I decided after my last ramble about who knows what (with some pretty pictures thrown in) that I was going to make this a thing. I just feel better about myself adding the pretty pictures to these posts, you know? So “cocktail talk” series it is. Maybe some people have an interest in reading rambling rants and some people don’t, but for those people who don’t, at least I am still sharing some pretty cocktail photos + the recipe. Plus it kind of feels like a happy hour thing…….and I love those.
So here we go.
(Side note – how deliciously summery does this shot look?)
I read several blogs but more than that, I “research”/borderline stalk what other people are doing. It’s not healthy, and I’m trying to do less of that because we all know that the comparison trap is the worst. No secret there. I’m only telling you this to say that I watch what successful people do. Particularly people that have a blog and/or a design business. And I’ve noticed a trend……. There aren’t a lot of people that do both full time. Some of my favorite designers started a blog way back when and now their blog has fallen to the wayside because they decided their true passion is designing for other people rather than sharing their own home through their blog. I also know of another favorite of mine that did the opposite – Emily Clark started a blog way back when, started and ran a successful design businesses then ended the design business because she loved blogging more and wanted to focus on that. So a lot of people start doing one or the other and then end up choosing.
More importantly, I am now starting to understand why these people choose one route over the other. It just doesn’t add up for a one man show to pursue two full time gigs. It’s totally logical to pursue one gig 100% instead of attempting to pursue both gigs full time but always feeling like you have to leave one on the back burner in order to pursue the other because there just aren’t enough hours in the day for both. And I’m not saying there aren’t any blogger designers that do both. Because there are. I really don’t know how they do it, but they figured out a secret I would love to know. It’s also important to note that everyone has different priorities and commitments, which allows them to commit more or less time to their job. I, for one, do not have kids, so that gives me much more time than someone who has kids. We also decided how much of our lives we want our careers to consume. We all want balance, but balance looks different for everyone. Anyway, I just want to continue doing what I love (blog + design work) but not lose my mind any more than I already have. Is that too much to ask?????
Truth be told, I would never let design work go. I love the challenge and creating unique spaces far too much. I also really love my blog. For the obvious reasons, yes, (connecting with you, opportunities that blogging gives you, having a platform to just talk about design, etc.) BUT the thing is that most of my clients right now are coming from the blog…….. So that would not only be completely silly to scale back on the blog, but I also just don’t want to.
So maybe this is a half attempt at putting something out there along the lines of “I’m Hiring!!!” (???) If I were to hire, I would of course want to find the perfect person. (Who doesn’t?) I am SO flexible on what I need and could totally go blog assistant route OR design assistant route. I could work virtually with someone or you could come over to my house and work from my dining room/guest room with me.
What i’m looking for:
Blog Assistant Brief:
-Photoshop knowledge – Putting together graphics for blog posts (round ups, design boards, etc.)
-Graphic design knowledge – Knowing how to create clean and attractive graphics for blog posts
-Wordpress knowledge – Prepping blog posts (naming/uploading images, scheduling posts, etc.)
-Social media knowldge (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook,) – Running social media accounts
Design Assistant Brief:
-Floor planning!!! – This is the majority of what I would need from an assistant. I’m on Sketch Up but am open to any software you know.
-Pinterest – Pinning with clients to determine the style of the space, coming up with concepts for client projects
-Design boards – Putting together design boards in Photoshop for clients
-Communication – Communicating with potential and current clients
So, if you have any interest in assisting my design business or blog, please shoot me an email with your resume and any portfolio/experience work that is relevant. As I mentioned, this job would be totally flexible and part time (10 – 15 hours a week). Pay would depend on experience.
And now what you’ve really been waiting on….
Watermelon Moscow Mule
-1 shot of Vodka
-1 small lime
-1 bottle ginger beer
-Add watermelon to cocktail shaker. Use muddler to juice 1 ounce of watermelon juice. Strain the juice.
-Add the 1 oz. of watermelon juice, shot of vodka, juice from one lime into cocktail shaker filled with ice.
-Strain into Moscow mule.
-Top with ginger beer and watermelon slice.
*Images: Kayla Snell