Find me on my new site! elainalynn.com

Hey everyone!

If you’re reading this, then you are currently subscribed to or found my old site, Wedding Girl Problems. If you would like to continue reading about my adventures, find tips about planning a wedding and get inspired, head on over to my new site elainalynn.com/blog. I would love to share all my new adventures with you!

I am no longer updating this site, so please head over to my new site if you like what you’re seeing here!

Thanks all!!

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Moving to New Site! elainalynn.com

Hey Everyone!

Exciting news… I have created my first website! Learning how to self-host a WordPress.org website has been both frustrating and fulfilling, but I did it! I recommend watching lots of tutorials. My favorites so far are this Skillshare class (although it is slightly outdated) and the WP Beginner site. I also couldn’t have done it without my friend Kadee who is an awesome website designer herself!

I can already see that the site will be a constant work-in-progress thanks to my perfectionist trait, but I can’t wait to share it with the world.

Please go check out my new site!

Also, if you subscribe to my blog via WordPress.com, and would like to continue receiving updates via email, head to my new blog site here and enter your email to subscribe. Otherwise, you will still receive updates via your WordPress.com Reader.

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I would love to know what you think! Leave me a comment on the new site with your thoughts.

Sincerely,
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Inspired by Spring

Quote for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Being from the Pacific Northwest, I think you are just born to love nature and respect the Earth. To celebrate Easter and my belated birthday, our family went to the tulip fields in Woodland, Washington this past weekend. Tulips have always been one of my favorite flower, I can never get enough of them! This quote reminds me of how I feel every time I step outside and take a moment to enjoy my surroundings. Also, nature is a great instant boost for design inspiration!

Wishing you a happy Easter, Spring and Earth Day!

Sincerely,
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Creativity: Reawakening My Senses

For the last year and a half I have been working at an advertising agency, but not on the creative side. I was a media planner, meaning I would help decide what stations were ideal for the product our clients were selling, and help coordinate the execution of the media schedule.

That’s all fine and dandy, but not very creative. As you probably gathered over the last few months, I was really starting to go crazy not being able to tap my creative energy.

So I quit.

Yep, call me crazy, but I knew I was just holding myself back every day I stayed working there. I was doing something I liked, and that I was good at, but I wasn’t fulfilled. As the motto goes, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.QuoteCanShould-01

 

The last two weeks have been filled with playing catch up in my personal life and being a good friend & wife, but now I’m ready to hunker down and make my dreams a reality. It’s time to create beautiful invitations and help people plan their events!

I have a million ideas in my head, but one major problem. I’m not a great designer. Yet. So everything takes me 10 times as long to look how I envision it. But I love the challenge. It has been so long since I’ve been challenged!

When I get frustrated, I keep coming back to this quote by Ira Glass:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Now is the time to create. I’m having to restart my engines, nearly from scratch, as it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to get my hands dirty. But I love finding inspiration from everything around me. Books, walks with my dogs, other women entrepreneurs, Disney… I’m just letting it all soak in and percolate. But now is the time to let it out. Now that I have the time and the energy, it’s time to create.

And never stop, ever again.

Keep creating friends.

Sincerely,
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hope you all are having a bit o’ luck thanks to the Irish today! Holidays are always a big deal around here. We’ll be feasting on corned beef, cabbage and soda bread today (courtesy of Trader Joe’s!). Just got back from a mini-vacation to Whistler, B.C. and very thankful I thought to take an extra day off work to catch up!

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A Lady in Waiting

My soul searching has hardly ended since the last time I wrote. I have been endlessly researching answers for what could bring my soul alive, and finding others who have shared a similar journey. Along the way I’ve found some inspiration women entrepreneurs. Emily Ley. Lara Casey. Whitney English. And many more. Women who said there is an option for someone like me who wants to balance their home life while doing something they love. Something that most importantly made a difference, and helped others. Because truly, that is what I have been lacking. The opportunity to help others, like myself, who are lost. If I can help just one of them, while taking care of myself and my family, I will consider my life’s work complete. But of course I won’t stop with just helping one!

I realized the best way I can help someone is with the skills I already know: creating beautiful designs for events, and helping people understand how to execute them with less time and stress on their part. I did this while working at a national stationery retailer. I did this while working as a wedding coordinator. And I loved it. But I never got to do the part that I really loved, which was make beautiful designs for people that loved them. So that is what I will do!

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I am so proud to say that I launched my stationery line through Etsy on February 9, filled with wedding Save the Dates, dog adoption announcements, a “honey do” task list and a pug valentine postcard. It’s not much yet, but I am so thrilled to have it out there in the world. It was one of the most fulfilling moments I have had. I have several other designs cued up in my brain, and I can’t wait to find time to get them out. I feel as though nothing can happen quickly enough. As though I am just waiting for my life to really start. A Lady in Waiting. Right now I have an Easter postcard in the works… I’m very excited about it!

I am so thankful I found women like Lara Casey. Only further proof that I really belong in the South 😉 I am using the #Powersheets templates she designed to help explore my biggest dreams, then turning them into achievable goals. Here’s a peak at what my March goals look like:

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I will be leaving for vacation soon with S and my family. Never has a vacation felt more needed! I’m looking forward to a chance to reflect, relax, and maybe even work on some designs. Until then…

Sincerely yours,
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Life is short, do what you love.

LifeisShortIf I have learned anything in my 25 years on this earth, it is that life needs balance. When you deny yourself in the areas that make you happy, you are left feeling unfulfilled and just plain unhappy. Lately I’ve been feeling like the creative side that I crave so much has been empty.

I made a list of the 5 things I love the most in life: Parties/Weddings, Animals/Dogs, Etiquette, Organization and Design… invitations, stationery, etc. (I love my family & friends above all else!) I looked at where I spend the majority of my time (work) and if my job was fulfilling any of these loves. Even kind of. I get to organize projects at work, but that’s about it. I couldn’t shake the feeling of my soul being crushed by the lack of a creative outlet.

Continually soul searching and living life to the fullest is something deeply important to me. I stumbled across the Holstee Manifesto, written by a group of people who come from the heart of our generation. The Millennials. Raised to change the world, then told to mind our place. If there is one thing that gets me riled up more than anything is being told “No, that will never happen”. Those words build a fire beneath me, pushing me to work even harder, search even deeper to find what it is that I will do to make a difference in this life I am blessed with.

With that determination, I have set out to continue following my dreams and finding what makes me happy. Hopefully it will make other people happy, too. So with as big of steps as life will allow, I am charging forward to create designs that will inspire others to live a fulfilled life.

More to come soon…

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