just keep creating My goal for December is to build up my graphic design portfolio. Collect my faves from the past few months and maybe create a few new amaaaazing graphics specifically for the 'folio.

Well here's the thing, creating with the portfolio in mind - the collection of your VERY BEST work ever - totally trips me up. I can't work that way. Thinking about the end result before a project even starts is, clearly, not the way to get the creative juju flowing.

I've been reading Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist (I know, I think I'm the last creative person on the planet to read this). SUCH a great read. As soon as I finished the last page, it hit me:

Everything you're feeling is okay... and valid... and others have felt this way, too.

Just keep going.

All the doubt (do I really have what it takes...), all the frustration (it seemed so much cooler in my head, now what?)... all the insecurity (does anyone else do it this way?) - it's all okay, it's all valid, and every creative person experiences these thoughts in some form or another.

The key is to keep creating. Everyday. Accept that those thoughts and feelings will be there - and, honestly, who cares if they are? We're in the arena, livin' our dream. And that's way more important than whether or not something is portfolio-worthy.

P.S. I do about 95% of my creative work in that beanie :)

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believe that Being interviewed on All Things Beautiful last week made me realize how far the Be Happy linkup has come. Next month marks the one year anniversary! Wowza. That's 52 posts about happiness on my blog alone! With all of the wonderful bloggers who've joined in, that's like hundreds of happiness posts put out into the universe. High five, ladies. I think a major celebration is in order, yes?

My blog happiness project has taken me on quite the journey. My hope for this project was to learn all I could, grow artsocial into a professional blog, and by the end have a solid idea of where I'd like to go next. I've always wanted to expand artsocial into something more, something bigger...

Guys. I think I've found my next step. Eep!

I'm oh so excited to announce I'll soon be offering some veeerrry special graphic design services. As many of you know, I've been working with the always amazing Tiffany Han as her blog manager, creating her blog graphics, program banners, and working on other awesome projects (like glitter photo shoots!). Very very soon I'll be offering such services to YOU. Woot woot!

I'm so thrilled to start helping more creative entrepreneurs with their blogs. Designing / curating posts is the part of blogging I've fallen in love with... so that's what I'm focusing on. After all, that's the secret to happiness, right? Do more of what you love and less of what you don't love... could it really be that simple?? YES. Believe that.

I can't wait to share more about my new services! More details coming soon. Like real soon.

It’s Thursday and that means a whole gang of rad bloggers are talking about happiness! Join the movement below, on facebook, and on twitter with #BeHappylinkup!


Image by artsocial.

Welcome to the table

I really loved this quote I found on the always fabulous swissmiss...

“There’s something sacred about reading a blog post on someone else’s site. It’s like visiting a friend’s house for a quick meal ’round the breakfast table. It’s personal — you’re in their space, and the environment is uniquely suited for idea exchange and uninterrupted conversation. In many ways, we should be treating our blogs like our breakfast tables. Be welcoming & gracious when you host, and kind & respectful when visiting.” – Trent Walton

Welcome to my breakfast table, friends. Everything bagels and chai ok? Maybe some bacon...

image via this delicious tumblr.