February 17, 2014
Ballet Dancers Rehearse, by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1936
On Sunday morning I woke up around 5 AM, along with 18,000 other people, and ran 13.1 miles. It was the furthest I’ve ever run by a full four miles! The first time our group met to train, about seven months ago, we ran two miles and I thought I was going to keel over. It was so hard! I’d love to tell you more about the training, why I now love waking up early and running on Saturdays, and how it totally changed my approach to exercise and fitness.
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February 10, 2014
(Gorgeous photo from *Nishe on Flickr; she has so many other pretty ones to check out)
Oh, hello again!
The past few weeks have been a little nutty with the new job (which I’m loving!), a rough cold and wrapping up some freelance work in my free time. It’s sort of wild how quickly the days go by now.
I wake up most days at 6:30 to answer Grown-up Shoes emails, stretch a little and do small freelance things like send files or email with the web developer of a project. It’s really hard to get up that early, but once I’m up, I feel great and answering emails makes me feel productive, especially because they’re usually fun and nice to read. I love having my tea, making breakfast and listening to NPR before work so I try and give myself a full hour to do that and get dressed (7:30-8:30).
Then I go to work and typically get home no later than 7 or 7:30, when I start dinner and just hang out with Adam or go to my parent’s house to see them or meet up with a friend for a drink. I really try hard to keep the evenings as personal time to relax and unwind. No computer, no email checking.
It can feel very regimented, especially coming from the more loosely scheduled freelance world I was in before. It’s my goal to use some of my free time wisely and effectively, and to let some of it just be time to rest, relax and play so there’s a good balance. I’ve come up with a few tricks to do just that and I’d love to hear yours too.
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December 30, 2013
(photo by Wynn Myers, modeling by Anna Crelia, styling by Grown-up Shoes)
When I look back on 2013, I’m kind of in awe of everything that’s happened. I went full time freelance, we made the tough decision to discontinue The Ruby, I had a wonderful group of contributors here on GUS, started and completed a year’s worth of styled shoots for CamilleStyles.com, and now am preparing to go back into the office full time and join a new creative team. I’m so excited for the future and thankful for everything that 2013 brought. A look back at some of my favorite posts from the year, below!
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December 20, 2013
(photo by Go Forth Creative, styling by Grown-up Shoes)
Wow; what a year it’s been! I did something this year that was really tough for me: going out on my own and making it work. It’s been rewarding, thrilling, challenging and character building. And it looks like now there’s something new around the corner.
As of early January I’ll no longer be working as a freelancer.
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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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