Sound Ambitions

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Sound Ambitions

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This WordPress website design was created for an amazing organisation based in South Lanarkshire called Sound Ambitions.

Sound Ambitions was launched with a view to inspire young musicians, from tots to teens, throughout South Lanarkshire. With over 20 years of experience in their field, they offer 1:1 instrumental tuition, early years classes, and girls talk girls rock classes.
 
It was a pleasure to work with some beautiful branding created by Lowenna of The Soulful Design Co on this project. And ultimately, so obsessed with this beautiful and eye-catching website for Sound Ambitions CIC!
 
Upon finishing my work on the site, Marie (founder of Sound Ambitions CIC) said:
 

“OMG I’ve just been on the site! Thank you so much Marissa.

This is the biggest amount I have invested in my business so far and it’s been more than worth it. You have gone above and beyond what I ever would have expected.

It just captures the whole spirit of my projects with such vibrancy. It also helped me to focus and streamline my vision, pulling everything together a bit more strategically. I feel like a real company now!”

 
 

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Head over to the Sound Ambitions website to see the full build. 
 
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How to build your website using the power of moon cycles

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How to build your website using the power of moon cycles

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The best moon phase for launching your website revealed…

How to flow with the moon to build your website

TLDR? The best moon phase for launching your website is the new moon phase.

New moons are the start of the lunar month and herald new beginnings. So, this moon phase is a great time to give your website the green light. 

But there is so much more to flowing with the moon than that! If you stop here then it would be like serving up a low-fat tiramisu. It looks great at first glance but when you bite into it there’s no real flavour or substance. You don’t want your website to be a low-fat Tiramisu. And I don’t want your website to be a low-fat tiramisu either. 

So here are my top tips on how to flow with the moon to build your website.

Why the best moon phase for launching your website is the new moon phase…

Actually, nope, sorry, I’m not starting at this phase. Let’s back up a little to understand why flowing with the moon is a good guide for your website build as a whole.

Why flowing with the moon to build your website will stop it being a low-fat tiramisu…

Everything in this world goes through cycles of expansion and contraction: the seasons, nature, our bodies, my belly (jokes). The list is endless. It’s when we fight against the universe’s and our own natural rhythms that things often stall or go wrong for us. 

For example, by forcing ourselves to be busy when our hormones say “Slow down!” we end up tired and burned out. Or, when we push our bodies to stay up late beyond what our circadian rhythm wants then our creativity tends to snuff out or we get overly anxious.

By flowing with natural cycles rather than pushing against them, we operate at our best. That’s what it’s like to flow with the moon. When we build as the moon builds, and retreat as the moon retreats, we work in unison with the energy around us. Our ancestors realised the power of working this way. It’s only since we entered the modern ‘busy’ era that it’s been left behind and seen as “woo-woo”.

Would you like to give it a shot? Great, let’s get that full-fat tiramisu cooking! (You don’t actually cook a Tiramisu but you know what I mean.)

 

What are the moon phases and what do they mean?

The moon takes around 29.5 days to orbit the earth. This is its monthly lunar cycle.

During this cycle, it goes through four main phases (this can get broken down even further to eight phases but four is enough for the purpose of building your website).

These phases and their main themes are:

New moon – New beginnings, clean slates, intention-setting and potential.

Waxing Moon – Building energy (on the way to the bright full moon), courage, action, moving forward.

Full moon – Completion, culmination, illumination, forgiveness and gratitude. 

Waning moon – Decreasing energy (on the way to the darkness of the new moon), reflection, release, surrender and clearing out.

Looking at this, you might think the full moon culmination point is the best moon phase for launching your website. But that would be like serving your tiramisu without the coffee… You’ll be missing the big energy hit. (And yes, the tiramisu references are going to continue through this blog). Read on to find out why…

How can you use the moon phases to build your website?

By using the moon phases to build and launch your website you’ll be guided when to strategise, dream, create, edit, reflect and publish. And you’ll be doing it in tune with the universal energy around you. How cool is that?  

Point to note: the new moon is going to feature at the start and end of this cycle. We will use this magical energy to set intentions at one new moon and launch at the next.

New moon – The new moon is the beginning of the moon’s monthly cycle. At this point, it’s in darkness but it will soon begin to grow brighter on the way to the full moon. It’s a time of heightened intuition and there’s a little bit of magic in the air. Use it to tap into what you really want and what you instinctively know needs to be seen by the world. 

Things to do: Set your intentions for what you want to achieve out of your website. Make your new moon wishes. 

To help you do this, ask yourself: 

  • What messages do I want to convey? 
  • How do I want people to feel when they browse it? 
  • What is the ultimate goal of the website (e.g. to achieve sales, more leads or to act as an information portal?) 

Only you know the answers to these questions so go within and find out. 

Next, write your intentions down and then add in actions and timescales. It’s a well-known fact that you’re more likely to achieve things when you write them down and make them timely and measurable.

For example, you could say, “I will create a website that will generate 20 new sales leads every month.”

So, from this, you already know that your website needs to have a lead collection form and focus on what product or service you have to offer.

A nice finishing touch is to sit for a while and visualise your completed website. Imagine it achieving the goal you set for it. (Perhaps you can see new orders coming into your inbox or your appointment calendar filling up, for example.) Picture it in as much detail as you can. Send the vibrations out. This is called manifesting.

You might be tempted to rush on and start building your website but hang fire. This is the dreaming time. This is when you let your intuition take over and you imagine all the amazing possibilities. You could meditate, sit still or go for a bath while you do it. Do anything that gives you time to think in silence and receive higher guidance.

Now you’ve planted the seeds for what you want to grow it’s time to start working on it…

Waxing moon –  This is the “doing” time. The moon is growing in energy and so are we. We are in the yang, masculine energy that calls us to be productive. It’s time to put your head down and take action on the intentions you set. Think big, challenging, exciting and bold moves.

This is the phase that you want to get the bulk of your website built in. It lasts around two weeks so use it to do all the heavy lifting and laying.

During this time, you want to: create your copy, choose your images, plan your user journey and work on your SEO.

Throughout this phase, keep thinking about what you want and have the courage to go after it. Don’t give up.

Full moon – The moon has reached its peak brightness. This is the culmination point so get your head down and finish the project. This phase lasts around three days. 

At this point, you have already put a lot of hard work in. Take time to pat yourself on the back and give gratitude to yourself and anyone else who has helped you.

It’s also a time of forgiveness, so if you’ve been too hard on yourself then cut yourself some slack. 

If you are feeling a bit unsure of whether you can launch this website then this is the time to let those insecurities go. You can do it. Let go of self-limiting beliefs such as:

  • I don’t have enough time
  • I can’t write good copy
  • I don’t have enough experience or client testimonials
  • I look terrible in my photos

A good full moon ritual is to write these beliefs down and burn them (safely) to release the negative energy into the ether. Say to yourself, “All is well and as it should be.”

Waning moon – This phase is about rest, reflection and release. So, without judgement, stop creating. Instead, review everything you have done so far. Don’t let your inner critic tell you it’s rubbish (last quarter moon falls in this phase and that’s when imposter syndrome can strike!) Remember, nothing is perfect on the first attempt. This is your time for editing and tweaking.

Consider what is and is not working. What feels good and what needs to go? 

Read over your website copy – are you waffling? Could any excess words be removed? 

Check your mobile optimisation – is anything out of alignment?

Are all your links working?

Have you tested your contact forms?

Show your hard work to a trusted friend or colleague. Take their feedback on board. 

Make any necessary final tweaks. It’s almost launch time so now is a good time to take stock of how you feel about it.

Grab a pen and paper and let your inner feelings out. Here are some journal prompts to guide you:

  • How does your launch make you feel? 
  • Why do you think that is?
  • Are you feeling any resistance? If so, why?
  • How can you overcome this?
  • Look back on the intentions you set at the start of your website build. Are you in alignment with them? If not, what needs to change?

 

Journalling helps us to release the emotions stuck within and it often helps us find clarity. It’s a good final way to use the waning moon to clear out what we don’t need ahead of the website launch.

New moon 

All the hard work is done and it’s time to launch your website!

Try not to get cold feet, I know it’s daunting to put yourself out there but you need to trust the universe and its timing. Most of all, you need to trust yourself. You’ve put your best effort into this. You’re one step closer to your dreams and achieving what you want from life. Take action and hit the publish button. This is when the magic happens.

N.B. New and full moons are when the moon’s gravitational pull is at its strongest. Given that the moon controls our tidal system and we are made up of more than 60% water then some people find they are a bit “wired” on these days.

If this sounds familiar then don’t push yourself to launch on a new moon. The new moon phase lasts for approximately three days so give it a day or so until you feel calmer and more focussed.

And that is how you flow with the moon to launch your website. But, one more thing…

Using specific moons to launch your website

Not every moon is created equally! The moon is constantly moving through the signs of the zodiac so each month the new and full moons fall under a different sign. 

We can use this to our advantage if we have a particular obstacle to overcome. For example, if the idea of launching your website terrifies you then perhaps you should consider launching under a Leo new moon so that you dare to do it.

Or, if you know that you are the most disorganised person on the planet then use the Virgo new moon vibes to lend you some planning skills. 

You can visit a site such as Time and Date to see when the new and full moons fall.

When you learn to work with the moon and its changes in energy you learn to be more in flow with yourself.

Now you know the best moon phase for launching your website and hopefully a whole lot more. Will you be using the phases of the moon to build and launch your website?

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Abound Healing

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This WordPress website design was for the inspiring Leslye Flores of Abound Healing.

This is the second time I’ve worked with Leslye on a site build for her. This is truly the dream for me; when the clients you most love working with come back again and again!
 
Leslye is about to launch her trauma therapy practice and needed a new website to showcase how she works and to share her services. As she works in both English and Spanish, we created a bilingual website for her. 
 
Upon finishing our work this time round on her site together, Leslye said:
 

“I’ve worked with Marissa twice and both times she has gone above and beyond to make sure my sites were exactly what I had envisioned.
I cannot see myself working with anyone else for future projects. I have tried other developers and I keep coming back because Marissa is just amazing!!!”

 
 

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Head over to the Abound Healing website to see the full build. 
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Alyssa Richmond

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Alyssa Richmond

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This WordPress website design was for the wonderful Alyssa Richmond.

I really loved building this website for Alyssa. She was getting ready to launch her new intuitive coaching (which includes a mix of tarot and astrology) into the world and wanted a beautiful new website to bring her vision to life.
 
We worked on her branding as well as my usual website and dream client questionnaire discovery process before her build and created a beautiful site for her. This also integrates her forms and payments for her offerings with her coaching portal she uses which helps automate her processes.
 
Upon finishing our work this time round on her site together, Alyssa said:
 

“Marissa has crafted a stunningly beautiful website for me – I love it so much. She is very professional, incredibly well-organised and responsive, so patient, and really an absolute dream to work with! She intuitively captured the energy I wanted and truly does bring the magic to website design – it is everything I wanted and oh so much more. It was important to me that my website went live on the Spring Equinox and with the energy of the New Moon, and she worked with me to ensure we met that target, even though I was late in delivering copy to her. More than that, she actually went above and beyond and made the website live at the exact moment of the Equinox – it couldn’t get more magical!”

 
 

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Head over to the Alyssa Richmond website to see the full build. 
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Jade Rebecca Adams

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This WordPress website design was for the lovely Jade, at Jade Rebecca Adams.

Jade was such a wonderful client to work with! This build was such a seamless process; that’s exactly how it goes when we both trust each other from the very start and know we’ll work well together 🙂 
 
Jade has not long launched her own brand which provides NLP and Life Coaching services an wanted a beautiful new website to kick start her marketing. Often creating a website when in the early stages of your business can be daunting, as you then need to do a lot of work around your offerings and who your dream clients are so you can make sure you really speak to them. It can feel like a stretch at the start of launching your biz into the world, but also goes a very long way to help you build that professional and expansive vision you’re manifesting. See the end result below! 
 
Upon finishing our work this time round on her site together, Jade said:
 

“It was a joy to work with Marissa! She perfectly captured my vision and built a beautiful website for me – I love the look, I love the feeling that the design and imagery creates. I can’t recommend her services highly enough.”

 
 

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Head over to the Jade Rebecca Adams website to see the full build. 
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Empowered Enchantress

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This WordPress website design was for the wonderful Clare at Empowered Enchantress.

Clare is such an amazing woman and it has been a pleasure to work with her on several occasions. We started with an initial website build a couple of years ago, and as she grew her business, her vision for her website grew with it. We revisited her site last year and gave it a bit of an overhaul that she’s very happy with. 
 
Upon finishing our work this time round on her site together, Clare said:
 

“Marissa is professional, highly responsive, and very intuitive. I told her what I wanted and gave her my website copy, photos, and color palette , but what she created using her talent is a stunning website! It brings me such joy and I am proud of it. This is my second time working with her. I really appreciate how she seems to know me better than I know myself (intuitive) and chooses images I didn’t even know about to make my site stunning. Thank you, Thank you. You are amazing Marissa. I highly recommend her if you are a creative, heart centered entrepreneur. She will help you look professional and feel great about your website!!!”

 
 

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Head over to the Empowered Enchantress website to see the full build. 
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Roots & Blooms

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This WordPress website design was for the amazing Laura at Roots & Blooms.

Laura got in touch with me to build a website for her new venture, Roots & Blooms. She has the most amazing story and is helping her audience in a wide range of ways; through wellness classes, connecting with nature, hygge baby massage, occupational therapy, parent coaching and essential oils. 
 
Often my clients are amazing at many different things and struggle to put this on their website in a cohesive way that captivates their audience. I love working through my process with them to help them pin down who they best serve and present it in a way that helps their audience understand how they can help them. 
 
It was a total honour to work with the wonderful Laura on this new website for her business.
 
 

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Brave Strong Beautiful

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This WordPress website design was for incredible enterprise, Brave Strong Beautiful.

Brave Strong Beautiful do incredible work. Based in Edinburgh, they are the UKs First Award Winning Social Enterprise Hairdressing Salons. I was so proud when they asked me to rebuild their website for them to better capture and showcase all of the amazing work they do and it was an honour to work with them.
 
 

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Head over to  the Brave Strong Beautiful site to see the full build. 
 
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Inspiring Wellbeing

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This WordPress website design was for the wonderful Nancy at Inspiring Wellbeing.

Nancy is an amazing EFT practitioner based in Ontario, Canada. She helps her clients resolve their issues around emotional eating and lack of money and is so amazing at what she does. It was a joy to build this new website for her as she continues to share her work with the world <3
 
 

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Juliette Lemoine

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Juliette Lemoine

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This WordPress website design was for wonderful Scottish cellist,  Juliette.

We rebuilt Juliette’s website right before the launch of her debut album, Soaring. Pulling together her content, images, work and nailing her vision for her site now gives her something she’ll be able to use to sell her album on (and be able to add to in future!). So enjoyed working on this beautiful project with her <3
 
 

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Head over to Juliette’s site to see the whole thing.
 
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