Vol. 28 — I was reading @sarablakely (creator of spanx) post yesterday about investing in yourself. And it is so damn true. It’s something I personally so often forget to do. I get so consumed by what I’m doing for a project, for entertainment (netflix/hypnotic Instagram scroll, anyone? 😜), I forget when to stop, to set aside time and drill in on my dreams, my well-being and things as basic as cooking myself food or drinking a glass of water. It’s at this point I have so often worked myself into a state of turmoil and felt so unfulfilled with my day, my progress and my self investment.
I have been learning these past two years to fight the lazy demons. For example: With the gym (my first realisation that I wasn’t investing in myself), I started realising my commitment to getting the f away from my computer (no matter how busy I thought I was or how tired I thought I was) meant I was healthier mentally and physically to get on with my work and my life.
So now for me, Vol. 28 is my next investment. This venture is about finding time to share as a creative. To put it simply an online presence is like the bread and butter to our career. (It’s like not having a doctorate and calling yourself a Dr. ya know. And I want my bloody doctorate written across my forehead). And my other investment this year is learning French, a challenge as difficult as departing from the laptop, for the gym. But a commitment I need to make to allow myself to get on with my life confidentially here in Paris.
And the point I’m attempting (and failing miserably) to make in all this is: I’m here in France away from my family and closest friends. And sometimes I admittedly feel empty, lost and overwhelmed. But self investment (with a little (big) push and shove from every unwilling bone in my body) can so heavily influence my sense of fulfillment and gratitude.
It is investing in what we want most for ourselves &/or the world around us, that helps us to find our fulfillment ✨ What’s on your bucket list? #selfinvestment#wellbeing#paris#france#learningfrench#frenchisbeautiful#shesgotissues#thisismyvolume#selfgrowth#gymmotivation
Hey hey hey 👋🏼 So as promised: This is Vol. 1 – a manifesto into the meaning of Vol. 28.
Anyone that knows me well is certainly adapted to my in-depth manner of thinking about life, matters and ideas (an attention to detail most would find trivial and strange, hence why I don’t talk about it with creativity muggles). I place such importance on every written word, every design, every decision and every thing I do when designing. I have this tie to the idea that my design is meaningless without a fricken solid back story. I’d go as far as to say my hands don’t work until the words do. Until the project has layers and depth. Even if that depth is never truly understood by the viewer. Frankly, I do it for me. I start every single design project by looking up the google definition or synonyms of the language loosely used to describe the desired outcome. Any word that I can cling to, as a tool to dig deeper. It’s like a hunt, desperately seeking ideals that will tip my brain from logic to 🤪 (cou cou). Ideas never really visually surfacing but allowing me to get the pen to paper. I think it’s needless to say the depths of meaning behind Vol. 28 had to be deep, slightly insane, layered and hard to explain. And I guess this all summarises why it took me so darn long to put a name to my trade ✨