I live in suburbia. I’m a wife and mother of 2 kids and 3 pets who think they are kids. I juggle chorale and dance and basketball and carpool. Though my website photo shoots might show otherwise, I wear leggings with cotton tunics and boots that look like slippers. Every day.
While I love Instagram, being a designer isn’t always the part we show to the world, is it? Behind that social media façade, we are balancing our work and the many things in our lives. This job can be rewarding, but it can also be a grind. At times, I find it hard to separate my work from my life.
There are good things, right?
PAUSE a moment and think about that (and pat yourself on the back).
And then there’s the not-so-much things… on a bad day, our work can leave us discouraged and doubting ourselves, especially when projects go sideways.
Because my work and life often intertwine a bit too much (I admit it), my two favorite words have become simplicity and intention. A close third, is ease.
It’s why I started teaching what I know. Not that being a designer will always be easy, but the part of your life where you interact with clients and design things for them should feel collaborative and satisfying – without them taking a notion (as my mom says), or dragging you through mojo-killing revision cycles, or modifying your designs until you cringe.
Here’s why I know you can…
I’ve been doing this for almost 25 years (see my portfolio). Marketing strategies come and go. Design tools change. But the process of design itself doesn’t really change. Mastering the design process – learning how to guide clients and translate their vision into a design they love – is the key to ease. And #bonus… the key to charging double or triple for your work.
It’s okay if you aren’t quite ready for a course. Consider joining me in my free Facebook Community. I would love to connect with you there.
Christine Thatcher is the founder of Christine Marie Studio, a boutique design agency dedicated to helping visionary entrepreneurs and small business owners infuse their personalities into profitable virtual platforms. She combines 25 years of corporate, agency and mid-sized business design experience to guide her clients through the web design and development process.