This week has been full of highs and lows. But we’re on vacation next week so I’m a happy girl today!
- Having a three-day weekend totally spent with my hubby
- Going out to dinner because our kitchen is torn apart
- Getting a new kitchen and bathroom floors installed
- Hanging out with friends and their sweet baby
- Getting my Warby Parker sample glasses in the mail
- Having lunch with a special friend I haven’t seen in a while
- Looking forward to vacation next week
- Listening to awesome sermons while I work
- Crap at work leaving me feeling super bad and disrespected
- Not having a bathroom for an entire day while I worked from home (this meant that I didn’t eat or drink anything on Wednesday!)
- Ripping up floors and having our house torn apart
- Stressing about getting a project done at the day job
- Hubby’s car stereo not working in time for a five-hour drive next week
These necklaces are a great Friday morning pick me up! I love jewelry like this that adds some pizzazz to an outfit.
Via Zuckermonarchie Blog. Buy ’em here.
I never thought I would enjoy having a backyard garden as much as I do. Yesterday, for the first time this summer, I sat out back and just enjoyed the great weather and the beauty of God’s creation.
I love Pinterest. It’s so great for cataloging inspiration for special projects and blogging. You can follow my pins and boards here.
Take a look at some of my latest pins:
Evian Water / Watch / Hand Soap / LC / Tshirt / Milk
Happy Monday morning! I’m feeling particularly re-energized after spending a long weekend deep in the woods of Tioga County at a friend’s cabin that sits on 100 acres to celebrate two blissful years of marriage. My hubby and I spent time four-wheeling, exploring, reading, sitting by the fire, sleeping in, and talking about ways we can improve our marriage, along with all the great things we’ve done in our first two years as husband and wife. It was great to unplug and take some time to reflect on how busy we can make our lives without ever really getting a chance to Sabbath.
I’m starting this week off with great perspective and energy. Bring it on Monday!
Here are the other 4 traits of a successful freelancer from Creative, Inc.
If you missed the first 5 traits you can check them out here.
6. Good Communication Skills – “It’s essential for you to inspire and persuade your client with words, whether written or in conversation.”
I think I’m a pretty good communicator, but I do tend to rush through my emails and maybe not be clear enough because I’m not taking the time to be thorough. But when it comes to inspiring clients, I can easily translate my vision for them through explaining it both through writing or spoken word.
7. An ability to Handle Criticism and Rejection – “Your work won’t always be a slam-dunk, so be ready to digest less-than-enthusiastic reviews sometimes.”
Ooh, this one is a tough one for a young designer. But as time goes on, I become more comfortable with criticism as I gain more confidence in my ability to adapt and communicate with clients. On a fairly recent project, I came up with only one logo idea when I typically do a handful because I was so confident in the design. But the client wasn’t as excited about it as I was and I took it in stride and went back to the drawing board. Now we have an awesome logo that I’ll be sharing in the next few months.
8. A Positive Attitude and Professional Demeanor – “A good attitude is priceless…clients don’t respond well to people who get easily upset or let unexpected situations ruin their day.”
I’m still super excited to get to do graphic design and work with clients. I think my gratefulness for getting to practice my craft leads me to have a positive attitude and regard clients highly.
9. Good Work Habits – “Stay focused on business by making a list of tasks to accomplish every day. You have to be self-motivated, because only you can set the bar for your skill and output.”
I am a task-oriented person and love my daily to-do list. I typically create my list of things to accomplish early in the morning or even the night before then take a few minutes to pray over my list and ask God to help me accomplish the things I need to for the day. I’m also fortunate that I have a very encouraging and helpful husband who helps to keep me focused.
I have a big gala to attend tonight and I might try wearing my hair like this. The humidity today in Lancaster is not going to do good things to my hair if I wear it down.
And I really love thebeautydepartment.com!
Do I have what it takes? That’s a question I find myself asking a lot. As I’m taking a leap of faith and whole heartedly pursuing my dream of freelance, I’m reminding myself that it won’t just happen to me. So I’ve decided to read Creative, Inc. – The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by two amazing women, Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho. And for some accountability, I’ll be blogging my way through it.
In the first chapter Meg & Joy layout the nine qualities of a successful freelancer, let’s see how I fair:
1. Strong Business Sense – “The ones who flex their business muscle become the most identifiable and successful.”
I’m not the most awesome planner and organizer, but I have a good broad sense of all the things that need done to run a business. I have the motivation and resourcefulness to keep a tight schedule and structure on the days I work from home. (I’m only two weeks into my new work schedule, but so far I’ve been good).
2. A Love For Your Art – “One thing is certain, you have to be passionate about what you do.”
Check. I get excited to wake up and get to work designing, blogging and gathering inspiration.
3. Curiosity – “Curiosity keeps your mind primed as a creative tool, keeps you open to new ways of working and looking at things.”
I totally agree that this is such an important trait for a designer and especially a freelancer. Design is so much more than a logo just looking good, but it has to connect with people and tell a story about the company. And without cultural references, this is hard to do.
4. Confidence and a Strong Vision – “You must have confidence to suggest your own ideas and bring your voice into the conversation.”
Confidence may be one of my weaknesses as I start this journey. I need to build self-confidence that I am very capable designer who has a unique voice. While I do have confidence in sharing my ideas and visions with clients, I get nervous once the first proof design is handed over to the client.
5. Good Listening and Observation Skills – “To stay in business, you’ll need to please your client before pleasing yourself.”
I do believe that customer is king and luckily I’ve had the chance to work with some truly amazing clients who have visions and styles that mesh well with mine. But through listening and observing it’s possible to create work that will satisfy both the client and build a trusting relationship.
Traits 6-9 to come later in the week….
If your house were burning, what would you take with you?
I would bring:
Very Favorite Clothes
Childhood Stuffed Animal
images via The Burning House.
This is the second day working from home of my first week working part time (I’m off Mondays & Fridays – Yay 4 day weekend). Deciding to go part time – and potentially even leave the job if pt hours don’t work out – was one of the most gut wrenching decisions I’ve had to make in a long time. While I really enjoy my day job and the people I work with, it wasn’t the thing that got me the most excited. When I lay awake at night I find myself thinking about stationery, owning my own business, God’s plan for my life and finding more balance in my life.
I’ve found such freedom in trying to take great strides toward my dream! Having more time during the workday to work on my business leaves me more time to work on my marriage, friendships and on having an overall happier home. I can’t get over what a blessing it is to do this!!
As I wrote last week, I’m trying to purposefully incorporate more raw food meals into my menu. Today for lunch I tried a ribbon asparagus salad (a simpler take on this one found on Smitten Kitchen).
I just used a peeler on a couple of raw asparagus stalks, then spritz the ribbons with olive oil, squeezed on a little bit of lemon juice, and added some pepper and salad. It certainly wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever tasted, and admittedly I had to force myself to finish the last few bites. But I decided that I have to come to terms with the fact that not everything will taste awesome initially, I just need to get used to the “grass” taste.