- Rang in the New Year tired, pregnant and sober.
- Took Society of Creative Founders Squirrel Challenge: goal setting and year planning (I’d never done serious goal setting and reviews before! Doing every year now thanks to this!)
- Babymoon/last flight trip to New York City
- Word of year momentum
- JL new member project in my lettering T-shirt
- Attended Creative Founders Conference where I had the best conference experience to date. Overnight and small/intimate is the way to go for me. So much information at this conference I’m still going back to my notes and plan to every year!
- St. Francesville anniversary weekend getaway
- Started MALWEST email newsletters
- Started using Later for instagram which makes social easier and prettier
- My baby shower (which was a lot more work for the mama-to-be than I thought but definitely did that to myself)
- Had wood floors redone
- Hired a junior designer (a first MALWEST design hire!)
- Became a mama to baby L — read about the birth here
- Newborn portraits
- Barely left the house but reemerged into society for my first beer on Father’s Day with the fam. Yep, L’s first outing was to a bar. I had a baby… in a bar. (technically a family friendly brewery)
- Threw a bachelorette party at my house, with a two month old.
- Sedona trip and L’s first wedding/flight.
- First beach day with L
- Donated 2+ gallons of breast milk this was thanks to a hurricane scare but a definite mom win moment!
- Being Boss NOLA conference/retreat. Met some amazing ladies- I always love NOLA but you know it’s a good trip when the location really didn’t matter.
- Baptized L
- Ls first Christmas tree cutting. A longstanding family tradition.
- First CPA meeting for MALWEST design – no more DIY on tax day or even shopping around to find the best book keeping deals but beginning a relationship with a team to keep MWD and the family in check.
- Snow in Pensacola!
- Jax for the holidays
My word for the year was momentum and I am happy with the motivation that gave me as well as the results. There were several things I wanted to accomplish/complete in 2017 but when a baby doesn’t nap for two months straight you learn to let things go. Also, “learn to give yourself grace” was some of the best mom-work-life advice I got all year! Another fave was “be in and enjoy your season of life” – I butchered that one but the sentiment is spot on.
Money goals: I didn’t make quite as much in 2017 as I did in 2016, which I anticipated because: baby. I did, however, make what I was expecting/planning for at the beginning of the year so that is a win in my book!
Philanthropy: Proud to say I’ve donated my time, my design services and money to worthy causes this year. They have been for mainly local Pensacola initiatives and I’m satisfied with that.
For 2018 *spoiler alert* my new word is RESET. Stay tuned for what that means for me and for MALWEST design in 2018!
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.
The 2016 summer months have been filled with home renovations following our relocation to Pensacola, FL. We bought a house built in 1938 that has been updated periodically which is filled with plenty of charm and potential. There were endless days of painting, scrubbing and power-tooling (drilling, sanding and the like) that made our arms/neck/back ache for a week; however, when a room is complete you remember why you’ve been putting in that elbow grease.
Not the first room to undergo a makeover, but definitely one of the truest labors of love in the house is the half bath. I loved the bead board that was existing, although it did need a lot of attention. Since wall area minus the beach board is such a small space-and I knew something had to be done about that overwhelming salmon color-I had the brilliant idea to take my first stab ever at wallpapering. When all was said and done, I am pleased with the results but it will probably be my first and last experience wallpapering! (At least I chose my favorite paper from RiflePaperCo!!)
I do not wish to discourage the creatively adventurous nature in anyone, but wallpapering was much harder than I imagined. Even after watching as many youtube videos I could find about easy wallpapering, my best advice to someone so determined is to stick with an accent wall or piece of furniture (like a bookcase).
My final piece of advice is to pick a paper you love! I think I would have given up if I had picked one of the cheaper options I tried to talk myself into. Originally I thought this paper was too expensive for a beginner like me but even though the application is not perfect, I love it!
Process shots from wallpapering:
Details from the final walls and the cutest sink you’ve ever seen:
Heading to Tampa for Gasparilla and thought some pirate design inspiration might be warranted. In case you are unfamiliar with Gasparilla, like I was, it’s based on the legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar, “last of the Bucaneers.” Legend has it that he terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century. He was originally in the Royal Spanish Navy until seizing command of a Spanish sloop-of-war where he with his fellow mutineers set sail for the Florida straits. More to follow next week! Happy (early) weekend!
Through much deliberation, I’ve concluded that there is no better way to start a blog, at the start of a new year, than beginning with an amazing and recently completed project. I had the luxary of working with a group of fantastic people who were one or a combination of three C’s: Creative, Connected, and Concerned. These “Cs” turned out to be a powerful combination for the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville as we worked to produce an epic annual New Year’s Eve party.
The young professional’s group called The Contemporaries was scheming for months on how to do diligence to the theme “Mad Hatter’s Ball” based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as rally enough support from Jacksonville locals to make the big ideas possible. Through generous sponsorship and a team of incredible hardworkers, we made it a huge success. It took many creatives to ideate, communicate and produce this vision; a group of connected individuals who were able to find people to make it happen; and finally so many concerned natives that were willing to donate their time to highlight the cultural resource that is MOCA.