Gratitude has played a large role in my day-to-day life as I grow older. Finding any small reason to feel thankful every day has undoubtedly gotten me through one of the toughest years of my life.
The list of things I am thankful for is pretty endless, but in no particular order here are just a few noteworthy things that make my life just a bit brighter.
Cheers to travel and adventure, no matter the distance. To cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. And wine. New recipes. A family that never ceases to be supportive. Friends that are hilarious and brilliant. Sunlight bursting through white curtains. The scent of garlic cooking, and sharing meals with friends. I’m even thankful for the dark, sad, shitty days – because they’ve helped me grow and evolve in ways I never could have otherwise. The ability to keep in touch with friends living halfway around the world. Those elusive moments of stillness. Warm blankets and cat snuggles. A career that challenges and fulfills me and allows me to dream big.
I hope you dream big, too.
And Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you may be in life, it is all beautiful.
Happy Halloween, friends! To celebrate, I designed some free wallpapers that you can download for your phone and/or computer! My favorite decorations for Halloween are sugar skulls – they’re so fun and interesting, don’t you think?
Halloween Pattern iPhone Background Sugar Skull iPhone Background
Plus! Some backgrounds for your desktop. Enjoy!
Sugar Skull Desktop Download
Halloween Desktop Download
Happy Wednesday y’all! Just thought I’d let you know about a new little illustration adventure I’m starting! Every Wednesday, I’ll be sending out cheery drawings and you can have them sent straight to your inbox! If you’re interested, you can sign up here. This week’s illustration is Halloween themed! Stop by tomorrow for some festive digital wallpapers you can rock on your phone or desktop.
So this is a little late coming, but I still wanted to mention it on here (since this blog is becoming a record of my life as a freelancer). A few months ago I was honored to have a piece of mine featured on Design Milk, which is a kick ass blog featuring all kinds of delicious, well-designed (duh) goodies.
This was my first time being featured on a major blog, and it was a huge learn for me as I continue to elevate my business. It has been a goal for a while now to send out more press releases about my work, in the hopes of opening the doors to new opportunities. And despite knowing how beneficial this is to a thriving business, I still felt crippled with fear. The thoughts that I should update my portfolio, or be better prepared to handle potential client questions (this, I think, will always feel intimidating), or my office should be more organized. Lots of excuses that arise from a deeper fear. I fretted over sending this piece to Design Milk for a few weeks before I actually did it. I sent a short and sweet email, hoped for the best but assumed that I wouldn’t hear back. And you know what? I found out the very next day that it would be featured on the blog.
Now, I know that this kind of wonderful, immediate response is not always going to happen, and that I am not always going to have pieces featured, but it was a great reminder that you just have to start. The excuses and fear will always be there, but I am learning to push past those things, so that my business can continue to (hopefully) grow and thrive and so that I can grow too! I just wanted to share this with you because it felt great to push past the fear and I hope perhaps you can find it in you to do the same in achieving your own goals.
You can read the full blog post on Design Milk here.
Happy Monday, friends. I’ve been feeling quite re-energized these last few weeks, and this is how I’d like to set the tone for the coming week: explosions of bright color and positive energy. Just because we’re slowly moving away from summer doesn’t mean we have to move away from color!
From left to right: Splendid Willow | Megan Hildebrand | Georgiana Paraschiv | Bando iPhone Case | Rose #2 by Jenny Liz Rome | Bright Pink by Jenny Liz Rome | Sun Drunk by Dennis Payongayong
So, if you’ve been following along on this crazy journey, you may have noticed I’m steering my artistic direction toward illustration and surface pattern design. It has been so much fun exploring this new area of design, and I’ve started this side project as a way to explore my vision while expressing my appreciation for the simple things in my life. It’s so easy for us to overlook the little things that make day-to-day living feel great, especially when adult life can feel like such a drag sometimes. Anyway, if you’re curious, you can follow along here to embrace life’s little pleasures along with me!
Setting the tone for this week are striking color combinations, wild typography and glorious imperfection. All of the work I’ve been drawn to lately has been a healthy mixture of these three elements. I’ve been working on lots of new surface patterns and illustrations, trying to find my voice as I take my work in this direction. It’s refreshing and a little scary all at once, to pursue something completely unfamiliar and unexpected. I never thought this is where I’d want to take my career and yet, here I am. It will be interesting to see where life will be a year from now. What’s setting the tone for your week?
From left to right: 1) Rene Gruau | 2) Love Life by Stina Persson | 3) Gouache painting by BlackParrot | 4) Starburst Lettering by Nate Williams | 5) Trippin Bag by Nate Williams | 6) Les Enfents de la Bolduc by Philippe Cossette
P.S. Here’s more of what’s inspiring me here.
These photos make me want to hop on the next plane and fly across the ocean to anywhere, just so I can walk around and photograph new and unfamiliar sights. There’s nothing like some gorgeous architecture to surprise and delight, especially when large pops are color are involved.