New Announcement: Our New Line of Custom iPhone and iPad Cases

I’m so incredibly excited, I can hardly contain myself! I’ve been thinking about this for weeks now. And I want my blog readers to be the first to know.

Charlie and I are huge techies, especially when it comes to Apple products. And a few weeks ago, I got my newest iPhone case, a custom printed plastic casing with our wedding photo printed on the back.  I got so many compliments on the case and people asking where I got it. Excuse the horrible photograph.

I figured out how I can put my love for designing and my love for technology together. CO: Creative Cartel will now be offering a line of iPad/iPhone cases and custom printed iPad/iPhone cases! Send me a photo, have me design a custom design for you, or select from our line of custom designs. Our spring/summer line will be up by May and we’ll be working on the fall/winter designs soon after! Take a look at some of our inspiration sketches (made on Paper by 53). I’m not much of a sketch artist, but I think you’ll get the idea. My drawing skills are definitely not up to par! Let the bad sketch jokes commence.

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I Fell of the Wagon – Here’s a Look into my Time Management System

Yeah, that was me. The girl that whirled past you – hair a mess, make up all over the place, wardrobe – forget about it. Life has been spinning me in so many different directions that I don’t know which way I’m facing anymore! But I’m drawing myself back – back to the days of sanity and organization. Back to the days where I was working smarter instead of harder.

A good friend of mine asked me how I keep track of my schedule. After a long series of trial and error I found a system that works, for me at least. I tried having a date book, I tried a binder with divider tabs, I tried my computer…and nothing would stick. Until recently. Thanks to the wonderful things like Google Apps and iCloud I finally have a system that I’ve created for myself that I’ve been able to maintain.

1. I need flexibility. The problem with having a datebook that I wrote into – pens are so concrete. Ha! I know, this may sound silly. But the thought of putting something down on my calendar using a pen makes it so finite. Even pencil wouldn’t do. My obsessive-compulsive side wouldn’t allow me to leave any sign of erase marks in my sparkling clean datebook. Plus, the thought of having to carry yet another thing in my bag will make the strap break in half (I carry my whole world in my purse!). My schedule is always ever-changing and the flexibility of having that option to change it on my iPhone or iPad with ease is gold. But wait, it gets better.

2. Thanks to good ol’ iCloud and Google Apps, I can sync all my devices so that all the same information is everywhere!!!! I.Love.This. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this. Now people can ask for my availability and I can tell them in a second. I can even share

my calendar with Charlie so he knows what my schedule is like throughout the week. Life made easier. LOVE.ETTTT.

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3. But, I still use my stack of post-its and notepads. For what? My to-do list. There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing something out when you complete a task. So freeing i-tell-ya. 🙂

4. At the end of the day, before I shut down my computer I make a list of things I need to do the next day and review my schedule for the next 7 days. I’ll then update my calendar or add to my to-do list as time goes on. But this gives me a chance to download and clear my head to make sure I can enjoy the rest of the day/evening with some peace of mind.

So there you have it! But, le sigh, I’ve fallen off the wagon. I haven’t even touched my calendar in weeks. Someone keep me accountable! I’m getting back on the horse on Monday!

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Working Toward True Passion – Being Good vs. Being Great at Something

I have to thank my parents for this outlook on life. My parents never settled for anything. They didn’t care about being like everyone else. They have always been risk-takers in their own way. Even though I thought I wanted to be the farthest thing from that, turns out I am becoming just like them.

My life post-college has been a “mish-mash” of things. I worked different jobs and in different industries. I thought this was me being lost, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I thought this was me just trying to find a way to pay the bills. At times I also thought that those jobs were where I would probably end up, that I should just settle for those jobs because I was good at them. But I realize now that it was where I was supposed to be, but to learn from. Every job I took helped shape my career and my pursuit of true greatness. Though I still feel very “green” sometimes I’ve seen myself grow in so many different ways. When I first started I had a different outlook on what I defined as “greatness.” Through all the learning experiences I’ve come to realize that I’m not as much of a novice as I thought I was. What I am, though, is a learner. And I’m never going to stop learning.

I’ve learned that life is too short and we need to do what we’re passionate about NOW. I’m not going to lie – it will be hard, there will be TONS of challenges, some days you’ll be ready to take on the world, other days you’ll feel like you want to crawl under a rock. But I promise, the reward is well worth it! I.PROMISE!

I’ve also come to find that being good at something doesn’t mean you’re meant to do it. I want to be GREAT at what I do. And to me, the difference is the passion. If work will encompass 80% of my life, you better believe that I’m going to do something that fires me up!

I hope everyone out there realizes their true passion. Nothing out there is ever “too far off” or unrealistic. IT.IS. POSSIBLE. Don’t try to be like everyone else, try to be you. That might be the harder route, but it’s the better route. Don’t worry about how much money you’ll make. It’s ok to find a way to pay the bills. It’s ok to work multiple jobs to help fund your passion. But try not to think about the amount of the end result. I know that’s a hard concept to swallow, it was difficult for me too. But with true passion comes true greatness. It will come if you’re truly passionate about it. Wealth isn’t in the money, it’s in the experience.

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