Thursday, 18 May 2017
Anyway, I'm not going to go on and on about it but thought I would mention my point of view! We both love animals and sometimes we were just sitting on a bench, watching them doing their own little things. We arrived just before they opened and we were some of the last ones to leave! We definitely made the most out of our day there.
(You get bonus points if you've spotted the cute duck family!)
We left the place super happy with our day out and Jason didn't realise that there was more waiting in the house! Although he prefers to drink good ales, he's now really into good whisky and we hadn't bought a bottle since arriving in France, so I got him an Aberlour, 10 years old, and I think it was the best gift to finish off a week of festivities :)
Friday, 12 May 2017
The good thing is, I think that sometimes we all need a bit of pressure to finally start on a new project or accomplish a hard task. Sometimes, feeling the pressure gives us this extra bit of motivation that we needed, this kick in the butt that puts us on the right track.
But I feel that unfortunately, there are too many bad effects and too many traps that you might fall in. I don't think I would be the first one to say that as a freelance graphic designer, I've felt the pressure to be awesome at my job, to be better than the other ones out there, and faster, and smarter, and quirkier... And the list goes on! If you're lacking a bit of confidence in yourself, it's too easy to feel in doubt all the time and to start pressuring yourself to be better at everything.
My main issue has been social media. I love sharing and meeting new people on social media, and really, that's one of the best tools out there for showing your work and getting to be known as a freelancer, so definitely crucial for my business. However, I've quickly realised that there are two types of people I'm following: The ones that tell me to always take it easy, to listen to my heart and do things at my own pace, and the ones that tell me over and over that I'm probably wasting my time, that I should be productive every second of the day and that I'm not doing enough to be successful.
We're at a time where people seem to always be reaching for more. Which is great, because like I said before, it also helps us to accomplish things that we never thought we could do. But I'm starting to get tired of all this. I love to have my weekends off, and I always enjoy a break from time to time in the week, going for a walk, cooking something delicious or even just crashing on the couch for an hour or two to watch one of my favourite movies. But sometimes I have this little voice telling me that I'm just a lazy butt and that I'm not using my time wisely. It doesn't help when you scroll through your Instagram feed and see the amazing stuff that people do all the time!
I'm the first one to agree that social media is only an image that we share with the world, a perfect version of ourselves that we carefully curate. I've recently seen more people sharing their real life and struggles though, which I think is so important. I'm always reminding myself that we're all the same and even though it all seems perfect on the outside, we're all struggling with the same issues.
After participating at the Imperfect Boss Campaign, it really opened my eyes on how so many women feel this pressure to be perfect but are quite happy to go against it and decide to be themselves, no matter what. I realised that this is the best way to take it all. Yes, I might feel the pressure from time to time to be ultra productive and yes, it helps me in certain situations, but most of the time, I prefer to put it aside and not let it overwhelm me. At the end of the day, it's our choice to let it take over our life or not. And after a good period of doubt, I'm happy to say that I'm getting better at managing it all and that I'm definitely getting more confident in my day to day life (but the temptation is never that far!).
So what do you guys think? Is it something you struggle with or is it completely going over your head? I'd love to know what you think :)
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
We took Jason's family on a trip around the old town the day before Jason's birthday, and it was a success. We did quite a lot of walking (and quite a lot of eating!) and I couldn't help taking loads of photos as we went on.
L'ilôt Galette (Really high rated on TripAdvisor so couldn't go wrong with it) as Jason and I wanted his family to taste some of the traditional local food that we love. I've eaten plenty of galettes and crêpes since I was teeny tiny and Jason had already tried a few when he'd visited France with me, and it's one of our favourite meals ever.
Although we were hoping for the galettes to be a little less expensive, the quality of the food and the service made it worth it and we really enjoyed our meal. Jason's family is a bit particular with their food and usually don't enjoy trying new things much, but they seemed to enjoy it as much as us and that made me really happy :)
Just before leaving, we stopped at one of the best bakeries in Vannes to get a Kouign amann (delicious Breton cake made out of sugar and butter mainly) as I really wanted everyone to try a good one and this bakery won an award for making the best in the region. We warmed it up in the oven for a few minutes before eating it and honestly, if it wasn't so unhealthy, I would eat some EVERY day ;)
Friday, 5 May 2017
Well, it's now been exactly 3 years that I'm sharing with you free wallpapers every 1st of the month, and I decided to change things up a little bit!
You must have noticed that this artwork is quite different from the previous ones that I'm sharing since the beginning of this year, as I haven't taken the elements from the calendar I illustrated (plus, it's not the 1st of the month obviously).
I feel that the 'task' is getting a bit boring for me and I'd like to get away from this routine I created. So, from now on, I'll design wallpaper giveaways only when I feel like it! Not to worry, I promise I won't forget you and I'll definitely share some artworks regularly, but it's just a way for me to feel a bit more free about the whole process and share some wallpapers with you because I want to, rather than because I have to.
So for this month, I wanted to share my passion for food with you all (yeah well, for the people that know me, it's no secret!!). Also, for those who saw the little clin d'oeil, I was a bit inspired by my favourite Disney 'Pocahontas' when drawing the raccoon as I thought about a greedy Meeko :)
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