It’s been a long while since I’ve written to you (actually, it’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog at all). This year, your absence has hit me right where it hurts. Charlie, Carlo, and I had a long conversation about you last weekend. You just came up in conversation randomly. I told them about my dreams of you, we reminisced about memories of you, and we talked about how you changed our lives forever. I actually admitted that though I have many vivid memories of our times together that your face is beginning to fade in my mind. And it made me sad to think that was possible. Though I cling on to our laughs, cries, happiness, and sad moments as tightly as I can the image of your face isn’t as clear as it used to be. But your loving spirit is as clear as day.
Today, I see your face all over Facebook and Instagram and remember how handsome you are. How could I ever forget that face?! I remember how hard it was to get you to smile that signature smile of yours because you always wanted to make a funny face to the camera. Look at that smile! It lights up a room!
And I love how most of your friends and family picked those silly photos of you. The funny faces show your true character, the guy we love so much.
I reminds me that a lot of us aren’t as afraid of being so silly thanks to you. You accepted all of us and loved us for who we truly are. Even with faults and short comings, you loved us unconditionally. Thank you for that, especially when we needed it the most.
I love and miss you Ray. More than words can ever express. As life milestones pass us by I can’t help but wish you were here to see them happen. But I always forget that you are with us, you’re with all of us.
The only thing I can think of saying now is the last words I said to you, “I love you, I love you, I love you.”
It’s been hot as H.E.L.L. in Los Angeles. So I’ve been doing my best to stay as cool as possible so I can stay productive. The heat just makes me want to sit on the couch, drink a cold glass of iced tea, and veg. With less than 2 weeks left to Unique LA, I have no time to veg!
As you guys know, I recently took down our online shop in preparation for our product revamp. I’ve been taking the past few months to reflect and really think about my brand, my products, and how I want to make an impact using this company. With our newly established mission to evoke and inspire emotion and memories through our products, I have let that be the driving force when I design. I really want to make you laugh, smile, tear up, or feel inspired when you buy one of our products!
It’s definitely not an easy task to design for a mission. I can’t just draw out what is in my head and use it like I used to. It’s got to have purpose. My designs need to fulfill a destiny (or at least that’s how I like to think of it). And though it’s not easy, it’s much more rewarding. A million times more rewarding!
Starting again hasn’t been easy. I thought I’d be able to just shut down and reopen in a couple months. But this is definitely a longer process than I ever imagined. And while my little business is slowly growing and changing, I’m changing. I’m becoming more confident in my ability, I believe in my business model and have faith in God’s plan for us.
I can’t wait to share with you what we have in store for our first release! :)
Oh dear friends. These past few weeks have been so much fun for me! Creating designs and products is something that I really enjoy. The hard part is narrowing my ideas down. My mind never stops and I always have more product ideas than what is feasible for us at the moment. In the past, I was always the type that had an idea and ran with it. It didn’t matter what the idea was, it didn’t matter if the idea or product didn’t match with anything else. I would create that product anyway. Our product line was such a mish-mash. But now, I realize that product development is key. Do all your products represent your brand the way you want them to? Mine didn’t.
I’m in the middle of solidifying our line for our first real release. And I’ve been torn about a few items that I used to carry and am hesitant to carry now. Invitations and custom design for example. These 2 services were a huge part of my business until recently – especially in the first few years of my business. But my business is changing, I’m changing, and what I enjoy to do isn’t what it used to be. I’ve been torn about these 2 services since I decided it was time for a change. But instead of stressing myself about it, I trust that the answer will come to me when the time is right. In the mean time, I’m creating and working on what I know represents us well. :)
What I’m really excited about right now are the products we’re going to showcase at our “soft launch” at Unique LA. We’ve taken down our products temporarily from our online store because we’ve been doing a lot of critical thinking and changing around here, but I’ve been showing sneak peeks on our Instagram on the things we’ve been working on like these stickers. Excuse my shameful manicure! :P
And this photo here.
This was originally a pattern we created for our phone and tablets but are in the process of utilizing this gorgeousness for other products. So excited to be able to use this for cards and stuff!
Hope everyone has a great week!xoxo,
It’s been pretty quiet around here the past couple months. I’ve been really trying to focus on being present and not be on social media/the Internet as much. I’m trying to really engulf myself in my reality instead of my virtual reality now a days. :)
I know it’s been quiet, but a lot has actually been going on behind the scenes at CO these past couple months. Our business is transitioning and I’m very happy about the direction we’re taking. Because of this, I’ve taken down our products in our online store so that I can restructure and really solidify our product line.
While we’re hard at work on these products, we’re going to do a sneak peek of our product line (new and old) at Unique LA’s Summer Show! You can get your tickets online or in person at the show. Come visit me at the CO booth and Charlie at the Ninong’s booth while you’re there! Ninong’s is going to be showcasing our pastries for the first time at this show, so happy and excited about that!
I’m so excited about this year’s product line! Though our complete line won’t be ready by Unique LA, we’re working slowly but sure to ensure that our products represent us well while maintaining functionality and quality. We have some fun things in the works, I can’t wait to share!
In the mean time – stay classy, Internet! Til next time!
I’ve always been so product/service driven. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, what makes it so bad as that I relied on that product or service to carry me. What do I mean? Let me explain.
As I’ve shared with you already, I’ve never really had any faith in myself or any of my abilities. I always wished that I was like someone else or lived a life that they had. Because of that poisonous mentality, it led me to believe that I didn’t really have anything to offer. When it came to my business I was very insecure about my ability, and therefore, used the product to enhance it.
And that was my mistake. Why?
I’ve learned the hard way that products and services are never going to be the same all the time. As people change, products change. We adapt, we grow, and our things as well as what we find valuable change at the same rate. With this ever-growing change it has taught me that I should not just focus on a good quality product but also what I have that can make it better. What trait to I possess that will enhance this product to make it different from anything else? This balance is a new way of thinking for me. And while it seems so elementary now, it’s like a light bulb in my head.
So, off I go! Time to start working :) Happy Thursday all!xoxo,
Yesterday I enjoyed my day off by doing a little fun shopping at the screen printing supply store, buying a few things at the grocery store, designing, and watching some good old fashioned TV. All before I went and got my work out on at the gym for a couple hours. Having Monday off has its pro’s and con’s, but one thing I do enjoy is having time to myself to both relax and get things done. As you can see Baxter, Evie, and I were hard at work. ;P
Today is an ease into the hectic work week. I go do grocery shopping for the bakery, read all my emails from the weekend, plan out my to-do list for the week, and finalize my calendar for the week. Then I cuddle up on the couch with my pups and rest before I go cray at the gym :)
I hope you’re all having a great week so far! I’ve been thinking about a lot of changes I want to make in this shop. So stay tuned for that!xoxo,
I haven’t shared this with anyone yet, but 2014 has been a year of extreme growth for me. And with June alive and well, I’ve really been trying to take as much time as I can for self-reflection. Right now I’m taking my time to really figure out what God wants for me – personally and professionally. I’ve had a significant change of perspective this year, changing from a fast-paced lifestyle to a more family and spiritually centered lifestyle. I’ve also had to think about making some tough decisions about my business model, my career, and where I want to go from here. All of these things are intertwined more than ever. I have high hopes for how this will impact every aspect of my life.
Being happy with who I am and being grateful for all of God’s blessings has been the first step toward this transformation. And no, it wasn’t easy and I struggle with giving Him my trust daily. It took time to learn to be content with what I have and who I am. And it is only through God’s grace that I am able to have the strength to come to this conclusion.
But here I am. Me. Whenever you see me, I’m in casual clothes 98% of the time. Casual as in yoga pants and a tank top with flip flops to finish off the look. I usually don’t have any make up on and my hair is tied up and not fixed. You’ll be lucky if it’s even brushed lol. I like pop culture and pop music (Mostly pop and R&B. But I’m also into some hip hop, some classic rock, and a lot of oldies. I’m more of an easy listening type of gal. And lyrics trumps the beat 75% of the time for me.) I LOVE sushi (and yes “love” had to be bold, italicized, and capitalized!). I would eat sushi every day if I could. I’m not as artsy as I would like to be. I can’t draw at all. But I have a fangirl appreciation for it. I love watching TV. I get scary addicted to shows. I enjoy a good talk over lunch or drinks with friends more than watching a movie. I think, live, and breathe business – all the time, nonstop.
I’ve always tried to be like other people. I always thought the real me wasn’t that great. And though I might not be anything special, I’m okay with that now. :)
Wow, it’s June. I can’t even believe how fast time has passed this year. I don’t know what it is but I feel like with the blink of an eye, a year will fly by me!
These past 5 months of 2014 have been quite the whirlwind. But it’s been so great! Sure it hasn’t always been easy and I’ve run into a lot of bumps in the road, but I’ve learned a lot about myself.
Today, I sit in my office at the Cafe and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far this year. I pray that the rest of this year be just as challenging, fun, and life changing. :)
Welcome to summer my friends! Let’s have a great one!xoxo,
Summer is coming friends! And I’ve been obsessed with backyard inspiration. Truth be told, our backyard is a mess and has always been. It’s basically a place for our dogs to do their business and it bugs me that it’s an unusable space!
Charlie and I have been coming up with ideas and I’ve found some really awesome inspiration pics on Pinterest! It’s funny cuz I try not to go on Pinterest too much because once I start, I’ll never stop pinning!
I’ve got some fun pins on our Backyard Inspiration board.
Hope they inspire you to get your backyard into shape too!