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30 Before 30 // Goals Achieved

Okay, so today is my 30th birthday (gulp) and it’s time for my 30 before 30 review! I feel like I fell off towards the end of the year, especially with the move back to New Orleans. That was pretty distracting and made some of the items on my list impossible. But over all I am proud of myself and think I accomplished a lot during my last year in my 20′s. 

01 create an inspiring studio space at home. My space in Boston was really coming along but now I’m starting over again in New Orleans.

02 website/blog makeover Done. However I have more updates planned for 2013!

03 create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work. I have been taking most weekends off and taking vacations when needed but still finding it difficult to know when to stop working in the evenings, there is always something more to do! Kind of done.

04 travel to Austin or San Francisco. I was home in New Orleans for almost all of January and then again in April for a wedding and then moved back in August so I didn’t make it to either of these places. BUT my two best friends and I are planning a road trip in 2013 from San Fransisco to Seattle!

05 more tangible artwork. Combined this with number 14, kinda the same right?

06 learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content. Done. I have been writing more design based posts, personal adventures and unique content like recipes and DIYs and Advice.

07 read more books. Fail.

08 create a stationery and art print line and online shop. I added a few things to my Etsy shop but have not created a full line yet.

09 use camera in manual mode more than auto. A bit but not as much as I wanted.

10 serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe. I sold on Ebay, had a garage sale and donated a lot. I also purchased some things I am really happy with!

11 design and send out Christmas cards. Done!

12 refinish living room table. Decided not to do this. It is in the “man cave” now and doesn’t need to be redone.

13 explore new places in Boston Done. I explored some new places, mostly restaurants and bars, of course.

14 more DIY projects. Done.

15 week-long camping trip. Nope, this one will have to do for 2012.

16 visit Salem during October/Halloween. Moved back to New Orleans before October = fail.

17 guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers. Totally rocked this one! Among many guest post this year I did a 4 part series for Alt’s blog and now have some lovely contributors here on my blog! Can’t wait to continue collaborating on 2013!

18 buy another lens for my camera. I bought a Wacom Tablet instead. New lens is on the list again for 2013.

19 visit Boston Harbor Islands. I am really sad about this one and can’t believe I never made it. Fail.

20 host a fabulous dinner party. We have friends over for dinner all of the time. While the meals are always wonderful, I still want to throw a special dinner party.

21 create a regular exercise program. Fail

22 update my design portfolio. I did add a few new projects but in 2013 I am doing a full overhaul.

23 take a self-portrait. Done. I have decided I don’t really like it though and want to do more.

24 go ice skating. Moved back to New Orleans = fail. I have been before but wanted to go again!

25 try a “what I wore” post. Done. BBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy // Leopard Print and Crochet // New Orleans Fashion Week // Sister Style

26 learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills. Zander is pretty much just the master in the kitchen so I’m just leave this one alone.

27 leave the house more. (easier said than done when working from home) I am somehow not sure if I have accomplished this one or not.

28 one date night a month. JAN skipped, FEB Aquitaine, MAR The Hunger Games, APR wedding, MAY Rancid & Radiohead, JUNE Cooking Show, JULY Red Sox game & Aquarium, AUG Moonrise Kingdom… so we did pretty good until we moved home…

29 throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFF Done. You can see the details here: Inspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth

30 less online time. Fail.

 

What you think, I did pretty good huh? I don’t think I am going to create such an extensive list for 2013. I feel like too many things change throughout the year and it is better to adapt a list as things progress. My main focus for 2013 is going to be my business; refining my process, working with the perfect clients, designing products for my Etsy shop, working with an accountant, producing an e-course and lots of other things to get my business where I want it!

 

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Branding and Blog Updates

I am so so so happy to share my new branding and blog design with you guys today! It’s been a slow process but is finally live and I’m loving it! I have been incorporating my new colors and fonts into my posts for a few weeks now, but finally got the final push out! I have also updated my Twitter and Facebook pages to keep my brand consistent. I’m sure there are still a few more things that I missed but it will all get done with time! Another thing crossed off of my 30 before 30 list! If you are in a reader click out and let me know what you think!

I ordered some new stickers and business cards will come next!

Ciera Design Moo Stickers

What do you guys think? Any suggestions to make my site easier for you to navigate?

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Exploring the Weekend Away

It was a long weekend for me since the Boston Marathon was yesterday. Zander, along with most of the city had off of work, so we totally look advantage! We had an amazing weekend of wandering the Charles River & Harvard Square, cooking & eating awesome meals, drinking beer & mojitos and sleeping late. How was your weekend?

Exploring Instagrams

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30 Before 30 // Three Month Update

It has been three months since I wrote my 30 before 30 list of professional and personal goals. Let’s see how I am doing so far!

green = done
yellow = in progress, there are lots of items that I will not mark as “done” until the end of the year
orange = hope to do soon or need to wait for a certain time of year
gray = probably not happening this year

 

01 create an inspiring studio space at home
I would say that my space is getting there. It’s kind of a mess right now because I have everything spread out on the floor to organize and put back away. You can see a snapshot of my desk and I’ll be posting some more workspace photos this month!

02 website/blog makeover
Some small updates have been made here and there. I’ll write a full blog post on the updates soon.

03 create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
I have been taking most weekends off of work but finding it difficult to know when to stop working in the evenings, there is always something more to do! Anyone have a suggestion for this?

04 travel to Austin or San Francisco
I was home in New Orleans for almost all of January and am heading home again for a wedding. I think that may be all my travel budget allows this year, but you never know…

05 more tangible artwork
Need to combine this with number 14, kinda the same right?

06 learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
Would you say I’m succeeding here? I have been writing more design based posts, personal adventures and unique content like recipes and DIYs.

07 read more books
Have not read a book yet this year, sad. Any suggestions?

08 create a stationery and art print line and online shop
I added a few things to my Etsy shop but have not created a new line yet.

09 use camera in manual mode more than auto
Have used in manual a few times but not totally into it yet, disappointing since I studied photography in college.

10 serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
Selling a few things on Ebay and donated a lot. I need to do a little more purging.

11 design and send out Christmas cards
I should probably start now

12 refinish living room table
I got used to it and not sure it is even worth refinishing

13 explore new places in Boston
Yep, I have explored some new places, mostly restaurants and bars, of course. Once the weather warms up for good I hope to explore more of the outdoors!

14 more DIY projects
I have done two DIY posts this year and have more coming!

15 week-long camping trip
Need warm weather, although it was unbearably hot the last trip. Need to find an island with shade.

16 visit Salem during October/Halloween

17 guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
I had a guest post on Erin’s blog and have been submitting some ideas around the blogosphere…

18 buy another lens for my camera
I also want a Wacom Tablet now, I can’t decide which one to get first

19 visit Boston Harbor Islands
Once the Ferry is running, I’m there!

20 host a fabulous dinner party
We have friends over for dinner all of the time. While the meals are always wonderful, I want to throw a special dinner party.

21 create a regular exercise program
Have done a few random On Demand videos but that’s about it

22 update my design portfolio

23 take a self-portrait
Done. I have decided I don’t really like it though and want to do more.

24 go ice skating

25 try a “what I wore” post
Done! I have two “What I Wore” posts so far this year (BBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy) and think they are really fun, have you guys enjoyed them?

26 learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
Zander is pretty much just the master in the kitchen so I may just leave this one alone

27 leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
I have been walking to run errands, doing okay with this

28 one date night a month
Skipped January since we were not together for most of it. February went to Aquitaine and March went to a movie.

29 throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFF
Done! You can see some detail here: Inspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth

30 less online time
Totally failing on this one.

Not too much green on the list but what do y’all think??

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What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

A day in the French Quarter with my sister for some eating, shopping and wandering… getting to play tourist in your home town is always so much fun! This is my favorite dress right now, I have to hold back from wearing it everyday. It’s so comfortable and I love that it is black and white so it matches with everything!

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy // Detail

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

Dress – H&M // Tights – Urban Outfitters // Purse – H&M // Boots - Ariat via Rue La La // Necklace – borrowed from my sister // Sunglasses – Ray-Ban Cockpit Aviator

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy // Outake

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy // Outake

While in New Orleans, I was lucky to have my sis to take these photos, and I took some of her that you can see on her beautiful blog! * I know, I know, I was in New Orleans in December and January… you could say I am a little behind in getting this post up…

 

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Self Portrait. Done.

Another item crossed off of my 30 before 30 list! I took this photo when the sun was shinning bright on my back porch.

Self Portrait 2

Self portrait is also today’s February photo a day challenge prompt. You can follow along on instagram, facebook or flickr.

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