Falling behind, moving forward.

It's been a long time, I know, but I'm here now and I feel great!

I have been working. A LOT.

Since I began designing in college, I have had a steady stream of freelance clients. Some clients have been working with me for 10 years now and keep coming back for more.  However, my professional strengths have grown exponentially since college. Nothing will give you the knowledge of the "real world" as...well, the REAL WORLD. Since 2005, I've been a designer for multiple respectable companies where my role has matured and evolved. I'm currently a Creative Director for a home health agency and the amount of things I have learned these last few years has me confidently supplying my work and ideas as a consultant for other businesses. In the past, however, I would take on ANY and EVERY project that would come my way.  If you are a freelancer you know that this can be a blessing and a curse because the amount of hours worked can quickly add up. Add that to a full time job and you've got yourself a migraine and a non-existent social life.

 

I quit social media. (Ok, you can breathe now!)

How do you quit social media? Easy, get rid of all the (social media) apps on your phone, block the social media websites and move on.  It is definitely easier said than done (I will def. write about this in the future) but the benefits that I got from this are immeasurable! I did it for a total of 6 months and I'm slowly working my way back in. I admit, however, that I've lost interest in Facebook.  Facebook is an amazing tool for marketing but....it's lost some of its drive unless you actually put some $$ into it. More on that later....

Instead, I read 3 books about social media, the psychology behind, how to use it with better purpose but most importantly, how to generate RESULTS. (stay tuned for more)

 

I went back to basics.

After completing 4 BIG projects, it gave me the financial and mental freedom I had been seeking for a while. I am now investing more time into my hobbies like painting, drawing, doodling, photography, my house, garden, etc. and I'm slowly sorting my thoughts and goals....oh, and I'm slowly coming out of my shell again and being active on social media.

What can you expect? Well, a whole of me around here!

 

xoxo-Klevergirl

 

 

un·e·quiv·o·cal - ˌənəˈkwivək(ə)l/

  "It’s time to forget about being lovable. And in fact, it’s time to forsake someone else’s idea of what gives you a spark or no spark. Block the “other” from this picture. No more audience. You are the cherished and the cherisher. You are the eminently lovable and the lover. You are a million brilliant sparks, flashing against a midnight sky. Stop making room for someone else to sit down. Fuck “good” partners. Fuck waiting to be let in. You are already in. You are in. Cherish yourself."  Source: New York Magazine

Friday's Happy Hour #2

What are you afraid of? How old do you choose to be?

This week I was truly motivated by fear. When the amount of projects pile up to where you see no end, fear can often times paralyze you. I used to be afraid of not meeting a deadline but that has diminished since I've learned that as long as I focus and press forward, I can do it. 

However, when my fear of heights, darkness, and taxidermy arrives, there are mantras that I have to repeat over and over to overcome those moments.

What are YOU afraid of and how do you overcome your fears?

I'm going to share with you a video that has enlightened me about FEAR and AGING. These two ladies are in their 70's and they've never flown a plane. They have spent most of their lives declining to fly due to their fears but what caught my attention is that their curiosity had been there ALL their lives.  Where do we go if not in the direction of our fears?  Please watch it, and try not to tear up as one of them reveals their "new" age at the end. It's never too late to try something new!

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Friday's Happy Hour #1

Two people have sorta' blown my mind this week: Mr. Weird Al and SIA.

As a creative, you learn to appreciate all the time and effort that goes into CREATING something. I, for example have been trying to type up this quick blog post ALL week, it's Friday, and I'm finally here.

What an amazing comeback it has been for Mr. Weird Al. He's come back sharing his ever so Klever parodies of current singles. In case you haven't heard about this, here's what he shared:

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My favorite thus far HAS to be his Blurred Lines parody titled Word Crimes. This video encompasses all sorts of awesomeness; my love/hate relationship with proper grammar, syntax, typography, a great beat, as well as my recurring conversations about newer generations losing all sorts of respect for the English language in general. Credit where credit is due: Jarrett Heather designed, photographed, illustrated and animated this 4-minute romp. You can see more of his work here.

On another side of the creative shell, there's SIA who released her newest song: Chandelier. 

SIA has always been adrift in her imagination when creating her music videos which are incredibly detailed and embedded imagery and symbolism. The Chandelier video has already sparked conversations regarding the theme, meaning and a debate about the 11 year old's attire. I give so much credit to the young and talented Maddie Ziegler who performed beautifully.

And now for a good Friday laugh...watch Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo learn the choreograph!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday Inspirations - Happiness

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Happy Monday everyone!

Questions: How do you measure happiness?

This past weekend I got to thinking about what makes ME happy and as a few scattered thoughts came and went, I started to jot them down. I then went looking through piles of old post-its with notes of things I wanted/needed/must-have's. This pile is an accumulation of probably 8 years, some as old as when  I worked with my previous employer (I've always had the habit of jotting on post-its) I grabbed my notebook and jotted down all the things that I STILL wanted (i.e. buy an investment property, make more time to socialize, Volunteer more often, give some serious thoughts to doing freelance 100% time, travel more...). Then I read a few that I found I had actually wanted way back then and achieved like buy a DSLR camera, a new desktop, a new laptop, a new car, a particular office chair, a long list of books, many items on my amazon wishlist. Then came a thought: Did any of these newly acquired items make me truly happy? And surprisingly, the answer was a NO. The one thing I NEEDED but didn't account for, was having more TIME. Time to learn to use my camera, to read, to go on road trips with my new car, etc, etc.

Isn't it ironic that when we create a list of wants and needs, we often overlook the very basics for example: wanting a bike,  but not wanting that odd knee pain that comes and goes. I long for more time for personal growth and exploring more of the things that make me happy as a person, as a whole.

Amongst this year's resolutions was to MAKE THE TIME to incorporate more of the things that truly make me HAPPY. Perhaps take a cooking class, or a foreign language, or actually MAKE the time for a book club...

What are some of the things that would make YOU happy? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Unleash your Creative Beast – Iris Apfel

 

 

There is a liberation that comes with being an eccentric person. The freedom to like what you like, love what you love and appreciate everything in between. I, for one, consider myself a closeted eccentric soul. That is one more facet that I love about my creative field. The ability to work with clients of different industries gives me the creative freedom to CREATE for different audiences, with distinct taste.

Let's explore a bit about Mrs. Iris Apfel

THE FACTS
Name: Iris Apfel-- a.k.a. Rare Bird of Fashion
Occupation: co-owner of the textile house Old World Weavers with her husband.
Her World: eclectic, defining bohemian chic, mixing a $5 beaded necklace with a stunning velvet Koos van der Akker evening coat.

THE STORY
Apfel, once regarded as simply an eccentric with a love of daring prints and accessories, is now being recognized as a fashion trailblazer. Apfel grew up in Depression-era Astoria, Queens, the daughter of a meticulously coiffed and shrewd businesswoman and a father who specialized in glass and mirror installation for tony interior designers. She easily recalls her early forays into fashion and her gift for shopping. After college she worked at the trade publication Women’s Wear Daily and enjoyed a stint as Girl Friday to Robert Goodman, a leading men’s illustrator, at Saks Fifth Avenue. While she eventually left her champagne-soaked fashion life for interior design, she never lost her taste - or her flair - for style. She says her two biggest gifts are her sense of humor and her curiosity, and both allowed her to acquire the unique jewelry and clothing that spills out of rooms and closets at her home. Koda, who has been friends with Apfel for the past 25 years, says opening one of her closets is akin to opening a jack-in-the-box. The only difference is that an exquisite Lanvin taffeta skirt pops out instead of a toy clown.

At 92, she is still bustling with energy someone I'd personally call a world class shopper and creative inspiration.

Quote:

"The fun of getting dressed, is that it's a creative experience"

This is part of a series entitled "Unleash your Creative Beast" where I do exactly that, invite you to unleash your creative beast!

--LA


photo credits: Architectural Digest