One of the many perks of being a freelancer is definitely making your own goals, your own schedule and taking charge of your life the way you want. This can also, in turn become a negative because suddenly there is a lot of room for pressure and self-criticism. As human beings, our brains are wired to act & react a certain way based on how we’ve been taught. We are adaptable beings, meaning we become like those we are around the most, and we modify our natural instincts based on our lifestyle. Being freelance does, as well, require adapting.
Next stop! Over the course of September, my boyfriend, Mark and I visited Europe on a 3 week backpacking trip. We visited Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, Munich and Switzerland. Check out the illustrations, sketches and pictures I took along the way as well as my favourite parts of each country!
Every great creation in the world has been brought about by solving a problem, no matter how big or small. Whether it's finding something more comfortable to sit on instead of rocks, or something to keep our food cold so it doesn't perish, there are design-solutions all over the world that were initially a problem or an unanswered question.
We are very fast on our feet but sometimes we trip. Sometimes we need to take time to do nothing to come back down from our high that comes from all this information and stuff around us.
To just sit, to do nothing, to do the dishes, the laundry, eat food, all without the element of distractions. That is when your best creative ideas will come to life. That is when your subconscious mind can come forward and finally speak to you after being pushed back by your distractions.
I seriously don't know what it is about them but I adore them. Maybe it's just because we don't see as many illustrated posters anymore so they have to be vintage? I think it's more the essence they portray. The fashion, the idealism at of the time period, it all comes together so nicely and I often notice that many of the elements depicted are still current today.
I've come to realize just how important it is to set my intentions with my work, whether it be for my day, week, month or year, I need clarity and vision so that I don't get distracted by other options. Goals also help you keep track of how far you're coming, and breaking them down into smaller steps makes it easier to predict when you will achieve your goals.
Next time you achieve a small success, act like you've won the lottery!! Tell you friends and family, scream it off your balcony if you wish, buy yourself a really expensive and delicious coffee and OWN IT! I figured out what the key motivator for my work is, it's not money, not fame, not positive feedback (although those are all nice),
There's something about our culture that has made us utterly obsessed with the concept of time. Schedules, meetings, work hours, meal times, workout times, it's like every component of our lives revolves around numbers on a clock. Yet, if the concept of time were eliminated, you would still know what time of the day it is…
One year ago, I graduated my Undergrad at Ryerson University in the Fashion Communications program with a Bachelor of Design. This was a huge milestone for me, because I worked so hard to get into the program just four years before that, and I knew it was such a small chance of getting accepted. Here’s a reflection from where I stand now since then.
I recently went through a bit of a traumatic experience with an ex-roommate. I felt the need to write about it in order to get my thoughts in place and to get it off my chest. Sometimes we get knocked down by people, and it can be hard to find peace again, or it may take some time to heal. Either way, I've written here about my interpretation of the whole situation and how I got myself together again afterwards. I hope you enjoy!!