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Octane Looks Back: Top Nine of 2019

Holy smokes! 164 posts and over 3.5k likes later…. where did the year go?! If you’re like us we needed a good old reminder of our top posts of the year. Using our Top Nine Instagram Moments we’re taking you back…. All the way back counting down top posts and projects that put a twinkle in our eyes.


#9: #Friday Introductions

To be honest, Octane founder Danielle Meadows-Stinnett tries to do less pictures of herself as much as possible. This has proven to not be as effective toward the brand because over time more people wanted to know the face behind the name. Thus the timely shares of #FridayIntroductions commenced.

This one in particular discusses the valid truth of upward alignment.

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“Upward alignment will always keep you honest.” -@octanedesigns . #FridayFeeling: In my 10 years of entrepreneurship I’ve had people call me every name in the book. . People that have no idea who I am but judge me off the “pretty little squares”. . People that appear to be my friend but call me a liar, or refuse to communicate to me that they even have an issue with / about me but have NO problem telling “Susan”. . People that speak truth in love. (So grateful for these true relationships.) . Have you been there? . When you have an upward alignment that both empowers you and enlightens the way you work/live… everything else is beneath you. . Know the difference between truth and trend. Always define who you are before others try to define you. . Light exposes darkness. Stay true to yourself. The ‘W’ is simply in being. ✨ Matt 5:16 . . . #MoreThanGraphics #RealTalk #TGIF #Friyay #Transparency #GraphicDesigner #SmallBusiness #Success #entrepreneur

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#8: Speaking Events

We got to speak at multiple events this year that allowed more exposure of our brand than ever before.

Events like:

  • UK Women & Gender Studies Conference
  • Lexington’s Minority Business Expo
  • Women In Business Conference & Expo
  • Urban League’s LIFT Youth Conference
  • Dixie Elementary School Career Day

#7: #TrueStories

In and around Octane are real stories and experiences that make us think and inspire us to do/be better. Octane Founder Danielle Meadows-Stinnett does this occasionally on the feed and it resonates with everyone.

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#Story. The other day I was walking out of a department store into the open parking lot and I saw a mid-aged women in nurse scrubs walking toward the same store. In front of the store is small but busy two lane parking traffic. . I walked right out the store door without thought into the pausing oncoming traffic but she hesitated for several moments as I completely crossed traffic towards my car. In the few seconds I was crossing I looked up at her. Her eyes were worried as if traffic was not going to stop for HER. But it did and she crossed just as I got into my car. . On the car ride home it made me think. How many times are going to hesitate to get where we want to go? How many times are going to overthink “do I have the right to cross”? Short answer: YES! What are we truly choosing when we choose to be “passed by” than stepping right into it? . Case in point: a new year… a whole new decade is right in front of us. While its important to be cautious before you cross, its just as cautious to not be stagnant either. . I can’t wait to help more entrepreneurs permit themselves to cross in 2020. -dms . ?: @honeysagephotoco . #MoreThanGraphics #MotivationMonday #authentic #graphicdesigner #confidence #smallbusiness #community #lifestyle #microinfluencer #10Years #marketing #branding #Inspo #Courage #opportunity #growth

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#6: Milestones

Our biggest milestone of the year was celebrating 10 years in business this October. To celebrate with the entire community we held weekly giveaways the entire month of October.

This was our way of saying thanks for always being in our corner, using our services and creating authentic community.

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Achievement Unlocked! With 10 full years in business Octane is celebrating ALL MONTH long with weekly Instagram giveaways just for our followers! . THIS WEEKS GIVEAWAY is a renown calligraphy and lettering artist that speaks to the heart of who we strive to be: honest, intentional and down right true to self! Caylie of Cayligraphy designed this beautiful hand lettered quote from our founder Danielle Meadows-Stinnett and these intentional “stay honest” stickers (inspired by our podcast) that we want to give away to you! . TO ENTER: – Like this post, @cayligraphy & @octanedesigns – Tag a friend in the comments – Enter by 10PM EST Thursday 10/17/19 . Winner chosen & announced each Friday in October. Entries limited to the United States; if not local, will ship via usps. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram in anyway! . Best of luck! #MoreThanGraphics #10Years #Milestone #Giveaway #Influencer #lifestyle #wisdom #speaker #Business #Community #GraphicDesign #Success #Celebrate #Fun #calligraphy #MondayMotivation #gamer #gamergirl

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#5: Collaborations

2019 was our year to branch out! We’ve had multiple opportunities this year to work with growing groups and organizations like Be That Person Inc. and Kentucky Bloggers and more.

One that stood out as most influential this year was our collaboration with Kentucky Bloggers End of the Year Bash and Awards.


#4: Community

We’re not going to lie. We’ve got the BEST kind of community. Octane’s summer internship was a beautiful example of that.

From artists like Justin Stewart and Lafe Taylor to entrepreneurs like Jarvis Terrell and the NoLi Creatives District, our interns got both practical skills and professional experience to pursue there dreams in the graphic design industry.

Months later we were asked to take part in a different type of community. A community that represents and celebrates Black creatives. We were honored to be invited to partake in this collective group photoshoot.

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? “Let every heart, prepare them room.?“ ? . I was invited to take part in a black creatives meetup & photoshoot led by Ciara of @prettystrangedesign. . I met new faces and got to hug some familiar ones. It was powerful, fun and soul filling to be surrounded by peers in the top of the creative game captured together in photos. . As a creative of 10+ years, we get stuck in our little “fishbowls” from the tiring exclusion of “fitting in”. It meant a lot to authentically be recognized in this space and place. Thanks Ciara! . Tis the season where more tables and chairs are being built for the magic of us. . Make room. ?-dms . Location: @periavelex Photos: @honeysagephotoco . . . #MoreThanGraphics #Community #BlkCreatives #KyBlkCreatives #Diversity #KentuckyBloggers #entrepreneur #photography #magic #GraphicDesigner #Creatives #Kentucky #ShareTheLex #WhyNotUs

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#3: Amplifying Our Voice

Metaphorically and physically we stepped our game up, pursuing storytelling in a new way with our first ever podcast: MTG: More Than Graphics Podcast in 2019. Alongside amazing co-hosts Brittany Robinson and Cicely Carter we made BIG headway into a journey of life chronicling and truth storytelling for women in both tech and creative industries.

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? Twas the night before New Years and we’re giddy as can be as Octane announces its #podcast in 2019! ? . That’s right! I can finally share! #MTG aka More Than: Graphics is a round table conversation of women seeking and celebrating community with others. Its a podcast of memories, hard truth-telling and life chronicles surrounding female creatives of all color, orientations and backgrounds. . Swipe Left! The beauty of this journey is ALL the hearts and hands that helped shape this into reality. Like these amazing co-hosts: @bougiebeautybabe & @anotherbrittany! The force is STRONG, ? Follow this journey in the #NewYear! . Official launch coming soon! For more updates or to be a guest on the show subscribe to my website for all the deets. #squeal #podcast #happynewyear #newyearseve #women #community #thefutureisfemale #mtgthepodcast #entrepreneur

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We learned so much from this experience in featuring guests a part of the show each month on a themed topic. It worth every minute of investment. We’re so excited for what lies ahead for this space in 2020!


#2: Experiences

Just to name a few:

  • TV Show Daytime Appearances
  • Youth Speaking Engagements
  • Podcast Producing & Co-hosting
  • Facebook Page Reached over 1K followers
  • YouTube Channel over 8.5K impressions and over 5K reach
  • Servicing new places: Great Britain, Puerto Rico and Germany

#1: Sharing What we Know

How fitting that our top post was a something we posted at the very beginning of the new year. When we say: we want you to win, we’re not kidding!

In 2020 we’ll be offering more of these specific tools in our facebook group.


Wrap Up

What will Octane do next in 2020? Only time … and Instagram will tell. But you can bet its got the entrepreneurial spirit at heart. See you in 2020!

We want to hear your fave Octane moments! Leave a FB or IG comment or tag us in your comments or pics on social media.

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