This week went by insanely fast + I'm grateful for the new opportunities I've been able to be busy with. I am loving the dark, rich tones in the vibe board this week- the concept with doing these boards is that I go about my week pinning what ever I want and by the end I have organically created a mood. The notes of reds, blushes, + creams really stand out against the heavy blacks. I am drawn to the aspect of solitude in these images and how it's noted subtly via details like closed eyes, clasped hands and facing away from the viewer.
I've been taking an online course for the last two weeks (more info about the class in the Atelier section) and one of the books I'm reading is The E Myth by Michael E. Gerber. This book is hitting all the notes I've been dealing with lately as a small business owner. I know it will be a book I can read through again and again through my life and find new facets that speak to me. So far, learning about the three aspects of the business owner, the Entrepreneur, the Manger, and the Technician, have made me rethink who I am as a creative and what parts of business I thrive at.
I watched Kumiko the Treasure Hunter after perusing my local movie rental store (oh, Portland, you are just adorable). Rinko Kikuchi caught my interest when I saw her in Brothers Bloom and I was really happy when I found this moving since she actually speaks in it. I valued the way the director featured Kumiko's depression and jadedness while living in Japan- it felt authentic and real, especially when paired with the wonderful set direction of her apartment. The overall story is interesting, Kumiko finds a hidden copy of Fargo and then sets out to find the treasure from it- all the way to North Dakota, during the winter time no less. Rinko is fantastic and I just learned that actor who played the deputy trying to help her was also the director, which could had been terrible but was actually well done.
Alright. I was never a One Direction fan. And I'm not really a Zayn fan. I just really like the editing + effects in this video and damn, if this song isn't catchy to boot. (I am, however, a Gigi Hadid fan).
A few months back I watched Hilary Rushford's free webinar "How to Get Paid To Be Creative" and really clicked with what she was saying. At the end of the webinar she pitched her newest online course, Elegant Excellence. The concept of EE is "less hustle, more grace". Basically, trying to find the white space, or time off, or less hours, or what have you, that will make you and your business thrive. The foundation of her course is for you to tap into discovering what it is about you and your business that you love and what do you need to be able to keep growing- WITHOUT going crazy in the process. I know this isn't a one-stop-shop course, I have to put in the work to see the results, so I'm hoping I can continue to use the worksheets, books, and videos over the next years to really evaluate what I need to keep me and my businesses thriving.
(Also, you can see a fun calendar I made for my other company Birds N Bones Jewelry to share with my business partner to keep us on track for some fun launches we've got in store).