December 2, 2013
*Photograph by Ezgi Polat
December is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. Hot toddy’s, Elf, stockings hung by the chimney with care…I love it all and I look forward to this month all year.
But something funny happened around this time last year; an experience I don’t care to repeat.
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November 18, 2013
*photograph by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
As I’ve written about, these first few months out on my own have been tough. I feel like I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a designer, as a business owner, as a person. But it’s been a really difficult transition and not one without bumps in the road. I was telling a friend recently that the hardest part of this process for me has been the personal transition. Going from someone who wants to please everyone, say yes to everything, avoid confrontation and make everyone else happy (often at a cost to her own personal well-being) to a person who knows when and how to stand up for herself, charges a rate that she knows she’s worth, reads an angry client email and doesn’t burst into tears, has been really hard. I’d love to talk more about personal growth within our careers (and not just the freelance ones) this morning with you and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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October 2, 2013
(all photos by Grown-up Shoes)
I spent this past weekend at the sun-dappled Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and sleepy mountains, with about forty-five incredible designer gals as part of Designer Vaca.
This trip couldn’t have come at a better time. As I’ve mentioned, these first weeks of freelancing have been a big adjustment (hence the lengthiest blog hiatus I’ve ever taken!) and, coupled with my computer crashing, made for a challenging September. It was so wonderful to take a breather and be with a group of girls who has gone through exactly the kinds of business growing pains that I’m going through and to hear them speak so candidly about their own experiences. I’d love to share some photos from the trip + a few notes on our adventure with you:
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September 16, 2013
It’s true, it’s true!
I’ve been writing a little bit lately about adjusting to freelance life and a big part of that is fitting into this new role of business owner. It’s something I’m still figuring out, but one thing I know for sure: I need some help! I adore working with all of my clients, but it does leave very little time for working on my own blog and brand. It’s important to me that during this transition, my own brand doesn’t suffer or get put on the back burner and that I continue to produce work that I’m proud of not only for each of my clients but for my own little brand and blog as well. This fall, I’ve got some really exciting photo shoots to plan and projects that are already in the works that I need help with, and that’s where this intern position comes in!
I’m so excited to partner with the wonderful Girl’s Guild to find someone who’s a great fit for this role—more on the internship + how to apply below!
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September 5, 2013
Oh, friends. What a tough decision this has been to make.
Continue reading “Farewell to The Ruby!” »
August 1, 2013
(Photo by Go Forth Creative taken at Mockingbird Domestics)
So by now most of you have probably guessed from the little hints I’ve been giving that some professional change is afoot! Here’s the scoop on this big, exciting (and kind of scary) decision and how it came to be.
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