I feel like I'm semi getting a grip on my workload but not so much on my blog. But trying. This week I'm finishing up a blog design that I was hired for... outrageously long ago, and a media kit that I haven't been that delayed on but you know, being a massive failure is clearly my forte. Then there's two blog designs — interconnected — and a portfolio on Squarespace, which should be fun.
Then I'm like, done with the design backlog? I think? Though I will — fingers crossed — have another project to work on, if I get off my ass and get this damn contract written, because for the first time in my career, I went, "I'll send you the contract next week!" when someone said she could pay the first installment of her design package the first week of June, and she was like, "OK!" So now I need a contract.
I'm just trying to be all professional and stuff. It's so very very hard.
Of course, that's not all I do, and not all I owe people (er, sup. Still have all that fabric in the closet) but it will be a weight off. I told my mom about everything that's on my mental list yesterday and she was like, "Jesus, stop, no wonder you're stressed," and I was like, "FINALLY! SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS!" I also told her that's why I sometimes randomly scream a little.
See, I want to rebrand, but I have no idea what style I want to go for, because I keep being attracted to the Vogue aesthetic but I'm not sure it's not too overdone or I won't tire of it easily. I also think about very simple, lots of white space, minimalistic branding, but that's kind of what I have now (not on my blog, but on my portfolio and logo and other things) and I know
I will get tired of it. So then I think about hero headers and something more Squarespacey but I can't, like, blog on that.
Evidently, my problem is all of them.
But the point is, I want to rebrand, redesign my blog, redesign my portfolio, put up a photography portfolio, which I need to set up and design and fill up with photos I still need to edit. I want to launch a print shop on my own domain, and maybe also stock photography licensing. I have a ton of posts I want to write, because it would be nice to be a month ahead of schedule at all times on the blog
. I haven't checked the PR hashtags I used to check every day since I moved here, and I barely check the PR FB groups, either.
It's a bit weird not being in the UK for that, though I'm vaguely pretending I'm only here temporarily, but I'm pretty much decided to be here from September to June, maybe September to September, building my business and saving up. I do want to go back this summer, because I have stuff to bring back, but I haven't decided how long I'll stay or even where I'll be. I keep toying with the idea of Oxford, as well as the idea of pulling up some of my PR contacts and seeing if I can get any press stays in cottages and things, do a bit of a tour. Maybe take my sister with me so she can help me with luggage.
It depends on finances, of course.
I need to start getting up earlier so, if my sister decides to stay in bed, I can go outside and not like, die from heatstroke. I'm always most optimistic when I first get out of the shower and I hate losing that tiny burst of laptop energy, or sit-with-the-cat-and-my-notebooks energy. Today I got out of the shower at 2 PM, waited for my sister to get out of bed, and have spent the past three hours at the desk in her room, but have got very little — practically nothing — done.
But look, a post! And I'm reading my friendlist/circle, which I always want to do and never seem to get round to. Little yays.