MARCH & APRIL SCRAPBOOK

Two months of overwhelm… that pretty much summarises the last couple of months: overwhelming love, overwhelming excitement but also, overwhelming stress, guilt and self-questioning.

Generally speaking, I’ve become accustomed to the ebbs and flows of freelance life and the “downs”, the mistakes, and the harder times just don’t seem so bad anymore. That said, when things keep going wrong, it does get a little tough to keep on pushing. I feel awful for all of my closest friends who had to endure my random phone rants over the last few weeks. I love you all and am so grateful (and surprised) that you still pick up the phone when you see me calling.

As far as work goes, I have been furiously working on the décor of the dental clinic in Geneva. My desk is still a pretty pastel mess – paint samples, fabric samples and Pantone sticker swatches. Martina and my WhatsApp media exchange library is also immensely visually pleasing and pretty much a moodboard for the project in itself. We’ve got a few more weeks on the project but the painting is finished, and I’ve done two installation days so far where we install all of the small décor and build the furniture.

March was a little more relaxed than April with two trips to London including a weekend of celebrations for Clive’s birthday. We made spiked pink lemonade based on this old recipe and flapjacks, and had a picnic in the park with friends which was so lovely….that was back in March when it was actually spring.

April was an intense string of late nights at the office with the occasional ice cream or stress-relieving dance break with the other freelancers who share the space. It has been so much fun having an office to go to and other likeminded people to have rants about all sorts with. We’ve got big plans for the renovation of the space which you’ll hear more about very soon!

Now, let’s jump straight into my favourites from the last two months, which are completely and utterly random:

  • One of the wilder things I did recently was to swap my Moleskine notebook for a Notem notebook – utterly mental, I know. I have been beyond loyal to Moleskin for years but these are gorgeous. I’m not too sure about the paperback version but I like that there’s one blank page for sketches facing a lined page. Is anyone else very much a pen and paper person?
  • As you may know, I know nothing about make-up… a little dab of concealer, a brush through the brows and some mascara and I’m ready to go… but the La Mer Lip & Cheek Glow is the most recently addition to my tiny little make-up bag. It’s a handy lip and cheek duo and adds a lovely pop of colour and is definitely a new favourite this spring. Worth a try if you’re looking for something glowy and uncomplicated.
  • I have just started reading Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild which I’m really enjoying. I’m obviously not hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, but I do feel like I’m on a really difficult stretch of whatever trying-to-make-this-business-thing-work journey I am on, and her stories of self-discovery and introspection are quite comforting.
  • Also, I finally got around to watching Mary Poppins Returns and it is all sorts of wonderful – a flashback to childhood and a very welcome escape from work! Have you watched it? Did you love it?

Onto the lows from the last two months…

In March, my website got hacked by a “cyber army” (yes, that’s an official term), which was obviously great fun. It is completely beyond me why anyone would even bother with that sort of thing but unfortunately, any idea of how to fix it is equally beyond my ever-so-limited tech abilities. I am hugely grateful to the wonderful team at Minthical, who sorted it out in a matter of minutes. Thank you, Magda. I have no idea what I would possibly do without you.

I’ve also been asking myself a lot of questions about what’s next for me and my business. I’ve had quite a few spontaneous applications from people looking for internships or experience in the field of interior design, but just don’t know where to start. I know I could definitely use another helping hand, but I really need to take the time to sit down and figure it all out. These are the times I wish I still had a business coach to give me a few pointers.

And, as always, let’s end with the highs…

…starting with our incredible stay at The Alpina Gstaad in March. I will be telling you all about the whole experience in a blog post soon but in short, it was AMAZING. It was easily one of the most magical hotel experiences I’ve ever had. If you’re looking for somewhere to escape to this summer, I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

In April I also celebrated my 29th birthday and I’m strangely excited to be approaching my 30s. I had a really lovely evening with an amazing group of friends and felt really lucky to be surrounded by so many lovely people.

And, last but not least, on 3rd April, I reached 10’000 followers on Instagram! I thought back to writing this blog post when I reached 2’000 followers, and although the number in itself doesn’t really matter to me, it’s fun to look back and remember how all of this started and how it has developed from a vague idea into a business that does actually sustain me.

All in all, it has been a slightly rocky couple of months, which is what I have come to expect of life as a freelancer/entrepreneur. Happily, there is a lot to be excited about in the next few months starting with a much needed holiday at the end of May! I am so excited.

And now over to you – what have you been up to over the last two months? Are you as impatient as I am for the warmer days?

Thank you for stopping by for a read and apologies for the radio silence. I hope to be back with lots more content very soon.

Big bisous. xS

Mix of photos taken myself, Hannah Shan and Nicole Hertel

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