It seems like sharing what’s currently inspiring you is an ongoing hot topic in the blog and freelance world. Most of us probably start our mornings with a few solid minutes of finger scrolling through our favorite sites before we jump into the tasks of the day. For me, I start my mornings with a cup of french press coffee, my iPad (sometimes my laptop if I’m feeling ambitious) and my two favorite sidekicks – Pinterest & Feedly blog RSS.
My relationship with blogging and the co-existing job title that comes with the act of blogging has been one of love and hate. Usually I’m floating somewhere in between love and hate, fumbling around in a state of “meh”. When I’m super inspired and have lots to say, blogging is the easiest job on the planet. Most days, the words are hard to write and I end up sharing a rambling post about a pretty corner of my home. Is this the kind of blogger I want to be known for? Do I even want to be known as a “blogger?”
This space has been a bit quite all summer long. The ideas weren’t flowing and I didn’t want to force a post just for the sake of posting. During my much-needed break, I found myself questioning what blogging meant to me and my growing business and how I’d eventually ease back into sharing. I realized a few things…
1. Thank you, thank you: Blogging is essentially the key element that propelled me into the life of full-time freelance and I’ll be forever grateful. Without blogging, my social network (all of you loyal readers) would not be as phenomenal as it is, my confidence in my skill sets would just be so-so, and my first paying clients would have never found me. Because of this reason along, I owe it to this little blog to keep going.
Today I’ve got some more fun things to share with you! Last fall (almost a year ago now!) I started working with The Citizenry. The lovely duo, Rachel Bentley and Carly Nance launched Collection One about a month ago and we’ve been jumping with joy as the word gets out about these beautiful products. The three of us really “hit it off” before the design process started and our friendship just continues to grow as we jump all the hurdles of starting a new brand. I’m beyond thankful they have brought me along for the ride.
Now that Collection One (from Peru & Argentina) is now officially LIVE and out in the world, I’ve wanted to sit down (interview style) with the girls and reminisce about the ups and downs of the development and design process. It’s been a learning experience for the whole crew and I’ve really enjoyed looking back through the past year.
Let’s dive in, shall we? (more…)
Podcasts. When I talk to people I either hear that they love them or hate them. I personally love podcasts and seem to gain really helpful insights every time I listen to them. Here are a few noteworthy ones I’ve enjoyed these past few months.
Erin Loechner (of Clementine Daily) on the Lively Show: My favorite aspect of this chat was hearing about how Erin was able to completely restructure her workday to accommodate the family life she wanted. She also talks a lot about you can slowly alter your mindset to appreciate the ‘everyday” and how to NOT get wrapped up in all the inspiration that’s swirling around the Internet. It’s OK to not have everything ;) Listen here
Kate Arends (of Wit & Delight) on Minnesota Minds: The best part about this chat was the whole aspect of blogging and creating with honesty as your inspiration. It was nice to hear about how blogging has evolved for Kate over the years and how that evolution is welcomed. Listen here
Joy Cho (of Oh Joy) speaks at Alt Summit: Wow! This lady is one powerhouse with an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. I loved hearing about how she got her start in the creative industry and how she pulled a lot of her inspiration from her parents and childhood. Listen here
If you love podcasts as much as I do, here are a few more favorite I’ve shared in the past. Megan Gilger talks about how your story is valuable. Lynn Casper talks about being producers of content and Angela Lee talks about the importance of having grit.
To blog or not to blog….seems to be the summer blog trend. It’s trendy to say “I’ll be back next week”, but this freedom has me feeling a bit disconnected, disconnected from my norm. My routine is off and my inspiration juices aren’t flowing as fluidly as before. The emergence of summer really throws a wrench into the whole blogging process and finding inspiration and reasoning to STAY INSIDE is pretty darn impossible at times.
As many of you loyal readers know, blogging is a full time job of gathering inspiration, processing information, taking photos, creating original content, writing, typing, and hopefully hitting publish after the exhausting process. Who the hell wants to endure all of that when you could go drink lemonade on a picnic blanket?
This post has been a long time coming. Over the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to work with Gabrielle Savoie of Savvy Home to help with a total rebranding and website re-design. I love fully integrated projects like this because we get to start with a decent base and build onward and upward from there. For this project we started with a total logo redesign and style guide that we later used as a guide for making design decisions. Next we moved on to a few collateral pieces such as business cards, media kits and social media. Lastly we turned her blog into a “blog-site” with much more dynamic content, shopping function, an extensive directory of resources, and a new way for people to get to know Gabby and hire her to redecorate their homes!
These brand build outs are really labor intensive, but when you’re done the results are beyond exciting. You can explore her new website at the link below.
“In order to live a fascinating life – one brimming with art, music, romance, and intrigue –
you must surround yourself with precisely those things.”
— unknown author —
Hello Veda House Readers! I’ve been excited to share with a new little build on the regular “lesson learned” freelance series. I’ve paired up with Maggie of Type & Title (the amazing talent behind the hand lettering on my wedding invites!) to chat about a few freelance topics that “just starting out” individuals may really get into. With this mini series, I’ll be answering questions about making the leap to a freelance career. We’ll then pair the question with a quote to illustrate the topic together; my photography and Maggie’s lettering. We’re starting way back at our childhood with the first topic below.
How has your childhood potentially shaped your professional career? Were there distinct “clues” that now looking back, really spoke loudly towards which career you’d choose?
As I grow older (especially during the first part of the new year), I find myself reflecting back to my childhood on a more regular basis. I find it super interesting to see how our pasts shape whom we are today, all the little elements building upon one another. For a lot of us, or childhood hobbies are the roots of the career path we choose later in life.
Hello there! I’ve got something fun to share with you and it builds on the collaboration I shared last week. I’ve recently been working with Commodity Goods to help bring their online visuals to life. You can see some of the finished images on their site now.Don’t you just love their branding!
The objective for this project was to give the male scents and the female scents a bit of a unique personality. I had fun styling the photos, photographing and editing everything in a way that was “relaxed and lived in”. I hope to be able to work with the team in the next few months and continue building their image library.
Stay tuned for the second part of the collaboration. The mister and I have been experimenting and finding “our scents”. If you haven’t explored Commodity Goods, definitely give the fitting kit a try. It’s only $9!
Happy Thursday lovely people of the internet. Hehe. This post is a LONG time coming. I start writing, then stop, then start again, never really typing what I really want to say. So, I’ll start with a short overview just in case I start rambling. The gist of this conversation is that I believe in some higher power out there in the universe and that that power is more than willing to lend you a hand if you’re kind enough to ask. It’s like the whole lottery ticket saying …you can only win the lottery if you first buy your ticket!
Hope all of you are well!! It’s so nice to be able to log on to this blog and chit chat with all of you! Wahoo! Thanks for making this such a great place to come back to and continue to share.
Two weeks ago I did a little experiment. With all this talk going around about how freelance designers have more on their plate than just designing, I was curious how I really spent my “working” hours. How much of my day is spent on responding to emails, writing blog posts, client work, house work, errands, etc? How much time do I spend growing my business, maintaining my business, and keeping that business afloat.
I knew going into the life of a freelancer would come with tasks that I wasn’t used to doing. I knew I was going to have to wear ALL the hats, but I was ok with that because all those hats were growing MY business and not someone else’s. If you’re curious about the hourly breakdown, continue reading after the jump.