cheers Hi, friends! I feel like I haven't checked in with ya in FOREVER. I've been designing my buns off, yo. I've been putting A LOT of energy into growing the graphic design part of my business. Maybe all of my energy. In fact, towards the end of the summer I took a step back from all of my collaborations. Blog sponsorships, collabs with friends, everything. I wanted to launch these services and nothin' was gonna stop me, ya hear!

Now that everything has officially launched - woot woot! - I'm able to take a step back and take a breath. Phew. I've also been able to reserve a little bit of energy for collaborations. Cuz I love a good collab. Working with people I love and contributing to something I truly believe in is one of the major reasons I started doing this blog thang to begin with. If a project is awesome and exciting, I always want to have enough energy (and time) to say YES.

That said, I recently started doing a little collabin'. I'm so thrilled to be featured on Starr Struck earlier this week. Mary Catherine Starr is an amazing artist and blogger, y'all. Plus she had some great questions for me :) check out the interview here!

Next, I'm SO honored to be over on The Artful Desperado today. Gab is truly one of my favorite bloggers out there. So pop over to his blog for a visit and check out my latest art crush, k? Oh it's a goodie. I definitely put on my art history hat for this one... check it.

Aaand. Last but not least. I'm participating in a crazy awesome project with Isn't everything the gals do crazy awesome? I love them. Anyhoo, stay tuned for more deets about this project. All I can say right now is they sent me a box FULL of goodies. Dudes. There was a mini disco ball. I mean, come on.

Cheers to working together to create amazing things. And big hugs to everyone I work with through blogging and designing. Without you I'd be one sad little worker bee.

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do-what-you-want For my blog happiness project, February was all about reaching out to brands I love. I definitely started that one early, I'm such a happiness project cheater. I was just so excited!

I’ve collaborated with some really amazing brands over the last few months. Big hugs and numerous thank yous to these companies and shops. I lurve them all.

I've learned a lot from the collaboration process... With the right brand, collaborating is so fun, the inspiration comes easily, and I want to shout from the rooftop (aka twitter) that I'm working with them. Good collabs are magical and reaffirm my love for this blogging game.

But what about when brands aren't quite the right fit? Well that's not as fun. If you're feeling unsure about working with a brand - well that's kind of your answer right there, doubt means don't! If you're still unsure, consider these questions: Is this a brand I'd normally share with my readers? Would I be excited to collaborate with them for free? Would I be excited to collaborate for 3x what they're offering me? Those questions usually help me reach an answer.

I've learned that nothing is worth compromising that trust you have with your readers... and absolutely nothing is worth compromising your integrity and your vision for your blog. Sometimes the brand just isn't the right fit. There are plenty of other brands to work with and plenty of other blogs that will be a better fit for them.

I've definitely rushed into a few collabs due to sheer excitement and quickly realized: waaaait a minute, this doesn't feel right. But I already said yes... this is when I force myself to be a grown up and write a very nice I'm-sorry-but-actually-no email (following all these tips). I'm sure these collaborations would be fine, but they wouldn't move my blog in the direction I want to go in and that's important to me.

Finding the right brand fit is a lot like dating, huh? You have certain expectations and you don't want to disappoint anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. But in my experience, I know right away whether or not it's a good fit. The way I feel when I first start reading that email pitch is a surefire sign of whether or not it's the right match. Usually if you're feeling uncomfortable, there's a reason you're feeling uncomfortable. Pay attention to those feelings. They know.

How do you feel about brand collaborations? Have you ever said yes when you wish you would've said no way, José?


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link up. be happy.

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