Hey! I’m Evan.
Digital strategist. Artist. Adventurer. Rescue dog mama. Supermarket-aisle dancer. Passionate advocate for shunning the status quo.
I run a tiny-but-mighty creative studio called SixteenJuly.
I offer consulting, branding, design, & web development services for folks at all stages of small business. Interested in working together? Head on over for all the details.
This is my blog.
This is straight-up one of the most important + relevant articles on the internet. “My guess is that most creative work operates on a negative returns curve. I know in the past when I’ve done design work, I’ve tinkered with an image so much that I can’t even tell if it looks good or not anymore. I would then spend half the night trying to make it “look right,” only to wake up in the morning realizing the idea sucked in the first place and I was better off starting over.”
“Girls, if you want to talk to my boyfriend…” It’s crazy to me that people in their thirties have any attitude about their partner besides this one – yet, it’s somehow pretty normal to be hyper-jealous, insecure, and act like one owns the person whose chosen to share their life with them. I want any partner of mine to be as happy, as open, and autonomous as is possible for them.
24 Thoughts I, A Modern-Day New Yorker, Had During “When Harry Met Sally” – Laughed out loud (for real). I used to watch this movie allllllll the tiiiiiiime when I lived alone in my early twenties. (That said… driving from Chicago to NYC in one go isn’t that difficult, so that’s a weird observation. It’s 13 hours. I’ve driven close to twice that in a straight shot by myself. #humblebrag)
How to Work on your Creative Business When You’re Depressed as Fuck – This has been true for a lot of us since… November? Maybe even earlier? It’s been a tough time to be a creative, for sure. #thankstrump
Worrying is Not an Action Step. Mara is brilliant as always.
And finally… (closing out with some fun ones, per usual)
Why Bell Should Have Chosen Gaston. (Sidenote: Did you see the new movie? What did you think? I’m a diehard Beauty and the Beast fan, and I really enjoyed it.)
Hey friends. It’s been a quiet few months ’round here. Keeping busy with client work, with a new rescue dog, with trying to will the rain away. (It finally worked!)
Everything I’ve been jazzed about since our last check-in…
reading: ‘Rescuing Penny Jane’ – This will make you cry and want to volunteer at an animal shelter. Fair warning. // A few friends and I are reading ‘What Love Is: And What It Could Be’ this month. // I also really enjoyed You are a Badass.
wearing: new Aeropastale jacket (not on their site, for some reason, but similar to this one, which is cheaper anyway – score!), ‘She Persisted’ necklace, headbands from Texture after getting a haircut I’m especially bummed about (bleh), my new custom Timbuk2 bag. (Mine is black/reflective polka dot/grey.)
smitten with: blue hair, sunny days, dog playdates, my new Fitbit Alta HR – I’ve had probably 5 different FitBits through the years, and this is my favorite. I love that it has a heart rate monitor and is slim enough that it doesn’t bug me while I’m typing. It’s just super comfortable to wear. // Oh, also – Divi Builder. I resisted working with any sort of builder or framework for a really long time, but I have to say, it makes life easier for me and my clients. I’ve seen the light.
indulging in: Lots of time in the studio. Time to learn and practice. It feels so luxurious, but it shouldn’t, right? I’ve been working toward a slower work life for awhile, and I’m finally getting there – creating more time for creating. Also – coffee dates with R.T. every weekend. Just the two of us and maybe a notebook.
creating: my new bullet journal, my blog landing page (did you notice?), lots of art journaling. // This only tangentially counts as ‘creating’, but a lot of my non-work time lately has been spent training Finnegan, the shelter dog I adopted in early January. Training a large puppy is a lot of work, as it turns out. I was unprepared. We work together every day. He’s super smart, but also super stubborn. It’s been both exhausting and rewarding and we’re nowhere near “done”.
listening to: S-Town, of course. It’s fascinating and heartbreaking. I only have a couple of episodes left. #sadface
celebrating: Two years in the PNW! Already, somehow. My life is so, so different than it was when I moved to Portland in 2015. // Getting re-energized about lifting. I’m in two small groups right now, so every Friday and Saturday I get to lift with a trainer named Maria and 2-3 other women. I got out of lifting for a bit during the time when we were buying our house – I was just too busy and stressed and other reasons. I lift because I love it, so when I wasn’t loving it, I stopped. Now I’m back to 3-4 days/week and am slowly but surely getting back to where I left off.
Let’s get together sometime.
I’ll bring monthly updates & special offers. You bring the wine.