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Transitions: What The Hell Am I Doing?


This space has been pretty quiet this year. Usually when the blog faces a few weeks/months of white-noise I feel compelled to write a long post excusing why I haven’t written and then follow up with excessive detail on what I’ve been up to… Not this time. I just didn’t feel like writing, and I am sooooooo okay with that!

My position or role as a creative has changed excessively and frequently over the past year. These changes involved a marketing assistanceship, graphic design internship, and now my first full time job as a graphic designer, woohoo! I’ve also moved twice to my hometown and back to Kalamazoo in the course of 2 months. Basically, I have been all over the place facing transition after transition. I’m starting to feel settled again which brought me back here.

I’m at an incredibly interesting time in my career as a creative because I have been dedicating my time to understanding my niche, purpose, or what I truly want to create. A lot of that time left me scratching my head in a cocktail of frustration and confusion, but I recently learned to embrace the factor of life that is change and not having a definitive answer for what I’d like to create. I have been knocking myself out creating too many internal expectations of what I’d like to be as a creator: write a book, start a digital magazine, expand my design studio, takeover the advertising industry, and the list goes onnnnnn and on. 

I feel that I have reached place in life with powerful potential. I am in a very comfortable working situation, I am living on my own for the first time, and I have been the most comfortable in my life not having everything figured out. I’ve never been more comfortable sitting on the sidelines, playing a little less aggressively, and enjoying a slower pace of life that allows me to figure out what the next steps are, gracefully. The lack of answers and finding solace in that has delivered it’s own special form of clarity that I think has been what I have been looking for so passionately.

No, this does not mean I have it figured out by any means. I think I am just embracing being present in the journey much more than I did a year ago. I contribute much of that to cultivating a meaningful support system and distancing myself from the people in my life who thrive on cynicism and sarcasm. I was tired of living with a perma-eyeroll. I was tired of feeling guilty if I left my Instagram dry for more than a week…(Haven’t posted in two months, and it feels good.) I just feel way more comfortable than I ever did, just simply existing. That is where I believe true and authentic discovery lies.

Onward.

Are You Doing Enough of What You Want To Be Doing?

PostTemplate_CG2Mindless consumption.

Mindless consumption has lead us to the point of spending nights indifferently scrolling through our social-media feeds, reading the inspirational quotes, travel imagery, and cool things we could be doing with our lives… but why aren’t we doing it?

It’s a pattern I notice in many of the people around me including my own habitual behavior. I get caught in the trap of consuming a profusion of content that I subconsciously hope will give me “the answer” to propel me into creating the life I love. It’s easy to let the swing of your surroundings numb you. This prohibits the true ability to understand what we want. This is about consciousness.

Questions to ask yourself in light of this mess is what kind of profiles are you following? Do you want to be body-positive but are following personalities that are visibly starving themselves for a good Instagram photo? Are you looking for enlightenment but the majority of your feed consists of negativity and cynicism?(Because that gets you nowhere, trust me.)

Another thing you need to ask yourself is are you trying to create the life that YOU want or are you trying to replicate an “Instagram-Worthy” existence? There is nothing wrong with using the powerful tool that is the web to find like-minded people and souls who are crafting their lives in the way you’d like, but for what reasons are you doing it? A vision-board on Pinterest is just a collection of images until you have your own memories to share.

It is important to disconnect every once in awhile. It is necessary because your mind will begin to expand into neighborhoods of possibility that you never thought were achievable. Falling into the trap of social media addiction can limit what we really want to achieve. Start becoming more conscious of the content you consume and think about how this content is affecting your perspective on goal setting.

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Three Years At Clayton Gerard

Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday to you…

It’s that time of year again! Yesterday my domain turned 3 years old! The time I take to write this post every year gives me time to reminisce about how much I have accomplished over the last couple of years and how I have developed as a writer and designer. That’s why I’ve always liked the idea of having my own nest on the broad world that is the internet. I like to be able to scroll back through my creative development as well as create a dialogue between other creatives!

Blogging for the past couple years has helped me meet many amazing creative individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with. I can’t wait to see what kind of amazing stuff is to come on this space in the upcoming year. I hope you all have been and continue to enjoy the ride.

With that, have a fantastic weekend readers and I will be back with you in the next week.

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Photo Credit: Karen Walker Eyewear 

 

What’s In My Bag 2017

1_24_2017_Blog_WhatsInMyBag_Header-01Last February, I made a post about the things I regularly have on hand that I use on a daily basis. I thought it would be fun to write an update about what I have in my bag here in 2017! Here is an updated list of what I’m packing daily.

2017 Bag essentials

  • 2017 Passion Planner
  • iPhone 6S
  • Sony Extra Bass Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Original Chapstick
  • Poppin Pen
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra cash for random purchases.
  • iPhone charger
  • Starbucks Gold Membership Card
  • Ankar Powerbank

I’d love to hear what you carry in your bags! Do you like taking still-life photos of your belongings like I do? Share them with me! With that, have a good week readers!

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The Power Of Solo Travel

2017_Blog_PostHeaderTemplate2I have found a lot of people in the last couple of months discussing traveling with me and asking multiple questions about travel, specifically traveling by your lonesome in which I am a huge supporter of. I find that there a collection of benefits when it comes to traveling alone that I have experienced first hand. I feel that traveling in a one man wolf-pack creates a lot of internal personal growth. Here are five benefits of solo-travel explained.

comfort to do exactly what you want to do

When you travel in groups, one of the biggest challenges you’ll find is syncing your plans up with everyone else in your group. If you only have 3 days in a city, one friend might not want to split up and has things on their travel-bucket-list that aren’t necessarily on your list. When you’re on your own, you can wake up on your own time, leave the hotel when you want, eat at the places you want, and see all of the places and shops that your heart desires.

You meet awesome people

I’ve noticed that I become much more outgoing when I travel alone. I found myself striking up conversation with complete strangers in my hostel and on the streets when I was in Vietnam and New York City last year. When you visit a new place by yourself, you are more willing to step out of your comfort zone and interact with new people. I mean, one can only take so much social isolation!

Develop a better understanding of yourself

Spending a prolonged period of time with your own company allows you a process your own brain on a deeper level while traveling. Yes, you can do that in the comfort of your own home, but there is something magnificent about the way you perceive things when you spend the time by yourself in a different setting that is less familiar to your neck of the woods.

make use of the inspiration you get traveling

Remember that point I made above about doing exactly what you want to do? If you are a creative like myself, you may love the idea of sitting down at a cafe or local park in the place you’re traveling and work on some writing, sketches, etc. but are caught up with the hustle and bustle of traveling in your group. I find that I pursue those creative projects much more when I am traveling alone.

You will come to enjoy being alone

I admit that I used to hate being alone when going places and I had to go with friends. I used to be incredibly uncomfortable going to a restaurant and ordering for myself let alone dining in alone. After spending time traveling by myself, I take myself out for “me-dates” all the time! This is the biggest one I can say will be worthy of taking back on your flight home. I now am just as social as I used to be but desperately crave my alone time.

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In Closing


Traveling alone can be overwhelming at first and sometimes scary. It definitely is something that you have to get used to. I recommend starting your adventure into the world of solo-travel by spending more time doing solo-events like exploring a nearby city or even taking yourself out for dinner near home. I’d love to hear about your experiences with solo-travel or any other travel-related questions you may have! With that, have a good one readers.

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