5 Lessons Learned as a Mompreneur

My daughter is turning ONE. It has gone by so fast but also feels like life without her just never existed. I’m getting nostalgic as I reflect on L’s first year of life, my baby is so big!

I’ve learned so much in the last 12 months having the little squirt home with me full-time and juggling work as a creative entrepreneur = mompreneur. She has taught me endless lessons and I’ve changed significantly but there are a few things she’s really drilled into me that also applies to my creative work and practices:
  1. Slow the heck down
    Ok so she’s has MADE me slow down, immensely. Talk about a crash course in patience. I’ve had to let all those multitasking dreams, get up and go attitude and  focus-focus mindset go and just play peekaboo for the millionth time because it makes for one happy baby. Also, resting and being present in the moment can be pretty great too.
  2. Done is better than perfect 
    So, I was already working on this one but the little babe just helped push me over the edge to ‘team good enough.’ Designers can get so knit picky and sometimes you just gotta let it go because no one else will know (or care!) that that single pixel is out of place.
  3. Finish what you start 
    Ok, seems obvious but now I really don’t have time to jump back into something or get back on that same train of thought so I gotta wrap it up and not leave anything half baked or without a plan for the next step. (This is really for personal projects and content creation that has no urgency to dive back in).
  4. The art of distraction
    You can get over almost anything if you’re well distracted. Sometimes it’s an emotional rollercoaster over here but you gotta harness that and put it to good use!
  5. A brighter tomorrow
    If you have a no good, very bad day just hold out until tomorrow to make a 180. In work you may just need to give it a rest until you’re in a better (perhaps more rested) state of mind. Almost always if L had a whiny, irritable day her best day follows.

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Letter A Day Project

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I started my letter a day project April 2016, just two days before we bought a house! My husband and I were currently homeless, living in separate cities out of boxes and suitcases and road tripping constantly but I decided there was no time like the present to start a side project. Maybe not my most practical decision, but in my defense, I had just attended a design conference (Creative South) and was feeling extremely inspired and ready to hit the ground running!

I was feeling pretty creative and ready to just create but I did realize I had a lot going on. I decided taking a little time out of my workday to create a simple letter was something I could swing. Some days I had a couple hours to play- others I only had the energy for a few minutes to scramble and get something together. A true test of self discipline.

Now these letters were never meant to be seen as shown above- all together. So definitely cut me some slack because it looks like a jumbled mess between the designs, colors and even those Instagram filters that were so fitting of my mood at the time. Additionally, I feel it’s important to note if you don’t follow me on Insta that I started the letters in reverse order beginning at the end of the alphabet with the letter “Z.”

It has been a few months now since I completed this project and I feel like I learned so much about my own process – I even still love a few of my letters! (always a struggle for overly critical designers/overly critical=designers) This process forced me to create something and post it whether it was good or finished or neither. It’s cool to look back and see a few of the letters that reflect my day; it feels like an insider because I remember what was happening and what I was feeling when I made it. Since I was moving and traveling during that period there were a lot of things I simply had to let go. It was also really nice to work on something that other people would see but their opinion really wouldn’t matter since the letter wasn’t for client or anyone, not even myself. I never thought creating something to basically throw it away would ever be so liberating!  I might even do it again.  I do have something in the works that came from this little project so I hope to tackle something similar that will be just as fulfilling.

xx, Mal