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Hey all, I am so excited to share this video with you! My friend, and accountability buddy, Max and I wanted to share with you the benefits of finding someone you can bounce ideas off it. We think it is so important to not keep your business struggles and goals to yourself, but to find an accountability buddy you can trust that will help your business grow!

We hope you enjoy this video!

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Thank you for reading & watching,

J :)

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Disclaimer: It is design week and I hope I will be able to articulate myself well in these posts. Due to my high energy and overall excitement about the events, these posts may seem a bit over the top, full of emotions and as a whole… will probably contain a ton of exclamation marks. Let’s just say… you have been warned.

(This coming weekend, you can expect a full video recap and video clips from each day on my YouTube Channel! Follow me on twitter instagram – I will post the link there when it is posted! Or subscribe to my channel to see it first! In the mean time, I will be blogging here all week!)

Read my other Design Week Portland posts here!

It is Sunday now and I wrapped up Design Week on Friday evening with the WeMake Celebrates Party! 

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The WeMake party for Design Week is filled with little activities for you to do (In my video, which will be posted soon, shows some of that), delicious local beer, music from a local high school, and an auction of hand crafted bird houses by select makers to support arts and music education. Pretty awesome!DesignWeekPortland_JehnGlynn_Day7_4 DesignWeekPortland_JehnGlynn_Day7_3 DesignWeekPortland_JehnGlynn_Day7_2They even had posters you could buy, that were made by specially invited designers. Their only rules for this project were to only use Red, Green and Blue colors in their piece at a certain dimension.  I would love to one day be invited to work on a project like that! I bought the one at the end… I cannot wait to make it part of my home decor!

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I had so much fun, I got to hang out with friends, make new friends and just relax and enjoy after a very busy week! I cannot wait to finish up my design week video to share with you guys as well! Make sure you are subscribed to my Youtube Channel so you don’t miss it!

Thank you for going along with me on my journey during Design Week. It really means a lot to me. I truly love sharing my experiences with others, as well as learning about everyone else’s experiences. I really believe it is what forms relationships and builds community. This week I had the lucky opportunity to get a peek inside some of other designers and creatives minds, which really is a true treat.

Some main takeaways from the week:

Personal Passion Projects:

  • Be yourself.
  • Create from the heart.
  • Create for yourself.

Client Work:

  • Research the market in depth before you begin doing any concepts. Especially if you do value based pricing.
  • Get out and ask the users what they really want. Example: Just because a client asks you to do a tri-fold brochure, does not mean it is the right thing to design. Get out and ask the users if they even want a brochure, maybe what will satisfy them is something completely different.
  • The client is not always right. Educate your client!
  • I don’t charge enough.
  • Do work YOU Want to do. You don’t have to always say yes!

Being a creative: 

  • Just because someone doesn’t like what you are doing, does not mean you should stop! Their opinion is not the end all be all!
  • Try to pay attention to what YOU like about design and work towards following that path.
  • Inspiration is everywhere. Look beyond design to find it!

I will see you guys in my coming video! I hope you have a great day – thanks again for reading!

– Jehn

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Disclaimer: It is design week and I hope I will be able to articulate myself well in these posts. Due to my high energy and overall excitement about the events, these posts may seem a bit over the top, full of emotions and as a whole… will probably contain a ton of exclamation marks. Let’s just say… you have been warned.

(This coming weekend, you can expect a full video recap and video clips from each day on my YouTube Channel! Follow me on twitter instagram – I will post the link there when it is posted! Or subscribe to my channel to see it first! In the mean time, I will be blogging here all week!)

Read my other Design Week Portland posts here!

Tonight I went and saw Stefan Sagmeister do this talk on happiness. I have seen him talk a bunch of times on happiness, but only through videos online. Even though his content was pretty much the same… it was what happened after the show that was the most magical.

But first, on with the show. Well, let me back up… I have been a fan of Stefan for a very very long time. I am semi obsessed with album art and Lou Reed, and when I learned he did art work for Lou Reed back in in 1996, I was instantly hooked. The album was full of handwritten typography that I could just not get enough of. So, it was really cool getting to meet someone whose work you have been paying attention to for years.

Ok, now on with the show.

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What I enjoyed about this talk, was that it was not about design. It was about self-exploration within himself that turned into him sharing everything he learned with the world, and in turn, I am sure has made an impact on peoples lives.

Through this exploration of happiness, he wanted to create a movie documenting three months of his life while trying three proven methods of happiness (meditation, therapy and drugs), just to see if it made an impact on his life. However, he said the movie was so much harder than he anticipated due to his lack of skill in the quality of work he wants to produce. Which means the film has not been finished and he talked about this very openly. He said it has been a real struggle for him mentally and has really weighed him down, and has been really hard. It was so nice hearing someone, who has accomplished a lot of what they have set out to do, that they feel bummed out about things as well. That they cannot complete projects because they don’t know everything. It was a very real moment, as was the whole evening. Stefan is just like one of us, a human being.

As you may know, Stefan takes an entire year off every seven years to work on things he does not normally have the time to work on. During the seven years he is working, he constantly makes a list of things he wants to do during that year. When the year is approaching, he goes down the list, crosses off things that are not interesting anymore and creates a plan for a year. He said that he tried to not create a plan for one of the years, and it was not worth while in his opinion. He did not get out of it what he had hoped.

“I didn’t have a plan. The outside world did all the planning for me… I answered e-mails all year.” – Stefan Sagmsiester

I can totally relate to the idea of having a plan, even if it is to enjoy some leisure time. I also think it is more a matter of making decisions for yourself to not do certain things. Even if it is as little as not picking up your phone while you are watching a great movie, or crossing things off of your list that you once thought you wanted to do, but don’t really have interest to do anymore.

He ended his talk by saying that something that has helped him consistently in his quest to discover different levels of happiness, is by every night, he writes down three things that worked that day, that made him happy. I think it is only appropriate that I end his post with my three. Please leave your three in the comments below, I would love to hear them!

What worked today:

1. I came home from working, with the full intention of doing two design week events tonight… and nearly passed out on my couch. I was so exhausted from the week. So, I stayed home and nurtured my soul a little bit. It was nice and very necessary!

2. Starting my “I don’t know” project. More on that later!

3. I listened to a new album today recommended by a friend. If you love Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, you’ll love this!

Oh, wait… I told you that something magical happened at the end. I went to the VIP mixer afterward and hung out with incredible designers, had unbelievable conversations about real things and I truly feel like I made some friends out of the night! Also, Stefan talked to every single person in that room for as long as that person wanted to talk to him. He was so patient and incredibly thoughtful with everything he said and how he treated every person in that room. It really was magical… but not as magical as Stefan being in a vlog with me! Here is a screenshot of the vlog – HE IS SO DAMN TALL! Half the vlog has his face cut off, haha! Keep an eye out for my video on Sunday, I will include a clip in there!

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Let me know your three things that worked for you today in the comments!

Don’t forget how awesome you are :)!

See you tomorrow – I am doing something really fun for the final Design Week adventure, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading,

J

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Disclaimer: It is design week and I hope I will be able to articulate myself well in these posts. Due to my high energy and overall excitement about the events, these posts may seem a bit over the top, full of emotions and as a whole… will probably contain a ton of exclamation marks. Let’s just say… you have been warned.

(This coming weekend, you can expect a full video recap and video clips from each day on my YouTube Channel! Follow me on twitter instagram – I will post the link there when it is posted! Or subscribe to my channel to see it first! In the mean time, I will be blogging here all week!)

Read my other Design Week Portland posts here!

Holy shit. It’s only Tuesday? That means three more days of feeling the way I am feeling right now (enlightened, exhausted and excited… all at once)? THE THREE E’S? I’M IN! *thumbs up!*

Tonight I attended Curiosity Club Panel Discussion “This is It – Or is It? “ at Hand-Eye Supply

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I did not even tweet during this event, because I was so fixated on every word the panel was saying. I, however, filled my notebook with quotes after quotes after quotes. Which I am going to share with you!

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I didn’t tweet during the last event because I literally was hanging onto every word that panel said. So, I wrote it all down instead. Hehe :) #dwpdx

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The premise of this panel discussion was for everyone to talk about their ‘ah ha’ moments of when they realized they were on the right path in their creatives lives & then to also talk about those moments in life, where they realized they were not going down the right path for themselves. All of that was talked about, but I wanted to share my favorite moments and quotes with you, from each panelist!

Kate was the first to talk, she is an illustrator and educator. She started off the talk by introducing herself and she spoke very candidly about how she was originally a mass communication major and pretty quickly realized, that it was not for her, burnt her mass comm book (no, she really did!) and switched her major to English.

“I realized that I had control of my education. I can drop this stupid major and do what I want to do” – Kate Bingaman-Burt

It was in that moment, that Kate realized that SHE was the one in control of HER life.

“Be an active participant in your life” – Kate Bingaman-Burt

“Make the path you want to walk along” – Kate Bingaman-Burt

I loved listening to Kate talk, not only because she exudes energy and is a great speaker, but you can tell that everything she is working on in her life right now, are things she truly cares about. As someone who is intentionally shifting what their life can look like in the next several years (me), I really admire that about her. For the first time in my life, I feel like the path I have been working to create for myself has finally caught up with me and I can wholeheartedly say that I also am working on things that I am proud of and excited about. Honestly, we CAN create the lives we want. It is something I preach constantly in my everyday life, in my videos, literally everywhere. Ask my friends, I don’t shut up about it and I felt like I was standing with the panel tonight on that curated path we are all building for ourselves. It was really f*cking cool!

The next seat in the panel was Dave, from 33 Books. Dave ran a beer blog and a brewing company with his friends several years ago. During this period in his life, he really wanted a way to track the beers he has drank and loved, so he created these this lovely, handy book, called 33 Beers.

“I wanted to make something for myself” – Dave Selden

In a month, he sold out of the 33 beers books and since then, he has created several other books for cheese, wine, cigars, etc. The books have totally taken off and people love them! The really beautiful part of Dave’s story, is that this idea really came from a place of need and enjoyment for him. Which has resulted in a need he has found in the market. The other cool thing, is that once the user has experienced the book, they will also feel enjoyment from it just like Dave did! Full circle shit right there. :)

Next in line was Nial, from Hovercraft Amplifiers.  Nial talked about that on his path to discovery in terms of what he wanted to do for his career, he really wanted two things; to feel contentment and satisfaction. He measured this by seeing if each opportunity that came his way aligned with three things: money, fun and art. He says he specifically looks for that “F*CK YES!” moment in life and that he rarely works on something unless it hits all three of them.

Nial said that it has taken him years and years of introspective thinking and really treating his life experiences as a blender to create what is important to him right now. I felt pretty energized listening to him talk about his life as a whole. It made me think how important it is to stay aware of where your life is now, where it has been and where it is going. Staying aware plays such a major part in the decisions we make today, as they will play a role in where our future does actually end up.

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Niko from Plazm Magazine was next up and he spoke about his climb to the top in the corporate world as a designer. In short, Niko has had a very successful career in the corporate-adding-letters-to-the-end-of-your-title, sort of way. While he was explaining his background to us, his face was not lit up at all and he mentioned several times how meaningless the work had become for him.

“As you go up the ladder, you do less and less of what got you there.” – Niko Courtelis

As Niko started talking about the fact that he really started focusing on spending more time working on his hobbies, his face lit up entirely! You could tell how passionate he felt about the work he is doing now. The really interesting thing that happened, was that the more and more he focused on his hobbies, the more opportunities in that realm came about. Which has lead him down a path that allows him to fully focus on the things he loves and has a career doing it.

I find that time and time again, the “success” stories that I hear from individuals all stem from a place of interest within themselves. Meaning, they are all working towards and on something they truly believe in, and if they worked hard enough, figured out how to actually make it work, they can and do make a living off of it. Pretty freaken brilliant!

The last person in the panel was Dee Williams, from Portland Alternative Dwellings. Dee talked a lot about the steps we go through during problem solving and creating.

” 1. I think I got it! This is AWESOME!
2. Oh. This is really hard.
3. This sucks. Ugh!
4. I suck. I can’t do this!
5. I can figure this out…
6. This is awesome! I got this! ”
– Dee Williams

It’s so true, isn’t it? I could totally relate while she was going down that list! She went on to say that you can really relate it to any situation in your life. To me, it made me think that when I am working through steps 2-4, I just need to remember that it will get better, life always moves on and I will be OKAY!

“I feel like I am always fumbling, but I always come back to leaning in to knowing that it is okay and it will always be okay.” – Dee Williams

This panel had to be the most captivating and awesome experience yet at design week for me. I felt like I was in a room full of people who understood how I think and how I feel on a day to day basis. I also felt like I was in a room full of people who have taken windy roads to get to where they are today, they stayed true to who they are and are now able to spend their days working on things they believe in and love, and what could be better than that?

HI FIVE to that! :)

Thank you for reading this and going on this week long adventure with me!

YOU are great and a gift within itself! Don’t ever forget that!

See you tomorrow,

Jehn

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