If you’re a small business like me who runs their Instagram to showcase work and/ or interact with customers (current & potential), then you’re probably always wondering how much to/ not to share. Generally speaking, I struggle with this quite a bit. I try to keep it about 90% work, 10% life. But even when I’m only sharing 1% of my life, I still feel weird about it. I go back and forth about whether or not I should delete it, and eventually I do.

But some of my favorite work-related instagrams are filled to the brim with their work as well as their personal life. I never mind seeing their dogs, their food, their life. It helps humanize them, which I think is important when you’re a fan of any type of business. So as much as I know this – I can’t answer why I struggle with it so much. 

Some days I want to delete my entire feed and start over. Share whatever I want – not feel so inhibited, because frankly, no ones opinion should matter but my own. And it doesn’t help that my past career was in Marketing. I mean, I KNOW how to market, but there’s definitely a fine line between showcasing yourself vs while still (trying) to feel humble. Is there even really a line? No matter how I reason it, it just feels different marketing a product or brand, vs trying to market yourself. 

I guess what I’m actually saying is that things are never quite what they seem. My feed and posts on Instagram are beautifully curated, but I’m not feeling that way so much lately. Everything feels so robotic, not enough personality, not enough ME. I have to change that somehow, just not sure exactly how quite yet. 

March 2015, 3 months into 2015

It’s quite hard to believe that it’s already March, and 2 full months into 2015. 

This year so far has been a whirlwind. I barely remember the holidays and barely remember my birthday or the misters birthday, or really any days that didn’t involve work. The upside is that Seattle has been having some amazing weather lately, so I’ve plucked myself out of my office and to anywhere outdoors – with the dogs in tow, of course. Grateful for these sweet moments of pure bliss, uninterrupted by work. 

Also, I’ve decided that it’s important that I post on my website more often. I don’t know why I’ve stayed away for so long. I’m a sharer at heart, I’ve always had a place on the web to call my own. Hopefully installing the WordPress app changes that for me. Accessibility at my fingertips. :)

Happy Monday, lovers!

Freelance problems

Sometimes you have projects that require all of your time, effort & creativity.  I’m currently working overtime for a project that was paid for months ago, but I only got the info this week, AND the event is this weekend.. Saturday (insert crying eyes).

Needless to say, it’s really difficult to be in this position, trying to get everything done efficiently, on-time but still have quality standards!  The perks of working for yourself is that you have the option of accepting and declining projects at your choosing.  However, that’s definitely easier said than done, esp. when you’ve become acquainted with said-client.

And while there’s a down side to all of this (like not eating all day, haha), there’s also an upside.  I might cringe at the thought of printing 1000+ pcs, but I also love that I am ABLE to do it.  That I can actually finish a project this big and have it done well.  That when I say “okay, yes, I’ll do it,” I can actually actually do it.  It’s weirdly satisfying. :)

I have tons of photos that I’ll be posting of various past and current projects – tons of stuff I am so so proud of, but for some reason just haven’t shown for one reason or another.  Hopefully my next post will contain more than words and some eye candy.

Back to proofing and printing and designing I go.. <3

Sunday nights.

Our vacation came and went, and now I’m home – back in the swing of things.  It’s currently Sunday night, a little after midnight, and I’m doing what I always do — working into the wee hours of the night because I spend Monday mornings hanging out with my mom (which means nothing work-related until about 3pm).

Needless to say, our Vegas trip was exactly what I needed.  We ate (of course!), lounged at the pool for waaaay too many hours, gambled, shopped, and basically did nothing but relaxed and played and had no set agenda.  I even won $118 off of a $2 bet, but the next day I lost over $200, so not really much to brag about there, haha.

The only thing about coming home from a trip (even a short trip) is that mounds and mounds of work await you.  I truly never thought that things would be this crazy or hectic when I started working for myself fulltime.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s a blessing completely in itself – but it’s a LOT of work as well.

This week I have a ton on deck – 2 HUGE wedding suites that need to be finalized, printed AND shipped, a branding and logo suite, some ad banner graphics I need to finish, tons of freelance mktg work, and of course – fulfilling all my orders.  It always stresses me out when I think about all of the deadlines and how I’m going to manage, but then M comes into the room, picks up some scissors and stays with me (working) for the next few hours.  What a sweet man – and what a blessing it is that I get to do what I love (& with someone who loves me and completely supports me to no end).

Besides all of this work related stuff, I moved my office into my guestroom (because it’s much bigger), but I haven’t completely moved out or in – meaning, I’m working out of 2 rooms at the moment and it’s becoming quite.. ridiculous.  I just need to find 3/4 hrs and complete the job, otherwise I’ll be stuck in this transition for awhile.  It’s driving my crazy because my printers & supplies are everywhere.  I just need to find some time… just a little bit of time.

PS – I’d like to go on vacation again.  Like, tmr please :)