This past week I went to a cafe with my husband and I couldn’t help but notice this guy probably my age with a young kid maybe 8-10 years old. I heard them talking (I am sorry! I couldn’t help but listen!) and the older guy sounded like a mentor to the younger child. He was asking him how he was and what was going on at school and how he felt about things. What really hit me though, is he kept saying “Be a leader.” He told this young kid that he had to lead and be respectful.
This statement really hit home for me. Though it is very important to be yourself, it is the simple fact that others are always watching. They maybe trying to find your faults or maybe they are curious about you. It is very possible that you are someone’s role-model without even knowing it. The fact remains though, eyes are on you. What you do with your life, it matters. Though you may feel like you cannot contribute to the bigger picture, think about it, your smile or compliment could be the one thing that made that lady at the grocery store feel good about herself this week. When you choose to accept others no matter who they are or what they do with their lives, people notice. I’m not here to tell you exactly what differences you could make. I am just here to remind you to actually stand up and make them.
As you do more good, there will always be people who will try to tear you down. Let them try but ignore them. Just hold on to your own values and don’t let others make you feel inferior for taking a stand for the human race. Alyssa, from techlovedesign, reminds us that nobody has it all figured out. That includes you too! You can’t judge others, just as much as you can’t let them judging you get under your skin. No one is perfect.
Listening to this guy, at this cafe, telling this kid to “Be a leader”, well that made a difference in my life. It was like he was telling ME to be a leader. I started to tear up a few times while they were talking. I truly am sorry to this guy though for listening in on his conversation, but those words were meant to find me too I think. He said them to this child with such confidence and meaning. He said them with care and he sounded like he felt he could make a difference in this childs life. I think he is right. I wish I could tell him, he made me stop and think too. – xoxo Jessica
What is something you have heard that has always inspired you and stuck with you since you’ve heard it?
This week has been interesting, I haven’t announced online it yet… but I’m moving!! We found a cute little apartment closer to my work and we will get to start painting and moving on monday! Isn’t that awesome? Also, I have joined Society6 (My Shop) just because I keep making all of these little illustrations and so now people can buy them as prints, phone cases, t-shirts, and more. If enough people are interested, I may start selling them myself. Really though, I just love to make them, ya’ know? Anyways, I hope your Friday is going great, here are some things to get you through that mid-day lull.
Though I currently work at a publications company working on 4 or 5 book layouts at a time, they are all focused on technical copy and not really my style of design. Shauna’s (NubbyTwiglet) editorial magazine layouts are amazing. View one from her perspective in the making of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. This year I am going to make it my goal to design an editorial magazine or book, so you all look out!
I am in love with these DIY tree stump side tables. My husband and I have always loved wood accents. This idea has always been something we’ve discussed but now that I see it, I think it is time to get moving on this project!!
Not too long ago I tweeted about how there is nothing a little bit of color can’t fix. My heart feels the same way about polka dots. So these interior obsessions have got me polka dotty for polka dots. (I won’t stop with the corniness. I can’t!)
There are so many things I have had on my mind that I want to do. Not just things that I want to do someday. Things I want to do NOW. I always come up with a reason I can’t travel. It is usually because I can’t justify the cost. Deep down though, I am afraid of the unknown. I have been working on it and my first flight ever to Portland last month really helped. But when an inspiring babe tells me to “Just Go” I think I just might.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am going to be busy mixing it up on Color Overboard. Changes are already in progress. I can’t wait to share more!! Happy Friday! -xoxo Jessica
The Blogcademy was so indescribably amazing. The truth is though, I don’t think the bulk of it has truly began to sink in. Portland was such a quirky and beautiful town. The weather was amazing. All the other blogger babes sported their cute ears. And those head mistresses really brought everything to the table. They laid everything down and really set things straight. My mind is swirling with the possibilities and endless ideas. In the above photo is the wall of my hotel room and my Blogcademy balloon! (:
The lobby of the ACE was straight out of some vintage indie magazine. Every corner had a new illustration or piece of art that words and photos could not describe. My favorite part were the plants though!
Amy, from Starfruit Cafe was one amazing lady. She was so smart, interesting, and had top notch style. I admire her travels, knowledge of music and food, and her super cute polka dot dress! The first day of my trip we explored Portland together and took so many photos. I loved every second!
Did I mention the old photo booth in the lobby of the ACE? It was so fun. It was a bit hard to predict the timing because It started taking really fast!! but that was the fun part!
When we went exploring, Amy and I found this awesome record store called Top Records. It had some great music playing and so many great records. They even let Amy try some out! Above is my awesome find.
Luna from QueenCicada was amazing too. We sat in the amazing lobby of the ACE for a few hours just eating vegan pastries and chatting about the world. I would love to hang out with her again! She is so unique and inspiring!
My dearest Shauna, Kat, and Gala, I am amazed by how well you all taught the class. It was so put together and full of so many things that will be beneficial to me as I push to be a better blogger and graphic designer. Though my words and photos may not express my full gratitude, I hope that the progress that I make in the upcoming months will show you how well you are doing. I can’t wait to see all of the recaps from your whole world tour. Girls, you are not just teaching, you are changing lives! Thank you so much for selecting me as the Portland scholarship winner! In the coming months there will be some awesome new things going on here! Thanks to all the awesome blogger girls for being such great classmates! -xoxo Jessica
*UPDATE* The headmistresses have posted the Portland Video by Made You Look Photography and it is awesome! I was so excited in it I could obviously barely talk. I loved the awesome shots and beautiful colors. It makes my heart skip a beat! Thank you so much! You can also view a collection of photos from the workshop here!
After I got off work yesterday, I did a photo shoot with a really good friend of mine for a project we are working on together. I can’t wait to share the project or the rest of the photos! I will be posting throughout the week to tide you over (or maybe it’s me I am tiding over).
This girl has amazing style and is the most fun to work with. She can turn the most serious shoot into a great time in between shots! Also, she really knows how to stick it out. You can’t tell in these shots, but must have been freezing yesterday in the cold winter wind!
Keep your eye out with-in the next couple of weeks! -xoxo Jessica
Hello Friday! Every time I say that it is so refreshing, like a lemonade on a hot summer day. Actually a lemonade is refreshing regardless! It feels good to see the weekend. For those of you out there that let your weekdays run into your weekend, I don’t see how you do it. I love having a day to look to forward to that is means that I get to let loose a little and relax. Some people make their “relax day” another day of the week, but Friday is the best one for me! Without further ado, I hope you enjoy some links that really got me excited for the weekend!
Featured above are a stash of vintage cameras that I found in a booth at a local antique flea market. This is only 1/4 of what was there. There were also stacks and stacks of vintage photography magazines too. If you don’t know, but I collect them and when I found this stash, I almost passed out.
I have to be honest, it is hard not to enjoy cupcakes. You should Enjoy Cupcakes too! (am I the only one that thinks that is funny?)
Spring is on its way and now that I see them, I would love to say “Hello reversible jeans” If they looked like these over on the Chasing Davies blog. Too Cute!!
Since the weekend is a great time to get in all of the “me” projects I think up, Stephanie really did great with her post March Interiors to Inspire. There is a beautiful chalk wall that I can’t stop staring at.
I hope these links inspired you as much as they did me! I have actually been sick for a couple of days so this weekend will be a little slow. I am hoping to still do at least one or two productive things though! Have a great Friday! Don’t leave without saying hello! -xoxo Jessica
As I am getting ready for the upcoming Blogcademy trip I will be taking in the end of March, I decided to spruce up my business cards and try something different. I also ordered stickers that really show off my personality. Do you remember the deer from an earlier post about Freeing Your Creative Mind? I am in love with him and his new friends!!
I ordered these from Moo. I love using them because the quality of their prints are always amazing, they ship earlier than planned usually always AND you can print as many designs on one side of the card as you like for no extra cost. If you want to order from there too but don’t already have an account, use my refer a friend link and get 10% off your first order! It will help us both out!
Let me know what you think! If you are in need of a new business card design contact me on my services page, if we’re a fit, I would love to work with you! – xoxo Jessica
Where do you get your promotional products printed out? Link photos of your cards so I can check them out! I love seeing every bodies designs!!
If you ever followed me before this year when I was going under the name DefinitelyOkayInside on my Flickr you would remember these photos, but I wanted to bring them back to the surface. I used to go out and take photos everyday and try to get creative with my camera, make-up, surroundings, and editing afterwards. Though I am not interested in using photography as a main source of income, making myself get out there and get creative with the camera inspired me so much. It helped me see the world in a different perspective and really open up to all of the possibilities out there.
I would really like to try to get back in the habit of regularly using my camera creatively (more that just doing shoots for the blog.) I miss the excitement of what I was going to find or come up with next. Sometimes I would take photos for the beauty of the subjects or scene alone or sometimes I would take multiple photos and intertwine different components from each to create a piece of art. Hopefully this will inspire you to find something that you love to do, take it and make it your own. Even if you are not the best at it, practice and just have fun with it. You don’t have to be a pro at something to love it. Adding in more of what you love can really help you get your creative juices flowing. I have linked my old flickr account earlier in the post, but if you are wanting to see more of my current photos add me as a contact! – xoxo Jessica
What is something you currently do or want to add into your week that really lets you be creative just for fun?
I have had this book for a few years now and I must say it is one of my go to books when I am feeling like I need a pick me up. The plain and simple tone of Author Paul Arden in the book really sets me straight. The title, It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be, says it all. Simply by wanting to be the best, you will get there, because if you really want it, you will do what it takes to get there.
“As long as the goal is there, there is no limit to anyone’s achievements ” says Arden. He reminds people that sometimes, mistakes and complete failures can make change life in the best ways. I personally don’t think you have to first fail to be successful. I do know that it he is right though, if we do fail, it can be beneficial and make us strive even harder to get to where we are going. He also gives tips on how to win over clients, and encourages you to stop being afraid of silly ideas.
The last tip mentioned is one of my favorites! One of the biggest road blocks I have found when teaching or helping others, are people are STOPPING their own flow. They are too afraid of putting themselves out there and they only want to have “good ideas”. I always try to remind them that they can only have good ideas, if they start first with coming up with an idea at all. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t start somewhere. Some of my best Ideas come from other ideas I’ve had that aren’t my favorite. You don’t know where the spark can come from though, so go on, let them ALL out!
When you have goals you are working towards, this is an excellent read. Take it or leave it, I will always love the book! – xoxo Jessica
Have you read this book? Do you have any other books or blogs that you have benefited from lately? I want to know about them!! (:
If you remember this Hello Friday post, you will know I wanted to introduce an instant dose of happy into my wardrobe using the DIY post linked by Elsie and Emma (abeautifulmess). SO I decided to share with you my take on the post and the outcome!! Enjoy!!
1. Fabric of choice (I chose chiffon)
2. Stamp (you can make your own or buy one! Make sure you buy one special for the project because the paint could ruin the stamp if you still want to use it with ink don’t paint on it)
3. Paint Brush 4. Paint 5. Scissors (Not pictured) 6. Newspaper (optional)
If the fabric you chose is not cut to the size you want, use another scarf that you love to measure and cut your fabric down to size.
Next, you might want to put some newspaper under your fabric in case of any paint bleeding through. If you didn’t put too much paint on your stamp, this may not be an issue.
Then paint the stamp what ever color you want, Make sure you don’t make it to thick or it will look smudgy on the fabric.
Then stamp the fabric in whatever pattern you please!! Awesome huh?
There will hopefully be fashion shots coming soon where I am actually wearing the scarf. If not, you will be seeing it in all of the Blogcademy photos after my trip (which is still a month away!!!) Let me know what you think!! – xoxo Jessica