Oh, April. You were a wildly unpredictable one. I felt like this month ticked by at a frustratingly slow pace some days — client feedback on a few projects barely trickled in. I got hit with plenty of creative blocks. And truthfully, everything just felt a bit off.
But then, the flow kicked back into high gear during the last week. I went to Palm Springs with Joey for a much needed vacation. A few projects that I’d felt stuck on picked up steam and finally wrapped up. And just when I was wondering what was next, a job I’m super excited about fell into my lap at just the right time.
While April felt full of uncertainty, tension and the technical mishaps that often get lumped with Mercury Retrograde, May feels like the fresh start I’ve been hoping for. As I look outside today, I’m feeling thankful for the little things: the weather is nice, the office is clean and my desktop feels the most organized it’s been in ages.
This weekend is being blocked out to finish the new client services guide and internal documents for Branch that I’ve been putting off redesigning for a solid year and a half. Better late than never, right?! It’s time to kick any leftover feelings of uncertainty and comparisons to the curb and step up to bigger and better things.
I hope you have a great weekend — and I’ll be back next week with a few Palm Springs themed posts.
• Megan touches upon the problems that come along with running your blog as a business so eloquently.
• If Joey and I were getting married all over again (and not running off to Vegas!) you can bet there would definitely be llamas at our wedding. How cute are these photos?!
• I’d never heard of Lotion P50 until Anna’s post but now, I’m oddly fascinated. It basically sounds like a magic burning potion for your face! Have you tried it?
• I love this photo series! See what people looked like as young adults and at 100 years old.
• Sarah reminds us that we would be a lot happier if we tracked our efforts, not our accomplishments.
• Living at the office sounds like a nightmare….unless it looks like this!
• I love Ellen’s new interview series called How Did You Do That? which focuses on people with unique professions. If you’ve ever wondered how people end up in the careers they’re in, this series is for you!
• Check out this black double triangle house in the forest. So beautiful!
• Constantly seeking validation with what you do can be hugely limiting. Here’s how to break free.
• Loving yourself and loving your job are deeply intertwined. What happens when you burn out? James Greig talks about self-care for the creative soul.
• Are your excuses holding you back from following through with a big project? Paul Jarvis gets to the bottom of it in a way that’s relatable.
• Should airports have circular runways?
• Dieticians are finally speaking out about beauty YouTubers dishing out diet advice.
• I love this chart of grammar rules!
• Editorial calendars can help you stay accountable….but they can also make content feel forced. Bre explains why she gave hers up.
• More people are opening up to the idea of taking a social media break. How about you? Have you given it a try?
• That moment when your neighbors want to get revenge…and do so by painting their townhouse with red and white stripes! Truthfully, I love it.
• Good to know: how to secure your online accounts by revoking access from third-party apps.
• I never gave much thought to this but online shopping may mean that we’re tricked into paying more depending on where we live and when we buy!
• The New York Times dives into how to make the most of your workday.
• What does it mean to set an intention versus setting a goal?
Photos: Scenes from my Portland office, Palm Springs and Beverly Hills during April 2017.