Floss

Floss

How do you even blog about flossing? Yeah, I get it, it is important and all of that, but seriously! When I decided to blog about The Sunscreen Song, I had a couple of ideas as to what I learned from it and what I would say about it. But having to write a post about FLOSS is really above my mental capacity at the moment and I have been putting off this line for quite some time. But I really do want to get to the next line of the song, so bear with me as I share my valuable experience with you.

If I am going to blog about dental floss, I need a featured image, right? Right. And that’s where I got stuck. Instead of sharing a somewhat inspiring message of something I experienced, I decided to share this very random cute drawing with you instead. It is done by kotoffei on Deposit Photos.

Don’t forget to floss! Or whatever.

Why I joined an agency

Why I joined an agency

It has been seven months since I kind of permanently joined an agency. But why? Why give up seven years of freelance “freedom” for working for someone else? First of all, I did not give up anything. Secondly, well, there is no secondly really. It was definitely not the easiest decision I have ever had to make in my career, but here is why:

Stability and routine:
Creative people are messy. And I am not just talking about my office (which I cleaned up by the way!) I am talking about life messy. We create routines and we break routines all the time. We set boundaries and break boundaries and we borderline everything. Working for an agency does not work like that. You have set hours, set ways and rules and regulations. As boring as this may sound, it is actually just what we need sometimes; a routine of stability.

Less paperwork:
This was probably at the top of my cons list! I hate paperwork. And the nice thing now is that I can make it someone else’s problem.

Collaboration:
You don’t realise how stagnant you become when working from home alone. You forget what it is like to randomly bounce an idea off someone else – be it work-related or not. Working for an agency requires collaboration and I am really enjoying that.

Likeminded people:
We all have one thing in common: the agency. We work as a team and with the same clients and share a communal consciousnous about what is going on at the office. It is like having a family you know nothing about but value anyways.

Creativity:
Working on your own, you deal with mostly the same clients. It never bored me at all, but sometimes it just does not make your clock tick anymore. You get to know your clients and you understand what they like and need, so it is easy to do it right the first time around. Now I get to work with a variety of people I don’t know all that well, so the challenge to be creative is bit more of a challenge. This is where collaboration is also a plus point.

Small talk:
How I missed that! A while ago I wrote a post about freelance challenges and getting lonely was one of the points. Everything in moderation, though. Work hard, play hard.

Coffee:
Yup, we have a coffee machine at work too. And I don’t have to always make it myself or wait for Hubbles to do it!

Being appreciated:
Sure, clients say thank you and tell you that you’ve done a great job, but being part of a team that congratulates AND celebrates with you is beyond many things.

Celebration:
On the topic of congratulations and celebrations; it is nice to work with someone on a project and be able to look at the outcome and tell your partner in crime: well done.

Someone’s got your back:
Always. If you are afraid of stuffing up alone, ask someone else’s opinion and rather make sure the damage won’t be that great. Two minds are better than one!

Freedom to explore:
My position is half-day and I am free to explore the rest of the time. Within boundaries, of course!

As I am typing this I realise how many pros there are working for an agency. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of a team and glad that I took on the challenge. I am having fun doing what I love, no matter where I do it.

My GSD-playlist

My GSD-playlist

When we were in hospital with the tiny human there was a nurse who really – more than all the other committed, over-competent ones – knew how to get shit done. We could never remember her name and ended up calling her Nurse GSD (get shit done).

As the end of the year is approaching us at a tremendous speed, things will need to get done – quickly and efficiently – before shutdown. So, how do you cope with tight deadlines? Apart from huge amounts of coffee, Bioplus and priority lists, a music playlist is essential in my opinion.

So, here is my list of 21 kickass songs to get me going (in no particular order):

  1. Toxicity – System of a Down
  2. Butterflies and Hurricanes – Muse
  3. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  4. Firestarter – Prodigy
  5. Something I can never have – Nine Inch Nails
  6. Insomnia – Faithless
  7. Hard Candy – Counting Crows
  8. Budapest – George Ezra
  9. Right here, right now – Fatboy Slim
  10. Learn to fly – Foo FIghters
  11. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  12. Rock and roll dreams come true – Meatloaf
  13. Thunderstruck – ACDC
  14. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
  15. Like a friend – Pulp
  16. Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
  17. Salvation – Cranberries
  18. Sweet disposition – Temper Trap
  19. Encore – Linken Park ft Jay Z
  20. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
  21. Lake of fire – Nirvana

I am curious to know which songs help you crunch some deadlines. Feel free to add to my list, I will give them a go!

Yours in crunch-time,

My sister’s painting

My sister’s painting

My sister got married way back in 2003 and in 2004 she asked me to do a painting for her of one of their wedding photographs. Of course, this was a challenge I was not too keen to accept, but I did anyways.

So, years have gone by and I have been finding and losing the photograph numerous times. I eventually (fifteen years later!) decided to take on the project and started working on it. In acrylics… I hate working in acrylics because I have never properly worked in acrylics. For months the half-painted canvas was standing in my studio gathering dust – like everything else – and you get so accustomed to it being there you clean forget you are still working on it.

For the past couple of months, I was afraid to work on it, because how do you make this thing look real? How do you complete a painting for someone who is creative and does beautiful paintings themselves? Let’s just say it: I was afraid of being judged. I still am as I am posting this. But then, one random day I decided to let go of perfection. Salvador Dali said:

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

Salvador Dali

I took this to heart and decided to aim for completion instead. Since Mondays became art nights I managed to put my heart into it again. So here’s the brief: Please paint this picture for me.

And here’s the outcome: an imperfect non-realistic version.

I know there are minor things that still bother me, but I decided that I am done. No more touch-ups, no more working on it. I am off to Lydenburg in two weeks and the painting is going with as is. I really don’t hope my sister is reading my blog right now, because the outcome is a surprise.

I am super amped to do another imperfect painting in acrylics again, just to see if I can manage to do it again. I will keep you posted 😉

Yours in flawless flaws,

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