I found myself with 9 freelance clients while still working my full time job. It got to the point where I was waking up early to work on client projects, then going into the office to do Gap work from 10-6 and then coming home to work on more freelance work until midnight. Weekends were spent at my desk or working at other friends and John was not happy about that. That schedule was on repeat for the last four months. There were two break downs filled with tears and frustrations, lots of fun work, long nights and longer days. It got to the point where I was way more excited about my own projects vs. my work at Gap so I quit my job to pursue my own work!
This past week was my first one back on the freelance wagon and it was so stressful. I said “YES!” to too many jobs. My dreams of leisurely mornings of going for a run and cooking breakfast were replaced with not showering and sitting at my desk for most of the time. Scheduling out clients and planning for future ones is something that I’m still trying to get the hang of. I made mistakes this week and have learned from them. Currently working on a new plan of attack. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I’m turning my dressing room into my office. When I tell people this most say “You have a dressing room?” followed by “No, really! You have a room?”. I’ve found that most Brooklyn brownstones have these extra side rooms. Ours is 7’ x 20’ and it has a huge window. I’m sad to loose it as a walk-in closet but super excited to have a space to design, paint, craft and whatever else I want in. In the past my desk has been in the corner of the bedroom or living room. I’m looking forward to being about to shut a door for privacy and to not have to stare at my desk when I’m not working. I’ve been plotting and planning what my new space could look like. It’s currently painted with gray walls with some sad linoleum on the floor. There are dreams of painting everything white and starting fresh. Until I have time to actually put it all together I will just stare at my office pinterest board.
Finally. I don’t have much more to say about this but this past winter was really hard. I think everyone has been in the same boat. It definitely effect my mood and creativity. I can’t let that happen again. It was bad news bears. After I wrote this post about filling the apartment with plants to help lift my spirits, I booked a trip to Florida. That did help a little. Next year I will need to plan more of those.
John and I got married in November 2012. We’ve had to keep all of our photos private because we were being featured in the holy grail of wedding magazines — Martha Stewart! It was so hard to not share with our friends and family but we didn’t want to spoil the feature. I’m so happy that it’s finally out in the real world. It was so satisfying to hold the magazine and flip through the (10) pages. More to come on that!
One of my favorites parts of going back to freelancing is the schedule flexibility. I have so many travel plans this year and I can’t wait to schedule more. I’d love to go out to LA and work with friends there, rent a pool house upstate and spend the week working by the pool. Dreams.
This spring I finally hired an accountant and an attorney. I also bought my first set of Pantone books. My very own set. I feel like such a big girl.
My friend Ben and I are taking a pottery class. It’s for 10 weeks and I’m so excited to spend time being creative off of the computer. Ben took the class a couple semesters ago and had so much fun with it. I convinced him to do it again with me. We’ve had two classes so far and I must say it is not as easy as it looks. And the next day my arms and back are so sore and I love it.
There are currently 50 more days until April 1. For me, that is the start of Spring and I can’t freakin’ wait. March is always a big trick. It’s still cold. I’ve been struggling lately with some winter blues and I’m ready to get out of this funk and into some sunshine.
Every winter I always tell myself “next year you’re going on a warm vacation at the end of January or early February or both” and every year I forget to plan, work gets in the way, or I wait too long. That happened again this year and I swear it will not happen in 2015. Winter in the city is pretty gross and it’s bringing me down. There are those few magical moments when the snow is falling softly and but most of the time it’s harsh. Bone chilling cold, dirty snow, frozen sidewalks, runny noses, downed trains and bad attitudes. When I brought up my winter struggle to my mom she suggested turning all the lights on in my apartment. Thanks mom, but I have a better idea.
My solve for the moment is bring in some life to the apartment. Lots and lots of greens. This past weekend I had a shoot with my friend Luke for one of my freelance clients. It was such a good “pick me up” project. We were photographing beautiful flowers and lush greens all day. It felt like spring. When we were done I gave some to Luke and Jessica for their help and have placed the rest around my apartment. I just want to sit in my living room and look at them all day. I’m currently a very happy girl.
This is what my mornings are like now. She thinks the bed is her playground.
I can’t believe how quickly Christmas snuck up on us. I did some decorating but I felt a little worn out so I didn’t get to finish everything. This was our first Christmas with Penny and she was pretty good about the tree up until this past week. She would tear off branches and leave them around the house. Pine needles everywhere. It’s hard to tell in the photo below but the bottom half is completely mangled. Thanks P.
We are in Salt Lake City for the holidays visiting with my husband’s brothers and sister. It snowed right before we came and looks so beautiful on the mountains. Fresh, untouched snow is not what we’re used to. It gets so dirty so fast in the city that I never get to play in it. Penny has been a little snow bunny prancing around the backyard. I can’t wait to have a backyard one day. Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday with their nearest and dearest!!
Two weekends ago John and I had our annual holiday party. We’ve always made it into a sugar feast having them themed as a pie or cookie party. Everyone bakes or buys their best and then there is a contest for best tasting, most creative, and best presentation. This year we stuck with the pie theme again. The first year everyone brought the tradition sweet ones and one guy made a Shepherds pie that everyone devoured (and won most creative). This year people stepped it up a notch. We had pizza pies, key lime pies, pumpkin cheesecake, chicken pot pie and a pie chart cake! It’s always fun to see whatever everyone makes. At the end everyone fills out their ballot, tallies are counted, and prizes are awarded. We also provide to-go boxes for everyone to take some home but we’re always left with so. much. pie. But we are not complaining. I’ve had pie every day (at least once) for about a week.
Here is the before and after (the only photos I took).
Over the summer I had a small creative identity crisis. I no long wanted to brand myself as hello hello design. When I came up with the name in 2009 it was on a whim and stemmed from a joke I always told: Q: What did the two headed monster say? A: Hello hello. I explained more in this post on designlovefest. At the time hello wasn’t a trendy thing and now everyone and their mom is poppin’ it in front of their name. There is also another designer out there with my name and adds hello to her lingo and it has been confusing to clients in the past. So I’ve dropped it all together.
New domain, new email, new branding to come. I’m excited for a clean slate. Badabing. Badaboom.
Have a nutty weekend everyone!