The studio

Happy Friday!

How has your first week of the new year been? Hope you’re all feeling positive and upbeat about what this year could bring. I do love this time of year (controversial, I know). Lots of women in my family have birthdays in January (including me), so theres always lots more fun ahead to beat those winter blues. I also love January because it’s a good time for a clear out and a cleanse, I’ve been having a big sort out in the studio and I’m all ready for 2016! My head is bursting with new design ideas and I can’t wait to keep being creative.

This week, I added a touch of tropical to my desk to brighten the place up. As you may have heard it has done nothing but rain and rain in Yorkshire but  finally today the sun shone, hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

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The Start

So here it is, the start of something new at the end of another year.

At this time of the season we all start reflecting on our plans and dreams and what we may have achieved in the past year. Well, I have been freelancing full time now since August. I have been wanting to sort out my blog for ages, but as every good designer knows creativity takes a lot of time, which leads me into why I decided to take the leap into self employment. Some people think it’s crazy to throw in the towel on a full time design job, especially when jobs are so hard to grab at the moment. I felt like my life was one big rush, the constant demands, deadlines and workload meant I couldn’t fully enjoy the work I was churning out and I actually started to doubt my creative ability. Don’t get me wrong I’m not scared of hard work but alarm bells were ringing, once you start to lose passion for your passion, then something definitely needs to change. I could feel my positivity draining away from me and I knew that no two week holiday in the sun would make it alright.

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So, being freelance means full creative freedom which in short is what designing is all about. It’s hard to be free as a creative when you feel constrained by society, when those strings are released the work flows so much easier and in turn you are happier. So here we are, freelancing again and feeling very positive about what the new year brings.

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