I hope you had a great week! Iâ€™ve been juggling a few large projects but also making time to catch up with family and friends. Lunch dates are my new thing â€” I have one today with a new friend I met at a steampunk convention and of course, lunch with grandma is the best thing ever.
In other news, our mud pit of a backyard is finally taking shape (see above!) and blossoming into something thats a touch rustic, a touch modern and really beautiful. Weâ€™ve filled it with palm trees, cacti and a banana tree thatâ€™s taller than me (wait, that isnâ€™t all that tall, is it?)
I just wanted to give you a little visual reminder today. I told you a few weeks ago how frustrated Iâ€™d been at not acting on my personal list of goals and then, how over the last month, I turned that around by pitching a bunch of new ideas to collaborators. Now, I have so much cool stuff cooking and itâ€™s leaving me feeling more inspired and creative. If youâ€™re feeling stuck, just remember that itâ€™s part of the process and everyone goes through it. It won’t last forever.
When Iâ€™m feeling restless with design projects and things arenâ€™t coming together, I get up from my desk, grab a pile of inspiration and start taping it to the wall. Basically, my office is full of old school Pinterest boards. 😉
The client project thatâ€™s really lighting me up right now is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. Itâ€™s a lot of pressure designing a 160 page print piece from scratch and it hits the press in less than two weeks. Iâ€™m trying to be as zen as possible about the whole thing as my assistant and I pull together the last few layouts. I always feel the self doubt creeping in â€” could it be better? Could we push the design even further? Then, I remember that good things take time (see above!) and weâ€™ve given this issue our all. Really, thatâ€™s all you can ask of yourself.
Joey surprised me with this bouquet of flowers that just happened to match my office. Thatâ€™s true love right there! Speaking of Joey, if youâ€™re in Portland over the next month, his newest pop art series, Mondo Retro is hanging at Branch Whiskey Bar (yes, another Branch!) Check it out — this work is his best yet.
Have a great weekend, friends!