Moorea Seal is a talented jewelry designer and blogger who recently opened up a beautifully curated online shop featuring talented designers as well as her own pieces. She has a keen eye for well crafted handmade items and is armed with an impressive + creative team by her side. 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 : Annoyingly, I have been waking up at 5am for no reason the last few nights. I’ll blame it on the stress of the holiday season. So this morning I woke up at 5am again, drank some water, and went back to bed. I woke up again at 8:15am a little bit before my alarm clock and grumbled, turned off my alarm, rolled over, and went back to sleep until 9am. I then played on my phone as I always do when I wake up, and procrastinated on getting ready. I jumped in the shower at 9:30 and then got ready quickly without putting on make up or drying my hair. That was a bad choice because it’s freezing in Seattle right now! I ate a toasted waffle with jam for breakfast as I ran out the door. It’s embarrassing how lazy I am with self maintenance in the mornings and quite obviously, I am not a morning person at all.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Honestly, the greatest challenge for me everyday is taking time to take care of myself. I need at least 8 hours of sleep every night, but even when I get those full 8 hours, I feel pretty rough each morning. I love getting things knocked off my list at work, but can’t seem to get myself to have the same attitude when it comes to the tasks of self maintenance. There you go, a lot of the time self care feels like a task for me rather than a necessity or something to enjoy.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : I quit obsessing over making all of the photos for this post look perfect and beautiful, because duh, my workdays are rarely if ever perfect. But I get stuff done, have a great time chatting with the ladies on my staff, and I enjoy my job. :) It’s hard to capture that in a photo.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I learned that there are a lot of things that I don’t need to be happy, successful, and fulfilled. So often I find myself thinking, ugh I wish I had a beautiful sofa like this or that blogger, I wish I had a beautiful light filled office space like this or that designer or artist, the list goes on. I have to constantly remember that sure, there are so many gorgeous and talented women on the web these days, and sure so many of them have beautiful homes, awesome studio spaces, and amazing style, but those things don’t define them. My success and happiness are not determined by how beautiful my life appears in photos. I am successful and happy because I have an incredible community, women on my staff who believe in our communal work and enjoy their jobs, I have a kind and thoughtful boyfriend, and I see how my sacrifices in life have in turn brought about some great things. I don’t have a fancy couch, mine was free on craigslist and is super ugly haha. But I’ve been able to employ women who are happy and excited to come work with me and that I think that is success as a young business woman.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : The last thing I did while at my studio today was helping one of our interns package, ship & close out some orders. It’s been an incredible holiday shopping season in my new store and we couldn’t be more thankful!
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I set out to get a super healthy lunch today but upon approaching my favorite burgers & sandwich place, I veered off course and got myself my favorite chipotle chicken sandwich from Uneeda Burger. And then I got a toffee & almond chocolate bar to share with the girls at my studio.
Awhile back, I shared a project launch for my clients over at Linwood and today, I’m happy to announce a giveaway with them, too!! Although Lin has been crafting pieces since 1960, they only recently opened up an online shop to expand their business + share with all. Each piece is truly one of a kind and made with quality materials. And being that it’s the Holidays and all, we thought now would be the perfect time to offer up one of their products to a lucky reader! You can either gift it to somebody special or even keep it for yourself. We won’t tell. After all, these would be perfect for prepping Christmas dinners and using at other gatherings during the season. Cheese and crackers anyone??
To enter the giveaway, simply follow Linwood on facebook and leave a comment below with your favorite piece from their shop. One person will be chosen at random and announced THIS week on Friday morning to allow for appropriate shipping time. The winner will then be able to pick out a favorite piece of theirs, handcrafted by Lin, from the shop!! One final note : please use a working email address so we can reach you if you’re the lucky winner. Open to US + International entrants. Good luck!
I wanted to start a new column on my blog that focused on the positive things in life. Because all to often, we fixate on the negative and forget to simply enjoy what’s in front of us. As I was mulling over this last week, Michael suggested that I start journaling more – which I decided to take a step further as well. Every once in awhile, I’m going to share a few thoughts about what I’m currently grateful for. The advantages of this are two fold : I will be able to practice my photography, while taking time out of my day to think about what’s important! A simple exercise.
01. Last Sunday, I had one of those evenings where my mind was racing and furiously thinking about what’s next and how I can continue to improve my passion for creativity. I was anxious and the whole thought process was exhausting, but whenever I wander down that path – Michael is the one who can consistently bring me back to reality. So the following day, he came home from work with a bouquet of flowers ( pictured above ) that he picked out himself at a local flower shop. Moments like that are what it’s all about.
02. Michael ( look who scores twice!! ) has also been super helpful around the house lately. In an effort to save a little money as we decorate our house, he has been gracious enough to build a few key furniture pieces. First up was the fauxdenza, which gave our living and dining rooms the connecting space we needed. He is very meticulous at what he does, which I’m ALWAYS appreciative of.
So there you have it, a few things that I am thankful for this week. PLUS, this post serves as a tiny sneak peak of our upstairs living space, although I know this isn’t much insight at all. More soon! We’re still pulling together a lot of knick knacks to finish off the space.
Before finishing up design school, I was under the naive impression that I would graduate and design all day long at my dream job. Well, that didn’t happen and I’m actually grateful for it. WAIT WHAT? Yup. Grateful. When I began freelancing, there was a lot of networking, emailing, blogging and long days. I longed to design MORE and work on projects that I was passionate about. As time went on and I developed a consistent client base, I designed a little more, yes, but it wasn’t ever what I imagined while in school. The picture I painted then involved waking up, designing beautiful things all day, and then wrapping it up. Bam, done.
Contrary to whatever little old me thought, I only design for about THREE hours per day. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I would say that’s a good average! The truth is, many people don’t realize how many hours per day are devoted to “business stuff” before jumping into freelance. I surely didn’t. When you are your own boss, many hats are worn – some of which you will feel totally unqualified for at first. The secret, though, is that you are not alone. We’re all just moving forward trying to figure things out as we go. It’s a constant process and evolution of learning + adapting!
I know I’m a bit slow to the draw today, but it’s been a long + much needed Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you all had a good one, too!! As I get back into the swing of things, I’ve been mixing in a lot of holiday research, as I call it. With all the deals going on, I’ve tried to score a few good buys as gifts for friends and family. The above gift guide is filled with things for around the home. The GOOD news is that if you hurry, some of these items are on sale. Gotta love it! I already have this gold accent table in my ( online ) shopping cart and am seriously considering a splurge on this beautiful blanket. Maybe maybe. What’s on your list??