How was your week?
I’m so happy it’s Friday! I’m taking a few hours off later today to have a girl’s day out with my friend Alex. We’re getting our nails done which is a HUGE deal for me because that happens maybe once a year. I’m going to try gel again and will probably default to solid black because hey, it looks good with everything!
The weekend was rough and I feel like I’ve been in catch-up mode ever since. On Saturday, I discovered 40 (!!!) fraud transactions on my business card, spent the day unsuccessfully downloading massive files from a client and then….my brand new computer crashed. HARD. By the end of the weekend, things were back on track but damn, it all threw me for a loop.
Luckily, the week is ending on a high note because I just wrapped up Project Prescription with Paul Jarvis. We’ve been working on this offering for a solid six months and it’s a dream come true because I’d had the idea taped to my wall for YEARS.
Creating products to help creatives, freelancers and small business owners has been a passion of mine for a long time but honestly? I didn’t know where to start. Too many ideas, too little time. So I pitched my idea to the most successful freelancer I knew — Paul. And we got to work.
In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to instantly download the 15 documents we personally use while running our respective studios. Fully customizable and ready to go! If you want to be the first to know when it launches (and get a sample download!), sign up here.
Finally reaching the finish line on my first digital product offering feels monumental but behind the scenes, I struggled with fitting it into my schedule. There were multiple weeks that I had to push it to the side to focus on client work but I kept re-adding it to my to-do list until it was finished. What I thought would take maybe 3 months took 6.
Now that it’s finished, I’m glad I didn’t give up. It’s still written on my wall and I can’t wait to cross it off when we launch on February 7th. Creating a new offering is hard and some days, it will drain you completely. But the feeling of finally getting it done is worth it.
“Nobody said that it’d be easy. They just promised it would be worth it.” —Anonymous
P.S. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of staring at my designs on the screen. I want to hold them in my hands! Did you know that you can print flyers through Moo with up to 50 different designs per pack? They have a front and back side and the quality is AWESOME.
These are my favorite links gathered from around the web this week. There’s always a mix of design, business and life tips topped with a dash humor. Enjoy!
• I’m in love with this photo gallery of New Yorkers on their lunch breaks in the 1970s. The fashion is so ridiculously good!
• Marilyn Manson shares his thoughts on the passing of David Bowie.
• If you live in a small space, these 14 tips will help you make the most of it.
• When you get a new job, this is the one question you should ask.
• Germany now has a bicycle highway!
• 10 ways you’re making your life harder than it has to be.
• Design critiques are an important factor in improving your work.
• Would you prefer to organize your Gmail messages in labeled columns? Sortd is for you!
• Rolling Stone just rounded up David Bowie’s 15 best performances.
• Who knew?! Writing out a to-do list actually has calming powers!