Rooted in Thankfulness

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Most of us gather with our family and friends to over indulge ourselves, relax while watching football or browse the Black Friday ads to see what deals we want to grab. Nevertheless it’s a time we can slow down and be with family—but do we take the time to be grateful for what we are so blessed with? The day can become so focused on who’s going to bake the best pie or figuring out what outfit to wear to impress the in-laws. More and more the focus of gratitude is taken away by the small minute details. Here at B&M Design Co, our intentions seem great going into the Holiday, but at times we get carried away with the preparation or glam of it all and we forget the true meaning. Not only does this happen with Thanksgiving, but we’ve noticed similarities in the early stages of our business.

We are so THANKFUL for the opportunity to be small business owners.

Starting up a business can seem so fun and glamourous. "Ahh to be our own boss" or "ahh to be able to sleep in once I own my business". These thoughts have crossed our mind a time or two. We think we can have more vacation time, or we can put off new blog posts, updating website content or keeping up with our brand's designs. Whatever it may be there is always an excuse to do something more fun and relaxing, and why shouldn’t we—we’re business owners now, right? Well not really. You see we’ve come to the point in our business where we’ve realized there will be tough days along with the fun days. Some days we will need to work harder than we thought possible, but then the next week, we can take a mid-week vacation, which we never thought possible with a full-time job. Overall, we are so THANKFUL for the opportunity to be small business owners.



We are so blessed to own our boutique design studio. When we started, we never dreamed how this small business would grow us as individuals and connect us with some unbelievably talented creative entrepreneurs. In the short time we have been an official LLC, we both have seen huge growth in our lives.

For example, I, Michelle, started this business with a limited knowledge on design. You’re laughing at me, right? Well, I always wanted to open a business and this was the perfect opportunity. I had the business knowledge and Casey had the design expertise. However, in the beginning my limited knowledge on design was difficult. Casey and I would converse about a client’s logo, but it took us double the time to get a project done because Casey would have to explain the design details to me. However, as we have worked on projects and I read design articles, the design language came more natural to me. Now, I can confidently say I’ve grown my design knowledge more than I could have imagine—all because we started this design studio, and I'm forever GRATEFUL for that. And I know Casey feels the same.

Yes, I really do feel the same. I, Casey, am so very thankful for our small business too, because of the growth I’ve seen in my life. At times as a designer, I put a lot of pressure on myself and designs. I find myself comparing my work to other designers and not always satisfied. Other times, I’ve held myself to an unbelievably high standard that leads to unneeded stress. However, as our business has developed and Michelle and I have had numerous conversations about the pressure, I've seen my positivity and confidence increase towards my designs. In return, I've noticed less comparison of my design abilities to other small business owners. I'd say that's a win, win.



We believe being TRULY thankful and grateful can only happen when we are content and appreciative of our current possessions, blessings, work-situation and other life circumstances. It's NOT about comparing what we aren't good at or don't have compared to others. Nevertheless, we find ourselves down that path. Just like Casey mentioned above, we find ourselves comparing our work, website, blog posts, and other areas in our small business to other designers. At times it can lead to a negative mindset thinking our works not good enough. Or even as far as questioning, why are we running a small business? But, when we begin to think of all the sprouted blessings from owning a business, it outweighs all the negativity. We can begin to focus on all the things we are GOOD at. No longer do we hold power to the negative thoughts that we aren’t good enough. We can confidently say we are unique. We bring a special set of skills to the table, all the while investing in creative entrepreneurs' lives and giving them a one-of-a-kind branding experience. Changing your mindset isn't always easy. It takes a lot of practice, time and a whole lot of grace. But, we believe in YOU!


We’ve talked a lot about being grateful for the opportunity to own a business even through the hard stages. It's so WORTH IT to see the growth and development in us as individual and business partners. Now we want to challenge YOU! What is it in your business that is keeping you back from reaching your full-potential? Do you compare with other businesses in your industry? Do you focus on what you’re not good instead of perfecting your skill sets? Here's our challenge to you:

  1. Write down every negative thought that is hold you and your business back. Are they on a piece of paper? Good, now throw them away.
  2. Now, write down at least three things you are thankful for. Keep this list in a place that will serve as a daily reminder to give thanks.
  3. Lastly, share our gratitude image (click here for black and white) and let your community know what you have gratitude for. Let's start a wildfire of positive thoughts.

Starting today, you are FREE. Stop stressing about the negatives, and begin to focus on the positives of your business—the reasons you FIRST became a business owner. Be thankful for this opportunity, it will do wonders for your business!

xoxo - Casey & Michelle



B&M Design Co is a boutique design studio from Dayton, OH. We design authentic brands for business owners to flourish. 🌿  We specialize in logo design, visual brand identity, web design and other design services.  We know building a brand is not a simple task, so we want to extend an olive branch, a symbol of peace and victory to allow your brand to flourish.