*WARNING* Part Mummy Rant. Incredibly dull post, but an eye-opener.
Something which showed me the importance of being human and the harsh reality of being a Mum as well as a little, local, self-employed Graphic Designer.
January started out as a very quiet month after a very quiet December. February, however, I have been inundated! Part yay, part eeek. There have been some very long days/nights to get all of the design work done. Anyway, it is VERY exciting, a wonderful new set of projects to get my teeth stuck into and a great variety of briefs. I’m making great progress and keeping the house fairly organised as well until… My littlest person ended up with a trip to hospital for some steroids and a nebuliser. 3.5hrs Overnight. Yes I know it’s a relatively small thing and all turned out absolutely fine but aside mild parental panic there was no sleep for us until 3am. Both mini G’s decided it was time to get up at some ridiculous time (before the GroClock Sun comes out) and I’m left barely functioning for the remainder of Friday with a long to do list and a load of emails.
Amongst what can only be described as chaos, the metaphorical sunshine starts to break through the cloud. I endeavour to be as prompt as possible when responding to client queries, even around family life (maybe I’m a bad Mum for that?!) but I was going to have to suck up the judgement of delayed, short, barely coherent written words. Honesty really was the only way forward.
I apologetically confessed the aftermath of our night-time hospital adventures and waited for the cold silence in my inbox. It never came. Instead I received the most amazing replies of understanding and solidarity. I am first and foremost a Mum and they completely understood what that means. THANK YOU.
It’s ok to be human, it’s ok to be honest. We seem to spend so much time trying to present a business that is representative of us, sometimes we forget, being a parent is actually part of that. People want to connect, they don’t mind the reality of life (sparing any real detail of course) they just want to communicate with a real person.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Franklin D. Roosevelt had some wise words to offer, particularly relevant I think, when it comes to the world of self-employment!
So I umm-ed and ahh-ed for quite a while about setting up a blog.
I don’t normally consider myself as particularly interesting or having much to say.. (but I can give a good rant about some subjects.. let’s avoid that shall we!)
After some thought, I realised, I do have a good knowledge base that can help others with design queries. I’m a little, local, small business based in Tonbridge, Kent and I do have some knowledge and potentially helpful advice to share. I’m always open to suggestions if there are things you want to know how to do!
I honestly believe though, that anyone can ‘create’ beautiful things, you don’t have to be a designer to know how to represent yourself or what you stand for. <3