This year has mainly been about building this little company to something great. It’s been 80-100 hour workweeks, it’s been long nights, early mornings, way too much coffee and tons of emails sent. And with the constant hunger for more and striving to grow bigger, faster and stronger, it’s hard to notice the progress. It can even sometimes feel like it’s not working. But looking back on especially the last three months since I came back from my first trade show in New York, the growth has been noticeable: We’ve gone from 2 to 29 stores that carry @piecesonpaper products (the majority of those in the last month) I’ve painted a 8’3” wide mural of our Studio City design for @dailygrill with more to come I’ve traveled to new cities, walked into stores and closed deals on the spot. But most importantly, I’ve upgraded our product and the quality of it and I’m actually proud to walk into stores and show it. Even on days when it feels kind of hopeless, I try to focus on everything that has happened in such a short amount of time and I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in another 3 months, or a year from now... 🖤 . . . . . #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #prints #artprint #creative #mapdesign #mural #piecesonpaper #mylife #hardwork #hardworkpaysoffs
When two blondes try to copy the influencer pose and fail miserably... but what does it matter when you laugh your ass off in the process?! ❤️ @laura_loop_ . . . . . #blondies #areweinstafamousyet #posing #posegonewrong #mygirl #danishgirl #danesinLA #losangeles #hollywoodsign
Can’t believe that a place like this even exists. Massively happy to be able to work in DTLA all week and then escape to the mountains when I need it. Ahh, LA, you’re quite special. ❤️ #losangeles #DTLA #skyscraper #hike #hiking #loslionestrail #mycity #socal
New York twice in about a month... and I still haven’t had enough. Back in LA for possibly the coolest project I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on. Good things are happening. See you again soon, NYC 💕 . . . #newyork #newyorkcity #williamsburg #manhattan #brooklyn #nyc #newyorklife #bicoastal #LAtoNY #skyline #buildings #happiness #inlove
(Swipe left for my shocked reaction when it occurred to me this morning that today it’s been 10 years since I turned 18) 😳 I really dislike getting older, but 28 already feels pretty great! I’m living in my favorite country, my business is growing, I just had fried chicken and I’m happier than I’ve been in a looong time. There’s a lot to be feeling great about. And age is just a number, right?! 😬🇺🇸 #yoshortyitsmybirthday #friedchicken4lyfe #28 #stoptimeplease
A few memories from The Big Apple... only 12 days until I’m back again. Is this considered being bi-coastal yet?! I’ll keep dreaming. ❤️ . . . #bicoastal #newyorkcity #nyc #brooklyn #dreaming #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #hustle #perspective
New York in beginning of this month was a lot of everything. All of my anxieties came out to play as I boarded my flight. Arriving at the massive Javits Center overwhelmed me to the extent that I had to hide in the basement and gather my thoughts. But oh boy was it worth it. I’m SO ready to keep confronting my comfort zones, and I’m even more ready to go back to The Big Apple - hopefully next month. This is the craziest experience for me, but when I push the limits and break the barrier that my anxieties put up for me and emerge on the other side, I truly feel like myself again. So that’s the only way. Forward. #newyorkcity #business #perspective #anxiety #comfortzone #entrepreneur
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my core values recently; tapping into what’s actually important to me and trying to cut out everything I think I’m supposed to care about. It’s not an easy task (sadly), but I’m quite happy with where I’m at right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This exercise is all about getting better at living true to these values on a daily basis. It’s not about perfection, but it’s about improvement and being committed to improving. So why these 8 values? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ J U S T I C E - Never accept something that’s fundamentally wrong even though it might be easier. Always, always do the right thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ H O N E S T Y - This has dual meaning for me: never lie and always speak the truth. The lying part is not hard for me, but speaking my truth is where I want to improve. Never choose silence over saying what might be hard, but honest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P A T I E N C E - Always be patient and focus on long term happiness over short term gratification. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ K I N D N E S S - Just be kind to other people - even the ones that might not deserve it in the moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ G R A T I T U D E - Be grateful for what you have and focus on that over complaining and dwelling on everything you don’t have (yet). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ N E V E R J U D G E - Thinking that you know what other people are going through is arrogant. Never judge, ask questions, be curious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I N D E P E N D E N C E - To me, independence is the only true freedom. Don’t be dependent on anyone else for approval, money or happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A C C O U N T A B I L I T Y - Being accountable for every aspect of my own life means that I have the power to change what I don’t like. Always take full responsibility of what’s bothering me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thoughts?
When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel well rested. Unable to fall asleep again, I instinctively reached for my phone and somehow ended up spending about an hour watching mindless, yet funny, videos on YouTube. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It soothed me in a way, and I was smiling. It felt good. I fell right into the instant gratification trap that feels great momentarily, but ends up costing you your long-term goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I got up, showered, and walked to my office (the weather was gorgeous and I needed the fresh air) while listening to an inspiring podcast about self-awareness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today hasn’t been the most productive, but valuable content has been produced - content that will be able to live on the internet forever and (hopefully) bring value to someone, anyone, whether tomorrow or in 5 years. And that fuels me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Would I have laughed more if I’d taken a day off and spend my time on instant gratifications? 100% yes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I’m also very aware of the fact that the right to relaxing and hanging out is a privilege you earn. It is earned by a general satisfaction of your situation, and that’s just not where I’m at right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are too many things in my life that I want to change, too many goals I wish to achieve. And I know that in a 6, 12, 24 months it is the days like today that will have brought me closer to those goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So even though the office is empty, and I must admit that the loneliness gets to me from time to time, remembering this keeps my soul on fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that feels pretty fucking great.