After a much needed break I am ready for 2012! The new year always sparks a sense of inspiration in me and this year instead of picking one resolution for 2012 I decided to make a 30 before 30 list of both professional and personal goals. This works out well since my birthday is on New Years Eve.
01 // create an inspiring studio space at home – in progress
02 // website/blog makeover – in progress
03 // create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
04 // travel to Austin or San Francisco
05 // more tangible artwork
06 // learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
07 // read more books
08 // create a stationery and art print line and online shop
09 // use camera in manual mode more than auto
10 // serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
11 // design and send out Christmas cards
12 // refinish living room table
13 // explore new places in Boston
14 // more DIY projects
15 // week-long camping trip
16 // visit Salem during October/Halloween
17 // guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
18 // buy another lens for my camera
19 // visit Boston Harbor Islands
20 // host a fabulous dinner party
21 // create a regular exercise program
22 // update my design portfolio
take a self-portrait Done.
24 // go ice skating
try a “what I wore” post – BBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy and more to come!
26 // learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
27 // leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
28 // one date night a month
throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFF – Inspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth
30 // less online time
In the coming months I will be sharing with you my progress, along with lots of other DIY projects, photography, home decor, arts and crafts, inspired living and all things graphic design! It’s going to be a busy year but I can’t wait! ♥ Ciera
Yesterday was my parents first Christmas back in their house since hurricane Katrina so it was extra special to be back there! My dad was sick in bed the whole day so that was not ideal but overall it was a great day. And look at what an awesome job my mom did decorating and cooking!
I’ve always loved when bloggers show a peek into their bags soooo I have decided to share mine! The items in my bag change daily but here’s what was in there when I dumped it this time. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my bag!
1/ Magazines from the coffee shop
2/ Tide to go (always spilling my coffee)
3/ Spare contacts
4/ Reusable bag
5/ Notebook (for ideas and sketching)
6/ Mints (my grandma sent me these Bourbon Street ones)
7/ Pens (always a bunch in there)
8/ iphone (still rocking the 3Gs)
9/ Wallet, business cards and T card
10/ Golden Half camera
11/ Hair clip and bobby pins (hate when my hair gets in my face)
12/ Umbrella (like to be prepared)
13/ Keys (and lots of discount/member cards)
14/ Chapstick and lipgloss (usually have a million in here but Burt’s Bees Pomegranate and Clinique Juicy Apple are my faves)
So, what’s in your bag?
I am thankful for my family, the ones who love me unconditionally… for my boyfriend… coffee… my education… photography… my health… yummy food. I’m thankful that I get to do what I love for a living…
I’m thankful for blogging and the internet… everyday I am excited to find and post the things that inspire me. There is so much talent out there that challenges me to try new things and make new connections…
Thankful for friends… new and old… when I decided to move last year some people told me that moving from the friendly South to the unsociable Northeast was going to be hard. Boston is known to be a less social city of people who find it inappropriate to say hello to strangers and ignore their neighbors. But I am happy to report that those people were wrong! I have really enjoyed meeting a ton of new, awesome people that I now call friends!
… then there are my two best friends in the world who have been around for 16 years of fun, laughs, cries, support, adventures, inspiration, traveling, ideas, parties, serious times and silly times… needless to say, I am VERY thankful for those girls! And without further ado, a few photos of my BFFs and I…
Thanks to everyone who inspires me, encourages me and pushes me to become a better and more creative person! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!
Saw this on Our.City.Lights (and lot’s of the other blogs I follow) and decided I would join in the fun!
A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathroom.
“D’ya like dags?
Oh, dogs. Sure, I like dags. I like caravans more.”
(first thing that popped into my head when I read this)
E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast and coffee, otherwise I am cranky.
F. Favorite color: Kelly green
G. Gold or Silver: I like both, depends on the day but I guess I’m in a gold phase right now.
H. Height: 5’3″
I. Instruments you play: NOT musically talented, I took piano and violin lessons when I was little but those did not last long.
J. Job title: Freelance graphic designer
K. Kids: One day
L. Live: Living in Boston since December
M. Mother’s name: Cecilia, the reason my name starts with a C
N. Nicknames: Era, Ce, Hungry, Holzie
O. Overnight hospital stays: No overnighters
P. Pet peeves: People who are not aware of personal space and when people stop in the middle of a doorway/path etc.
Q. Quote from a movie: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.”
R. Right or left handed: Righty. Funny story: My sister (who is a lefty) and I both swear that my dad used to be left handed and we made him switch to a righty. My parents have NO idea what we are talking about.
S. Siblings: 1 little sis. Jasmine.
T. Tattoos: I like them on other people, but I don’t have any.
U. Underwear: Yes, I wear them.
V. Vegetable you hate: I never choose to eat brussel sprouts but I wouldn’t say I hate them. I love all vegetables!
W. What makes you run late: Not enough sleep.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: I had my hand x-rayed once, it randomly hurt for a year… never figured out why, but I’m glad that stopped.
Y. Yummy food that you make: I like to make red beans and rice but my boyfriend has taken over most of the cooking because he is WAY better at it.
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes make me laugh.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. If you join in, post a link in the comments so I can read your A-Zs! Photo by Zander White.
I ♥ good mail days. Last week I got a surprise gift from my sister… a pair of fleece lined tights! I can not wait to try them out. I really think they are going to be life changing, like she wrote on the package. I also received some free cards from Moo and Etsy that I will be using as thank you notes for my etsy shop. Even though the reason for the next item is not great, I did receive my new TomTom that same day (my first one was stolen after having it for only a month).
If you follow this Moo link you get 10% off your first order!
The Young Leadership Council (YLC) is a non-profit organization created to develop leadership and generate a positive impact on the quality of life in the New Orleans region through volunteer-created community projects.
When I joined the YLC in March of 2009, I wanted to get involved in something to help the city I love. I imagined that I would be working with a program like Park It, a beautification program that works to clean up neighborhood parks. As a designer, I stare at a computer screen all day – I wanted to get outside and get my hands dirty.
Once I became a member, project leaders started contacting me to help with their design and marketing needs. Over the past year, I have teamed up with numerous projects of the YLC in order to help them effectively communicate to their audiences by creating sales tools, invitations, signage and web graphics. Some of the projects that I have worked with are: A Streetcar Named Inspire, Where Ya’ Rack, Role Models Gala and One Book, One New Orleans.
My role as a YLC volunteer has not been at all what I imagined it would be, but so much more! I really enjoy being involved in so many projects and working with so many great people who have the same love for New Orleans. I have still not gotten my hands dirty, but I am thrilled that I have been able to share my talents with such a great group of people and for a great cause! View some of my YLC work.
Photograph by Zander White | Photography