meeting an idol...

It's Friiiiiiiday! Let's all dance in our chairs for a moment to celebrate :)

Does anyone have fun weekend plans? Are you squeezing all of your summertime activities in while you can?

It's been a whirlwind of a week, full of meeting a design idol, power outages (what the heck was that storm on Tuesday night?!), renovation brainstorming and budgeting, and lots of Grey's reruns (that show sucks me in no matter how many times I watch it!).

Here's a little bit about the highlight of my week (or maybe the past few months, let's be real!)...

I was lucky enough to attend the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest (WMC) this past weekend and listen to an incredibly inspiring speech by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. The speech, "Do The Things That Scare You", was all about turning your fear into getting what you really want. She spoke about rejection therapy, a practice of submitting yourself to rejection that ultimately allows you to desensitize from hearing "no" (more about that here and here). So often we're in fear of failure, but Grace reminded us that failing is way better than living with the regret of never trying (...let that sink in...). She encouraged us to acknowledge our weaknesses and throw ourselves into strengthening those weaknesses (example: Grace knew she wasn't great at public speaking, so she decided to host a radio show to improve her skills).

She spoke about how her business struggled in 2012, and how she feared that she wouldn't be able to pay her employees a fair wage. At that point, she wrote down all of her fears and said them out loud to someone else, which held her accountable to those fears. What if Design*Sponge closed? What would that look like? She wrote down each step, and the last step was "get a new job". The idea of having to work for someone else lit a fire in her that brought a new life into Design*Sponge, and made it a successful business once again.

Me&Grace

I snuck up after the speech and took a picture with her, and had a few minutes to chat one on one. I was SO EXCITED I can't even explain. We briefly talked about the idea of simplifying, which seems to be a universal trend in the design world right now. I told her how excited I was to see the Design*Sponge re-branding launch, and begin to match her content a little more. I was on cloud nine. Then she followed me on Instagram and I died. Needless to say, it was incredible to meet her and I consider myself so lucky to have been able to talk design with one of the leaders in the design community. Thank you so much for the invite, Charity!

Any highlights this week for you?

I hope you all have a great weekend! TGIF.