January 14, 2014
grateful for the here and now

Wedding photography packaging for Amanda Lenhadt

Hi everyone. A quick post today. There’s a couple things that have been happening this week, big and small, that just have me sincerely grateful to be where I am for now. Victoria’s post certainly got me in the mood to keep the here and the now in mind over the past few days, or like she says to bloom where you’re planted. In that spirit, I thought a little gratitude show and tell was in order.

Above Amanda tagged me in this photo of her new packaging and it seriously made my day. She has such a great eye for that natural yet modern look that just has me crazy right now. It’s amazing to see the branding that we worked on together and how she expanded upon it with her own vision. It’s a magical feeling seeing a brand leave your hands and have it flourish out in the real world. Amanda’s clients are in for a treat, I think!

This is going to sound silly, but for the past couple months I’ve been in a clothing funk. Each day, I’d throw on black jeans, a big sweater, and call it a day before heading to work—whatever I had to just cover up and kind of feel ok walking out of my apartment in. I hadn’t been feeling comfortable in my own skin, and it was something that affected how I went about each and every day. I’m one week in to my health transformation, and it’s refreshing too see again how healthier choices have affected my attitude. Today I woke up feeling great. For the first time in a long while I decided to dig into my closet, past the oversized sweaters and stretchy jeans, and put on a dress. Paired with tights and high heels, I was off to work with confidence and a happy spirit that I haven’t felt in months. Green smoothies man.

I’m really grateful for where I am career-wise. Some great business things have been happening in and out of work. As a team, we’ve been working on a new brand and line of stationery cards for one of our big clients. Today, all the cards came up from getting comped, and wow! Seeing them in their full glittery glory is just amazing to me. Paper lovers unite: fingers crossed the client takes it! Outside of work, freelance life has been pretty hectic, but oh so rewarding. There are some dream projects I’ll be working on in the next couple months that I’m just floored by. I’m grateful that I get to balance working on little pieces and parts for one brand during the day, and that I get to help creatives and passionate people build out their brands by night. The best of both worlds, really.

And lastly, on Friday I’ll pick up my pup! That just has me all kinds of crazy and happy. I’m seriously sitting here making googly eyes at my computer just thinking about it, hah. I’m glad I’m finally at a place in my life where I can take on this new responsibility and embrace it wholeheartedly.

All in all, I’m in a pretty good place right now. Past that December hump, and just relishing in all the little things that are putting me in a good mood. I’m grateful for all of these moments, and it’s always nice to stop and appreciate the here and now in midst of the crazy.

Now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for, right here, right now?

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10 Comments »

  1. I feel you about not always having the energy to put effort into my outfits, i feel like i have wore leggings every day for the past week. The rainy & grey weather up in new england is not helping either. But way to go on mixing it up! Congratulations on sticking with your health reboot and so great to hear that your already feeling positive effects. You must be so excited to pick up your puppy on friday!!

    Comment by Nancy — January 14, 2014 @ 9:51 AM

  2. “Green smoothies, man.” HAHA that made me smile :)

    I’m so glad your spirit is feeling happy and renewed! I’m right there with ya on the whole healthy transformation thing. I really am focusing on my healthy and feeling better about myself this year. It really does make a difference on every other facet of life as far as having a positive outlook. Cheers, lovely lady!

    Comment by Liz — January 14, 2014 @ 2:14 PM

  3. Cheers to a happy and healthy new year! Nate and I are doing the CLEAN cleanse right now, and it is starting to make me feel better as well!

    Comment by MK Cook — January 14, 2014 @ 2:22 PM

  4. Kelsey, I’m so so glad you’re in a great place! It’s fantastic to see what time and a few fun projects can do for you. I hope your client takes the cards you’ve been working on! What a dream to be surrounded by paper, a girl can dream!

    Comment by Angel Y. — January 14, 2014 @ 7:35 PM

  5. @ Nancy — Leggings aren’t always a bad thing ;) I was just using mine to cover up some body issues I had going on and I’m glad that I’m starting to work past them, hah. Thank you for your encouragement and for stopping by to share! Wishing you some sunshine soon lady!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 14, 2014 @ 8:56 PM

  6. @ Liz — hah! You smiling makes me smile! :) And gooooo you! That’s awesome! Happy Tuesday friend!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 14, 2014 @ 8:57 PM

  7. @ MK — Lovey!!! That’s awesome! What all does that entail? No dairy, gluten, sugar? Whatever it is, I’m glad that you two are feeling good :) It was so nice to see your name pop up on here, miss you!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 14, 2014 @ 8:59 PM

  8. This post just made my day, Kelsey. First of all, that branding is GORGEOUS – I absolutely love it! I’m so happy my bloom post resonated with you – I wrote that because, to be honest, I thought I had my life all planned out – go to school, graduate, get a job, get married, have a family… and one day, it changed completely, just turned upside down. It’s been difficult, a struggle to say the least, but I’ve decided to make the most of it, bloom where I’m planted. This isn’t want a planned on, but it’s where I’m at now and I’m going to make the most of it. I love that you’re making healthy choices and feeling good about yourself! I love that freelancing is going so well, and I’m super excited about you getting your pup! Will we get to see him / her on Instagram?? Anyway, thanks for this post, friend – truly put a smile on my face xo

    Comment by Victoria | Oh So Pretty — January 14, 2014 @ 8:59 PM

  9. @ Angel — Heh, I love that you’re a paper lover too :) Thanks, as always, for stopping by and spreading the positivity :) Hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 14, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

  10. @ Victoria — Thank you for writing your post, and for sharing such beautifully curated work! I’ve been inspired by your posts and writing ever since I was introduced to you space :) I’m glad to hear that throughout all the hardships, you’re able to spin the moments you have now in to positive ones. Positivity is where it’s at! Even when it seems like the hardest thing to muster up. Sending nice thoughts your way! And yes, I think the pup will basically BE my instagram feed from Friday on ;) xo and stay strong!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 14, 2014 @ 9:07 PM

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