hi and happy friday loves! i hope you have a great weekend!
what are you saying hello to this weekend? I’m saying hello to….
hello sunshine & rest.
hello photographing a wedding on top of peachtree club overlooking the city.
hello running around with a big boot on my left foot.
hello breezy temps!
hello weaving projects, sunshine and reading!
hello weekend loves! 🙂
I was asked to design a lovely invitation suite for a fellow wedding friend of mine, Jessica. This beauty of a suite will be an inspired shoot happening in raleigh, north carolina ( sad times i can’t be there! ) but i’m so happy to be able to contribute my wedding design expertise to the inspired shoot. i mean seriously … what is better than a bohemian styled shoot? the lovely pink and plum colors, whispy roses and decor and a laid back style. love love love this. i can’t wait to share with you the final suite, as well as the shoot! yay!
I can’t hold these back anymore guys. I’d like to show you a little sneak peek of my favorite little model, victoria. my sweet friends lena and len had the most precious baby girl, victoria anne williams and she is just a stinker! here’s a few to hold mommy and daddy over! i hope you enjoy!
well hello strangers 🙂 #donthate! 😉
i was reading this morning in my bible study and the words just hit me like a ton of bricks. like a huge ton. like right in the face and i literally had to read it out loud. i just completely fell led to create something to share with all my readers, because i’m sure at one time you may have fallen victim to this very situation.
here’s the gist:
- you can’t work hard enough, long enough, or pretzel yourself into a position to please everyone. it’s simply not possible. trying to do this … well .. its the easiest way to create stress, anxiety and a high blood pressure, not to mention victim thinking.
- your organization is NOT your personal worth. what resonated with me? your VALUE is not determined by your JOB. YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB.
then, this verse followed.
“God is our refuge and strength, always read to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” ( psalm 46:1-2 )
until next time …
I’d like to welcome a new series around here, the freelance journal. I’ve been thinking a lot about this new series of posts, and that I really enjoy reading other freelancer’s struggles, wins, and desires.
Here’s two of my favorites currently:
be free, lance by breanna rose
my life by nicole balch ( side note, she’s the first person’s blog i ever read. she’s guilty of getting me into blogging 😉 )
i think that working from home is a specific thing one is called to do. Its not for everybody, hear me, its not. Its hard work, its being honest with yourself, and staying to a schedule, staying motivated and ( honestly ) feeling worthy every moment of what you’re called to do. Its soul searching, liberating, and freeing. Special in so many ways.
But then, there are days that its even hard to get out of the bed. when your business is slow, when you don’t want to deal with that challenging client, and when you want to just throw your hands up in the air. days when its cold and rainy and you have no inspiration. days when you have worked a design to death and your client still isn’t happy. its hard. its so hard sometimes. its a completely different ballgame from working for a company. you can’t just leave it at your job. your job is your home.
how do you deal with working from home? do you keep a specific schedule that you stick to? do you reward yourself for doing things on time, the right way, or correctly? ( besides we’re our own boss. we don’t have anybody breathing down our neck – except maybe our spouses to make money 😉 ) do you have special tricks to snap you into / out of work?
i have found that freelancing and working from home comes in cycles. my dad has been an entrepreneur for almost twenty years. there’s slow times and there’s full speed ahead / i can’t even sleep times. and there’s everything in between. there’s times where nothing works and where everything works. theres times when you get to play a lot and times that you can’t breathe.
this morning was one of those mornings. i woke up at a good time, it was gorgeous and sunny, and a little chilly out. i got up, made coffee and “got ready” for the day ( some days this just means changing clothes – bare with me. ) i started to crawl up in my nook to do my Bible study, journal and work in my artist workbook and just found myself so grumpy. i couldn’t figure out why i was grumpy. i have no reason to be, look at my life! i just sat and muttled in it. why am i grumpy? is is because i’m alone so much? is it because nobody needs me right this minute?
then i started thinking… this is God’s way of getting over yourself. i put my shoes on and suited up to take max out for a long walk. there’s nothing that a little sunshine ( with ray bans of course ) some walking in some beautiful areas ( and new found creeks ) and then the following playlist ( in this order ) popping up…
thank you, Jesus.
He knows exactly what you need, when you need it. if its a break, and a reason to put your headphones in and BLAST country, then that’s what you need. do it. embrace it.
i’m not a country fan, but gosh, hearing some of those words about the sweet summertime and the lake and sand in my toes, and “i’m leaving … GA!” coming through my ears while i enjoy the sunshine, puts me in a completely different place. every once and a while i’ll flip my pandora over to my darius rucker station ( do you think its a coincidence that he’s from charleston south carolina – my happy place? ) and i love to hear him blaring through my ears? maybe 😉
so, i head back to the condo to start my days work, and started planning a few other blog posts, when i ran across this link.
i think that’s exactly what God was trying to show me. I need a glimpse of “home.” of those pretty flowers swaying in the wind, the smell of fresh cut grass ( hello i live in a concrete jungle ) and just some sweet, southern people. i need a cure for my homesickness.
like i said, working from home gives you a lot of freedom. its fun, liberating, and unbelievably thrilling for so many reasons. but its hard. and when the hard times come, you have to step away. go for a walk, blare your [comfort] music, and smile a little. oh, and grab yourself a little treat 🙂
ps maybe its time to start where you are.
a best friends birthday wish takes over the blog today!
YALL. This girl. she’s the nutella to my waffle, my best to my friend, my biggest supporter and best friend!~ everybody needs one just like her and i’m so thankful she’s so prominent in my life! she might be 18 hours way, but that’s ok. its nothing a phone call or a text or even face time wont stop. i’m so happy to call this sweet, thoughtful surcey makin,’ laughing, crazy crying girl my friend. here’s to sooo many memories, and our last year under thirty! wahooo! love you jess and i hope your day is OH SO FABULOUS! :-*
hi! its just me over here … your random ( these days ) blogger! i hope you don’t loose faith in me, and are still following along. life is happening, yall, can i get an amen?
i ran into this quote ( above ) … and ran into it … and ran into it … God, you trying to tell me something? 🙂
i think so. just breathe. read it again.
there’s SO much competition out there, how do you stay afloat? is there a certain something you have to tell yourself, to be assured, to have confidence that you are in fact worthy.
you see, I struggle with this. there’s so many amazing graphic designers, photographers, calligraphers, hand letterers, crafters, etc out there that its just simply exhausting keeping up with them. and then, you see their life through instagram and ( sometimes ) facebook. ( ps … if you’ve seen me back off on facebook, there’s multiple reasons which I hope to bring the table in due time ) anyways – its so much of a struggle to keep up. and then God says – I made you. Just you. And nobody else to fill your shoes. You are unique. I promise. And nobody else can do what you can do.
so here i am, trying to clean up the mess i’ve made out the past several months. trying to regroup, restart, refocus and claim my territory. reevaluate what i’m passionate about. reevaluate my business, my blog, my dreams, my desires. making the most conscience effort to be me. i’m starting this new journey, new phase of my life. transitions take a long time lovelies, and i’m learning this. i hope you’ll continue on with me in my journey.
PS // check out this lovely desktop wallpaper by a fabulous print designer 🙂