Category Archives: Thoughts, Curiosities + Advice

A Thank You Note

Currently: Lying on my basement floor catching my breath after an intense workout.

Also currently: Feeling grateful.

In the hustle and bustle of life, I took pause today (involuntarily in a very unglamorous, sweaty way). And whether it was the endorphins kicking in (likely a factor) or not, I was compelled to write a thank you note—to both everyone and no one in particular.

In this modern age of creative garbeldy-gook (did I make that up or am I right in thinking that’s a saying?) it’s so easy to look ahead at the next thing without acknowledging the hard work you put into what just happened.

We think we’re only as great as our latest work.

And while this tendency may motivate and drive us, it’s also important to pat yourself on the back from time to time for that thing you did yesterday and yesteryear. Because without that under your belt, you would not be where you are today.

Only when you give due credit to where you are now can you make the right moves towards where you should be heading in the future. If you’re always only dwelling in comparison, and wrestling with yourself, you’ll continue running in circles. At a certain point you have to be objective and reflective.

So I just wanted to express my gratitude: to everyone who reads this blog, to everyone who follows me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, the works, to everyone who’s supported me, and yes, to even myself, which is very weird to say but totally necessary.

If you can do one thing today, take a mo’ and thank yourself for working hard and being nice. It may be a given (hopefully) but that doesn’t mean it should go unnoticed or uncelebrated. That’s all for now.

x, S

Why You Have a Creative Block (+ How To Kick Its Ass)

Why You Have a Creative Block (+ How To Kick Its Ass)

It happens to the best of us.

Creative blocks come without warning—and more than just frustrating, they can be downright terrifying if your career depends on your craft.

In order to get out of a creative rut, it helps to find out why you go there in the first place. Not all creative blocks are created equally, and defining the cause is just as important as pulling up your boot straps and giving that block all the fight you have in you.

Today I’m sharing plenty of tips for getting over a block, plus I’ve explored the “why” to help you determine the perfect fix. (All photos are from my office)

x,S

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Doing All Things With Intention

Doing All Things With More Intention

For a while, I lived as if fueled by the saying “move fast and break things.” I was young(er), eager, and willing to work hard.

I was trying and testing and trying again. I opened every door even mildly offered to me. And I’m so glad I did. But now that some chips have fallen in my favor career-wise, and now that I’ve settled (and I use that word lightly) into a path and routine (in the figurative sense at least), my goal is to do things with more intention, and with greater care.

What feels like a more suitable quote for me now is this one from Ilyas Kassam:

“It is more important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.”

Call it a resolution, call it a comeback—call it what you like—doing all things with intention and pause is my goal for 2017. And that starts with how I begin each day. I briefly mentioned my morning tea ritual in my latest Links + Likes, and I don’t mean to give undue weight to a simple morning tea, but giving myself an hour each morning to prepare and enjoy a pot of piping hot jasmine represents more to me than a hot beverage. It’s a meditative and relaxing ritual that sets the tone for the rest of my day.

But more than romanticizing a cup of tea, I want to do all things with more care and attention. Up until now, I’ve enjoyed rolling with the punches and being ready to jump at all times, but I’m ready to relax and observe. To be more thoughtful; more deliberate.

I want to view walking Piper as more of an enjoyable time to be cherished rather than a task or a must-do to get her energy out. Rather than procrastinating (and then subsequently rushing) laundry and having my clothes come out linty because I threw a towel in the mix lazily, it’s about doing things with more care putting in a pinch more time at the start so that you can wear and enjoy that newly-washed sweater for days. It’s about crafting more blog posts that I actually want to read myself, rather than creating posts just to fill an editorial calendar, or that just have pretty pictures–though they have a time and a place, too.

It’s about deliberately setting out to give more time and focus to the things I enjoy, like hanging out with my mom to watch The Bachelor, or spending an hour at my cousin’s to shellac each other’s nails over gossip rather than DIYing it half-heartedly, or visiting the salon—but also being cool with going to the salon if I feel like it. It’s about watching less Instagram stories and doing the things I set out to do once upon a time. It’s about having more awareness–of my surroundings, of the path I’m heading down, of how what I do now will affect the future.

And sure, intent isn’t enough on its own. Intent requires you to see things through to really, truly work.

But there will be mornings I sleep in and don’t make time to enjoy tea, or nights where lying in bed watching Kelly Oxford’s SnapChat trumps reading or writing or designing, and that’s okay.

I’m certainly not perfect. I can guarantee you that more than once this year I will set out and intend to make my bed and then I very much won’t. But simply being more aware (of your actions, of those around you, of the future affects of what you’re doing today) is a great step.

At the very least, even if the conclusion of the evaluations you perform on your day/week/month result in big, fat fails, living with that top of mind will help inform everything else to come. And surely nothing bad can come from being more careful, taking more time, and choosing to relish in those things you enjoy with more vigor.

Happy 2017, everyone! x, S

PS: In an attempt to be more present, I’d love to know more about you. Please feel free to email me, strike up an Instagram chat, tweet me, or just comment below. I’d love to get to know you better.

Enter into Wayfair’s 2017 Trade Tastemaker Awards

They’re baaaa-aaaack!

Yes indeedy, the Wayfair Trade Tastemaker Awards are back for a third year—and this year they’re shaping up to be stupendous. With five different award categories you can submit your projects to, submissions are open to Canadians as well (cheers).

As for how the winners will be chosen? Well, look no further than yours truly! That’s right, I’ll be helping determine whose interiors reign supreme a la Iron Chef—only nix the knives and flames and add in the company I’ll be alongside: the amazing Chip Wade and Alison Victoria.

As part of the campaign (deliberations are February 9th and awards in late March), I’ve been asked to write a few articles and give me two design cents for others, so click the following images to check out each article:

So if you’re a designer who takes risks, has a unique voice, and you’re brimming with talent, submit your projects today. I just may cast my vote for you to win. 🙂