January 2021 Recap

There’s no better excuse to leap at new opportunities, try something different, and start new routines than a brand new year to play with. I’ve found a lot of fun and interesting ways to give myself that fresh start feeling this January, and I believe it’s been an overall success.

January 2021 Recap: Milestones, MGLit, and Making Improvements
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December 2020 Recap

December is my month of preparation. Everything lingering on the To Do list gets reassessed, rescheduled, or tossed into the reject pile, leaving me with a clean slate and a shiny new set of goals for the new year. I also take some time to reflect on accomplishments, using that as fuel to take on fresh challenges. And I celebrate, because what’s the point if you can’t kick back, have some sweets, and splurge on gifts for the people you love once in a while?

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November 2020 Recap

Sometimes we plan, plot, schedule, and set goals… only to realize life is heading in the opposite direction. In times like these, it’s tempting to sit back and feel sorry about all the undone things on last month’s To Do. Instead, I add them to the list. I can still feel accomplished for a job well done, even if it’s not what I had in mind!

November 2020 Recap: Thinking Big, Shopping Small, and Being Festive
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The Giver’s Guide to Gift Shopping

Gift giving is one of my talents. Any gift-centric holiday or event that requires shopping is automatically a favorite of mine. But maybe you don’t share my enthusiasm for Secret Santa exchanges and workplace White Elephants.

If finding the perfect present is stressing you out, I’m here to help with a few ideas, some tried and true methods, and a sprinkle of sage advice.

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#virtuAAL2020

Show & Tell

This weekend I’m participating in #virtuAAL2020, an online artist alley! Peruse and purchase artwork, merch, and other goods created by independent artists and small business owners. There will be sales, short-run items, and other cool specials you’ll want to get in on. It’s a fantastic time to do some early holiday shopping!

Don’t have time to scroll through Twitter? Check out the #virtuAAL2020 directory to quickly find what you’re in the mood to shop for.

Many thanks to the organizer of this event, Becca Farrow! Be sure to check out her work, and give her a shoutout if you enjoy the event.

To learn more about what I’m selling, check out my #virtuAAL2020 introduction post at BumbleBess.com or follow me on Twitter for regular updates!

Working 9-5: Why I’m Live-Tweeting my Wednesdays

For the first time last week, I shared my virtual workspace via Twitter. An open invitation for my friends and followers to experience A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer was released on social media, along with a 9am-5pm schedule.

Working 9-5: Why I'm Live-Tweeting My Wednesdays

My plan: to Live Tweet my regular old workday on Wednesdays. But why?

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A Day in the Life

Have you been wondering how a graphic designer like me spends their day? Are you tired of working from home all alone? Did you ever think a regular workday would be exciting?

I invite you to join me for A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. I’ll be sharing my workday with you via Twitter tomorrow (August 12) in a “productivity crawl” from 9am to 5pm (PST).

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to participate, but you will get a glimpse of my workspace, pick up a few tips and tricks on productivity, and hopefully get some much-needed social out of social media. Use this time to get stuff done in your own way.

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. Work 9-5 PST with @ElzaKinde on Twitter. Wednesday, August 12.

Wednesday, August 12

9AM to 5PM (PST), hosted by @ElzaKinde on Twitter

9AM – Event Begins
9:30 – Research & Prep
10AM – Focus Time
11AM – 20 Minute Break
11:20 – Focus Time
12:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – Event Resumes
1:45 – Check & Respond to Emails
2PM – Low-Focus Work + Entertainment
3PM – Stretch Break
4PM – Event Resumes
4:30 – Last Push
5PM – Event Ends

I hope to see you there!