Most of the time this blog is about great products, but you can tell that I hardly post anymore, mainly because I am completely preoccupied with work – the real paying gig that I have AND keeping our new home in tip top shape. God only knows if I pop a kid into the mix what would happen…hello crazy. I rarely write about work, but I had authored 21 Little Things I Have Learned Along the Way a while back and wanted to share with all the career newbies out there and use as a gentle reminder for those of us who have been working for a while. So here it is…enjoy!
- The Small Projects—Over your career you will have plenty of big projects, the ones that are high profile, the ones that cost a lot of money, the ones that get you applause, and the ones that make you feel extra special when they are done. But, trust me on this, the small projects are the ones that will bite you, the ones that can be the most problematic and the ones that require the most attention. So it is important to pay attention to every little detail on both the big and the small projects – treat them equally.
- Mistakes—Let’s be honest, you are going to make mistakes, we all do, we make them all the time. The key to mistakes is to own them, raise your hand to say “it was my fault”, take the blame, apologize if you need to, learn from them and then move on. Dwelling on mistakes hurts you and the team you are working with.
- Gossip—Bottom line, don’t engage. Being the last to know anything going on at your place of business sometimes is not the worst thing. Gossip can get you into trouble and hurt your image.
- Journal—Keeping a daily journal will help you blow off steam. It also helps you to go back and remind yourself how far you have come as a professional, and to remind you of the tough decisions you have had to make. Sometimes consistency is nice.
- Your Gut—Typically your gut is always right. Make decisions from your gut, but know that your heart will try and wrestle with your gut, so learn to stay strong. You do not need to make decisions quickly, just rationally. It is okay to sleep on your gut…for several nights if you have to.
- Mentoring—Consider finding a mentor; not a family member or friend or boss for that matter, but someone in your same field of business, someone older, wiser that has been down your path. Someone with a level head that you respect. Let them know you want them to be your mentor. They can help guide you when things get tough…trust me, things will get tough and you will want to talk to someone who has been in a similar situation.
- Celebrate Success—Celebrate the success of others; projects, promotions, the whole nine yards. Everyone has their day in the career spotlight. You will have your day and you will want a big group behind you cheering.
- Friends—Believe it or not, no matter what you do for a career, you will end up spending more time with your colleagues than family. It’s just how it goes, work days have gotten longer and harder. They always say to keep work and personal life separate, but the reality is much different. The friendships you will make along the way can be priceless. You often find some of the people you will trust the most in life as you travel along your career path.
- Luck—Luck is not something that just happens, the lottery is probably the only exception. Prepared is a better word. People who work hard and are prepared sometimes are miss-characterized as being lucky.
- Pick Your Battles—Trust me on this, a battle will take a lot out of you. The worst part, sometimes you lose. A battle could be what you are remembered for, so select a battle with caution and care. It’s not worth it to battle over everything.
- Saving Lives—Unless you become a doctor, nurse or firefighter, just remember one thing, you are not saving the life of a baby. Work is work, if you are not waiting on a heart to arrive for a transplant it is not worth getting worked up about; stay calm and move swiftly.
- People—It’s always good to find the good in everyone but the fact remains that some people are just strange – bottom line, strange; sometimes I am strange. Additionally, at some point you will work on a team with a bad egg. Trust me on this, they work themselves out. It might take longer than you want but eventually the bad eggs always start to stink and crack themselves.
- Leadership—In order to be a great leader you can never really follow, know your place and lead when and where you can, people will recognize and embrace your skills – leadership is born not made.
- Support your Boss—You are going to have bosses you love and bosses you don’t love. It’s a fact really. The big take away from this is that they are your boss. Your job is to support them all the time, even when they make business decisions and policies you don’t agree with. When you are the boss you will want the same respect.
- Entitlement—No one owes you anything. You actions and hard work will define your destiny.
- Good Days and Bad Days—If you go in knowing that for every bad day you have you will have an equal amount or more of the good days then things will be a lot easier. Promise.
- The Cards—No one really cares about the cards you have been dealt. They are looking to see how you are going to play the cards. Reaction is everything. Always keep your game face on.
- Love Your Career—Pick a career/job that you love, if you do that you will excel.
- Politics—It does not matter where you work or what you do, there will be office politics. They suck. Everyone hates them, but in order to be successful you have to suck it up and play the game. Simple as that.
- Paying Your Dues—Many think that “paying your dues” is something you do the first few years of your career. Not the case, every minute of every day in your career you are paying your dues. Respect is earned and once you have it’s a lot harder to keep.
- Stationery—Every gal deserves a suite of beautiful stationery. People like to hear from you the old fashioned way, stop and take a minute to send a letter; it is a simple way to make someone feel good.
Spoken by a worn out Marketing Director who secretly wants to design wedding dresses!
Launched in the Spring of 2010, Rowen’s vision was to provide women with beautiful, feminine shoes that were as comfortable as they were spectacular. As this vision was embraced by hundreds of women during Rowen’s launch season, you can now find Rowen shoes in many of America’s premiere boutiques.
Growing up in the fashion industry, designer Blake Vaigneur has combined his knowledge of fine footwear with his sense of ultra cool easy living to develop one of the most desired up-and-coming footwear lines in the industry. Blake produces his footwear in the finest factories in Brazil, a place where Italian and German immigrants have passed down their love and desire of the art of shoe-making.
Take a look at some of my favorites for this season…
TRUFFLE co-founders, Maria Harrington & Sarah Cusumano, are enamored with handbags. They love how they define us, how essential they are to the comings and goings of our lives. Yet, as functional as our stylish bags may seem from the outside, inevitably they evolve into a state of cluttered chaos on the inside. With a surprising lack of chic, utilitarian solutions in the marketplace for tidying up all we hold on to, all that we carry with us, the TRUFFLE brand was born.
A fresh and modern alternative, TRUFFLE is purposefully practical, embodying Maria & Sarah’s eclectic sensibility and personal style.
Maria’s instinctive fashion sense evolved through her time spent living in New York City, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. With a diverse business background including investment banking, business development for a major music label, and consulting for various entrepreneurial ventures, Maria brings a unique bi-coastal perspective to the TRUFFLE aesthetic. As a mother of two based in Denver, her bag collection was initially invaded by sippy cups and diapers only to now be filled with glitter pens and lacrosse balls.
Living between the San Francisco Bay Area and the beaches of Del Mar, Sarah’s style reflects a California-chic sophistication. Formerly a brand consultant who delivered strategy, positioning and sustainability solutions to her clients, Sarah brings branding expertise and a distinctive creative voice to the TRUFFLE brand. A mother of three, Sarah’s bag collection has been taken over by all-things-boy including Legos, swim goggles, and baseball mitts.
These versatile, see-through pouches are the perfect go-to for tidying up your tote. Your headphones will never again get tangled with your keys. Receipts from your recent shopping spree are refreshingly at your fingertips, and your iphone will survive a trip to the beach.
Check out how slick these pouches are…
It’s about packing for exotic destinations or a last minute getaway. Dashing from work for a night out with friends. Skipping to the park with your little ones on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Or scouring the farmers’ market for the freshest ingredients to make tonight’s dinner unforgettable. In every moment, they want their brand to make you feel delightfully confident, with hopes that TRUFFLE unexpectedly inspires you along the way…
I wonder what my husband would say if I told him I wanted to rip up all of our amazing hardwoods, scrap them and start over with a chevron pattern? I am pretty sure he would not say anything, there would be homicide … just a guess.
Take a look at some amazing flooring examples of the chevron pattern done right.
It seems that I (and every other lifestyle blogger in the universe) have a major girl crush on Sheridan French. I mean how can you not? She is so cute, has the best hair and runs an incredible label and blog! She is even adorable pregnant.
Design is in Sheridan French’s blood. Inspired by her great grandmother, Sheridan, age 12, created her first ball gown and has never looked back. Sheridan has pursued her passion for design while studying in Europe for a Masters degree, both modeling on the runway and designing her own collections. Sheridan then cemented her fashion credentials in Prada’s London Press Office. Can someone say, DREAM JOB!?
Now back in her home town of Fort Worth, Texas raising a family of her own, Sheridan’s lifelong dream of owning her own label was realized with the launch of Sheridan French, a chic line of womenswear that is a fusion of exceptional prints and classic, flawless design. Sheridan’s garments reflect her eye for gorgeous textiles and a fresh, artistic approach to fashion design in the twenty-first century. By combining unique, hand-woven prints with timeless lines, the Sheridan French brand encompasses a truly vibrant collection of wearable pieces that are undeniably fun, effortlessly chic and made with your lifestyle in mind.
Like I said before, not only does the have this great label, but she also runs an amazingly successful blog called The Southern Eclectic. My favorite part of her website is the “How I Wore It” section. Below are my true faves.
Hey Sheridan, wanna be friends?
I was over at one of my favorite blogs today, Snippet & Ink, and I found a post on these fabulous 50 fonts.
If you are like me, you are always looking for fun and new ways to create stationery and other documents that will put a unique spin on your project. I cannot tell you how many pieces of stationery I have designed in my head.
I can honestly say out of the 50 here I cannot pick a favorite, I love them all! Which ones are your favorites?
PS: If you have not been over to Snippet & Ink, I suggest you run not walk over, it is a very well done blog!
1. Aguas Frescas by Chank, $29
2. Ambassador Script by CanadaType, $70
3. Aphrodite Pro by Typesenses, $15
4. Attic by YouWorkForThem, $30
5. Aunt Mildred by MVB Fonts, $39
6. Baronessa by Juraj Chrastina, $39
7. Belinda by Mikas Melvas, $35
8. Belluccia by Correspondence Ink, $39
9. Bodoni At Home by Giuseppe Salerno, FREE
10. Bookeyed Suzanne by Tart Workshop, $30
11. Breathe by Lián Types, $20
12. Brioche by Jessica Hische, $79
13. Buttermilk by Jessica Hische, $49
14. Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime, $89
15. Cerise by Magpie Paper Works, $69
16. Channel by Mans Greback, FREE
17. Cheap Pine by Hannes von Döhren, $25
18. Chopin Script by Diogene, FREE
19. Cowboyslang by Hannes von Döhren, $30
20. Dear Sarah by Betatype, $119
21. Emily Lime by Emily Lime, $29
22. Fidelia Script by Melle Diete, $50
23. Gelateria by Flat-it, $20
24. Guadalupe by Latinotype, $29
25. Harmony by YouWorkForThem, $20
26. HoneyBee by Laura Worthington, $27
27. Jacob Riley by Magpie Paper Works, $32
28. Jane Austen by Pia Frauss, FREE
29. Jeeves by Red Rooster, $79
30. Lavandería by Lost Type Co-op, FREE
31. LiebeErika by LiebeFonts, $30
32. Mary Read by Melle Diete, $45
33. Matilde by Type Depot, FREE
34. Mishka by Fenotype, $30
35. Muncie by Lost Type Co-op, FREE
36. Nelly Script by Tart Workshop, $39
37. Packard Old Style by Red Rooster, $60
38. Parfumerie Script by Typesenses, $30
39. Respective by Mans Greback, FREE
40. Saissant by Magpie Paper Works, $54
41. Saltpetre by Magpie Paper Works, $32
42. Samantha Script by Laura Worthington, $29
43. Sudestada by Sudtipos, $59
44. Sympathique Pro by Canada Type, $30
45. Trithart by Emma Trithart, $25
46. Vermandois by Magpie Paper Works, $76
47. Verner by Fenotype, $35
48. Victoria by Eric Carlson, $25
49. Weingut by FaceType, $12
50. Wisdom Script by Lost Type Co-op, FREE