Day 1

8 Jul

I’m baaaack! My trip was wonderful, and I took tons of pictures, so look for those next week. I have to say, it’s so nice to be home, and chilling with my new coworker Caspian. He’s kind of a slacker, but it just makes me look better.

I thought I’d take a moment to lay out my fears/plans, and then I will check in on a regular basis to see how it’s going. Kind of like And Kathleen, my freelance role model.

Let’s start with the good news!

PLANS:

* Grow my Etsy shop exponentially.

It should be no surprise that handmade objects take a while to make, and I simply haven’t had the time to work on stuff like that recently. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about it, however. I came up with a huge list of products I’d like to make, and now that I’m in the mindset, I can’t stop thinking up fun ideas that expand beyond just cards. Since I’m still growing my freelance business, I have the time to really plan and execute products for at least over the next year, and that’s what I want to work on first.

* Redesign my website.
This website design was never meant to be a permanent one, but it’s another thing that I have let slide. Let me tell you, it is way harder to design something for myself than it is for someone else! I’ve made at least 10 drafts of a website design, and I haven’t been satisfied with any of them. But it’s more important than ever that I am representing myself the best that I can, so this is something that is on the top of the list.


* Streamline the not-fun aspects of freelancing.

By this, I mean billing, estimating, contracts, invoices, and taxes(eep!). I know they won’t be scary once I learn more about them, but it’s totally intimidating to think about now.

* Become a better blogger.

I love blogging. I’ve done it for years, and I want this blog to not only be a place to showcase and discuss design, one of my favorite topics, I also want to document my designer life. (Not designer like Gucci, designer as in I am one.)

FEARS

* What if I become a shut-in and don’t ever talk to anyone except for David/my family again?

* What if nobody is interested in hiring me?

* What if I never wear real clothes again?

* What if I can’t find any good music to listen to and the silence slowly drives me insane?

* What if I become a crazy person who talks to her dog like he’s a human? (Oh wait..)

* What if I cut my finger off with an X-acto and slowly bleed to death because I can’t get to the phone in time? (maybe I should get a life-alert?)

You may laugh at my fears, I won’t blame you. I kind of am. Kind of. Either way, you can bet I’ll let you know how it goes, and I guess I can’t be too much of a shut in as long as I have my friends in the computer.

Have a great weekend!

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