1. Lesson Learned: Business Travel

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    Today I’d like to talk about one of my “character flaws”, if you want to call it that. Every time an opportunity comes up where I would get to travel, my heart races with excitement and then cringes. I’m going to be blatantly honest and say traveling (even for a really cool opportunity) is something I really dislike doing…the being away part. At first I thought it was inexperience that made me feel this way, but time after time, I come home after a trip and say something like…”I’m glad I don’t have to do that for awhile”. I know it’s pretty awful thinking considering I’m lucky enough to get to travel in the first place. I’m a fan of my routine at home and that’s ok too.

    I’ve learned a couple things along the way that help with the whole travel anxiety thing…

    1. Don’t overextend yourself. If you’re not a fan of traveling, stick to weekend trips or two days trips if possible. This allows for the excitement of the trip to set in, but a quick return is in sight.

    2. Step outside your comfort zone… but not too far that you’ll never step out again. For me, an example of this is attending conferences, but not agreeing to any big presentations (for now).

    3. Travel with people you enjoy being around. Solo trip can be stressful and can feel more like a chore than an adventure. Grab your team mates or gal pals and turn a learning trip into a mini weekend.

    4. Plan ahead. There is nothing more stressful than traveling with last minute reservations. I’ve found my most stressful trips to be the ones I wasn’t expecting to attend and then BAM…I’m on a plane.

    5. Stick to your “comfort routine”.  If you get up in the morning and the first thing you like to do at home is run…go run! If you eat granola bars for your mid-day snack…don’t forget to pack a few. I’ve found that inserting some of my comfort activities, foods and items really makes the trip run smoother.

  2. Recent Work: A little sneak peek

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    I’ve been working on a little personal project here in the VH household. I’ll give you a few hints until I spill the beans.
    Hint #1: I photographed a TON of personal items I had laying around my home.
    Hint #2: All of these photos are going to be housed in one space soon enough…
    Hint #3: I’m on a mission to simplify and de-clutter.

    Can you guess what’s going on over here?

  3. Veda News: Being a Design Mentor

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    Not too long ago, I was approached by a young emerging designer looking for a little guidance on how to run a start up freelance gig. As soon as I received the email, I was taken back to my senior year of design school where my whole world was a confusing blur and all I wanted/needed was a solid mentor. I needed someone that would tell me the truth about the “real world” without any sugar coating involved. I knew instantly that I needed to do everything I could to help this designer out and share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

    Meet Laci! She’s a graphic design intern at Walt Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles. She’s been moving through the design world for a few years now, but tells me she just hasn’t had the right “first steps” and wants to direct her efforts more towards the blogging world. Her main hiccup along the way has been finding a professional PROCESS that she feels fits the way she strives to work. She understands that everyone has a process best suited for them, but is desperately seeking some guidance when it comes to creating contracts, improving client relations, what to expect along the way, and a general insider glance at a freelancer’s reality. That’s where I’m excited to step in.

  4. Recent Work: Inspiration Behind Photoshoot ( Always Something )

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    Hi everyone! Hope you guys had an enjoyable holiday weekend. I wanted to revisit one of my most recent projects…and one of my most favorite to date, Branding for Always Something. For a lot of my clients I offer my services as a photographer and photo stylist to help brings their brands to life or simply to add an additional element to their brand story . In this case, Maria McBride of Always something came to me with a desire to promote the coming of her online shops to her different social media sites with the use of a Lookbook.

    At this phase of the project, I knew what Maria gravitated towards and what she wanted her brand’s overall image to be. I started researching different photography styles I would use as my inspiration for the entire lookbook photo shoot. I knew a few things after gathering visual inspiration.

  5. Veda News: Taking Care of Myself – Part 1 (Workout)

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    It was about a month ago that I just started to feel really ICK with myself. Coming from previously living a life of constant exercise (I was a gymnast for 19 years), I had found myself in a sedentary cycle. I had grown to place my work and relationships with others (and planning a wedding) on a higher pedestal than where my health stood. My physical health & mental clarity was suffering and that little voice inside me was asking the universe for help…in a really subtle way.

    After years of feeling like exercise was the last thing I wanted to do, one morning last month I woke up and said “I want to be challenged physically…I think I’ll try Insanity for the next 60 days”. If you know me, that’s just crazy talk. That day I ordered Insanity and patiently waited for the package to arrive. Days later I found out that the eBay seller I bought the DVD set from had magically disappeared from the internet and my package wasn’t going to come. I was certain the universe was telling me I didn’t need to work out ;)

    Magically, about a week later (after returning from a long weekend at the lake), the DVD box set was sitting on my front door ready for me to get my shit together. I found it humorous, so I played along.

    Today marks my two weeks into the 60-day program and I couldn’t feel better. Yes my calves feel like they are going to fall off and I’m pretty certain my lungs are about to explode, but I feel progress. If anything…there is progress in my mental state. I now welcome the pain of working out and understand what people are talking about when they say they get a “rush” from working out. I hope that these next 6 weeks embed a desire to continue to feel like this, and that these feelings act as my proof that working out really CAN change things around.

    We’ll see how it goes. I’ll update you along the way… Have any of you tried this Insane workout program?

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  6. Notables No. 30

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    I severely needed this weekend, oh boy! How about you?. Last week was a funky work week for me. My normal routine was thrown off and I was feeling beyond unmotivated. I’m hoping this week takes a turn for the better. I’ve been working on a little living room makeover that I hope to share soon too!

    Notables This Week:

    1.  New ceramic goods in the Old Brand New shop
    2.  Hide Leather Lights – So beautiful
    3.  More amazing ceramics by Yuniko Studio
    4.  These little doodles via Hikarinote Tumblr
    5.  Everything about this home is so beautiful

    6.  I’d like one of everything from LUMU Interiors
    7.  Lovely architectural details  (via SFGirl By Bay)
    8.  This line drawing is giving me some ideas….
    9.  This blog / artist

  7. Lesson Learned: The Summer Lull

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    The inevitable “Summer Lull”. As a freelancer I’ve learned it’s 100% unavoidable, and somewhat necessary. Once the warmer weather starts rolling in, people (ex: clients) push those “BIG” projects to the side and get outside (as they should). This means that less inquiries come strolling through your inbox and consequently…less money in your pocket during the summer months.

    We’re just about to exit the whole “summer lull” time period and things will start picking up again. People will return to their computer, return to their weekly blogging schedules, and jump back on those projects they seek to accomplish. Get ready for it!

    I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve kind of gathered over the past three months that might help anyone who may be experiencing slow business, or a lull.

    If you are experiencing slow business:

    1.  Build Your Own Brand: Without as much client work pulling for your attention, you’ll be able to really dive deep into your personal brand. Make some updates, freshen things up, tidy up…do a little “summer cleaning”.

    2.  STOP Work @ 4:30: The summer days are longer, there is more light, and that means more time in the evenings to get out in your community. Take advantage of the warmer months and grill outside, visit the local park, and don’t forget to attend all the local music and movie shows hosted by your city.

    3.  Work on Personal Projects: These are those projects that DON’T make you money but you’re always wanting to do. For me this summer it’s been knocking out some DIY projects for my wedding, giving my living room a mini make over, and soon…an online garage sale!

    4.  Travel: Work will start picking up soon, so why not use this time to take a weekend vacation or visit an out of state friend. I did a lot of this this summer with a family reunion trip to Kentucky, a cousins wedding, to the family lake house, to Chicago to visit a friend and back again. All the traveling was tiring, but I know it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.

    Basically, what I’m trying to say is that once you work for yourself, take advantage of the slower periods and try not to stress about the lack of cash flow. Things will always shift back if you work hard, so I suggest playing hard too ;)

     

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  8. Recent Work: Veda House on VSCO Grid

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    If you’ve been following this blog for over a year you may have seen bits and pieces of my personal photography. Today, the photography you see are styled shoots, usually for a client or my personal styling portfolio. I used to share a lot more of my personal life on this space until I felt I was floating around in big ole blog land without any direction. Since a lithe refocusing on the blog, my personal photography has kind of fallen off the grid. Bummer…

    I’m constantly taking photos with my DSLR, my iPhone and my mini Instant camera, so I felt I needed to find a subtle way to integrate it back in. A camera is on me at all times but I’m usually pretty restrained at posting this for the whole word to see. I’ve decided to take on a new personal challenge of sharing more of my personal life and jumped put together a VSCO Grid. VSCO is the primary application I use on my iPhone to edit photos, so I thought I’d give it a try.

    View my VSCO Grid here. (this will be a permanent link on the new blog design so you can get to it easily with browsing through Veda House ;)

    Here are a list of photographers that inspire me on a daily basis. I’m constantly browsing their portfolios to find new ways of capturing moments.

    Photographers to browse:

    1. Parker Fitzgerald
    2. Olivia Rae James (our wedding photographer)
    3. Andria Lindquist