Today was probably one of the most beautiful days that we’ve had in awhile, here in Seattle. I absolutely took advantage of it and spent most of my time in my backyard, designing & photography new goods. It’s definitely one of my favorite past-times (maybe because I don’t get to do it often? ha), designing outside with my dogs running around.
The funny thing about me designing is that I have literally not designed anything new in awhile now.. maybe close to 3-4 months. I’ve launched new items, but those were things I’d designed long ago but just recently released. I actually forgot about designing.. which might sound weird, but I did. My daily workload consists mainly of fulfilling orders of pre-existing designs and/or tweaking freelance projects I’d already finalized. I haven’t designed from scratch in quite a bit of time. But today I did. And it was liberating.
Isn’t it funny how you can forget what you love, even while you’re supposedly doing what you love? And I’m also *very* into watercolors lately – can you tell?
Aside from that, I just returned from a MUCH NEEDED all girls trip to San Francisco. It was amazing, and the weather was amazing, and my girlfriends are amazing. The only thing the trip lacked was a pool, haha. I’m pretty sure I was a fish in my last lifetime, even though I can’t swim…
Anyway, I love daylight savings because it’s 7pm and still so gorgeous outside. Enjoy your day, lovelies! <3
It’s been almost a week since my last post, mostly due to the fact that I’ve just been swimming in shop-related things. A few updates below:
1) I finally contacted the shop that copied my dare cards (remember that?). The response wasn’t great… whatever. I guess you live and learn – in this case I’ve learned to be smarter about stating my copyrights.
2) Speaking of dare cards… a super fun bunch of girls bought a set and had what seemed like the best bachelorette party EVER. They posted tons of photos and my heart was overjoyed. A GREAT reminder of why I do what I do.
3) Taxes! Business taxes. Yikes. No one talks to you about this when you launch your million dollar ideas, and as my shop continues to grow, the taxes continue to increase. 2013 was an amazing year, and my taxes proved it. I’m also a little poor right now… haha
4) Passion. The more and more I delve into this self-employment thing, the more I’m realizing what sets people/ companies/ products apart. There are so many products/ items that are similar in design language, style, color, etc and the best thing I can do for myself is SHOW MY PASSION. Do work with intentions and meaning. This takes me to a handwritten piece I recently did…
This piece means SO much to me because it is so personal. These are the things I should be selling.
Other than all of that, it’s just business as usual around here. I’m beginning to feel like I need more social interaction now that I work from home and am very aware of how much I do NOT speak to anyone all day…. lol. #firstworldproblems
Happy Monday, friends!