What day is it? I haven’t been sure of the answer to that particular question this week, day after day after day. Turns out, its Friday suddenly! Blog life has been a little lazy this week, not for a lack of things to discuss, rather the time to do it seems hard to find. I’m trying very hard to funnel all of my energy into a few different projects right now, as well as prepare for a work trip in two weeks. The end of one project and mild panic over what comes next has lead to a surprising uptick of new client requests, which has me excitedly racing for meetings, estimates and contract signings.
I’ve been on the hunt for months/years for a good travel laptop bag/backpack that doesn’t strain my back the way my current (tote) bag does. A years-old ruptured disc in my lower back doesn’t stop me from slinging a heavy bag over one shoulder, no way! After lots of pinning and research, I ordered this charcoal farm rucksack from Makr. So far, it is the best thing ever. The bag is well made, comfortable, and roomy enough for my 17″ Macbook, cords, sketchbook and other small items. I haven’t had a backpack since my purple JanSport backpack in jr high (also slung over one shoulder), so this one feels a bit more grownup, and much less angsty. Makr has some beautiful products, and a blog full of nude photos of women… not sure how they relate, but I do love my new Makr bag, and it was made in the USA.
Skill Exchange officially has a brand new video, which I will soon share, possibly by late next week. This project came together with the help of a small army, and for that, I am very appreciative. Because Skill Exchange is my personal baby of a project, its sometimes hard to realize that I am just a bit too close to view it critically, or give it the pushes and slaps it needs to get into shape. Aggressive-parent-jokes aside, I’ve needed a few pushes and slaps myself in the last few weeks to get back on the horse, and get serious about Skill Exchange. Its hard to imagine where I’ll be this time next year, since I feel so far from where I was professionally around this time last year. Lots of lessons learned, and big strides towards never-ever working for someone else, but boy does it cause some emotions sometimes. Rollercoaster-y dips and highs, I just have to remember to keep moving forward. EEEEEEE!!!