June Wrap-up + July Goals

The older I get the faster time seems to go by. Does anyone else feel that way? The “holy shit, it’s next month already!” feeling every time a new month comes around? Yeah, feeling that again…but this time around I’m actually really excited for July!
Looking back on June, it was a pretty big month. The biggest/craziest part of the month was obviously my choosing to say sayonara to my job at Edelman after half a year and diving right back in to the world of freelancing again. In the blink of an eye, I went from 45+ hour, chaos- and stress-filled weeks (that I was just getting adjusted to!) back to 60+ hours but in yoga pants and messy buns. And, ya know, the whole change in salary and health insurance — ugh! — that comes along with quitting a job. The last couple weeks of June were mostly spent sleeping, cleaning and doing all the errands I had put off since I started at Edelman. Luckily, though, quitting also gave me the motivation I desperately needed to finally finish my rebrand and to do a soft launch on my design business!

Looking forward to the rest of July (I know, this post is a little late), I’ve got some pretty rad goals/plans/ambitions too:

1. Get the site (really) done!

Because I embraced the “done is better than perfect” mindset when trying to get my site designed, coded, and out the door, there are definitely few things I want to tweak. I’ve taken the better part of a week away from it entirely, just letting it simmer away in the back of my brain for a while so I can go back to it with fresh eyes and some constructive feedback from other entrepreneurs.

2. Finish the inaugural Icon5 project.

I’m super excited about this one! I’ve been brainstorming this project forever and finally started it this month in collaboration with my super rad chef friend, Brigitte at White Apron. We’re going to be collaborating on a really fun project involving summer recipes, design, and some awesome printed goodies! Here’s a sneak peek from the other night:

3. Get analog.

I’ve always been a huge reader, but over the last couple of years, I’ve mostly been reading on my iphone. (Que horror!) Lately, I’ve really enjoyed playing around with hand-lettering, so another goal for July is to analog things every day, beyond writing a to-do list. Hand-lettering, sketching thumbnails, learning how to draw draw are all on my list for this month.

4. Blog 2x a week

This is gonna be the big challenge this month. It’s definitely been hard to get back to blogging after such a long hiatus, and this time around I’m really trying to focus on the business and design aspects of things. My goal for this month is to start consistently blogging twice a week, complete with graphics. (Yes! Posts should always include graphics! Look for a post on that soon.) Hold me to it, will you?

I have other small goals but those are the biggies, and I’m going for the “accountability via public announcement” goal-making this time around! So now that I’ve put it all out there, what about you?

What are you aiming for this month?