Now that summer has kicked into high gear & high temperatures,
i wanted to share some of my favorite summer goodies.
• calligraphy by Tucci Cursive •
Hi everyone! I'm beyond thrilled to finally share our new website with you. It has been many, many months in the making. The design, the interviewing of developers, the photography, the writing and just all of the details.
Back in 2006 when my first website was launched for The Pink Orange, there was no blog. Then, when it was redesigned in 2010/2011, I added a blog back in. It was a regularly attended to piece of the website and I wholeheartedly enjoyed it. Free printables, free desktop designs, lots of new work and just basically anything I felt I wanted the world to see. I realized how much time blogging truly was and I was loosing my momentum and passion for consistent content, so I had my developer disable it.
Once I started working on what I wanted to include on this new website, I realized how much I missed sharing little goodies with everyone. So, here we go again. However, the caveat here is that I still don't have the time to blog regularly, hence the name 'Journal'. I feel as a journal, it can be whenever I want to share something specific and new and not hold the traditional 'rules' of a blog. Phew! Stress load diverted.
This will always be my place to write to you. As the business owner and creative mind, I personally want to connect with anyone who follows along. I can promise I'm not a wordsmith, I type as quickly as I talk and in most cases just might have run-on sentences. #itsRealLifeFolks
My first entry includes a really beautiful, hand written desktop by Tucci Cursive. It reads 'And the trouble is if you don't risk anything, you risk even more' by Erica Jong. I love this quote (and Liz's amazing calligraphy) because as a small business owner, It really forces me to hold onto my dreams and run with them, even if risk is involved. I've learned so much in the past two years of developing the retail side and even more in the past 10 years of owning The Pink Orange. There are some days I feel like I can't catch up and some days I feel like i'm up against walls. But you know what? I have found that everyone, regardless of the size of their business goes through it. I have also learned that there are some truly incredible and talented designers out there. Designers that are willing to share experiences, successes and failures. On the flip side i've found that some designers are just downright ferocious and challenging. It makes me utterly sad because in such a world where there is already so much negativity and *stuff* I wish we could all just get along and realize we are creating a beautiful world together.
I've learned to understand and follow trends, without being trendy. I've learned that focusing on my own skill set and creating pieces that make not only me happy but my customers, followers and retailers is what is most important - not worrying about what everyone else is doing. I've learned that life isn't about social media counts, likes and follows.
So go ahead, take a risk today regardless of the size. Take a step or two towards your dreams. You just never know where the path may take you.