and it’s february already

February 3, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling

I spruced up the blog a bit. It’s not really a redesign because I don’t have time for that, but sometimes you just get tired of looking at the same thing. I really do, however, have to redesign my portfolio because it’s just so outdated and in a state of stripped out mish-mash, but when you’re busy working on work that, if you weren’t busy you’d need the portfolio for to get more work, there isn’t any time and motivation for a redesign. If you know what I mean.


Speaking of work, I had an interesting 2 weeks of working on something that I thought I loathed. It was one of those projects where I heard myself say yes and then 10 minutes later was hitting myself on the head thinking, why did I do that? It gave me a bit of anxiety, but in the process of working through these conceptual visual problems, I realized that it was sort of interesting and at the very least, different from what I had been doing for my last few client projects. In that sense it was refreshing and I’m not really afraid of it anymore.


February. So I kind of lied when I said I didn’t have any goals for this year. I actually do, but they aren’t written down anywhere because then it would seem like it was official, but I am in fact still feeling the pressure that I haven’t worked towards making any of these goals a reality. I can’t help but feel like the year is already slipping away because it’s FEBRUARY. But when this winter has been so very mild – probably the mildest winter I can remember here in NY – it’s just easy to get Spring Fever when it’s 60 degrees out. Who wants to design product labels and source materials when it’s so much more fun walking around the city, having more dinner with girlfriends and hanging out with your family on a weekend day?
Yeah, not me.
But I also don’t want to feel like I’m not going anywhere or making any kind of progress towards more interesting work.
Oh, the conundrum.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag February 3, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Love the new spruce! 🙂

  • PInk Ronnie February 3, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Being a freelance graphic designer myself, I understand the conundrum! Love the new header by the way. Feels so fresh and upbeat. Thanks for always updating your blog even when life is so busy.
    Ronnie xo

  • Cecilia Madden February 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Where DID January go?
    Enjoy the weekend and this weather 🙂

  • Atsuko February 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I noticed that you blog changed the design yesterday:) Cute. I also cannot believe that how warm this winter is on the East Coast compared to the last year. But supposedly we will have 6 more weeks of winter, lol. Have a great Friday!

  • vitaminA February 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    it’s the little spruced up touches that make things feel new and refreshing! me likes 🙂

  • Allison February 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Cute spruce! Very nicely updated.

  • Renita February 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Sometimes when I’m reaching for something, I keep it to myself for a while … I want to ‘own’ it in my thought process before I let others know what I’m thinking … I don’t want anyone to ‘squash’ my idea, especially when it’s really challenging and new …. you’ll get there .. slow change is lasting change

  • ruth February 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    just wanted to say thanks for bringing my attention to the mixed race project blog. I’m 42 and from Ireland, and I’m half Irish, half Nigerian. Growing up in Ireland in the 70s and 80s I was always the only black person around. I found this a challenge a lot of the time but reading the stories in that blog I can identify with a lot of the stories. I love your blog, I lived in New York back in the 90s, I miss it very much. If I was still there I would be a regular customer of Mark’s for sure! Best of luck with your lovely family and your burgeoning businesses.

  • Renita February 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    To Ruth –

    How interesting … Irish/Nigerian … if you are inclined, I would like to hear your stories.

  • Jill February 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Oh, balance. You elusive, elusive thing. 2012 is way more about balance for me too. And more creativity.

    I for one would love to hear about your goals. 🙂

  • an unrelated idea February 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

    i was impressed by how much press the whimsy&spice marshmallows have gotten and suggest that you discretely include that information not only on the weddings & favors page, but also on the marshmallows page. that kind of positive feedback would make me more inclined to order them!

  • Chantale February 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Nice spruce-up! Jenna, I think you’ve achieved way more with your biz + freelance work than most of us. What I love though is, you call it out without sounding like a megalomaniac about it. lol. Maybe one of your goals this year should be.. taking things as they come and enjoying it. Seriously, you’ve achieved so much! Do you not see it?