As much as I like the Undo feature on my computer, there is nothing I dislike more than physically having to erase something on paper. Although I don’t often find myself writing in pencil, I still have that same aversion today. I don’t know what it is… perhaps the mess of tiny shavings it leaves behind, or the fact that it doesn’t entirely remove the paper markings, or maybe it’s that attached erasers never last as long as the pencil itself. I wonder, though, do any of you still use pencils? If so, are you the type to erase OR do you prefer to tear the page out, crumble it and start over?
Every so often, I get a project that is outside my usual line of work… and I love it! I like a change in pace, and I find it refreshing to design something a little bit different. One of the collaterals I helped VECCS create for their 2019 IVECCS Symposium was cohesive branded artwork for their event app. I have minimal experience designing app graphics, but they provided me with the specs I needed to create banners and screens that seamlessly matched the event’s theme.
It may sound strange, but when I was about 11 years old, I would watch an infomercial over and over again because I loved the music. It was for a Dick Clark’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Era CD set. The commercial was very long, and it featured samples of the songs from each CD with commentary from Mr. Clark himself. I must have watched that infommercial 1,000 times. What can I say… I’ve always loved the oldies! I’m not sure where my passion for the music of the ’50s and ’60s came from. Yet, I’m confident it was unusual for a ’90s kid to be singing along to songs like “Rockin’ Robin,” “Earth Angel” or “Johnny B. Goode.” I’m just thankful for my awesome family that let me be me. And today, I still enjoy listening to all those songs. How about you? Do you like the oldies?
I’ve never been one to follow trends, especially not when it comes to my work. I like to design pieces that reflect my client and their business, and not just what’s in style at the moment. My ears are apparently the same way. They also don’t like to follow the crowd. I recently discovered that I’m the ONE person on the planet who can’t wear Apple AirPods. They hurt my ears terribly! Fortunately, I was able to find other wireless earbuds on Amazon that work great with an iPhone. They are very comfortable and also much more affordable—not as cute, but not bad looking either. How about you? Are you part of the 99.99% of people who can wear AirPods?
When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter? Personally, it’s been years since I’ve written anything in my own handwriting longer than a shopping list. I love the feel of a keyboard more than I do a pencil. However, I’ll admit that I get a little jolt of excitement when clients include a handwritten note in the mail they send me. It really is a dying art, and yet I understand why people don’t really do it that much anymore…because DMs exist! Ha! How about you, do you still put pen to paper?
Don’t carry other people’s baggage.
Everyone has baggage and struggles in their life. Some people try to deal with theirs by putting them on you. Don’t take them! Don’t let others make you feel bad, guilty, or insecure about things that have more to do with them than with you.
Give yourself a sticker!
If you have to-do lists—like me—then add these three items to your list: Get out of bed, pee, and love your family. After you check those three things off, anything above and beyond gets you a sticker!
Focus on the good.
Not every day is good, but there is something good in every day. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for what you do. Stop being so hard on yourself over what you didn’t get done, and celebrate what you did accomplish, no matter how small!
If you have a chance to see Kristina Kuzmic live, definitely do! Her show is fun, thought-provoking, interactive and 100% entertaining. Have a great week!!!