I’ve been following the work of Ana Degenaar since the beginning of my blogging days. Since then, we’ve kept in touch and even collaborated a few times. Not only does this lady have an impeccable eye and great taste, but every time we catch up, I’m floored by Ana’s genuine + sweet personality, too. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : No “Rise and shiiine!” for me this morning. I woke up at 5:00am on my own steam. A cup of tea on my deck while going through my personal emails did the trick. Following that, I closed my eyes for a few brief moments as focused on my daily intentions. Then off to a slow canter.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Today was one of those days – a 13 hour workday. On a Friday. Just pausing for a minute to remember if I’m superstitious… No! Off to a gallop. Emails were coming in late and the day never seemed to slow back down at any point. I had appointments and all kinds of commitments tugging at me – a little hard to catch a breather – but the toughest punch in the gut was realizing that 2 of my camera lenses had broken in the move. I swore at nothing and no one and moved on with my busy day… I did want to set fire to the rain and watch it burn, but alas, it was a sunny day in the tropics.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : I wrapped up a website for a new client who I’ve come to adore. We went through days and weeks of designing, talking and sketching – and today I finally started the developing phase. We couldn’t be happier. In the process I got to know her and that’s more valuable to me than anything else.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I learned that those little things I do, like having little bits of inspiration scattered all around my house are the very things that keep my passion alive. I also learned to cut myself some slack and understand there’s a limit to my energy and my time. Very liberating.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I replied to a couple of emails and went down to the post office to send my clients a few packages. Snail mail and email. A bit of the old and the new. I’m always astonished at how my clients and I become so close – and that makes me love my job that much more.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I headed down to the beach for sunset, picked up some food and walked back home to eat and watch an episode of my favorite series. I haven’t been eating out that much lately, so that was a little respite from my busy schedule.
Although things have been a little slow ( thank you wedding planning #AHHH ) in the design studio this summer, I’m still so excited about all the different clients we have on our roster at the moment! Remember that popcorn brand’s moodboard I shared with you last week? Well, here are some actual process shots from the design process! The plan is to keep City Pop’s brand strong + modern, while merging it with nostalgic touches here and there. For example, the business cards and popcorn packaging will all feature kraft paper and have a more textured appearance. I can’t wait to share more as we finalize different pieces of the puzzle. I know I say that all the time, but it’s truly a great feeling when you’re working with the right people. Cheers to that!!
life as of late has gone a little something like this
ONE I’ve been really inspired by the blog Un-Fancy lately. This space is run + curated by Caroline Joy and goes over how to create your own capsule wardrobe, which is pretty intriguing! I’m in the middle of putting together being that my closet is still fairly empty and I’ve been struggling to put together outfits I love this summer. This blog truly helps.
TWO This is what my desk usually looks like. Well, at least in the morning that is. My little ritual is to have Special K, granola, and slices of banana with coconut milk. On this particular morning, I had a meeting via skype with Jen for the Be Free, Lance workshop. We’re making so much process ( currently working on the workshop’s website ) and I’m getting so eager to share more. ;)
THREE On the morning of July 4th, I was busy cleaning up in the kitchen, when I looked over to see Walter staring at me, just like this. I can’t get over this little guy and all his quirks. We have, however, figured out that he has a bit of fear aggression with other dogs + strangers, so we signed him up for a beginner’s obedience class this September! We’re hoping that more socialization and training will help!
We’re headed to Amsterdam, Belgium, and France & in search of some recs!!
Michael and I knew that we wanted to head overseas for our honeymoon, but had such a tough time deciding WHERE we actually wanted to go. We circled around New Zealand, Italy, Germany, France, and a good portion of Northern Europe, too. But in the end, we decided that we didn’t want to be traveling around TOO much, and ended up creating a fairly simple route that we’re pretty pumped about. Our two week journey begins in AMSTERDAM, where we’ll spend a solid four days adventuring around all of the canals and doing who knows what. Neither of us have been there, so we would love to hear your favorite places to visit + things to see! We’re also thinking about a day drip out of Amsterdam, but aren’t settled on where yet. Any ideas!?
Next, we’ll take a train ride down to GHENT, BLEGIUM. There are so many cities in Belgium that were recommended to us, but Ghent won our hearts with it’s smaller feel … while still having all of the big city amenities, too. We’re thinking of possibly day-tripping out from here, too. Bruges, perhaps? It’s almost impossible to choose. HELP?
When I first started freelancing, I let any negative comment ( no matter how big or small ) effect my day … and sometimes even my entire week. Constructive criticism is KEY for any good client relationship, so there’s really no reason to let it become a barrier. It’s bad for both parties involved and just isn’t healthy. Feedback doesn’t need to be thought of as a scary or bad thing. Instead, allow it to define forward movement and create positive collaboration between you and your client. Although I’ve seen a serious shift in the way I handle feedback, there is always room for learning and growth. Here are just a few tips I’ve found helpful for successfully managing feedback :
DISCONNECT PERSONAL ATTACHMENT As creatives, it’s easy to get attached to the work we create and share with clients. But just because we like something doesn’t mean that the client is going to as well. Or that it is even right for their end product. Do all that you can to be subjective and approach feedback in an open + honest way. Learn to let go when it’s important and that will make all the difference.
BECOME A PROBLEM SOLVER One of the worst things you can do is mull over negative feedback and let it eat you away. I know it’s hard … but as soon as you receive feedback, don’t even give your wandering mind the time of day. Instead, become a problem solver immediately. Outline any problem areas shared by your client and start brainstorming ways to solve them. By doing this, you’ll be too busy to even wallow in negativity. Just move forward.