I Quit My Job.

interior styling toronto That's right, I did it.  I am finally a full-time entrepreneur.  I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now.  As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me.  The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).

loveonsunday interior styling

I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me.  It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed.  Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid".  It would consume my thoughts morning and night.  I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision.  Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up.  Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck.  There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity".  I believe this 100%.  I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be.  Now is my moment of opportunity.

loveonsunday working as a freelance designer

After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted.  Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time.  On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands.  On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business.  I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul.  It just wasn't right for me anymore.  My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go.  The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.

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So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning.  I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way.  There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own.  Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year.  I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life.  It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge.  I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable.  It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world.  I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income.  He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)

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So things are going to look a little different around here.  I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday.  Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that.  I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!

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Inspiration

inspiration, graphic design As some of you might know, I work as a full-time graphic designer.  In addition to writing this blog (which admittedly, I've neglected over the past couple of weeks...for a good reason, though), I take on a select number of freelance projects which range anywhere from logos to web design to product packaging.  Working full-time allows me to have a stable income to pay the bills and taking on a few freelance projects obviously means extra moula but more importantly, it means working with some amazing people and challenging myself in new and exciting ways. For me, it has always been about the creative process and the joy in creating something beautiful, meaningful and valuable.  That really excites me.

inspiration, graphic designer, Toronto

I've  moonlighted for many years.  Probably almost a decade on and off.  8 hours at my full-time job and another 8 hours in front of my computer at home.  It can wreak havoc on your body and mind, even ruin some of your relationships.  BUT, if you work your butt off and learn how to manage your time correctly, it can be so rewarding.  Myself and anyone else who has 2 jobs out there will tell you - this shit is hard work.  You are constantly making sacrifices in order to do what you love.

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And this led me to think of you, my readers and fellow bloggers who dedicate a lot of time creating amazing DIY's and/or original content all while carrying a full-time job or being a full-time stay at home Mom.  Even though I don't have any little ones, I know that can be more like a 24hr job so props to all you ladies.

typography, graphic design

As bloggers, there can definitely be a lot of pressure to constantly create and stay relevant.  We are continuously pushing ourselves to think outside the box, acquire new skills and create something truly original but consistent with our own style.  And this is the same approach I take with my graphic design business.  The industry is so competitive and I am constantly trying to update my skills.  Also, much like bloggers who are selective with the brands they align with, I too am selective with the clients I work for.  I enjoy the creative process so much more when clients share the same aesthetic and appreciation for simple and clean design.  So with all this pressure, can't it be difficult to find inspiration sometimes?

So my question to all the creative peeps and bloggers out there:  how and where do YOU find inspiration?  Other than time management, this seems to be a big challenge for me.  What is your number one source for inspiration?  Pinterest? Instagram? Magazines? Going for a walk downtown?

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And speaking of inspiration, have you checked out my latest colour crush?   I'm obsessed with this colour right now.

Pretty Paper Goods

Are you a sucker for pretty paper goods?  I know I am. So naturally, when my fiance suggested online invitations I froze (can you imagine my face?).  I get the ease of having everything online and yes, it's much cheaper.  But I love the feeling of holding a well designed card or invitation.  Perhaps it's because I know how much work goes into designing these pieces so I really can appreciate it.  I never throw out a good business card or invitation - in fact, I have a box full of them.

For my wedding, I will be designing my own invitations and I am on a very tight budget.  Which means no letterpress or gold foil (insert sad face).  But hey, I got my dream business cards so I can't complain.  In search of some inspiration, I stumbled upon a few pieces that stole my heart.   A great font combo, a nice heavy card stock and some bold patterns can really make my heart flutter so those are definitely some of my must-haves:

foodie wedding invitations

I'm leaning towards something a little more laid-back and fun - just how we want our wedding day to be!

What do you think?  Do you have any favourites?  Married ladies, do you still have your wedding invitations?   I'd love to know!

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