August Break – via Susannah Conway

If you hadn’t noticed, finding the time, energy, and inspiration to write blog posts this summer has been difficult for me. Susannah Conway inspired me with her “August Break” Challenge to share a picture a day. I like it. Check out her blog if you want to join in. The picture will take you there:

the AUGUST break

Now, what picture shall I share today… Hmmm…

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Barfield’s Boutique Online

A friend and recent client of mine, James Barfield, hired me to write a press release about the launch of his new website. He franchised his mother’s apparel business to bring the family biz out of the local scene and spread his love for fashion across the nation. This started out asĀ  a simple job – a favor for a colleague, really, but the more that James talked about his business, the more invested I became. He is passionate about stylish ladies clothing and aspires to create a business that is linked with the community that supports it. Despite his limited budget and the challenges he faces as a new entrepreneur, James’ top priority now that he has officially launched his website is partnering with women’s organizations and finding ways that he can support the causes that are dear to his heart. In this way, he hopes to build a symbiotic network of support. I love to support entrepreneurs like this — people who are pursuing their passions and who “get” the bigger picture – that business is about more than money. I’m excited about helping him reach his goals!

Check out his site here: www.barfields-boutique.com

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New Projects

I’ve been expanding my freelance services lately. Despite my previous post all about how “I am a writer” (and I am–I would rather be writing than doing anything else), a girl’s gotta pay the bills. So I’ve been leveraging my various skills and even learning a few new ones to meet the needs of a few local business people who are generous enough to hire me as their go-to girl. Earlier this week I did a fun “mini” photo-shoot with a local beauty business whose webpage I am redesigning to get a few shots of their top products. Here are a couple favorites from that morning:

Finding Inspiration and Finishing the Office

Caution! Sewing Supply Organization in Progress

Tyler has been hard at work on yet another project for me. Remember the coffee table? He’s building a desk and rolling cart for me in the same style! I’ve been working on sorting out my sewing stuff so I can move that corner of the room to the basement and make way for the next project – a fabulous DIY shipping pallet day bed. The room is nearing completion. Once Tyler finishes the desk pieces, I still have a few tasks left to finish:

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… Starting Over?

I feel like I am living well beneath my intelligence. My life (specifically referencing work) requires so little of my mind and I don’t believe I’ve ever been pushed intellectually, nor have I pushed myself, excepting rare occasions. Sometimes this feeling just hits me, although it never really goes away and I feel a constant discomfort, like when you wear a sweater that’s just a pinch too small. Today I am feeling a little low and susceptible to negative ruminations so this one has come to roost. I stumbled across some different personality type/intelligence research and commentary online thanks to one of my customized google alerts (don’t you love those?) and it reminded me of my lifelong struggle and my feeling that my brain is both my biggest asset and biggest liability. I’m determined to focus on the “asset” part of the equation and that means putting ever more energy and time into writing.