Your story is how you share who you are with the world.

Read on to hear my story and how I became trusted to share the precious stories and dreams of others’.    

My work is to combine words and images that meet the world in an offering of beauty.

I love supporting you to mine your story for gold. I see how the hard-won lessons that built your character are now fuel for helping others. This alchemy of meaning and message is what I bring to my work in art, design, writing and branding.
 
But before we dive into how I can help you share YOUR story, I want to offer mine. After all, I can’t expect you to trust me with the details of your journey without offering the same.

Let’s rewind to the beginning.

I have always been creative, expressive, and intuitive. As a child I was always making things and as a teenager, I found myself at home with other sensitive souls who also wrote poetry to express their feelings. Writing and creating have always nourished me. To this day, I can’t stop from trying to make everything around me beautiful. 

Education strengthened my skills and reinforced what I love.

When I started university, I was as an English major. Writing essays on other peoples’ creative work wasn’t fulfilling. I co-majored in Visual Art and English. Interdisciplinary work gave me the creativity and flexibility I longed for.
 
The connection between writing and art became my working edge. In graduate school, I dove deeper into the physicality of language. I studied art and language as emotional and sensate experiences. I went on to speak about and publish my research and exhibit around the world.

Life is the big canvas, create with intention my motto.

I planned to teach university but declined a position for an industry job. My experience as a Design & Communications Manager, showed me that business was creative. I wanted to understand how artists could make positive change and make a living. I realized that life was the big canvas and business could help me design it.

I learned to chart my path by listening to the intuitive nudges that propelled me forward. Doors opened by being in the right place at the right time, finding kindred spirits and, of course, hard work. The more I followed my intuition, the further I seemed to get from the life I’d planned for myself. As I chose what felt right over how things were ‘supposed’ to look, amazing things unfolded.

Life can change in an instant (mine did).

I saw my husband in a meditation before we met. I recognized his red beard, bright eyes and warm heart. Our lives intertwined and a shared life and business path began. After a series of synchronicities, we moved to a small city and took over a yoga studio. At each step, I built courage to befriend the unknown and trust in my ability to figure it out as I went. I don’t believe that life is meant to be a straight line. 

Side note: While you might wonder what this has to do with branding, this is a quality that comes in very handy when you are obsessing about your logo like it is THE THING that will make your business thrive. I can see that you’re (not so secretly) terrified that your choice to walk away from the straight-and-narrow might not have been worth it because uncertainty can feel so damn hard (*hint: it WAS worth it and the hard moments come and go and often proceed the ones of greater ease). I will help you walk back to your centre and lean into your inner knowing. FEAR is an inevitable part of branding. It is when we take our precious dreams and make them public. This is when you need someone experienced by your side to help you navigate the big picture that you are creating while making sure the little design details all line up.

Business was a crash course in leadership.

Besides managing brands, I also developed them. My husband and I transformed the studio into a yoga lifestyle and training centre. We renovated two heritage buildings, our home and storefront. Those projects made me cry out of overwhelm and then beam with pride.
 
At the same time, I created the City of Camrose Arts and Culture Master Plan. I loved using strategy to unite and support creative community.
Seven years as a business owner taught me what it means to be a community leader, build something and be of service. Supporting leaders through overwhelm as they navigate rebrands and campaigns comes naturally to me, because I have been there. I know what is at stake when your dreams are on the line and your marketing just needs to pay off this time.
 
Some of the things I accomplished during those years are:
· Without no capital, my husband and I bought a yoga business and grew it into a thriving yoga lifestyle centre. We had a training centre, gallery and event space with a team of 25 and two restaurants with a sauce facility. We increased revenue at 78% CAGR/year for six years and sold at 5501% ROI.
 
· I created a Master Plan for a city of 18,000+ to guide their cultural vision for the next decade and beyond.
 
· I attracted over 500 attendees to my first online summit.
 
· I reached over 30,000 people with only a small email list and social media presence.
 
· I paid for the development of my first online program with full funding through a grant.
 
· I generated over $50, 000 in award money through my art and writing.
 
· I taught hundreds of students yoga and meditation over thousands of hours.
 
I share this not to be boastful, but to say that this all happened with words, creativity, intuition, and determination. I know that you have what it takes to create the dreams in your heart.
 
Our business was a labour of deep love, but it also came with costs. I found there was little of myself left for me. My husband and I were also new parents trying to balance family life. When we sold our business, it was with a dream for it to be community-run. Now, I have much to offer my clients in business and community leadership.

Brand school was born.

I loved the creative expression I found in business. At the same time, I had sidelined my own gifts of art-making and creative writing. I took my hard-won lessons and put them into Intentional Brand School. I love teaching creators how to use branding to find success with greater ease.

Loss changed me.

I was building a life in a new city, reworking my career in an exciting way, and enjoying pregnancy. Everything came crashing down one cold February morning. I sipped herbal tea and prepared my daughter for preschool with no idea that day might be my last.
 
I have been changed by the stillbirth of my second daughter. Surviving a severe hemorrhage and near death paled in comparison to loss. My dance with grief has been intense, transformative, and humbling.

Grief raged a fire through my soul and burnt down everything unnecessary.

I looked around the barren landscape of my heart and, to my surprise, saw that it was ripe with new life.

The black charred soil is sprouting the most unlikely dreams.

Loss made me dig deeper for what brought meaning. Through this process, I learned to integrate more of my whole self back into my work. I found a deeper understanding of creative alchemy. Today, my clients appreciate the deep listening I bring and the empathy that allows me to understand the depth of their experience and commitment to their calling. 

The brand process can help you express who you have become and the difference that you want to make.

What does success mean to you?

Today, my brand clients stand out as the best in their fields. I work with positive changemakers. I have freedom over my schedule, so I have time to do what is meaningful to me. I support other loss mammas to find peace and connection through yoga and meditation. I can be there to pick my daughter up from school and be home with her when she needs me. These are all parts of my version of success.
 
Your desires are a map to achieving your heart felt desires. I want to help you achieve your dreams by sharing the fullness of who you are. Let’s get you to your most desired victories with ease. That’s what this website and authentic branding is all about.

Is it time for you step into your fulfillment?

I will walk with you and be the keeper of your story and light. I will support you to feel into the truth of who you are. Together, we will weave words and images that share your beauty and how it meets the world in an offering.

 

Still curious?

Here’s a talk where I share the background on my career and the reasons I am passionate about doing the work I do.

My Credentials

EDUCATION:

  • MFA (2009) Visual Art, Specializing in Mixed Media 
  • Royal College of Art, London UK placement (2008)
  • BA (2007) Visual Art & English Language & Literature

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Feng Shui Practitioner
  • Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Mate
  • Conscious Communication, Level 2 Teacher Training
  • Life Cycles, Level 2 Teacher Training 
  • Kundalini Yoga Teacher
  • Yoga for At Risk Youth Teacher
  • Yin Yoga Teacher

 EXPERIENCE:

  • 2011- current Lisa Borin Miller Design & Consulting
  • 2016-2020 Vice President, The City of Camrose Arts and Culture Council
  • 2013-2020 Sacred Arts Co-Founder 
  • 2015-6 The City of Camrose Arts and Culture Master Planner 
  • 2011-2 Communications & Creative Design Manager, Arctos & Bird Management, Banff
  • Curator & Collections/Project Manager, The Juniper Hotel, Banff
  • 2010-11 Program Coordinator, Literary Arts, Banff Centre
  • 2010 Instructor, Drawing II: Extended Studies, Alberta University of the Arts
  • 2009 Assistant Instructor: Art Fundamentals 2D, U of Calgary
  • 2008 Assistant Instructor: Applied Concepts in Art, U of Calgary

EXHIBITION/PUBLICATION:

Since 2007, I have exhibited artwork in divserse cities including, St. Catharines (Rodman Hall), Oregon, Calgary, Toronto, Germany, Nova Scotia, Iceland, Switzerland, Berlin and Japan. 

SELECTED AWARDS:

I am grateful to have received awards and grants including:

  • City/Community Project Grants in Banff and Camrose
  • Untapped Emerging Artist Award The Artist Project Toronto
  • URGC Thesis Research Grant Centre for Research in Fine Art Research Grant
  • Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Elsie Mary Bell Scholars Endowment
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Master’s Scholarship International Research Grant: U of Calgary
  • Graduate Research Scholarship Graduate Studies Award, Harpweaver Award for Visual Arts

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