that big to me! I did get to ease into the transition a lot slower than the rest of my family. I was already done with my freshman year at BGSU when we moved, and it made more sense for me to finish school there instead of transferring somewhere closer to Florida. I was able to stay near my friends in Ohio for 3 years but got to visit my family in Florida on breaks—best of both worlds! I did miss my family, especially the last year, when I was so busy at school that I only had time to call maybe once a week at best. So I moved down after I graduated and found work here! Outside of my friends from work, most of them are also from the Cleveland area (there are a TON of Ohioans down here). There’s a local club for Browns fans in Jacksonville that my family has been a part of for the last few years, and knowing other people that have moved from the same area definitely helps in adjusting. I still get a kick out of the obligatory “the weather down here is so much nicer than in Cleveland!” line every time someone asks how you’re liking Florida since you’ve moved from the north.

Morning Routine:

Maeve will wake me up around 5:30, so I’ll feed her and take her for a walk—on the beach if it is a low enough tide. Her walk is anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the route and how slowly I’m moving beforehand. I’ll come back, get ready for work, and grab something quick like yogurt or a granola bar on the way out the door at 6:45. It sometimes takes me an hour to drive to work now that we’ve moved to St. Augustine; I’ll listen to music all the way there. I’ll make coffee or tea as soon as I get to work, and eat my breakfast while I get set up for the work day.

Coffee or tea order:

If I’m at work, my coffee is hazelnut with one creamer mixed in. If I go somewhere for coffee, it’ll either be a regular latte or a matcha latte. Tea is probably what I drink the most though, and I have quite the collection going at this point. My favorites are earl grey and the Tazo Zen tea.

Favorite workout:

Usually I’ll just go for a long walk with Maeve, but sometimes I’ll do some chill yoga—not the kind where you’re sore the next day. I used to do a lot more yoga in college. My favorite classes I’ve taken are POUND classes. You drum on the floor for about an hour with slightly weighted sticks while doing squats, lunges, etc. It’s such a good workout!

Favorite book:

Can’t pick just one! The Little Prince, A Doll’s House (okay technically a play but I’ve only ever read it), Paper Towns, The Stranger, Brave New World, Three Things About Elsie, Sharp Objects

Favorite hobby to de-stress: 

I enjoy reading, listening to records, walking, and knitting or crocheting when I’m stressed.

Your bigger influential role model:

My parents.

If our audience is interested in collaborating with you, how can they best reach you?

I have a website for my portfolio of work (I’m in the process of updating it!) at emilyfrazier.design. I can also be reached at emily@emilyfrazierdesign.com or on Instagram (@em_frazier).