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Checking In

Hey friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here! Since launching the Yellow Conference and running that whole shebang, I’ve def put my blog to the side.

I can tell you that life these past few months has had a lot of ups and downs. There’s been some great things that have happened, and some really hard things. Seems like life is just like that. I feel as if I’m in a real transition phase right now. I’m really growing and learning so much about myself and where I want to head with my life. It feels good- but there sure are growing pains!

I’ve had a taste of what I can do with The Yellow Conference and my creative juices are totally flowing on that end. Ideas are coming easily and I’m very motivated on that front. On my graphic design/business end, it’s been taking a lot more discipline for me. I know that creatives struggle often with this. We’re emotional beings, constantly looking for fulfilment and inspiration. Work doesn’t always get us there- but when it does, it’s so good. We get a taste of that and think it should be like that all of the time. I’ve had to just accept the fact that it’s not always like that. Work takes WORK. Even when you’re doing what you love.

These are just some things I’ve been learning lately.

This summer is going to be very busy- all good things that I’m truly looking forward to. I will check in here as often as I can! Just wanted to tell you that I’m still kicking, learning and growing a ton, and am very thankful for all that’s happening in my life, even the tough stuff.

Have a great weekend friends! Enjoy it to the fullest :)

27. June 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 2 comments

Portrait Time

It’s been too long since I’ve been on here. Last week I had an amazing time on vacation with my husband and two friends of ours. We went on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and saw some of the most beautiful beaches I think I’ve ever seen. I will definitely be posting about that here soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you these photos that my talented friend Joanne Pio took of me awhile back. We went to Little Dom’s in Los Feliz- which was awesome if you’re ever in the area. It’s not often I like photos of myself, I’m super awkward in front of a camera (like red in the face I don’t know what to do with my hands status) but she did such a good job capturing a few moments from our lovely coffee time together I had to share them with you. 
Happy Wednesday friends!…

12. March 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 21 comments

The Yellow Conference

There’s been a very special project that I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. This week the word has slowly been getting out, but I wanted to officially announce it here. This year I will be organizing The Yellow Conference. It’s a little idea I had in the shower, that has now turned into something that’s actually happening. It’s SO cool to experience dreams that turn into reality!

You can read more about the conference on the website, but right now, we are just getting the word out along with the mission and big picture idea behind the conference. So help me spread the word through TwitterInstagram, and Facebook! Our actual location will be announced next week, and registration will open the following week + the official schedule will be announced. The conference will take place August 28th and 29th, here in the LA area.

You guys, this thing is going to be amazing. I mean, just take a look at a few of the speakers that we have, and you’ll get a taste of the vibe of this place. We have Sarah Dubbledam, the creator of Darling Magazine coming, Promise Tangeman, the rock star designer, and Aja Brown, the 31 year old mayor of Compton who is doing crazy awesome things to turn that city around. And those are just three of them!

You can read more about the conference on the website, but I wanted to make it official as the word has slowly been getting out, and tell you guys first! I am beyond blessed to be apart of this new adventure, can’t wait to see what comes of it!!! Would love your support!!

Thanks friends!!…

27. February 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life, My Work, Yellow Conference | 14 comments

Headed to Hume

I’m taking an early weekend and headed up to Hume Lake to be a high school conselor for my church’s youth group! I’m really excited as Hume holds a special place in my heart.

It’s where I first learned to make my faith my own. It’s where spent a full summer during college, learning more about myself, and it’s where my husband and I had our very first “real” date. It’s a meaningful spot for me, and I’m stoked to get up there for a few days this weekend.

Have a great rest of your week friends, and I’ll see you back here next week!!…

14. February 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 2 comments

Blooms

I’ve been super drawn to photos of flowers these days. I’m not sure if it’s just the fact that spring is just around the corner, or if I’m just feeling flowery.


Things around here have been super busy, but really good busy! I’ve got some really exciting projects I’ve been working on lately, and cannot wait to share them with you. But in the meantime, I had to stop in and tell you guys that I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and stop to smell the flowers, even if they’re just on Pinterest :)

Peace!!…

07. February 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Inspiration, Life | 2 comments

Some Weeks…

Happy Friday you guys! I have to admit, I really thought about not posting a blog this week. But I’m REALLY trying to stay consistent here- so here it is you all. My blog post.

This week I was able to head up to my home town on the Central Coast of California and spend some quality time with my sister. I’ve been working from my laptop during the day, then hanging out with my sis and working on her wedding stuff through the evening. (My sister is engaged!)

I forget how gross the air is in LA until I step out of my car after the three hour drive up here. It smells so good. And you can see the stars at night. They’re so pretty.

I oftentimes take my job for granted, sometimes when it gets hard I  just wish for something that didn’t take me over so much. But then there’s weeks like this, where I can sit in a coffee shop all day, have a view of the ocean, and hang out with my sister. All while continuing to work. It’s an amazing thing that makes me so thankful for technology and the internet.

Anyways, I’ve had my share of stresses these past few weeks, and some days they can really get to me. But slowing down, breathing and remembering what I have is my motto this year. And I have so much to be thankful for. Like this little walk I took this morning. On this beach. Where I grew up. So much goodness.


Have a great weekend friends, enjoy it!!…

24. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 4 comments

Do This Everyday

Happy 2014 friends!!! I thought it would be appropriate that my first blog post of the year be about something I’m planing on doing (*almost) everyday this year, to bring more joy and happiness into my life.

Let me start it off with a little story…

Once upon a time there was a man named Glenn Pickett. That man had a love for music, bike riding, and doing what is right. He had a strong sense of integrity, and shared it with his family and friends. That man is my dad. I get older and realized how darn blessed I was to be raised by a guy like him. This Christmas my dad gave my brother, sister, my sister’s fiance, my mom and my husband all a special gift. He gave us each a moleskin journal with a poem written inside. Each of the poems were written specifically for the person receiving it, about that person. It was a special Christmas morning as he one by one presented us with our journals and read the poems out loud to us. It was especially cute when he started crying while reading the poem he wrote for my mom. *cue water works!

But besides the poems, inside the journal my dad had written down 5 things he himself had recently committed to doing daily, with the intention of bringing more happiness and joy into his life. He asked us to join him in this exercise, using the journals he gave us to document the process. Next year, we will get together and share some of our highlights. We all gladly accepted the challenge.

So friends, I wanted to share this with you to offer it up as something you could do this year as well. No pressure to do it everyday (the exercise one is toughest for me!! Some days I count small things like 5 push ups as exercise!) I haven’t stuck to the everyday habit so far, but I try to do it almost everyday. It’s been awesome to see that there are always things to be thankful for, even on the crappiest of days. I’ve found on the days when I can not immediately think of any moment that would be worth reliving, if I search a bit harder, I’ll find one. Every time. Even if it’s as simple as that moment I looked out the window and saw that beautiful sunset.

I really think that living a life of gratitude leads to fulfilment and contentment in any circumstance. Being thankful for what we have is a habit we need to bring into our everyday lives.

So if you don’t have a specific New Years Resolution, (or even if you do!) join me in doing these 5 simple things each day. See how it slowly morphs you and brings you more joy. And when we are filled with joy, we can accomplish great things. You never know what could happen!!

I hope you all have had a great start to your year, 2014 is gonna be a good one. I can feeeeel it.…

09. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 26 comments

6 Holiday Drinks to Sip

By this time you’re either rushing to finish up work, running around picking up last minute gifts, wrapping, or relaxing cause you’re on top of it and eating something yummy. Me? I’m blogging from my studio then headed home to wrap! I’m all for holiday drinks to sip while wrapping presents or spending time with friends and family. So I thought I’d gather together some of my favorite festive drink Pins for you guys to explore.

Below are each of the links to the drinks pictured above where you can go check out the instructions and learn how to make these things!

Lavender Hot Chocolate
Moscow Mule
Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria
Frosted Gingerbread Martini
Honey Sage Gin Fizz
Spiked Hot Chocolate

I will be blog-breaking it until after the new year. So join me back here in 2014 for some more creative play over here, ok? Can you believe it’s the end of 2013?? I really learned so much about myself this past year. 2013 was very reflective and a time of looking at myself, really thinking about what I want to do with my life and the person I want to be. I’m stoked to have some confirmation come from that time of reflection and I can’t wait to see what comes of it in 2014. Thanks everyone for following along this little journey with me. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful break. Cheers!!…

23. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Just Lovin, Life, Randomness | 2 comments

Around Burbank | Quenelle

After getting a great response to this post about my visit / new love for Storyville Cafe, I knew I had to start blogging more about my food adventures. I’ve been wanting to try Quenelle in Burbank since it opened up this summer. Burbank doesn’t have the best reputation for food places when compared to the rest of the LA area, so I was stoked to hear that this place was in my hood. The temp hit 80 this week- and I thought it would be a great excuse to head to Quenelle for a Christmas ice cream outing. I grabbed my foodie friend Rachel and we headed out to get our ice cream on.I am the WORST when it comes to making decisions. It’s something I’m planning to work on for 2014… So I drive myself crazy when it comes to choosing ice cream flavors. Especially when I want ALL of them. Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brûlée, Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallows, and Bourbon Eggnog were just a few of the options! So I got a popsicle. Actually, it was an Apple Pie Ice Cream Bar with this amazing outer shell that had something to do with graham crackers and carmel. Heaven in your mouth.It’s a simple little shop, run by an award winning pastry chef. There are a few books and plants around, but the main focus is on your taste buds. Nothing like tasting great quality food. It speaks for itself! Quenelle’s delicious, creamy and creative ice cream speaks so much for itself, that they don’t even have a website!
You can check out their Yelp page to see the store info and read the good things other people have to say. Thanks to my friend Rachel for snapping a few of these pics- and thanks Quenelle for being so yummy and close to mi casa. If you guys are ever in Burbank and needing something sweet to eat- definitely check it out! And let me know when you go so I can meet you there and taste another flavor!
Happy Thursday friends!…

18. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Just Lovin, Life | 14 comments

Just Stop

Oh the holidays. For some reason it puts this unneeded pressure on everything. Buying gifts, finishing up projects, setting goals for the new year, thinking about how fast the year went by… and how fast life goes by… freaking out about how quickly 30 is approaching and what will I have accomplished?? AH!! Pressure from all over the place!! Anyone feel me?? Please tell me I’m not the only one whose thoughts spiral down this rabbit hole!

I bought this print a few weeks ago to hang in my studio. It reminds me to calm myself. Take a step back and stop worrying. Just stop.

As I take a look at the people I admire and what they’re doing in the world, I realized that they are just playing. It’s just thinking of cool ideas to do and executing them. It’s really that simple. Playing smart I guess you could say. All each of us are doing in this world is helping make it run in one way or another. Isn’t that what our work is? Just helping the world run?

It’s a funny thing, talking about playing and being all inspirational and living each day to the fullest. Inspirational quotes are just everywhere you look in this internet land. But how do we live an inspired life when most of our
days are filled with such normal things? How are we supposed to live each day to the fullest if it’s full of emails,
bills, deadlines, taking showers, taking off makeup and watching House Hunters? What does it mean to live an
inspired life??

I don’t have the answers that’s for sure. But I do know that somewhere between the putting on our shoes and deciding what to eat for lunch, there’s a heartbeat. There’s a breath. A blink. Something crazy happening in our brain that is telling us which way is up. Literally. Such simple things happening that are keeping us alive. We are ALIVE people!! Don’t forget it. And be thankful for it.

So don’t worry, ok?? Don’t let the holiday pressures knock you down. (totally talking to myself here…) Take a minute and be thankful that you are alive. That simple awareness can change your day. It may not change the normal events that are happening throughout it, but it will change your outlook and rub off on the people around you. And maybe make the world a better place. With one simple bit of awareness.

On that note… I totally fell in LOVE with this video by my friend Emma Robertson from Emmadime. She posted it on her blog as the first in her new “A Day in the life” series. This one is a day in the life of a graphic designer. I’ve watched it like 8 times!! I think in one way I love it so much because it looks very similar to the life I live everyday- and if you’re a freelance graphic designer it probably looks similar to yours too! But I think what I really love about it is it’s embracing the everyday things and giving them attention. Making them beautiful and creative and awesome. Here’s Emma’s blog post with the vid and you can watch it below.So be alive people. You don’t have to go sky diving to know that you’re a miracle. Just look at your fingerprint and you’ll know.

Enjoy the day peeps- and don’t let the holiday pressure get to ya! Just stop worrying and look at your pupils in the mirror. Those things are crazy.…

11. December 2013 by Joanna
Categories: Encouragement, Life | 18 comments

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