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??
I tend to claim every holiday as my favorite, but really, Thanksgiving is a GOOD one. My grandpa has this octagon ( yes ) table that becomes the center of attention as my family gathers there for literally two days straight, complete with Black Friday ads sprinkled in the middle of us all. We play hours of cards + games, watch funny videos, and indulge in the typical T-Gives meal of endless food. Well, we do bake our stuffing in muffin tins and call it stuffin’ muffins, so that’s different. Only 24 hours separates us from our 2 hour drive west to begin it all and I absolutely cannot wait.
This year, I have so much to be thankful for. We’ve been through a lot of big changes and ups + downs, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. With a new home to finally call our own and the addition of a new puppy, Walter, life has been pretty sweet. I have so many hopes for this next year, but I’ll save that for another day – 2013 isn’t over, after all! With that said, I’m sending you all many happy vibes and hope you have a wonderful week. Because guess what?? I’m oh so thankful for you, too.
It’s a short week and apparently I’m already procrastinating. This morning I woke up, took one look at my inbox, and decided I wasn’t ready. Instead, I buddied up with illustrator and practiced going outside of my box. I have this collection of scans on my computer that I thought could be put to good use. I paired some black & white clippings with the phrase “gratitude changes everything” and bam – free wallpaper for you guys!! Feel free to download + enjoy below. Now, off to the emails.
I’m currently working with an up and coming photographer who lives in California, but loves the Pacific Northwest, and being that the coast is so special – we’ve borrowed a certain tone + aesthetic to move forward with in her branding! It’s certainly been fun to stare at hues of the ocean and breathtaking forest imagery while developing her brand. We’re going for something that is clean + classic and can easily be paired with muted natural tones. The initial designs are out and I’m hoping to revise with her shortly to get to the final piece! Can’t wait to share more very soon.