Last week, I had the opportunity to get out of the ongoing project/construction zone (i.e. my house) and enjoy a few design and educational events. Taking the time to do this provided me with inspiring ideas and information to energize me. I’m fired up and ready to … think about what’s next 🙂
As I mentioned before, I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog and the design business. One day, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Houzz in Santa Monica and an alumni event with Kai Ryssdal from NPR about integrity and communication. Funny enough, these events were on completely different intellectual spectrums but they both provided me with a burning sense to come home and strategize about the business and blog. What I took away from the Houzz event was a way to energize my marketing efforts and reach out to an informed consumer. My marketing efforts should be focused on identifying the importance of working with a design professional and what I bring to the table that is different and unique than other professionals. The takeaway from the NPR event was the importance of a quest for continued learning and interest in the world. This made me think about the reason for my career change and how interested I was in design and the desire to learn as much as possible.
Lastly, I attended a dinner sponsored by Lamps Plus to start this year’s Design Bloggers Conference. It was great to meet other designers and bloggers and discuss their process, goals, and interests. It was a fun event and made me want to hunker down and focus on making this little blog fun and enjoyable for myself and the readers.
Not surprisingly, I’ve become less energized and excited since moving to Los Angeles, quitting my job, starting a business, buying and gutting a new home, renovating for 6 months, and living in a construction zone while gestating a small human being in my belly. I need to recapture that excitement that led me to start this new career and work as hard as possible to make a real run at making this a success. I’m still figuring out what this really means and I’ll probably use the blog to discuss this as I’m ironing it out but I know that, at the very least, I’m going to be focused on being more involved in the design community (online and in Los Angeles), studying design and trends to get a much better understanding of historical trends and further my design knowledge. I will continue to work with clients and update you on the progess as it happens but I’ll be adding more analysis and discussion of design trends and applications. Let’s hope this works out! I would love for you to follow me on the journey and provide feedback on what works (and doesn’t work).