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a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

September 1, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings rambling

Is anyone here? I believe this is the longest stretch I’ve gone without posting in 8 1/2 years. But unlike the past, the absence feels ok and there’s less guilt involved. Guilt about not blogging? Yes, it does happen sometimes, but if we were all wondering about the slow death of blogging before, I think we can now say with certainty that it’s not the same as it once was and hasn’t been for a long time. Personally, for me, it wasn’t just the collective slow-down that triggered less frequent updates, but I confess that my heart wasn’t into blogging anymore once my brother died. It’s like my desire to write died with him – partly out self preservation, but… CONTINUE READING

A post about comments and why i don’t delete them

A post about comments and why i don’t delete them

October 24, 2014 |  Category:   life rambling

I’ve been asked why I don’t delete offensive comments – and I do publish them all unless it attacks another blog reader. Let me explain. This is my blog, yes, but I don’t really believe that it’s “my little corner of the internet”. I do believe that everyone is entitled to express their opinions because even though this is my blog, it’s published in a public space. Aside from the sometimes polarizing opinions around online censorship, I leave comments alone, no matter how harsh or personally offensive, as a reminder of this.   I think sometimes we might get a little too insulated in our own little blog bubbles. There may be this false sense of security leftover from the… CONTINUE READING

I’m not a brand + self promotion is hard

I’m not a brand + self promotion is hard

May 14, 2014 |  Category:   rambling the biz

I have a friend who has a similar loathing of self promotion as I do and we talk about it often: how we feel like assholes if we tweet about a new product or project more than once, how we cringe at the idea of selfies and building our “personal brands”. Maybe it’s hard for us to wrap our brains around that last one because we have worked on legit branding projects at ad agencies at our freelance “day jobs”. The Gap is a brand. Starbucks is a brand. But I have a hard time thinking of people as brands unless they’re Oprah or Martha. Are you a brand? Am I a brand? No. Most people are just people.  … CONTINUE READING

consolidation, a gift of time, and walking

consolidation, a gift of time, and walking

May 5, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc rambling

I’ll admit I’ve been distracted lately. Although I have always been a fierce multi-tasker, I have a strong desire to consolidate and simplify things in my work life. Dividing my time between the business and my freelance design work has always been a juggle, but one that I haven’t minded. In fact, I relish having multiple things on my plate and having my hands in a couple of different projects. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something and exercising my brain, but I know that this thinking can be flawed. The truth is, lately I’m feeling like all I’m doing is juggling. I’ve been consistently working with 6-7 clients for the past year, all at the same time and… CONTINUE READING

reinventing yourself, and rambling thoughts on career change

reinventing yourself, and rambling thoughts on career change

April 30, 2014 |  Category:   life me rambling

I was presented with an interesting question on two separate occasions recently which really made me stop and think about my perception of myself. “What do you want?” In the context of jobs, deals or my career, it’s not exactly a question that I get asked since it’s usually about the needs of the client or the project. Usually it’s something along the lines of “what can you bring to the table? What can you do for this project?” But what do I want? It’s such a simple question, but a deceptively hard one to answer.   My particular issue has always been that I don’t really know what I want (well I kind of do in a big dream… CONTINUE READING

All signs point to here

All signs point to here

March 27, 2014 |  Category:   life rambling

It’s so boring to keep talking about the weather, I know, but it’s 1 step forward, two steps back with this Spring. Didn’t I say that March could be cruel? But it’s also been the perfect analogy for the month I’ve been having (and maybe for some of you out there too, from what I read). Highs and lows, progress and setbacks. In the end though, things eventually normalize and settle. When you find that you’re still pointed in the same direction that you were headed before the most recent wave of events flung everything up in the air in a moment of confusion, then it should be confirmation enough that you’re headed in the right direction.   Self doubt… CONTINUE READING

do what you love, or do what you have to?

do what you love, or do what you have to?

February 20, 2014 |  Category:   life rambling

I’ve been thinking a lot about the catch phrase, “do what you love” lately. Is it a choice? Is it a luxury? Is it within reach for everyone, or only attainable for some? I’m finding myself sort of split between thinking it’s a worthwhile mantra to model your life after, and thinking it’s an unrealistic dream for most people. Positioning it as a choice might make the most sense to me because not everyone is able to do what they love and earn a living from it, but if money wasn’t your main motivation than maybe you can do what you love with some compromises. But what about the people who feel they can’t leave their jobs in order to… CONTINUE READING

snow, rinse, repeat

snow, rinse, repeat

February 7, 2014 |  Category:   life rambling

Nothing new here, just a whole lot of snow, a whole lot of cookies, a whole lot of work. But things are starting to bubble ever so slowly. There’s life under all that white, I swear. Second month into the year and the year is already taking shape. Nothing concrete, but a feeling. Sometimes that’s all we have to go on, isn’t it?   We sit at the table lately talking about where we’re going. The answer isn’t an easy one. It’s a bit hard to not to feel like we should be doing more when seemingly everyone around us is going big. We’ve chosen small and I think we’ll keep it that way, at least a little while longer… CONTINUE READING

building blocks. more thoughts about creativity.

building blocks. more thoughts about creativity.

January 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life rambling

I’ve been having horrible insomnia lately. The kind where you toss and turn and keep looking at the clock because that window of time between sleep and the alarm gets increasingly short. I’m guessing because there’s a whole lot of stuff swirling around in my head. Some of it’s low-bubbling anxiety that I’m trying to prevent from surfacing, but most of it is actually good things, ideas that are in the very early stages of incubation, or in my case, trying to incubate.   Brenda, a very talented designer and long time blog reader, asked me to participate in her Get Fueled series where she asks creative people about their process. This essay was a bit of a challenge because… CONTINUE READING

you’re stressed. Here’s a cute animal.

you’re stressed. Here’s a cute animal.

October 9, 2013 |  Category:   life rambling

I posted that my stress level was at a 10 the other day on Facebook and what do you think happened? Friends posted photos of cute bunnies and other farm animals on my thread and then it somehow got derailed to ridiculous photos of people in bunny suits. Tangents of all tangents, but what was I expecting? Pixie dust and air hugs? Not fishing for sympathy so it was entirely appropriate.   I should be sleeping not writing. My sleep has gone from borderline adequate to barely functional and I know I’m shaving years off my life with my horrible sleep habits. But what are you going to do with when you have this kind of work load? The only… CONTINUE READING

out of sync, again.

out of sync, again.

August 1, 2013 |  Category:   life rambling

Woke up in an unexplained bad mood today which totally derailed our plans for the day – and I did have some grand plans for us that involved geeky gadgetry and beehives (ok, it wasn’t as interesting as that sounds, but I had plans). I spent part of the day feeling bad about it, struggling to keep it contained and not taking it out on the girls. I don’t know if I was successful or not, but sometimes you just have to remove yourself from people when moods like that strike. So I did what I usually do when I’m in a bad mood. I cleaned. This is when the best cleaning happens. Not just surface dusting stuff, but scrubbing… CONTINUE READING

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

July 17, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life me rambling

*The image above is the homepage of a recently launched project that I designed earlier this year. See the full website here.   On Facebook the other week, I threw out on my status that I was looking for a new career and that any and all suggestions would be considered. I didn’t have any revelations on the new career of my dreams, but it did spark some interesting conversations with some friends who shared similar thoughts. Technology and industries are evolving so fast these days that we’re needing to adapt and reinvent ourselves every 5-10 years in order to survive. Plus sometimes we just need a change. With the way things have been gone this past year with work,… CONTINUE READING

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