Hey <<First Name>>,
Happy holidays! The email is a true mish-mash, but hey, it's the last one of 2018.
I had my last day of work yesterday and now I have 6 whole days away from the office! I decided to go back for two days over the week in between Christmas and New Year's because it's hard for me to take extended breaks. It just leaves me dreading what's ahead of me and that's not how I like to start a new year. I'm looking forward to spending the 27th and the 28th in a quiet office, away from endless turkey leftovers, typing away at some tasks that I've been putting off for several weeks.
Today, my goals are to:
Today is going to take a lot of coffee! I know people are always like, "the holidays are for relaxing!" but, for me, there's nothing more relaxing than having a house to myself and the space to do my projects!
- Clean the bathroom
- Vacuum the whole house
- Bake at least one type of cookies
- Nearly finish the tree skirt I'm quilting. Yes, I started a tree skirt two days after I put up my Christmas tree. I say "nearly finish" because I gotta be realistic here.
A few weeks ago my partner rigged up all the speakers in our house to talk to each other so now I can put on Spotify from my phone and have it play in every single room in the house! It's beyond overkill, but it's also kind of magic, so I'll take it. We were out running errands in the truck the other day and one of the radio stations was playing the entirety of Band on the Run by Wings, and I got really into it! So today I'll be blasting Jet (a song about Paul McCartney's dog! how precious) all day, in every room.
Recommended reading this month:
✂️ In 1876, a teacher made this amazing solar system quilt to teach her students about space!
🔎 This is a long read and maybe even a little bit of a hate-read, but so good: Dr Elon and Mr. Musk sheds light on the world of Tesla and their insane production goals. After going from working for small businesses as a freelancer to trying to serve thousands working in government, stories about scale fascinate me.
🙅 Period tracking apps are not for women. I used to track my cycles using a website before I had a smartphone and then I used the app after I got an iPhone. I had about 3 years of data built up by the time I stopped using it because I started feeling uneasy about the whole thing.
🎨 33 rules on how to be an artist. Or, just a more creative person, period.
🍵A lovely little collection of tea tags. I love looking at design ephemera collections like this!
❄️Christmas craft idea: giant paper snowflakes.
🍳 Some handy kitchen tips from the pros.
📚 In need of holiday reading? Here's the 100 must-read books from 2018!
Recommended Listening & Watching:
Going to be listening to Jocelyn K. Glei's podcast episode on burnout today. And reminding myself to hurry slowly.
Little Women is on Netflix, so here's my Boxing Day plan: couch + jammies + Little Women.
If you read all the way to the end:
I'm thinking about taking on some freelance illustration side-projects in the new year! Mostly because I miss drawing every day and it's hard for me to make time for it. But also because I'm still paying for a Creative Cloud subscription and I want to make it worth it. 🙈So, if you or someone you know is looking for app illustrations like these, or lettering for cards and other swag like this, then let's talk!
Thanks for sticking around for the year and hanging out with me!
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