A little time

So, I worked late on Monday night. Danny is working a lot this week, so working late ends up happening. I don’t mind it so much because I know there’s a lot to do. Because I stayed late, I got to go in late the next day. I got to go to work at 10 am. I went to the gym at 6 am. It went well. I can’t complain (though I do). I came home, made a banana/coconut milk yogurt and chia seed smoothie! I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and I modified it a little. It was delicious. I also made my lunch for the next two days after that! I made quinoa with zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, and carrots. It was delicious. I packed my food and went upstairs to get ready for work. I made my bed, listened to some Lana Del Rey on my record player and got dressed. I cannot tell you what a difference this productive morning made. I was so happy, calm and ready to take on the day. My drive to work was shorter (the little traffic I encounter became an empty road). I drove with the windows down and let my hair go nuts. I got to work. Got some coffee in my awesome mug (gifted by my awesome campus pastor and friends), started work, got things approved, met with people, helped with what I could. I loved it. There’s a ton of stuff I didn’t get done and daily goals I didn’t meet. The day was not perfect. At all, but its ok. It started great and for that I’m grateful. Its important to take some time to yourself every once in a while! Try it!

Here are some photos I took today… my record, sporting Danny’s Casey Neistat sunnies, my arm party, my supah mug, and my lovely friend Jackie who I got to spend some time with!

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G O L D

I love gold. Its not as tacky as it was when I was younger. ha! Its come a long way since then! Metallics in general.

I have so many DIY plans for (matted) gold/rose gold/silver. Pinterest of course, is my google for finding these projects. Pinterest is taking over the wooooorld! haha!

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Note

So, as a designer I’ve learned a few things that everyone who isn’t a designer should know. For example… things you should never say to designer (even if they are doing work for you).
You see, I used to think I could just brush off commentary and just do what I gotta do to get it done. However, I like to hear people out, and try my best to show them how valued they are. I listen. Over time, I realize little trigger words/phrases that increase my stress levels to a dangerous place. Its embarrassing sometimes, but I am who I am- and currently…I am stressed. I know this will pass, so its really no biggie and just a part of life. So, I figured I’d ramble about said comments on here. I mean, this is my safe space. I won’t elaborate on each comment because this will become an annoying post. lol I’ve heard these comments ever since I started learning design. (In school, work, family conversations, freelance, etc.)

1. Make the logo bigger.
2. Can you do this (insert favor here) for me really quick? Its easy or this won’t take long.
3. Make it Pop/Epic/Awesome..
4. Feel free to be creative.
5. There’s too much white space.
6. This job of your seems so easy. Must be nice. (in reference to church employment)
7. Its too girly.
8. Can you give me the files?

and much more-just no others come to mind right now

There are many more things that come up in conversation. But I digress. Just know that Graphic design is frequently stressful and taxing. You’re trying to meet the needs and expectations of your client. You’re trying to meet several deadlines while producing A+ work. That’s all that effort for one project. So, imagine having several projects (like 14 a week) and balancing those components and responsibilities. Also, creating the work for the appropriate audience in style and communication. OF COURSE those comments are going to upset a creative. Its pretty insulting. Especially, since most designers are very invested in their craft and know a lot about it. Schooling and/or personal drive are what got us here in the first place. Trust us. We’ll hear you out, just be respectful and kind- you’ll get exactly what you want sooner rather than later.

Kk. That was my rant. Hope it wasn’t too bad :) I still have a lot to learn, but this is where I’m at thus far.

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Oranga glad it’s Monday?!

So it’s Monday. Pretty sure it ranks as the least favorite day of week across the world…but it’s new and holds lots of potential for how the rest of your week will pan out! My Monday went well. I can’t complain. Work meetings were excellent, time with Danny is always a plus (he works a lot and I’m always tired so any time we can be in sync is awesome), and I got to drive my new car! (More on that on my next post!)
I hope you see the positives of what today held and see the potential of this week! It’s gonna be great-I hope! Less stress is my goal! What’s yours?

I posted this pic I found because it’s reminds me of orange juice-and orange juice reminds me of Mondays…childhood nostalgia I guess. Mondays=breakfast eggs and OJ=school! Go figure!

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Recent obsessions

So, lately I’ve been into florals. Like a lot. I wanna rebrand myself with it. Haha! I’m a flower! Anyhoo! Most of the things I’ve found on Pinterest have been for men! Those Nike sneakers-men. That Profound Aesthetic Co. Hat-men. Supreme board-men. Too bad I don’t care. I love “boy” things, as I always say.

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Next up: Doughnuts! I blame Voodoo Doughnuts for this one. After our trip to Portland-I’ve never looked at this fattening thing the same again. Yum!!
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Wanderlust. Danny and I had to cancel our trip to Brazil this June-so we have a credit to go anywhere! I’m wanting to go to Norway or Patagonia! But Danny and I are feelin’ that travel bug! Where would you go?

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Hope you’re weekend was wonderful! xoxo

Happy 22nd

Today my not-so-little anymore sister turns 22! I love her with all my heart! No blog post will ever accurately express how much I love her. So- I’ll just post pictures of her instead. I love you flower.
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Miami’s Finest: Azucar

We hit up Azucar on Sunday! I had heard about this place and had forgotten all about it. I called Ena after church and she was having lunch with Yannick and Chris. She told me to meet them at Azucar for some ice cream. I was completely full from brunch, but I couldn’t pass an opportunity to have ice cream with friends. So Maria and I drove down Calle Ocho to meet up with our friends.
The shop is located in Little Havana. It’s so adorable and has an array of unique flavors. I had the “Mulatica”. It’s basically a cinnamon oatmeal cookie in ice cream form. Ena had the “Abuela Maria”, which tasted incredible!! I def recommend you stopping by for some real Miami environment and unique ice cream!

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Jank

So…I’m on a budget, but I’d like to place these items on my “to buy” list.

Pinterest is the best.

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I read this sometime today and wanted to share.

I love twitter and 99u.


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Eventful Weekend

I had an awesome weekend. It was full of love and friends. I’m grateful for this season of life. So many adventures to go on, hand in hand.
I love that Danny and I do a lot together. We explore both our interests and find that we share a lot of things that we thought we wouldn’t. Yay for learning about each other everyday!
I hope all this awesomeness spreads on over to the week! I hope your week is awesome too! Kill it!

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