Looking at the Past, Present & Future to create Your Big Picture

Updated: Apr 14

It’s hard to believe we are celebrating our 4th anniversary of Inside fashion Design! I vividly remember sitting in Jackson Heights, NY in 2011 when I first scratched out some thoughts about launching a site. I originally came up with the name All Things Design. I think I got as far as one “Hello World” post introducing the blog and nothing came after that. It wasn’t until 6 years later that this vision became a reality.    

Appreciations of the Past 4 years

Inside Fashion Design launched in 2017. It let me combine two of my loves: my work as a designer and sharing stories to inspire and share good. Little did I know what I was in for! Over the past 4 years IFD has evolved from a simple blog site to a much grander vision. It organically created a community. We found ourselves connecting with wonderfully talented people in the industry, hosting hands-on workshops in our studio and then larger events for Design Week Portland and Portland Textile Month.

We’ve hosted teams from Nike, designers from Europe, students from University of Oregon, Portland State University and Oregon State. We’ve participated in the NW Materials Show, moderated for zoom events such as the Digital Materials Show, Textile Month, and Fashion Mingle, conducting live interviews with designers, career coaches, and those striving for more ethical and sustainable fashion. We’ve been behind the scenes with designers in their studios, backstage at FashioNXT and been press at NYFW. We’ve built relationships with Fashion Revolution, Global Fashion Marketplace, Ethical Fashion Initiative, and International Women’s Day to name a few.  

One of our biggest highlights was an event we hosted this past November. Due to the pandemic, what would have been our 1-night 2020 Design Week Portland event, turned into a global virtual 3-day event called the Ethical Fashion Festival. The festival was so rewarding we now plan to host it annually

This all sounds wonderful, which it is, but wasn’t easy by any means. Many lessons have been learned along the way, and we’ll continue to learn as we go. There has been many stressful moments, trying to meet major deadlines, heartbreak from loss of money and loss of articles with website crashes. We have been through 4-5 website designers—some leaving us hanging, some charging us for an unheard of amount of time and fees. We have hosted events where no one showed up, been interviewed for magazines that never got published, reached out to dozens of businesses in hopes of getting sponsors for our events, and put in hours and hours talking to people about ideas and ways to expand our community—all with the vision to to offer value and opportunities helpful to our readers. 

All of this while continuing to work as the co-founder & Design Director for Creative Capital Design, managing clients, my own teenagers and family and some health issues thrown in for good measure!!

Looking to the Future: YBP

No one said pursuing your dreams would be easy, right? I believe anything worthwhile is worth the effort. The reward comes from knowing you put your heart and soul into your work. I believe in setting goals, but more than that, I believe in having a big picture in mind: YBP, “YOUR BIG PICTURE” — your grand vision! I am a dreamer, and I focus on setting a clear vision in my mind of what I want to build, where I want to go and who I want to be. 

Consider YOUR BIG PICTURE. Put that vision in your mind and let it evolve naturally. Don’t say no to

things because it wasn’t part of your plan — say YES to what the universe sends your way and see where it leads. Enjoy the learning. Learn from your setbacks and losses. Be open to turning a different direction because you never know what path is the one that leads to your big picture!

What is YOUR BIG PICTURE? You might not see your big picture right away. But if you try you will circle in on it with time and reflection. Ask yourself the following:

  1. What do I want from life? What would I do if I could do anything?

  2. What are my passions? How do I see myself taking part in them?

  3. What are the most important things in my life?

Now Set YOUR BIG PICTURE. Create a vision in your mind, but remember to be open to where the road takes you! There will be twists and turns, and if you’re not willing to be open, you may lose out on opportunities that are right in front of you. Remember, this is the BIG PICTURE — the details may not look at all like what you expected. But do the feelings you experience from each new adventure mirror what you feel in your big picture vision? What lessons can you learn from setbacks that will push you in the right direction?


Now that you have your vision in mind, there are a few things you can do that will help you achieve it!

Make it actionable: What are some big opportunities you’re actually able to tackle? Now immediately choose the first steps, and keep them small! Procrastination sets in quickly, but if you identify a first few clearly actionable steps, you’re more likely to snowball the project into something bigger!

Build in Accountability: Find a buddy to go on their own BIG PICTURE journey with you. Having a time and a place when you plan to share your ideas with each other can push you forward.

Set Aside Time to Think: If you’re like me you spend each day skipping from item to item on your daily to-do list. But big picture thinking needs ample time and space. Schedule time in your day or week specifically for big picture thinking. Put it on your calendar, make it a habit, make it a ritual! Do it at a time of day when you are often your most relaxed and creative. It’s so important to make time for this kind of visioning in your calendar. After all, we’re talking about the rest of your life here 

Make a Vision Board: If you can see it, you can be it. Write a short mission statement. Find visions that match your goals and emotions. Reflect on it daily to inspire yourself.

Have fun planning YOUR BIG PICTURE! Remember, think big and even if you fall short it’ll be short of something AMAZING—which is pretty great!

Enjoying the Present: Living Mindfully

Why is Being Present Minded Important?

Although learning from the past, and dreaming about the future help us keep on track to our long term vision, being mindful of the moment and living in the present is key to happiness….so don’t forget to appreciate each day, savor the moments so you can enjoy the journey.

“Being present minded is the key to staying healthy and happy. It helps you fight anxiety, cut down on your worrying and rumination, and keeps you grounded and connected to yourself and everything around you.

Although it has become a popular topic in recent years, living in the present is not just a fad or trendy lifestyle tip, it is a way of life that is backed up by good science.

Being present and exerting our ability to be mindful not only makes us happier, it can also help us deal with pain more effectively, reduce our stress and decrease its impact on our health, and improve our ability to cope with negative emotions like fear and anger. (Halliwell, 2017).”  For more reading on Mindfulness, visit here.


Reach for the Moon!  Even if you fall short, you will land amongst the stars!

Peace, Love & Blessings, Britta

Want to share Your Big Picture? Let us know what you are dreaming of!! Who knows, maybe we can help support you to get you there! Working together is always better than working alone!

Creative Capital Design (our design studio) along with IFD have worked with many interns, done many informational interviews, and provided guidance and mentoring to students and young professionals- its part of what we love to do- reach out anytime to inquire!