Why I’m not built for baby showers

Growing up, fun was never the stated goal in my family home. To be successful at life was to be diligent, disciplined, and frugal; it’s the protestant work ethic that has stayed with me, even as a confirmed agnostic. Doing anything my brain perceives as “frivolous” can be an inherently guilt-ridden experience for me. It’s why I could still only ever take out a loan … Continue reading Why I’m not built for baby showers

Pattern review: Liz by Liam

Shout out to New Zealand-based label RUBY for selling the patterns for their Liam collection. I really struggle to find on-trend pattern designs. Indie pattern brands tend to go for boxy shapes, while everything else can feel a bit frumpy. So it was very cool to see such a stylish brand making their collection available in paper pattern format. I must admit, though, I was … Continue reading Pattern review: Liz by Liam

How to choose good stock photography (and why it matters)

Connecting with other people, especially visually, is kind of our thing, as humans. We love seeing ourselves, our friends and other people, which is why billions of humans do selfies, Instagram and TikTok. And that’s why photography is so important in marketing and communications. Because business isn’t about spreadsheets and laptops. It’s about people. When we see people that we can relate to, we feel … Continue reading How to choose good stock photography (and why it matters)

How to function in indefinite uncertainty

When the pandemic began we were probably okay for a time. We were running on surge capacity – what we draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations. The problem with Covid-19 is that it’s not short term. It’s dragging on, yet ever-changing. Our uncertainty is indefinite. So we need to find a different way to cope now that our surge capacity is depleted. If it … Continue reading How to function in indefinite uncertainty

Thoughts on approaching a milestone month

I’m approaching the end of the July with mixed feelings. It marks the end of my 12 months of not spending money on clothes, and – perhaps no less of a milestone – my 32nd birthday. That’s right, I’m as old as Prozac, Photoshop, Rain Man, and George Michael’s Faith. It’s also been the year I stopped feeling invincible and instead discovered the importance of … Continue reading Thoughts on approaching a milestone month