Do The Common Things Uncommonly Well

Nubby Twiglet | Do The Common Things Uncommonly Well

This year, I’ve been thinking often about the famous Henry Heinz quote, “Do the common things uncommonly well.”

In a world where we’re pressured to do more and cram as much into each day as possible, what would happen if we pushed back and simplified?

Let’s instead choose to focus on accomplishing each task we already have on our plates to the best of our ability before piling on more. To me, that sounds refreshing for a change. -Shauna

Yellow Co. New Mexico Solopreneur Retreat

Yellow Co. New Mexico Solopreneur Retreat

Over the weekend, I finalized my teaching outline for the upcoming Yellow Co. retreat in New Mexico and it feels good to finally cross a big item off my list after spending most of last year in-flux during the big PS move.

I’ll be joining Yellow as a coach for a long weekend dedicated to creative solopreneurs. Learn more and sign up for the Solopreneur Retreat here.

Whether you’re in the beginning stages of formulating a plan for your self-run venture, a freelancer making extra income on the side or looking to up-level your current business, my goal is to make sure you leave the long weekend with a really firm understanding of what it takes to run a business in a way that aligns with your personal goals and values.

The modules will be fast-paced and full of applicable, real-world advice. I’ve also sprinkled in plenty of stories about the ups and downs of running a small business and will be sharing the documents we personally use at my design studio to onboard new clients.

The following topics will be covered during our time together:

• Getting Started

• Pricing For Success

• Attracting Dream Clients

• Processes That Work

• Money, Money, Money

• Defining Growth + Success

• Managing Staff + Clients

• Marketing Yourself

• Self-Care

• Avoiding The Rut

• Creative Resources

I’d love to see you in New Mexico! -Shauna

What’s Missing from the Small Business Conversation?

Nubby Twiglet | What’s Missing from the Small Business Conversation?

This week, I’m putting the finishing touches on my Yellow Co. teaching outline for our upcoming New Mexico retreat (you’re welcome to come along — I’d love to see you there!) and want to make sure it’s as applicable as possible to those of you who freelance / run a small business or are dreaming of stepping out on your own.

There’s enough fluff out there and and part of the reason I took a few year break from teaching is that I wanted to dive head-on into my own small business and grow from some serious hands-on experience. My goal is to filter those experiences into content that really creates the shift so many of you are seeking, allowing you to grow your business and in turn, shape your life on your own terms.

At the same time, I realize that we’re often too close to our own content and in an effort to avoid overlooking obvious areas, I’d love to hear what you feel is missing from the small business / freelancer conversation.

What do you really want to know?

What do you wish was talked about more openly?

Are there any struggles you’re personally having?

There’s so much we can learn from one another and adding your voice to the mix can really make a difference. -Shauna

Portland to Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Portland to Palm Springs

On September 7, 2018, I said goodbye to my daily life in Portland. As I packed up my house and handed over my office keys, it was both bittersweet and electrifying as big changes tend to be.

After years of planning and plotting, Joey and I finally made the move to Palm Springs with our pets. It’s been one of the best decisions of our lives but it’s also taken some serious time to adjust to new surroundings and routines.

Dreams do come true but only with a lot of work — we’d been planning a move for years but kept hitting roadblocks with multiple offers falling through along the way. What I’ve learned is that if you really want something to happen, it may not work out the first, second or even third time. That doesn’t mean it’s not right, it probably just means it’s not the right time. Don’t give up!

Selling our Portland house at the same time we were buying another house in a different state, nearly sight unseen was really stressful and nothing quite lined up so we called an Air bnb home for a few weeks. When we finally moved into our new home, it was small and cozy with a beautiful pool and landscaping but the inside needed a mind boggling amount of work. I ran my business out of a spare bedroom for a few weeks until my temporary studio was up and running. Five months in, we’re finally feeling settled and the house now feels livable.

This year has been off to a great start so far — I’m getting back into teaching after a few year break and I’m both nervous and excited about it but that’s where growth happens.

Here’s to following through with your dreams…even if it takes a few tries. —Shauna

Photo: Kristin Cofer

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

These days, I feel like it’s so easy to fall into the trap of overthinking what to blog, what to post to Instagram, what to share with your mailing list…basically everything. It’s exhausting.

Let’s get back to basics. Instead of questioning everything you share and asking if it’s good enough, if it will resonate, if anyone will like it….just share it because you love it. It’s that simple. Here are 10 things I’m loving right now. I hope you find a nugget of inspiration in the mix!

1. Louise Hay on Abundance and Creativity

Listening to this 10 minute audio is capable of causing major shifts in the way you view what’s possible in your life and career if you keep an open mind. Louise explains how we are all tapped into the creative flow and energy of the universe and have the ability to create the lives we want every day. Most importantly, she reminds us that it’s never too late to make a change and pick up a new creative pursuit.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

2. Dream Machine Exhibition

Last week in New York, Gala got us tickets to the Dream Machine and entering an alternate reality, away from the constant flow of mind-bogglingly negative news, social media noise and general daily pressure was just what I needed. Each room has a completely different theme. There’s a built-in laundromat complete with a cotton candy machine and yes, you get to eat the cotton candy. There’s a secret mirrored room behind a hidden door that feels like you’re standing in the galaxy, complete with twinkly stars. And, there’s a very long hallway complete with shifting, colored lighting that I half-expected to lead to a spaceship. So good.

3. Drunk Elephant Skincare

I’m a recent convert to this brand but am absolutely loving it. I’ve had a handful of false starts with skincare — a few lines I tried worked well at first but turned out to be too harsh and caused my skin to go haywire. I’ve been using the C-Firma serum, Shaba Complex eye serum and the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial as a weekly treatment for a few months now and so far, so good.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

4. Anthropologie Colorado Bowl

I love how fancy this looks but it’s surprisingly affordable and is the perfect size for a fruit bowl.

5. Fuji Square Instax

I’ve had a few Instax mini cameras but the photos were small and rectangular. Finally, Fuji came out with a square Instax and the photos are more like the size of a regular Polaroid. Even better, they make black bordered film. YES!!!

6. How I Built This Podcast

If you’re a fan of TED Talks, you’ll love this podcast, also narrated by Guy Raz. It’s my hands-down favorite these days because it doesn’t just gloss over the highlight reel — it really digs into a successful businesspersons’ background including the near-disastrous crashes. Nothing is off-limits. What it’s made me realize is that everyone has had the highest highs and the lowest lows, no matter how successful they now seem. If you’re looking for a place to start, the Kate and Andy Spade interview is wonderful.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

7. Casual Catsuit Look

Yes, I said catsuit. Some days, I have no idea what to wear. I remember reading years ago that a lot of fashion designers had a daily work uniform and stuck to it so they didn’t have to overthink minute daily tasks, leaving them with the creative brain power to focus on what really mattered. I’ve always admired that mindset and in the process, have started pairing black bodysuits with black leggings and black boots — a look that appears to be a one-piece but is more comfortable for daily wear. I also took a chance on the Carbon 38 Takara leggings and LOVE them. See them with the casual catsuit look in action here. P.S. The above look is an all-in-one moto catsuit I wore last week to the Sunny Hues Happy-Go-Lucky exhibition. I still can’t get over that room. So surreal!

8. Two Piece Sets

Back on the wardrobe conversation, I have a ton of cool pieces of clothing but often, things just don’t pair well together. I’m loving the matching set trend — kind of like the casual catsuit look, you always have a perfect pairing which makes getting dressed so much easer. My recent favorite set is this one by Free People Beach in black (of course).

9. Western Digital Hard Drives

Running a design studio generates A LOT of files. I am constantly backing up client work and out of paranoia, usually do a backup of that backup and always use the Western Digital drives. There are way more expensive options out there but I’ve had great luck with these over many years of use.

10. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis but when I do, I always use this foundation. I avoided foundation for years because I hated the way it felt on my face but started wearing it again awhile back. After going through a few that everyone recommended but never really worked for me, a Sephora makeup artist used this formula on me and I haven’t looked back. Hands-down the best for a smooth, even, full-coverage, non-cakey finish that legit lasts all day.

That was super random…but also super fun to share with you! —Shauna