Daily Archives: June 3, 2016

The Week + Links: 6.3.16

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Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you had a good week. The first few days back at work and blogging after a long, relaxing holiday weekend always feel a little off-kilter for me and I’m still struggling to get back into a regular routine. I hope things are faring better for you!

I want to do things a little differently today and share a story to remind you to keep on going, even if you’re feeling tripped up over something seemingly small.

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Last night, I got on a bike for the first time in years. When I was younger, I used to ride a bike every single day and it was as second nature as walking at the time.

For some reason, as I rolled down the slope of my driveway, I felt unsure of myself and it immediately came through in a lack of coordination and balance. I had barely started moving yet I felt like I was going to fall. Instead of keeping the momentum, I hit the brakes and completely froze.

Riding a bike takes trust, knowing that as you move forward, there’s a split second to throw your feet on the pedals and you’ll take off…yet something wasn’t clicking. I quickly gave up, turned around and went back inside, feeling really embarrassed.

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Looking back, I’m now reminding myself of the obvious: next time, just keep on going.

We all have those moments of wanting to give up because something isn’t as easy as it should be. Why do some things seem so effortless but others feel so hard?

I don’t really know.

But, I do know that giving up isn’t an option.

Whenever you’re feeling stuck on writing your next blog post, tripping up over your next piece of art or frustrated because the vision in your head isn’t matching what’s flowing onto your paper, remember that on the other side, there’s something brilliant waiting that deserves to be shared.

“What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.” —Patrick Swayze

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Photos: 1. My little guy, Rocky hanging out in our living room. Awww. 2. Chandeliers and mirrors at the freshly revamped Portland Anthropologie. 3. Stopping to enjoy the flowers on my morning walk. 4. Swooning over this packaging.


• Jane just shared her guide for a weekend in Portland and it’s so good!

• What should you do when you have too many ideas?

• I love Alex’s post about remembering to celebrate the tiny things.

• Have you seen these cool coloring posters? Doing these would be such a fun weekend project!

• 5 easy ways to make your brand more personal.

• Discover the 60 best iPhone apps for designers.

• Here’s how to actually create some work-life balance.

• Designer Mike Fischer weighs the pros and cons of freelancing.

• How often do you blog?

• The art of taking a selfie has now been immortalized….in a $35,000.00 bronze statue!

• You deserve a break .

• Thoughts on the creative world’s bullshit industrial complex.

• Breaking your nail biting habit is possible.

• 7 types of online workshops you can host.

Currently Reading: Lost in The City Travel Guides

Nubby Twiglet | Lost in The City Travel Guides

One of my passions is collecting magazines and books. Nothing can quite replace that feeling of holding a printed piece in your hands. There’s a special connection that happens when you flip through the pages of your favorite book, escaping into another world while bookmarking the parts you love along the way.

Lately, I’ve been getting more into travel books. Reading blog posts about specific locations and searching Pinterest is great but I dream of having a bookshelf full of inspiring places to visit.

One of the coolest series I’ve come across are the Lost In The City Travel Guides. With a mix of recommendations gathered from bloggers, journalists and photographers, they’re written from a local’s perspective which adds to the charm.

Nubby Twiglet | Lost in The City Travel Guides

The book designs all feature big, bold type across the covers, bright splashes of color and simple layouts. I know they say to never judge a book by its cover but the design is so inspiring.

The books are a nice, compact size and weighing in at 70 pages, a quick afternoon read. Right now, there’s guides dedicated to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Ibiza, London, Los Angeles, Milan, NYC, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna and I hope they keep expanding.

The Lost In manifesto sums up the excitement of visiting a new place best:

“Getting lost in the city is not about throwing away the map. It’s about surrendering yourself to the essence of the place. The sights, smells, flavours and sounds that make it unique. The photography, the art, the creativity that provide its individual inspiration. Getting lost is diving headfirst into what makes each city its own.”

Totally agreed.

P.S. I picked up my copies at Anthropologie.