HAPPY 14 YEARS TO DEZINEGIRL CREATIVE STUDIO
I didn’t even realize it’s been 14 years since I moved to San Diego and started my freelancing debut, until I got messages from my contacts on LinkedIn wishing me a Happy Anniversary today. I guess you get to a point where you stop counting? Or maybe I’ve just been too busy to notice?
Either way, I’m noticing now and sharing the celebration… quietly. And I say quietly because it’s a quiet rainy work day. A nice, gentle rain is falling, the cat is asleep, I have a small lull in projects and emails are only trickling in today. It’s a sweet change from the busyness of the past 2 months.
I’ve written about my journey of my career before, so I won’t bore you with that again. But I do want to say that a lot has changed over 14 years. Even in the last 2 years. I have focus, direction, goals, and really know what I want when it comes to clients, projects, and yes, money! My keyword for 2015 was ABUNDANCE… mostly of income, but in general, the abundance of what was missing in my life before.
However, I didn’t really start “feeling” blessed with abundance until late Summer when I changed my thinking about money, the ebb and flow of being a solo creative, and the unknown. I’ve been reading Regina Brett’s books for the last 2 years, and they are chockfull of her wisdom from her life experience as a journalist and being a breast cancer survivor. She inspired me with each chapter.
When I started falling in love with the unknown, embracing the ebb of work knowing that the flow will be back, changing my thoughts to “I’m ok, God always provides”, and trusting Him 100%, things shifted. Life shifted from darkness to light. And that’s when the abundance started flowing in. It’s amazing what your mind, your thoughts are capable of. The power of thought.
14 years later, after bouncing around from freelancing, gigs, and part time jobs, with the last 2 years of truly focusing on dezinegirl creative studio—being a solo creative—I’m still here.
This year’s keyword is FAITH & TRUST. Okay that ‘s two words, but they go together just like peanut butter and jelly.
INFOGRAMS GET A FACELIFT
It’s been a year since I launched my infograms—mini infographics for instagram—that included weekly business tips or inspirational quotes. This is something that was inspired by a friend at a conference and encouraged by my creative business coach to use for self-promotion aka marketing.
More viewers responded to the quotes than the tips, and frankly, I’m not a business expert so I’m limited to what I can share in that aspect. But inspiration is found everywhere! And this world needs some positive vibes in a bad way. I may be just one person, but if I can make just one other person feel good, then I have accomplished my goal.
So, I’ve decided to just create inspirational infograms and designed a consistent, simplified style similar to how I created my website and promotional materials. Beautiful imagery and beautiful words can make the world a happier place, one infogram at a time. Here are the first few I’ve created for the new year [some have not been released yet]:
Follow me on instagram to see them all.
These words have been stuck in my head since Anton & Irene gave their fascinating and creative presentation this past summer for AIGA San Diego. Their journey from being creative directors at a well-known Manhattan agency to starting their own studio in Brooklyn is an incredible one.
Their desire to be more hands-on kind of designers is what motivated them to go out on their own, into unknown territory. They’ve made mistakes and they’ve made it big time. And they’re not afraid to spend months on their own projects when the inspiration hits.
Anton and Irene have accepted that when the famine comes, it’s only temporary until the feasting comes. They have learned to go with the flow, because life does ebb and flow—that is guaranteed.
Falling in love with the unknown is not easy. It is something I strive for, but requires ultimate surrender every day. The unknown is scary for me and for most anyone. I’m a planner, so I like to know what’s ahead so I can be prepared.
But that’s just not the way life works.
I find that when I let go of the fear of the unknown…really let go…I have more peace. Letting go and accepting the unknown doesn’t mean that things won’t fall apart, because they will. But they will also get put back together again.
The unknown can be exciting if you put the right perspective on it. It keeps life interesting, that is for sure.
It can also be a time of lessons learned, faith strengthened, developing character through perseverance and patience.
Whatever comes your way, it’s meant to be part of your journey.
So, falling in love with the unknown doesn’t have to be scary.
It’s been awhile since I’ve designed a pinspiration. I guess nothing has moved me enough to create anything, until I came across this quote, “Be the living expression of God’s kindness,” while doing a bible study reading. Unfortunately I don’t know who it’s from because I just wrote it out on a piece of paper quickly, and it has been sitting on my desk for weeks now. I came across a beautiful stock illustration and it struck me to be perfect for this quote. Basically, it means that we need to live our lives as Christ did – to be salt and light of the world – to be kind and loving towards everyone and anyone as Jesus was. It’s a reflection of who God is and we are children of God.