Friday 5

Friday 5

December 19, 2014

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Soooo there’s only 6 days until Christmas…6!! What in the what? Today I’m venturing into a mall in downtown Toronto to get some last minute gifts, seriously, wish me luck. I hate going into malls in general these days but holiday shoppers just make it so much worse. I’m looking forward to disconnecting from the world for a little while and just enjoy the holidays. This weekend will be spent wrapping gifts, sipping hot chocolate, celebrating Jeff’s birthday, and watching Christmas movies, bring it Christmas!

And as usual here are 5 interesting links to end your week:

01- I have had my eyes on this cookie recipe for awhile now, I think it’s about time I make them
02- Jane shares her tips for putting together a cheese board for your holiday party
03- 5 great tips for putting together your ‘About Me’ page.
04- How to get shit done when you’re totally unmotivated
05- Megan and Mike’s new holiday tradition makes me want to start one of my own.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

M.

Daily Life

Thankful For…

December 17, 2014

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Hey friends!
I don’t know about you but my December has been insane. Between keeping up with Etsy orders, social events, trying to blog daily, finishing up some personal projects, and holiday shopping I can honestly say I’m ready for December to be over with.

As this year comes to end there are lots of things I’m thankful for:

– Family
– Jeff / Our laughs and jokes together / The good times, the bad times and everything in-between
– Our cozy apartment
– Friends
– Health
– Chats with my sister about crime shows / Netfix (she gets me)
– Netflix / Documentaries
– Etsy customers
– My blog readers
Coffee / Tea
– Weekends spent at home
The opportunity to pursue freelancing
– Travel
Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest
– Connecting with other inspiring creatives
– Ability to blog about my thoughts / likes
Serial podcast
– Design
– Sushi / Pizza / Chocolate / Nachos
– Flannel Shirts / Big Sweaters
– Lazy Sundays
– That 70’s Show / The Office (US) / Walking Dead
Toronto
– Autumn / Summer
First snowfall
– My camera
– Hugs / Cuddles
– Rain at night / Thunderstorms

M.

Bookmarked

State Plates Project

December 15, 2014

State Plates Project

The State Plates Project was created by Jonathan Lawrence to redesign the old boring license plates from each state. 50 designers came together and these are some of my favourites.

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State Plates Project

You can check out the rest of the plates here

M.

Friday 5

Friday 5

December 12, 2014

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Can anyone else agree with me that weeks drag on forever in the winter, but in the summer they fly by? I’m so over winter and Christmas, can it just be Spring already? On that note, at least it’s Friday.

I would love to spend a weekend catching up on reading (I have so many books I’ve been meaning to start), I listened to the first episode of Serial last night and I am already hooked. There honestly needs to be more hours in a day.

Here is 5 links to end the week:

01- A great website for some daily motivation
02- Alicia wrote a great blog post on growing your Pinterest followers
03- Cory Staudacher recently launched a free course on learning mobile photography 
04- A Fun take on the advent calendar 
05- The evolution of the holiday party

Have a great weekend, everyone!

M.

Studio Mix

Holiday Tunes

December 10, 2014

Christmas Tunes

Hey Friends! I haven’t done a playlist in awhile so here are some Christmas tunes for your enjoyment.

Listen Here

01- All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
02- Christmas Lights – Coldplay
03- Deck The Halls – Red Hot Chili Peppers
04- We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Weezer
05- Christmas Song – Stars
06- Christmastime – Barenaked Ladies
07- White Christmas – Irving Berlin / Bing Crosby
08- Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
09- Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby
10- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Burl Ives

M.

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Font Finds

Sandman Font

December 8, 2014

Sandman Font

Sandman font is fun, handmade font, perfect for overlaying on a photo. It comes with an outline and fill version along with numbers.

Sandman Font

You can head over here to purchase the font.

Sandman Font

M.

Freelance

Looking Back On 2014

December 4, 2014

Jennet Liaw(photo source)

I’m excited for 2015, 2014 was … ok. It was filled with a lot of uncertainty and not knowing what I wanted to do in life. I was at my design job for a year and quit after realizing it just wasn’t for me. I literally had no idea what I was going to do once I quit my job. I saved up my money and had plans to find a new agency job, I never considered freelancing. While I was unemployed I discovered a whole bunch of creative, talented ladies who were, for the most part, all freelancing. I loved reading their blogs about process work, their freelance experiences, and so much more. I slowly started to realize that maybe it was something I would consider; I love working on my own, setting my own goals, my own work schedule, not having to travel to and from work during rush hour. There were so many cons to agency work, and so many pros to freelance that I decided to go for it!

So with my decision to take the leap into freelancing I started to get down to business. I deleted my old Twitter account, where I mainly bitched about things in life that bothered me and started a new account that was going to be a positive area where I could meet new creatives and share fresh content daily. Twitter is a powerful tool when used correctly, I’ve already connected with so many amazing people, and it is a daily staple for me. I came up with a new business name, created a new portfolio, started blogging daily and all the pieces kind of just fell into place. Continue Reading…

Blogging daily has been an amazing experience. It’s been a few months of consistently posting new content and my views have gone up drastically from when I started out. I’m also starting to realize what I like to write about and what I don’t have time for. I currently have a “Fashion” column, for whatever reason I don’t know, I don’t have a huge interest in it, but when I started I thought that’s what people might want to hear about. Lesson learned, blog about stuff you like, not what you think others want to hear, because that’s when your true voice shines through and your blog becomes.. you.

Once I released my new branding into the wild it only took me a few weeks to realize it was terrible and I wasn’t feeling it. You can read about that journey here. After creating a logo that felt more true to my brand I was officially open for business. I completed my “Services” page and wrote up some contracts and felt like I was headed in the right direction.

I knew I was going to need some help with streamlining my business so I signed up for Leah’s, Stress Less and Impress course. It was worth every penny and made me feel more confident when it came to handling clients and projects. I highly recommend it especially if you’re just starting out in freelance.

I had my first paying client a few weeks ago and although it wasn’t a huge project it felt good to finally have a client and get used to the process. December is a crazy month for me on Etsy so not having any clients right now is totally okay. #blessetsy

Feel good moments that I’m still not used to:
01- Having creative people you look up to and admire follow you back on twitter (I’m serious!)
02- Other creatives complimenting you on your work and blog
03- People asking for advice on certain topics! This makes me feel the warm fuzzies, and even though I’m still new to this whole thing I love offering advice and support to others. Having a creative tribe you can talk to and confide in MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

Monday I signed up for the Be Free, Lance course taught by Bre and Jen. These ladies are amazing and pros at freelance so I’m super excited to learn from them. The best part is the Facebook group where we can all talk and get advice from each other. The course doesn’t start until January so everyone is taking some time to introduce themselves and get to know each other.

Ok.. I’m going to stop writing before this turns into my autobiography. Thanks for listening, feels good to get it all out. Oh, and this was totally supposed to be a post on my 2015 goals..a nice short, to the point post..I guess I know what I’m writing about tomorrow :p

Have a nice day, everyone!!

M.

Daily Life

Dream Office

December 3, 2014

Today I’m sharing what I would like my dream office to have.
Right now I have a little spot in the bedroom with a desk, light, and a chair. It lacks a lot of inspiration and motivation to want to sit there all day, especially when the bedroom is the one place you try to avoid when working from home. That being said, my goal for the new year is to create a space that I actually want to be in and rid the temptation of plopping back in bed for a nap.

Office Supplies

One of the main things I want is a small gallery wall, I don’t have much wall space where I sit so I’ve had to limit my poster buying. This past weekend I scored a few posters that were on sale and I’m excited for them to be apart of my daily inspiration. You can find the links to everything at the bottom of this post.
Office Supplies

I love the look of the white desk and silver filing cabinet. My desk right now is brown/black and would love to change it to a simple white to add brightness to the room.

Office Supplies

If anyone is looking to get me a gift for Christmas this year, I hear the IMAC 5k display is pretty awesome :p

01- Fast, Cheap, Good Print
02- Stay Humble Hustle Hard Print
03- Hustle is Hope Print
04- Should I Work Out Today Print
05- Desk Calendar
06- Cacti
07- File Cabinet
08- White Desk
09- Soy Candle
10- Pencil Holder
11- Mouse Pad
12- IMAC

M.