It’s been quite a few months since i last wrote a TFL post! With the Courses having ended just yesterday, i’m back to my normal routine, working on the shop and the new websites. The whole experience was wonderful, and the response, simply mind-blowing. We are in the talks of having more regular courses, instead… Read more »

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It’s been quite a few months since i last wrote a TFL post! With the Courses having ended just yesterday, i’m back to my normal routine, working on the shop and the new websites. The whole experience was wonderful, and the response, simply mind-blowing. We are in the talks of having more regular courses, instead of a six month period and perhaps repeating the one that just took place.
There was this topic that i talked about in the Courses; the importance of editing. I’ve been wanting to write a TFL about it for months now, so today felt like the perfect day. You can call this editing, toning down, revision-ing, any way you like it. The beautiful and important art of editing, is how i call it.
To be quite honest with you, i haven’t realised until recently, just how important it is to get rid of your clutter. Let me take this from the very beginning. Designers usually get all these crazy ideas and concepts, don’t know where to begin from, end up using too many or all of the concepts in one. I was always one to work on numerous revisions on anything i worked on, but never really saw it as an opportunity to declutter. Keep just the important stuff, leave the rest out. And that, was until i started working on my shop.
Not sure if that’s just only me, but i get excited and i want to work on this, and that, and then add a little of that, and perhaps some of that. Working on the shop for such a long time now, has given me time to actually realise, that in the end, the best of your work is when you remove, not add. And this, has been my newest motto. On anything i think is finalised, i go back, and simply remove what i won’t miss if it’s not there. Making me design with purpose, that turns into beauty.
This whole new year feels so much more light and meaningful, i think this is the first time i feel a year taking such a drastic change. Perhaps this vibe shows in the way i design now, but boy it really feels liberating!

Never before had i thought of this topic to be interesting. I mean it obviously is interesting, but i always thought that writing a post about attracting dream clients was stating the obvious. Having received a couple of emails the past month about that very subject i thought that some of you would be interested in… Read more »

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Never before had i thought of this topic to be interesting. I mean it obviously is interesting, but i always thought that writing a post about attracting dream clients was stating the obvious. Having received a couple of emails the past month about that very subject i thought that some of you would be interested in how i’m handling this matter.
Most of the emails and questions i’m receiving ask me about wether i email potential clients or how do i market myself. For every since i can remember myself, i was so embarrassed with anything that had to with promoting myself or feeling pushy. I never want to feel like a burden or ask for attention – i’m way too shy for it.

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“There is no rest for the wicked” Right on point isn’t it? Creative souls never rest, they are never satisfied (although sometimes a bit) and they never stop pushing forwards. This post is for you guys. You’ve made it, you’re living your dream, doing what you’re supposed to do, but what’s next? Freelancing is just the… Read more »

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“There is no rest for the wicked”
Right on point isn’t it? Creative souls never rest, they are never satisfied (although sometimes a bit) and they never stop pushing forwards. This post is for you guys. You’ve made it, you’re living your dream, doing what you’re supposed to do, but what’s next? Freelancing is just the very first step.
Although for some, planning far ahead can be stressful, it’s crucial for your sanity and moreover for your inspiration and creativity. Is freelance the one thing that i want to do for the rest of my life? Personally, i know that once i conquer one thing, i must move on to the big next. Being easily bored since birth, things need to always be exciting around me. The fact itself that i’ve been freelance designing for the last years, says a lot about how much i love what i do.

 

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This post is something less than a freelance post of me giving you small tips and insights. I would say it’s mostly a personal or even a therapy post… is something like that even exists. I wonder how many of you freelance designers have been experiencing stress. I bet a lot. And if you’re wondering… Read more »

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This post is something less than a freelance post of me giving you small tips and insights. I would say it’s mostly a personal or even a therapy post… is something like that even exists. I wonder how many of you freelance designers have been experiencing stress. I bet a lot. And if you’re wondering if it ever goes away, oh boy, it never does.
There are always things to be stressed about and i can imagine each freelancer has hers / his reasons. For me lately it has been that i’m pushing enough myself, but feeling that i’m not pushing enough myself. So odd, i cannot even put it into words. From one side i feel that there’s a lot of things to handle at the same time while expanding, and from the other, that i’m not doing much.
I’ve sat hours thinking how to make this post useful to you, how to give you a tip if your experiencing stress that gets under your skin but each case is unique. One thing that helps me out, is shutting my laptop and with it every thought i have of work when evening comes. My rules are clear, don’t think about work, don’t think about anything that stresses you out, and if you do while you go to sleep, start thinking about cats and unicorns!

 

Very often, i’ve been asked how i make it through being a freelancer and managing my own schedule. Even more often i hear a response like: “I would be intimidated to stay all day in bed” or “I would be distracted all the time”. Well honestly, it has it’s ups and downs. Bad organisation leads me to… Read more »

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Very often, i’ve been asked how i make it through being a freelancer and managing my own schedule. Even more often i hear a response like: “I would be intimidated to stay all day in bed” or “I would be distracted all the time”. Well honestly, it has it’s ups and downs. Bad organisation leads me to work for up to 12 hours in a day, and still feeling that my day was not productive at all.
Being your own boss is the best and.. a stressful thing. From one side, you think you can do anything you want to – and when you master your organisation skills you can -. But on the other side, you’re running your own business, there are more responsibilities, more pressure and stress than being just an employee. As a result, you can get trapped into your own schedule, become an employee to yourself.

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What us creatives struggle with mostly, is pushing our creativity, constantly feeling the urge to create new things, trying out new styles, staying fresh, being different, standing out. Well, i totally feel you if you struggling from times to times. It really does put quite some pressure on our shoulders. Although the best trick is to… Read more »

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What us creatives struggle with mostly, is pushing our creativity, constantly feeling the urge to create new things, trying out new styles, staying fresh, being different, standing out. Well, i totally feel you if you struggling from times to times. It really does put quite some pressure on our shoulders.

Although the best trick is to just stay true to yourself as i always say, sometimes, this is just not enough. You get tangled in your routine and it doesn’t feel right. A thing about me -that somehow i’m lucky about this- is that i get bored easily. I have to change styles all the time, i have to try different things, and i have to be working on different projects. But it’s not always easy to just reset your mind, reset your creativity and have new different ideas all the time.

My process to “reset” my brain and start thinking outside the box changes from times to times, which is why i keep updating this topic on the freelance life. Here’s what has been working for me lately.

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I’ve been postponing posts around here for just a bit, as i’ve been waiting for the new layout. But since the job will be done early next week, i thought i’d share a quick “story” with you. There’s already a post in the freelance life series not from a while ago, but i feel there… Read more »

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I’ve been postponing posts around here for just a bit, as i’ve been waiting for the new layout. But since the job will be done early next week, i thought i’d share a quick “story” with you.
There’s already a post in the freelance life series not from a while ago, but i feel there was one thing that i didn’t speak about. Self doubt is something that can easily bring down a creative, something that i’ve already mentioned i’ve suffered from a lot before.
We’re planning a small trip to Bulgary this winter with the family and i haven’t hopped on a snowboard for ages. My feet feel like jelly even thinking about it! What i’ve been reminding myself, is just to let loose and go with the flow. Enjoy the ride, feel that i own it. Those who have been doing a sport, skiing, snowboarding, or even just riding a bike, probably know how you just go with your feeling. Now think that you’re going with a high speed. What’s the safest thing to do? Own it, right? Feel confident.
The minute you doubt yourself, the minute you doubt your feet or your actions, that’s the minute that you loose it and fail. It was interesting how that feeling, clearly reminded me being a designer. Riding in a high speed, and the only way to make it, is believing in your powers blindly, and not for a second think otherwise. Otherwise, you fall down.
The whole thing sounded definitely more wise in my head, but i hope you get what i’m thinking here