In my mind, I’ve always been a designer. However, taking the jump to doing it professionally was a big decision. In honor of #TBT I’m throwing it back to one of my earliest projects and sharing some lessons I’ve learned along the way. Although I’m certainly not claiming to know it all, I have learned a few things through trial and error. I believe these insights are applicable for anyone in a creative field or just life in general:
1. Listen to Your Gut – When I first started out, I was timid and nervous. I am grateful to my first clients for taking a chance on me! If you have a pit in your stomach because you know something won’t look good, speak up! It is your job to be confident in your work. In the end, the finished result will be more beautiful and everyone will be happier.
2. Push Yourself – I have recently had to come to grips with the fact that I can’t control when people copy us. It stings, but it also means we’re doing something right. Get off of Pinterest. Log out of Instagram. Go see, do and enjoy things that inspire creativity and new ideas.
3. Recognize Your Weak Spot – Whether you’re new in the game or not, recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Then promptly outsource your weaknesses to focus on becoming even better at your strengths.
4. Be Genuine – Simply put, everything is much better when you’re you!