1. Veda House – FAQ Answers (Pt. 2)

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    Happy Friday everyone! I couldn’t be more excited for this weekend as it’s supposed to be nice and warm here in Denver. The mister, the pup and I have big plans to go hiking and get some much needed fresh air. For today’s post I wanted to share the second batch of reader questions & my answers. A couple months ago I shared part 1 – Read FAQ Part 1. 

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    Reader Question: As a creative, did you ever face a moment of deciding between a safer, more financially stable path and an option that would give you more creative freedom but also be more risky? (Read How I Got My Start in the Creative Industry)
    Answer: Most certainly. I worked at an advertising agency as a Digital Art Director for almost 4 years. During that last year, I debated starting my own company time and time again, but was always paralyzed by fear. Fear of the unknown and fear that I would be making an irreversible decision. It was also convenient and easy to just stay put.

    Now that I’m running my own company the allure of a stable salary, health insurance package, and paid time off sounds appealing sometimes. Usually this is when I’m making scary changes to my business or taking a big leap of faith.

    The grass is always seems greener right?

    More questions and answers after the jump

  2. Noteworthy Podcasts/Presentations

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    Happy Monday folks! It’s been some time since I’ve shared some podcasts in this space, so I thought I’d stop by with a few that have inspired me lately. I work from my home and listening to podcasts is a bit part of my daily routine. I find that having something entertaining to listen to while I edit photos or work through a website design helps me keep focused and inspired throughout the day.  Here are a few to check out.

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    Becky Murphy on The Lively Show: Becky gets extremely honest about the pro & cons of running your own creative business. She gives a few insights into her personal insecurities and what she does to combat those doubts. Listen Here

    Kathleen Shannon’s Being Boss Podcast (all episodes): I’ve completely fallen in love with this brand new podcast series. Kathleen and creative partner Emily Thompson talk about things like professionalism, “doing the work”, taking time off and many more entrepreneurial-type questions. Listen Here

    Pure Green Podcast: If you’re looking for a few chats about how to live a healthy life and to be inspired by those that practice what they preach…check out Pure Green podcast. A few topics I’ve found interesting are “Living with Less and Loving It” and “Eating and Living Mindfully”. Listen Here

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    I’ve shared many favorites in the past. View the last Noteworthy Podcast post here. Other all-time favorite talks by Megan Gilger, Kate Arends, and Lynn Casper.

    Photo from this post by: Sylizimo Blog
  3. Unexpected Move & Life Update

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    Hello Everyone! Boy oh boy. Life has been crazy lately and I’m seriously missing this space. I’m trying to get myself back on solid ground so I can focus on me, my business, and this creative outlet of mine. Thanks for the patience as I weather the storm.

    At the end of January a house came up on the market that was perfect for us. We weren’t planning on moving until the summer, but when the right opportunity comes along…you have to jump. Especially in the crazy housing market here in Denver. Needless to say, I’ve spent the last month boxing up all our belongings, moving and trying to get our lives back to a normal rhythm. We’ve officially been in our new house for a solid week and we JUST got internet installed. Moving is the pits! Onward!

    During the month of March I’m going to try and really get back into this space, sharing more. So much is going on behind the scenes that I feel I’m a bit behind. Social media is a funny place. When you’re “IN” it, you feel amazingly energized and connected, but as soon as you step away for some time…it feels impossible to get back “IN”. If feels as if though everyone else is “DOING” and you’re sitting back and just watching silently. Such a weird/paralyzing feeling.

    Anyway. I’ll stop babbling before this comes another manifesto about my love/hate relationship with social media. I’ll be back shortly and can’t wait :)

  4. Recent Work: An Update for The Citizenry

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    Today I’m bringing some color to the blog. I know you’re shocked! Haha.

    The work I do for The Citizenry is some of the most fulfilling work I’ve done to date and I’m pretty excited to share another update with you. After the holiday madness settled down, The Citizenry has launched a few new items to the shop that are beyond stunning. If you’re looking for a cosy throw blanket, a fun handmade wooden tray to entertain, or a jaw dropping Tripolina stool, these pieces are meant for your home! The girls are currently dreaming up Collection Three coming in a few months, so I’m sure there will be many more goodies to share. How freakin’ exciting! Also, thank you for being so supportive to this growing brand. We are so pleased with how many people are loving what we do.

  5. Inspired By: MENU

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    It’s been awhile since I shared a brand that inspires me. MENU (a Danish Homegoods brand) has been a go-to source of inspiration for a few years now and I’m just always blown away by their beautifully styled lookbooks. The colors, the lighting, the simplicity, and the general overall mood created. So stunning. Aside from a beautiful lookbook, MENU products are really elegant and simple.

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    If you’re interested in seeing other brands that are an inspiration to the work I do,
    you can scroll through the whole category.

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  6. I’m afraid of torrential downpours (the good and bad kind)

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    This past fall, I had the opportunity to contribute on article to the Fear Confessions series over at Organized Creatives (thanks Krystal for having me). My confessed fear was being afraid of torrential downpours of the creative kind. Even since that featured was published back in October, I’ve experienced both the good and bad kind of downpours, so I thought I’d share that essay here on Veda House with a few amendments.

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    I’m afraid of torrential downpours (the creative kind).
    Shared By: Krystle Lilliestierna ON OCTOBER 14, 2014

    If you know me on a more personal level, you’ll know that I frequently talk about missing my calling to be a professional (paid) storm chaser. I’ve always loved watching thunderstorms roll in and secretly hope I get to experience the beauty of a mid-western tornado…only if no one is hurt in the process. Knowing this, it might be peculiar to read that I’m afraid of torrential downpours. How silly is that!

    I should clarify a few things. When I’m talking about downpours, I’m referencing the phrase “when it rains, it pours.” I should also note that we aren’t talking about a delightful rain shower here, we’re talking about the “when it rains, it pours in a bad flood kind of way that destroys everything you’ve been building…” kind of sprinkle.

    As a freelance designer, I jumped into this career knowing perfectly well that the job title comes with a lot of uncertainty. I’m constantly terrified that the struggles of running my own business will evolve into something I can’t keep grasp of. I’m afraid that if I lose one client due to budget conflicts, that I’ll lose ALL my clients to budget conflicts. I’m afraid that if I am unable to regain inspiration for an upcoming project, that I’ll lose my inspiration for everything future project. I’m afraid that if I make one huge mistake, that the result will negatively impact everything that follows.

    I know all of this sounds a bit extreme and maybe I’m exaggerating just a bit, but the fear of getting stuck in a downpour is debilitating. The phrase “when it rains, it pours” has proven to be true in my life time and time again so I have a few tips that might help weather the storm. Let’s also remember that it can shower a whole lot of “awesome” (aka: paying work) too. Those of you consumed with work and drowning in the process know exactly what I’m talking about.

     

    Tips for the good and bad kinds of downpours after the jump!

  7. Notables No. 48

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    Happy Friday, Friends! We’re doing things a little different over here today. Usually I share a collection of my favorite links from the week, but I thought that I’d share a few items on my holiday wish list this year. It appears I’ll be doing a lot of cooking and wearing clothes. HA! Hopefully these ideas help you with your gift buying duties :)

    A few holiday gift ideas:

    1. A new (fancy) teapot –  here

    2. Book: Tartine Bread by Chad Anderson

    3.  Beautiful scissors by Individual Medley

    4. T-Bar earrings in gold – here

    5. Buddha aromatherapy diffuser for essential oils

    6. Book: Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai

    7.  Book: What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davis

    8. Sorel Out and About boot

    9. The worlds softest tee – here

  8. Tailoring your Portfolio to get the clients you want

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    I’ve got lots of exciting posts half written/half scheduled for the remainder of January. Can’t wait to share some fun projects I’ve been working on as well as some more Freelance Journey posts. The first topic I’d like to chat about is how to tailor your portfolio to get the clients you REALLY want.

    I tend to get asked this question often by new graduates, first time freelancers, or those looking to overhaul their existing portfolio. For me, I’ve been learning along the way and have JUST NOW really understood what my brand means to me. That’s the challenge right? Obtaining work that really identifies with your overall brand story. Below are a few steps I took to better understand what Veda House stood for as well as how I’ve slowly morphed my portfolio into something I’m proud of. Warning…this is another long-winded post.

    Tip One: Know what you like & identify what you don’t.
    Figuring out what you want your brand to represent can be a really daunting paralyzing task. For me, figuring out what I liked mean’t sifting through a lot of what I didn’t. For years I’ve been using Pinterest to catalogue all the things that visually inspire me. I’ve found this resource to be a good way to “look back” and see how things are evolving over time. Find trends in the things you are pinning. You can also keep a running list of buzz words that relate to the type of content you pin. For Veda House, these buzz words are clean, simple & natural, touch of class, sophisticated materials, inspiring spaces…

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    5 more tips after the jump!

  9. Bringing “Au Naturel” into 2015

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    Happy 2015 everyone! Sorry for the radio silence over hear. The year is starting off at 500mph and I’m just now coming up for air. I wanted to stop by and loosely talk about goals. You may have noticed that I didn’t share any 2015 goals on the blog this year. Every year at this time I get really excited about what the future holds and pretty thankful that the universe has given me a “do over” card. Not that 2014 called for a do over, in fact 2015 was one of my favorite years so far. Even with a really awesome 2014 it’s still nice to have a clean slate to dream big and conjure up more magic. I have a feeling this year is going to be the best yet.

    This year, I’m trying to really focus on letting things happen naturally without to many drastic changes or forced transitions. 2014 was the year of MASSIVE change and I’m ready for a little more calm. In the spirit of letting things unfold naturally, I’m also striving to bring more “natural” into my life in the form of whole food eating, adopting a more consistent yoga practice, attaining streamlined wardrobes & home, and incorporating more natural products in my home.

    Challenge One: Eating “Whole” Food – I’m currently smack dab in the middle of my first Whole30 challenge, day 16 to be exact. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m one of the pickest eaters you’ll ever meet, with vegetables not being my strong point. Times are changing, folks! I’m happy to report that eating a plant-based diet 75% of the time has really been amazing. Although I’m still craving sugar in the evenings, I’ve learned to like so many things in just a short time. You can read more about the Whole30 program here.

    Challenge Two: Yoga – I used to practice yoga every Tuesday and Thursday but have recently fallen off the regularity wagon. My goal is to sign up for this online yoga studio to be able to practice yoga in my own home and also practice a wide variety of yoga disciplines. I’ve heard great things about these classes. Any of you tried them out?

  10. Best of 2014 – Reader Favs (and mine)

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    Hello Everyone! I hope the holidays are treating you well.

    We’re back in Colorado now and have been spending the last few days cozied up in a beautiful home up in Breckenridge. I was lucky enough to have my best friend fly in from Chicago to spend New Years with me, so I’ll be bowing out for a few more days. Until the work week ramps back up, I thought I’d revisit a few posts from last year – some are your favorites, some are mine. Thank you guys for being such an awesome audience and thank you for allowing me to blabber ;)

    As we welcome in the new year I wanted to revisit some of my favorite blog posts from 2015. Some are reader favorites a some were my favorites. Enjoy jumping in the little time machine.

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    A super fun client moodboard that would start off a really amazing year working
    with The Citizenry  –> Read