steve jobs

this is my life. i get 1. i’m not settling for less.

Why hello there, my dearest readers!

I realized I’ve fallen off the map in recent months.  Life came at me in full force.  I’m talking decisions, changes, and new beginnings.

I’m so excited to say that I started a new position as a designer for the very talented Michelle Tumlin in Austin!  Since I have the hardest time with change, it’s been an adjustment, but also such a giant step in the right direction for my career.

I try to keep the blog a venue for positivity and inspiration, so really only close friends and family know the struggles that were going on with my previous job.  What started out as small frustrations festered into resentment I was carrying around into my life outside of work.  Each day I was coming home from my job extremely frustrated and exhausted, feeling directionless and somewhat used.   I find this so ironic.  Because in a creative field of work, getting burned out totally robs you of your gift to provide unique and interesting solutions…. and well, without those, what can you offer?

If you know me at all, you know I’ve always been a firm believer in setting your standards high and going for your dreams.  I felt it came to a point that I was still preaching this to others, but then wasn’t living it myself.  I had been continuing to get up and go to my job, but I  wasn’t even sure why.  The problem is when you put up with crap everyday, you get comfortable with it.    It lowers your self-esteem and your expectations.  You start to believe that you will not find better and/or don’t deserve better.  And let me tell you friends, this is TOXIC.  Not only to your career, but it starts to effect the rest of  your life too.  Deep down, you know what’s right for you.  If it’s not right – it’s not right.  Never just settle.  In a relationship. In a job.  In life.   If someone does not support you, like you for who you are, or appreciate your talents, then LEAVE.  It took me a long time to realize this in this situation.  I realized I wasn’t being true to myself.  I was shutting out my inner voice.  Don’t shut out yours.

steve jobs quote

Today begins my 4th week at the new job, and I’m so pleased to say I feel like I have my life back.  I have more energy, can think and formulate thoughts better (on most occasions!!), and wake up each day with things to look forward to.   I can’t wait to make this blog as great as I always knew it could be!  I’m going to be bringing back segments on the regular (Color Story, Design Obsession, Thursday Thoughts, etc) and also throwing a couple new ones in there as well!  This isn’t just my creative outlet, it’s yours too.

I’m glad to be back.  If you’re reading this right now then you haven’t given up on me yet!!! Hahaha.  Thanks for being a loyal supporter of the blog!  Now we have a lot to catch up on….. 😉

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3 life tips from an unlikely source

Okay so who saw the Teen Choice Awards the other night??   I’m unsure of the teeny bopper population that reads this blog, but I think it’s safe to assume most of you didn’t catch it live.  I didn’t even realize it was on that night, or even if I did, I probably still wouldn’t have cared.  The days of my obsessions with musical crushes and idolized actresses is long gone.  The 90’s were amazing. Now we’re left with One Direction. Ehh.

But I woke up the next day and found out via Facebook News Feed that I missed a very special, important moment.  From who else but Ashton Kutcher himself. (Which, by the way, makes me feel immensely old when he’s essentially receiving a LIFETIME achievement award) I love Ashton but honestly, I was a little skeptical.  What could he have said in an acceptance speech that could be so amazing???

Ashton Kutcher Teen Choice Awards Speech

Prepare to be blown away.  It was genius.  I swear you can hear Steve Jobs clapping all the way from the afterlife.  I mean yes I’ve heard better speeches in my life, but I loved it and had to share.

If you’ve already seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Inspirational or overrated?? If you haven’t seen it, watch it below:

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Happy Friday!! Go out there and give life your best shot today – and always. 🙂