lately… {east coast summer}

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reading: Gather the People — Sarah Bray has been hugely influential to me as a small business owner (I worked for her years ago, and she taught me so much about running a business with integrity & heart), and I think this is one of the best things she’s ever done.

wearing: Tunics & skinny jeans, pretty much all the time on this visit to NH. Still digging Rockstars from Old Navy (though my favorite jeans are a pair I got from StitchFix). I also finally embraced the chambray trend, but I can’t decide if I dig it on me. I’ll post a photo sometime and you can all weigh in.

smitten with: Summer weather here in NH. I’m missing out on a pretty intense heat wave in PDX and I’m not sad about it. It’s alternately been sunny & 80ish here, or rainy + thunderstorms – both are pretty dreamy to me.

indulging in: lots of time with NH friends – movies, cocktails, coffee dates, hiking.

creating: a whole new vision for my business. Big things are coming this summer.

listening to: Tegan & Sara. On a super kick lately. No particular album, but I did create this playlist of a few of my favorites.

bragging about: setting up payroll. Not having to worry about setting money aside for taxes is making. my. life.

looking forward to: heading back to Portland in a few days, as bittersweet as that is. WDS is next week, and while I’m not attending (except for one class with Theresa Reed), I’m looking forward to being in town for the action & seeing friends, including Michelle.

Coffee Break: The 1st of July

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Happy July! Yayyy, new month!

Walk around feeling like a leaf. Lovely post – especially love the poem at the end.

Plants I haven’t Killed Yet – As another new green thumb, I thought this was really cute. (My plants are back in Portland, probably slowly dying as we speak.)

“In many ways, marketing as a listener is about (creating and) holding space. When you market as a listener, you’re creating a container for others experiences.” – Tara Gentile’s brilliant advice on marketing when you’d rather be listening. I seriously need to read and re-read this on a weekly basis.

8 things everyone should do before 8am. Confession: I tend to drag my feet in the morning. It’s a huge time suck. I’m going to try this.

“The solution is not to build a bigger wall. The solution is figuring out how to build a society in which we don’t need a bigger wall.” The internet is some trippy shit… is maybe my favorite thing Ash has ever written.

LSD, a $20,000 Investment, and the Perfect Breakup – Such courage & vulnerability here. (I’m a sucker for a healthy/amicable breakup story. I just dig them.)

A long but amusing & important read: The Procrastination Matrix.

Note, kinda related to the above link: I’ve decided to end my 100 Days of Blogging challenge this Saturday, at day 50. I’ll write more about the why & what I’ve learned on Saturday, but I’m mentioning it now so that it doesn’t seem like a rash decision.

#onebravetruth: My bliss looks like this

This week’s #onebravetruth prompt:

My bliss looks like this:

Sunday morning coffeeshop dates with my husband. Evenings spent laughing with dear friends. Fierce hugs. Deep conversations. Instant connections. Progress. Summer days. My silly pup. Iced lattes. Hard cider. Perpetual homesickness (and the joy of having people to miss). The feeling of home, and finding that within myself. The questions that don’t have answers. Love, love, love.


See mine and share yours on Instagram, with the hashtag #onebravetruth.

A soft nudge: This weekly prompt is an invitation to share, and is open to everyone. I truly value each and every contrbution. I’d be delighted for you to join this week.

Coffee Break: June 24th

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A few things I’ve enjoyed around the web this week…

The day after the longest day of the year – beautiful writing from Amanda Palmer on the death of her best friend. Do not read this at work or in public.

10 Things to Look Forward to on the Other Side of Busyness – Getting there. Getting there.

This guy ate only food “for women” for two weeks. Amusing, sure, but also kind of sad. (Spoiler: Most of that stuff is not actually food.) “… Because if you replace full meals with Special K you’ll essentially starve, which is definitely one way to lose weight.”

How to Become an Ally to the Black Community. I am typically silent about painful topics like racism and these events (most recently, the Charleston shootings) on social media. It’s not because I don’t care, obviously. I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said a lot more eloquently than I can say it. But, I am aware that looking away because it hurts my heart is an egregious abuse of my privilege and absolutely the wrong thing to do. It should hurt. We should all be feeling it, and talking about it, and identifying the ways that we’re part of the problem, and then immediately cutting that shit out.

And, along the same vein: This is my house. “I don’t have to tell you that Nazi’s are bad and mass murderers are fuckheads and that racism is bullshit and suicide should be avoided and rape is shitty and water is wet and cats will scratch you if given enough time. This is all common sense. If I have to say this out loud for you to get those things then you are in the wrong place.”

Shifting gears to something a little more light-hearted, two weeks of status updates from your vague friends on Facebook made me chuckle.

And, finally, a special offer! My friend Allie recently launched the Love your Website e-course, offering a DIY-approach to crafting a strategic online space. She was also sweet enough to offer a discount code for me to share with you — if you’d like to give it a shot, you can use the code sixteenjuly for $30 off.

lately… {junebug}

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reading: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. This is R.T.’s favorite book, and I’ve somehow made it four years into our relationship without reading it. I’m remedying that now, and I keep asking him to re-read certain stories so that we can talk about them. It’s pretty sweet, actually.

wearing: This tunic from Modcloth. Oh my word. I love it so much. (I just ordered two more.)

smitten with: camping! How did I make it 31 years without having this experience?

indulging in: Tiny pockets of fun amidst my insane work schedule this month. Nickel arcade, Jurassic World, the rose gardens, stand-up comedy, my little camping trip, drinks with friends.

creating: Weekly spreads in my Filofax. I really want to get back to art journaling and Project Life, but since time is limited, I’m getting joy out of the process of laying out my week every Sunday, and making little notes + additions throughout the week.

listening to: Bon Iver’s cover of I can’t make you love me. It’s on a playlist I’ve been listening to a lot, and I just really love it.

bragging about: Officially incorporating! My little biz and I are not legally the same entity anymore! This is only exciting to me, but man, it is really exciting. (I’m earning an actual paycheck again! That’s kind of rad.)

looking forward to: SEEING RANDALL! (Or, as you know him, R.T.) I fly back to NH on Thursday! I’ll be there until July 8th, soaking up some east coast summer & adventuring in the Whites. Yes.

The rose gardens

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Monday evening, Drake and I visited the International Rose Test Garden here in Portland. It was pretty marvelous.

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Bold move for someone who is allergic to… all nature? Something like that.

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This one was very tiny and cute. I think it was named after a pepper — jalepeno something?

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I’m trying to find an exact number on how many varieties are in the test gardens – I’m sure it’s in the hundreds. All of the different colors were amazing. I wish I’d photographed some of the purple varieties. I’ll definitely be returning this summer.


I’ve challenged myself to blog every day for 100 days. This post is day 35 of 100.

Coffee Break: June 17

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Things I believe – Lindsey is such a beautiful writer. Love these words.

This whole thing, especially: Sincerity is a form of power.

I was faced with a choice. Either miss out on all of the things I wanted to do, see, and experience if no one could go with me, or put my big girl panties on and just get out there! So, I chose the latter.How I learned to be my own plus one. Yeah! A topic clearly very dear to my heart.

Eight things you can live without. All true. Moving across the country with nothing & making myself comfortable in a 460sqft live/work studio has made me really aware of how little you really need. (The bags thing, though… can’t really get behind that. I have at least three that I use regularly.)

The Collaborative Designer – wise words from Marie Poulin.

Workaholism & my Slow Road to Real Productivity – a great read, even for those of us who consider ourselves to be workaholics in recovery. (I dig the idea of not answering emails first thing in the morning. I might have to try that.)

How to Eat a Healthy Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet on $50 Per Week – seems very practical. I might give this a shot when I get back from NH next month.

#onebravetruth I am longing for…

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This week’s #onebravetruth prompt:

I am longing for…

I am longing for rest. The days are passing so quickly and the weeks are whirlwinds and keeping up has left me feeling exhausted in every way. (Joyously, rest is just a few days away.)

See mine and share yours on Instagram, with the hashtag #onebravetruth.

Would be so, so honored to see your photos & words this week.

Love,
Evan

The brilliant women on my team

Yay, Friday! It’s the end of week 4 of my 100 Days of Blogging challenge! I’m more than 25% of the way through!

This week was really productive! I’m feeling super jazzed about a few major things that I accomplished. Three of those things involve bringing several incredible women into my active orbit to help get shit done.

I hired Elizabeth Potts Weinstein – I’ve had ‘hire a lawyer’ on my to-do list for awhile, and finally having one is a huge relief. She’s helping me get some stuff squared away both with the legal/tax filing side of my business and helping with contracts/policies, etc. I’ve followed Elizabeth for years and I’m really thrilled to be working with her now.

I signed on to do some work with Braid Creative. I’ve admired Tara and Kathleen’s work for awhile, and my interest was piqued when I found out that they love working with other designers. They won’t be doing any visuals for me (or, at least, that’s not currently in the plan), but it’ll be fantastic to have fresh eyes on my business as I gear up to make some big changes.

My designer-bestie Elise and I decided to start our own little GSD club/mastermind. We’re doing weekly Skype check-ins & mid-week accountability texts. SO AWESOME. I really miss her, so this comes with the nice bonus of being able to see her face on video once a week.

I’m almost six years in, and my investments in my business have been pretty minimal to this point. These bigger investments in both money & time are really significant to me. (Read: I feel like an ultra legit badass.)

Also worth noting, as I’m working with folks with businesses similar to my own, that I don’t really believe in competition. I think we have nothing to lose and plenty to gain from teaming up and sharing our experiences.

Who’s on your team? Who supports you in moving forward in your business? Is there anyone in an industry similar to yours that you might team up with for insight/accountability?