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2014, you’ve been a crazy but exciting year! I packed my bags and left my wonderful Wisconsin life to return to Illinois, I’ve worked on some really fun and exciting graphic design projects, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. This year definitely threw some curve balls my way, but with every obstacle I encountered, I learned a few new tricks. I’ll even have some exciting news to share within the next month or so, so be on the lookout for that too!

At the beginning of last year, I read through the notes I made in many Field Notes/Moleskin notebooks that I had written the year prior. Then I shared some of the best advice tucked away inside their pages as a reminder to myself to follow my own advice (and the advice of those I’ve encounter along the way). That being said, I thought it might be nice to do the same this year. Here are some words of wisdom that I hope to embrace in 2015, but I think they’re well-suited for anyone looking to kick butt in 2015!

01. THE WORK WILL GET DONE IN THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE.

It’s easy to get worked up over busy schedules, tight deadlines, and bumps in the road. This is a note I made at the beginning of 2014 when I was busy juggling freelance graphic design work, a full-time in-house design job, and preparing to relocate. It was crazy, but I quickly realized that no matter how under the gun I felt, the work always got done. This sentiment is also very similar to my next piece of advice.

02. WORRYING IS NOT PREPARATION.

You may recall reading this piece of advice from Good Fucking Design Advice founder, Jason Bacher in my post about HikeCon, but it’s definitely one I can’t emphasize enough. There are points in a design project (and in life in general) where you find yourself overworked and worrying about the outcome of this project, that event, etc.. While worrying can inspire you to work harder, there comes a point where worrying actually hinders progress. When it reaches that point, you either need to establish some actionable items to make real progress or just take a break (a step-away-from-the-computer kind of break).

03. WHEN YOU HAVE AN IDEA, CHASE IT RIGHT AWAY WHILE YOU’RE STILL PASSIONATE.

When you first have an idea, your passion is at its’ prime and you’re more likely to get that idea out into the world. Don’t wait until you have it all figured out. Chase that idea, get messy, make mistakes, and make sure to do it now! This is one of the pieces of advice that really helped me this year, and I hope to continuing following well into 2015. I often have a lot of ideas for passion projects that I’d like to start working on, but more times than not, they end up in project purgatory. In 2014, I finally took my plans to start a bike zine (a project I wanted to pursue since 2013) to the next level and created Jelly Legs, and this mentality has definitely paid off!

04. “WHEN YOUR GOAL IS TO GAIN EXPERIENCE, PERSPECTIVE, AND KNOWLEDGE, FAILURE IS NO LONGER A POSSIBILITY.” - Sophia Amoruso in her book Girl Boss

I read Girl Boss on a whim without even fully understanding what it was about (see: not tuned into the fashion world…even accidentally). It was an easy and enjoyable read though much of it wasn’t too memorable. However, this quote really resonated with me, and it’s one that I try to live by (though I’m not always successful).

I’m not sure where 2015 will take me, but I’m excited to have you all along for the ride as I start another year of blogging and designing cheerful things!

Cheers!

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