Indie Business: The Yips

Personal Mantra Be Smart Be Nice do What You Love Have Fun
Sometimes it's nice to look back on artwork you created years ago to see how much you've grown, isn't it? While this quote still rings true to me, it's neat to see how my style and aesthetic has evolved over the years. There's a part of me that misses this carefree creative era (when I was making collage art just for fun and not as a business), and sometimes it's a good reminder of what I'm capable of when I'm feeling stuck...

...but, yeah. I'm still suffering from some major creative block here. I've made and re-made a pair of collages for a client, and I'm still not happy with them. I think I have the Yips! (Any HIMYM fans out there?) I'm over-thinking something that used to come so naturally to me that suddenly can't do it anymore! I'm at the point where I just need to get them done and out the door to my very sweet client, but at the same time, I don't ever want to put something out there that I'm not happy with and that doesn't live up to the potential I know is in me. 

The Yips. Ugh.

Have any other creatives been through this? How did you defeat The Yips?

"Be smart, be nice, do what you love, have fun!" [Steve Pavlina]


On Schedules, Priorities, and Balance

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My busy schedule is starting to take its toll on me...I spent yesterday sick in bed, soothing my sore throat with green smoothies and coconut water popsicles while catching up on Project Runway and 30 Rock. (Sounds like a tough life, right?) My introverted self has definitely hit its limit, and I know that getting sick is my body's way of saying "Slow down, girl!". I want to be productive by being fully present at my awesomesauce full-time job, by getting freelance projects done, by investing in my friends, and by spending quality time with my husband - but sometimes my brain's ambition and packed calendar is not what my body needs. I think it's time to re-visit my schedule and re-think how I prioritize my time. Because an inattentive, overbooked, kinda sick Lesley is definitely not the best Lesley. (Lesley will now stop speaking in third person.)

How do you find balance in your life? How do you choose to prioritize your time? I'd love to know how other bloggers/creatives/full-time employees/humans find that elusive work/life balance.

In other news, how awesome is the bed above? Artist Alisa Burke created a piece of art on a large stretched canvas as a headboard. I would have loved to spend today in that bed.

Happy Wednesday. xo

Henri Matisse on Creativity

Creativity takes courage - inspiring quote by Henri Matisse
I think Matisse was on to something...

If being a successful artist was easy, everyone would do it. It takes real courage to be truly creative and defy the norm.

Happy Monday!

Indie Biz: Graphic Design Inspiration on Dribbble

Graphic design inspiration on Dribbble
Have you heard of Dribbble? My super talented graphic designer friend Sarah introduced me to it this weekend, and I'm obsessed! Think of it as Pinterest for graphic designers...

"Dribbble is a community of designers answering that question each day. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects."

If you're looking for inspiration for a graphic design project, Dribbble is a great place to bookmark ideas and be inspired by what other talented creatives are designing. (I've already started a couple of "buckets" of inspiration images for a new logo design project...)

Happy Monday! Do you have any go-to sites for design ideas and inspiration? 


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