02.24.12

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in an effort to be authentic and true, i’d like to talk to you guys about something that’s been heavy on my heart lately. i get these comments and emails asking me “how do you do it all, and so effortlessly!?” this has me thinking.

on a blog, you are able to convey a message to your readers and it’s not always directly related to how you are feeling that day. let’s say i just got in a huge fight with my boyfriend, i’m not going to vent all about it on my blog, right? and these past few weeks have been exceptionally hard for my stress levels. i still haven’t even come close to figuring out how to balance freelance life and maintain any sort of sanity. you guys, the other day i found myself under the blankets and the last thing i wanted in the world was to come out from under them. it seemed like everything was going right in my relationships and career, but i didn’t feel that way at all. the anxiety had literally taken over.

it troubles me to think that people believe i have no worries, and that life is this happy place full of bright colors and success. and i feel upset if i have made it seem that way. freelance life has been the most rewarding thing i’ve ever done but it has also been one of the hardest years of my life emotionally. there is an immense pressure to constantly be thinking “what’s next?” or the fear that you are letting someone down because you couldn’t answer all of your emails, or thinking your ideas just suck. juggling rue magazine, blogshop, design projects and keeping up with this blog has been truly challenging, and i have given up a lot to focus on work. friendships, date nights, vacations all seem to come second now, which is really hard.

i get sad thinking that people sometimes think that everything comes easy to some people and not thinking about the fact that maybe they just aren’t sharing their struggles. there is a fine line of not wanting to sound like debbie downer, constantly wanting to inspire people, and trying to just keep pushing on. i guess this post is just to say that i deal with immense amounts of stress, i am so far from perfect it’s not even funny, and i am just another girl with a bucket full of problems i am trying to work out. i would hate for people to think any differently.

to end this on a semi-positive note, i believe in hard work and it will take you far. i believe passion and love for what you are doing in this world will get you out from under those blankets. i know this actually.

lots of love for your endless support, because it really means a lot to me. -bri

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    s. b says:

    aw, i think a lot of bloggers can relate. there’s only so much you feel comfortable sharing with your readers and part of the appeal to reading blogs is the escape factor. i think us fellow creatives totally understand where you’re coming from, we all go through it. i think about the optics surrounding my social media presence too, and there’s a lot of stress going on in the background, the worst is the feeling that you’re not doing enough. i think all we can do is take it one day at a time and indulge in little things that bring us a smile.

    Margaret says:

    bri! thank you for the honesty and for letting us share your struggles. You are an inspiration, not only because of your creativity and vision, but because you obviously work your ass off. πŸ™‚

    Natalie says:

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou for posting this. I’m so glad that a wildly successful blogger is pointing out that it takes a lot to get to that point – things don’t just fall into place unless you’re deliberate and active about pursuing your passions. As a newbie blogger, I often find myself in the comparison game and I wonder what it takes to get the kind of success/readership you and some of my other faves have built up. You deserve all the success you’re getting, because it’s clear you’ve earned it. Keep it up!

    Anni says:

    Wonderful post, and refreshing to see. I think we all struggle with this, but it’s so hard to admit, especially if you feel guilty because everything is so perfect on paper. I’ve found that the best cure for getting outside my head is getting outside and doing something — taking a walk or run, something where I can shut down my thoughts for a little while. Because if we don’t allow ourselves those little reprieves, the stress will just keep coming in new forms, you know?

    amy says:

    so refreshing and comforting to hear, bri. everyone goes through these cycles, and for every new, exciting assignment, with the joy that comes along with it, added stress is usually inevitable as well. you do a fantastic job juggling it all. it was really nice talking to you at blogshop about those things this time around πŸ™‚ you definitely aren’t alone in feeling the wear and tear…it’s totally normal! keep on truckin’, babe! xoxo

    Nicole says:

    This is amazing. Sometimes I suffer from jealousy, thinking my life isn’t as beautiful as the ones that I admire on the web. We all have our own battles, and the best thing to be is kind and supportive.

    Alison says:

    Thank you for writing about this so honestly. I am also a freelancer, and while I know that none of your success could have been effortless (and I admire your hard work!), it’s wonderful to hear you talk about the same things that I also struggle with on a day to day basis. It’s good to know I’m not alone in dealing with insane amounts of stress, and feeling like my ideas are the worst. I also think that passion for what you do will win out over the negative thoughts every time, even if sometimes we need a reminder. πŸ™‚

    stuff matters says:

    I’m sure it is hard to deal with people thinking that you are some kind of perfection or that you don’t have any real life problems. Don’t pay any attention to those peeps!
    I love your blog and the fact that it is all about bright colors, pretty design things, cute outfits and all sorts of inspirational things.
    I check out your blog when I’m feeling down or stressed or looking for inspiration because this blog is full of life and, yes, a bit of bubbly happiness goes a long way.

    Kendall says:

    THANK-YOU.

    thank you B for being brave enough to admit this. THAT is the hardest thing, and sure, as a blogger and a huge fan of yours, I have admire you work ethic and thought, how the eff does she do it all?

    but it is refreshing and amazing to know you do feel stresses, bumps and anxiety, the refreshing part is you posting about it.

    I am a huge fan and an even bigger one in this moment. B you are more than just a blogger to your readers, you’re a friend, and someone I for one look up too – and who wants to look up to someone who doesn’t face reality? ita great that you have the same struggles and took the time to explain that.

    thank YOU for trusting us with that.

    xo

    Sam says:

    Thank you for reminding people that you’re a normal human being. I think many creatives struggle with these issues, especially when you’re a freelancer and play so many other roles just to keep up. I feel you deeply and hope that you achieve some much needed stress relief soon. Much love, xo.

    gia says:

    This post makes me a little emotional. Thanks for sharing. I’m really struggling with a job I hate and so it’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one in terms of struggle and emptiness.

    Mailinh says:

    It’s okay to let it all out once in awhile — I might not be living the freelance life; however, I could only imagine. We are human and feel these kinds of stresses.

    Just know that you’re still awesomely cool at whatever you do! :))))

    Melanie says:

    Honesty is good. xo

    Congratulations Bri – I suspect that was a hard post for you to write. Yet I am sure reading everyone’s comments will certainly bring you comfort and inspiration. You are an inspiration – I love your creativity and the fun you exude. I love how much you love your boyfriend. I love the way you are always communicating. And I love that what you do is an expression of you. But the most important thing is that you do it all for you. The only person you can possibly let down – like, really let down – is you. So you take care of you. And when you are under those blankets, make sure you take a torch so that you are able to paint your fingernails!!!!

    lauren c says:

    just in time my friend, just in time. thanks for sharing this. xo be well.

    Caitlyn says:

    Bri,

    I’m not the type of girl who comments on blogs (no offense!). It doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE the material, the things I read, or the things I see. But this one touched my heart so I can’t stand NOT saying something.

    Keep your chin up. You are beautiful, wonderful, and stunningly talented. Your blog is a bright, happy thing in my life and the lives of countless others. I love watching what you do and I LOVE how real you are. No one else ever posts their struggles like this.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration, and it’s nice to see that it’s not a piece of cake all the time. Seriously! So you go girl. You rock. And you have a support system that is a lot lot LOT bigger than you probably realize.

    Let me know if you ever need anything.

    Cait

    Kerry Grolle says:

    Thank you for sharing with us where you are right now; in my opinion, being human is one of the biggest/toughest gifts of all. Lately, I have been feeling similarly… working a full time job to support myself and my husband, designing for my own business after hours, and taking care of life including the other un-fun stuff like calling about wrong phone bills and cleaning the kitchen. From one creative to another – don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, or paint your toenails, or do what you need to do to maintain peace of mind. It makes the biggest difference and often those moments reward with great inspiration.

    Thank for writing this post, Bri. It’s true that none of us want to dwell on our problems on our blogs and social media, but they do exist. I know that stressed out feeling all too well… like you’re going to drown in all your responsibilities. Sometimes it’s nice when someone like you reaches out and opens up… it helps us get through our individual struggles and know that we’re not alone in it.

    Becky! says:

    I am dealing with my own version of that right now. I feel like since I’ve started verbalizing it, I’ve found that others are dealing with the same thing. “There is victory in quitting” (ironically I blogged about the same thing, but didn’t go into as much depth)

    Paige says:

    What an inspiring post! It can’t be easy to share struggles with people you don’t even really know–it’s so incredibly brave and honest for you to have done so.

    I absolutely LOVE your blog, and read it every single day. Thanks for everything you do!

    -Paige
    foreverfabforkim.blogspot.com

    Queen Mother says:

    I’m super proud of this post, Breezy! : ) I certainly DO know how hard you are always working, and I’m glad you are making efforts to TRY to slow down a little. I love that you have figured out money isn’t everything! : ) XOXO, Momma

    chelsea says:

    Great post. I’m glad you were willing to share your stress/struggles. I went freelance as of last July and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made but it also came with a new huge load of stress. It’s so valuable to me to realize that other designers that I admire go through the same stress as I do. It’s easy to look at your blog and think your life is perfection but it’s more valuable/inspiring to know we are all learning and growing. Yay life!

    Ashlie says:

    Bri, thank you so much for sharing! Your ability to be authentic with all of us is what makes you so relatable and a great person to look to as an example of what an awesome blogger (among other things) looks like! We all have our days of feeling overwhelmed and unbalanced. It’s how you deal with the stress that makes you the wonderful person you are! As a business owner, I often find that taking an afternoon off from e-mails or anything work-related to take a walk in the park or go to dinner with friends does just the trick to get me back on the right track! You are truly a source of inspiration – everything you put out for us to see is so wonderful. And that’s because you’re so fabulous! (I know because you’re energy when I met you at Blogshop was contagious!) Keep up the good work and take some time for yourself, ok?

    Moorea Seal says:

    From one freelance designer to another, I FEEL YOU. I juggle blogging, jewelry design, freelance illustration and design, and working for a blog design company part time I try to keep a healthy and loving relationship with my boyfriend and, oh yea, getting to see friends is nice. But I do rarely have free time. I feel guilty often. I rarely see friends. Its overwhelming! But I just can’t do any other job…s. I still love the work that I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else, struggling any less. It’s hard, and I really do feel the heaviness that you feel. You’re not alone.
    xo Moorea

    Andrea Cenon says:

    You’re awesome and your blog gives me hope. Hope, that one day I can also be a graphic designer/blogger/etc. & That is something hard to find.

    victoria says:

    i know how hard you work and have always admired you for it. i never thought for one second it could always be easy for you to juggle as much as you do. i found that inspiring in itself – just your ability to manage so much. and so gracefully.

    you deserve a little panic attack now and then, and a day under the covers. blogging is hard work, and you succeed because you’re a hard worker. it does not go unnoticed in my neck of the woods. super proud of you, and to call you a friend.

    now, go take a nap. xo

    I love you and your blog! Thanks for being an inspiration and so authentic about everything you do! πŸ™‚

    Carolina says:

    I can totally relate with everything you just said…even though I’m still beginning in the freelance/blog world, I understand perfectly those feelings.
    You are truly an inspiration for me (and for many MORE), so just keep doing what you do best.

    bri says:

    well now you have all made me tear up. but in the best way possible. thank you! bri

    Elisse says:

    This is such a refreshing blog post Bri! I read so many blogs and always think that these women MUST have it all together. They are driven, successful, funny, adorable, good cooks, amazing photographers, etc. Someitmes it hard to remember that we are all just regular people with highs and lows. Bravo to your candidness. Keep creating beautiful work!!

    catherine says:

    What’s very interesting is that, lately, I’ve been noticing so many public statements of this such thing. I think there is a tendency in our highly amped social networking world to feel like we need to project or keep up with a fascade of complete awesomeness at all times. Maybe we fear appearing like we are failing or weak or whathaveyou, but holy crap, it sure can do a doozy on our selves.

    I’ve been full time with my own company for five years and, as it expands and progresses it can be so exciting… so freaking incredibly exciting. BUT, there are times when I might lose my shit and – like you- don’t want to come out from under the covers. I’m a California transplant, but with an East Coast work ethic upbringing. This means I have convinced myself I can never stop working. These past two weeks have smacked me down and forced me to do otherwise (if only just for one day… I’ll get there.)

    Now you…. YOU… have built this truly captivating and radiant business and -I’m sure to most- it is so obvious how hard you work. You’ve got this incredible combination of design genius + authenticity + a powerful work ethic. You are remarkable and inspiring, but you will do no good for the world (or yourself) if you are burned out. If you can find a way (you can! you can!)take a breather for a day or two… or three (I hate it when people say this to me because all I can think is, “Well, who will do the work if i don’t?!). But I can really really assure you that your peoples will be here when you return. Sit and stare out the window or at a blank wall or have a drink and dance around or take a nap or find a see-saw and get some belly flips or drive to a place where you know no one and just enjoy the day there by yourself.

    Either way you do it, just know that the world can’t help but love you (stressed or overwhelmed and all… you are still a genuinely darling human.)β™₯

    Mendez says:

    Bri, thank you for your candid bravery. I’ve never commented on your blog much less written to you. However, I’m compelled to say “Thank you” for your honest and kind heart. I can see how someone would “think” that you make it look “so easy”. You put out love, beauty and inspiration to us all EVERY day. This is your work, this is your passion. Thank you for that. I know that I love visiting your blog for beauty and a pick me up. So trust me, it’s being received! With hard work comes struggles for sure, and its really important to remember to take ALL the time you need to fill your cup back up. Doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks or wants from you. To put out all this great work you do, you must also have a plan to re-group yourself and your soul. This is all I can think to say. Thank you!

    Tiffany says:

    Hi, this is my first time commenting but I just wanted to say that I appreciate the honesty so much. Thanks for keeping it real on your blog (I’ve been reading for a couple months now?) and striking that balance between sharing the good times and the not-so-good times. Hope you find that balance between hard work and rest! May you have an awesome weekend.

    I’m so glad you wrote this post. Thank you for sharing it. (And btw, I seriously doubt your ideas suck, but we all have that nagging doubt, don’t we?)

    Tish says:

    Keep breathing. Say no sometimes. Be authentic whenever possible and don’t feel bad for sharing your truths…ever.

    There’s something circulating in the universe right now…I’ve noticed a lot of truths pouring out on the web. Just know that you’ve created a good, positive space that breeds support. I’m sure the comments applauding you will keep coming in and it’ll help you realize it’s okay to be human…

    It’s Friday. Find a good friend and a cupcake and give yourself some time to be Bri…in any state she needs to be in.

    Hildajml says:

    Dear Bri:
    I hardly ever write in blogs but I wanted to do it this time. Everybody have problems but not everybody talks about them, like me. I really admire people who are able to do so, I find it very difficult for it is not easy for me to trust somebody but just a few friends and family. I believe that when somebody smiles a lot is not because does no have problems but because wants to keep going and no letting everybody think is unhappy, if we show unhappiness every time we have a problem we would be miserable, I guess.
    I am a scientist, so, to be honest, I do not know much about design and art, but, as much people have told you before, you have really inspired me, not because you may have a “perfect life” (which is impossible) but because all the effort you work with your ideas, all the colors, it is like you know how to express the colors I have on my mind, it is like “omg! I can see now what I imagine”, how cool is that?!. Sometimes I am devastated but then, I have the chance to see one of your new posts and brings me a huge smile, maybe not for all day but at least for a good time leaving on my brain that combination of colors you gave me that day.
    There is a lot o people who you may not know but are thinking of you and giving you lots of love and support …like me! πŸ™‚
    Sending you lots of latin love πŸ˜€
    xoxo

    Bri,
    This post is so refreshing. I struggle with juggling everything and staying inspired. I am my biggest critic and always question myself. Your transparency is inspiring. Hang in there girl, your working is incredible and I am a huge fan.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Thank you. Just, thank you.

    rachel! says:

    good reminder of the reality of life. good to know that things aren’t all daisies on the freelancing because it makes me feel better about not freelancing. good and bad on both sides. but, yay for being rewarded for hard work. we got it, girl! you got it!

    Yvonne says:

    LOVE this post….and your blog. Thanks for keeping it real.

    Wow. Thank you for this post. I’m in the middle of building 3 websites for 3 different clients, putting together a merch store for one of them, managing my own blog and putting together a magazine…not to mention that my boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a house! I’m so overwhelmed and this post has come at exactly the right time. It’s really nice to know that there’s a world of people who can relate to exactly what you’re going through.

    delbarr says:

    i had written this whole long comment to you but then my computer decided to delete it. basically all i want to say is thank you. thank you for your heart and for your honesty. it makes me feel like I’m not the only one and that on those days where i don’t want to get out from under the covers, i’ll find strength knowing that there might be an amazing artist and talent with blonde hair who lives in LA doing just the very same thing πŸ˜‰

    You should take more ‘BRI DAYS’.. they don’t have to be sick days, but just pick a day in your schedule like once a week to do whatever your little heart desires! Now that could be staying under those blankets all day, eating breakfast for dinner, running errands, trying on pretty clothes, even catching up on the work you want to do be doing.. There are no rules, just don’t lose your beautiful self in all the beautiful things you do! xo

    paola says:

    You know, it sounds like you need a wee vacation. It was such a pleasure to meet you at the Seattle Blogshop but I thought you seemed tired then, and now reading this post that makes sense if you’re running on empty.

    It must be almost impossible to keep up the level of creativity and engagement that you manage without taking frequent breaks to stop, smell the roses, quieten your mind and just relax. I hope you find the time and space to wind down a bit soon.. and then come back with renewed energy and all creative guns blazing…you’re doing amazing things girl…

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you will find that balance. It takes a lot to be so open, and I applaud you for sharing in such an open space. I think your blog is growing to be so real, and I’m happy to be a reader. In the end, its all about the love we share…xoxox

    Caitlin says:

    Bri- This was a very brave post (very well written). I appreciate your honesty. I love your blog and I appreciate every ounce of energy and creativity you put into it. You give such inspiration to me and many others. Thank you for this motivation to do what I want to do and to work really hard even on hard days. Thanks also for sharing your fears and your happiness. Love reading and viewing every day!

    I cannot even begin to explain how much I needed to hear this today. I really admire your work ethic, and all that you do. I have questioned myself, “how does she do it all?” As someone who battles with pressures and stresses I can totally relate to hiding under the blankets. Thanks for your honesty, this made my day in a weird way. πŸ™‚

    erin says:

    Bri, your honesty is as beautiful as your work. Thank you for sharing this, it means so much to all of us struggling with life in the world of freelance where nothing is structured and everything is out there for everyone to see, and your biggest critic is yourself, hidden under the covers. This post means so much. xoxo. you are amazing!

    Amy Wing says:

    I’m right there with you. Working for yourself is amazing, rewarding and also incredibly exhausting! Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing what you’re going through!

    Oh, this hurts my heart. I don’t do HALF as much as you and I’m ready to tear my eyes out. I’m sorry to hear you’re under so much stress. You’re truly amazing and have a lot on your plate because of it. Keep your chin up. You inspire so many people. And I absolutely love your blog and love you!

    It’s always nice to be honest and it helps to just vent. It clears our minds. Always here for you! πŸ™‚

    Anne says:

    You can do it! You are an inspiration and we believe in you. It isn’t always easy, but I love your honesty and bravery.

    Brittany says:

    Wow. 54 comments and counting! Goes to show lots of people connect with you, Bri – not just on your blog but you as an honest-to-goodness human being.

    Your work has inspired me in so many ways – but mainly, it has shown me that design can be HAPPY. I try to consistently be a joyful and positive person, and my work and what I surround myself with reflects that. But I’ve struggled with depression and high anxiety on and off for years. I’ve learned to deal with it, but seeing your work reflect positivity no matter what shows me that I can work in an environment that does the same.

    Thank you Bri, for what you’ve done here. You’re a very talented woman and have worked so hard to get where you are. I know the pressure is on in a major way for you, and you have to constantly be looking for “what’s next”. Keep trying to balance your personal and work life (hard, doing freelance) and believe me, your followers will follow you no matter what! Asking for help with the columns was a great step in the right direction. We love you! You’ve got this!

    Holli says:

    A-maz-ing. amazing. amazing. To convey truth, and beauty and positivity….whole, true positivity. Not many possess this ability and you do! Thank you for your honesty. Your honesty is beautiful!!

    kelly ann says:

    I seriously read this post with tears in my eyes. Definitely needed this – I think you encouraged countless people today! Thank you, Bri, you are a true gem. xo.

    Nancy says:

    Bri, Seattle BlogShop catapulted me into a frenzy of creativity, the likes of which have not been seen from my brain and my hands in… forever! I am grateful beyond what I can express here. To hear that you are feeling stressed and low makes me want to fly down there with homemade soup and bread to feed your soul. Then I’ll warm your slippers and read you The Little Prince until you fall asleep, all while making sure your boyfriend doesn’t think I am weird for doing these things. He can have soup too! I love the world you create here but I understand that the alternate reality behind the curtain is often hectic, harsh and flummo. Girl, take a breath, take a walk, do a field trip to The Getty, take care of yourself. We will surely wait for you.

    Rhiannon says:

    Heart everything you do. And love how I feel like I just read my own exact thoughts. I think you’re amazing Bri! Love Rhi πŸ™‚

    Katie says:

    Thank for this completely honest post! I struggle with this too…we want to make our blogs happy and pretty, but do often, it only shows one side. Hang in there!!!

    Sooki says:

    Hi Bri, first off I love your work and find you immensely inspiring. Thank you for sharing your honesty. Sorry to hear about your struggles and stress. Being in the same field, I know it’s a very tough job, more so when you have so much to juggle. I sense that there’s a great amount of passion for what you do. I don’t even know you, but I feel that passion!!! Hang in there and thanks for being such an inspiration!! πŸ™‚

    Jaclyn says:

    Thank you for such an openly honest post. You have such an amazing style and I’m sure it is so hard to juggle everything, but the outcome (at least from a reader’s stance) is so inspiring. Hearing the truth behind a freelance/blogger/creative life is always great to hear about because it’s something I’m working towards. Good luck with all of the work and I can’t wait to see the amazing things that come.

    Dayle says:

    Listen, it takes guts to tell the truth. I am so glad you could get it off your chest and move on. I’m actually inspired by your honesty and hope that I can learn from your experience. I have been feeling overwhelmed myself so I understand where you are coming from. I have my emptiness and personal struggles too. Its exhausting trying to be happy all the time when you have real life going on. I hope you feel better and things start getting brighter.

    Sullivan says:

    Thanks for such an honest post. I have had a lot of recent success and the pressure to maintain that forward momentum can sometimes be overwhelming. I often say its everything I dreamed would happen but was also kind of terrified of. I appreciate what you’re saying about being saddened that folks have missed the amount of work that goes into those successes. I don’t publicly share my struggles, stress or anxiety except maybe to joke about it. It makes me sad that people think that creating the business that I have was easy or that I don’t work my butt off because what I do is so fun.It diminishes the years of training, planning and effort that are the foundation of my business. Based on all these comments, I’d say there’s definitely space for more of these kind of conversations and thank you again for a thought provoking post!

    Kate says:

    Your honesty is refreshing. Your blog is consistently awesome and inspiring and fun. However, it’s good to know that you struggle too! Thanks.

    Maggie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this Bri. It was very brave of you to be honest about how things really are, but in a way, it was reassuring to read from my end. I also know the feeling of trying to do too much, and it’s hard to turn that part of my brain off that says, ‘don’t be lazy – work! work!’ As a new blogger also trying to juggle a full-time career, a part-time gig, planning a wedding, and starting a new business, it makes me feel better to know that I’m not the only one struggling to stay afloat. In the long run it will be worth it, but the trip there certainly is trying. You are always so inspiring, even when you don’t post every day. Just know that we all look forward to your posts, and if you skip a few days – we won’t be mad! πŸ™‚ Thanks for all of your beautiful work – it always keeps me going!

    xo Maggie

    Alex says:

    Like everyone else said, thank you so much! We ALL go through these things; there is no sense isolating ourselves and feeling alone. Thanks for being brave enough to post this, I am so glad more and more people are deciding to step out from behind their awesome portfolios to take a second and show that they are human, too!

    You are truly beautiful inside and out!
    Thanks for sharing! You seem to be the person that races all the way to the finish line πŸ˜‰ I love that about you! It keeps me pushing myself further and doing my absolute best. Hearing you talk about your struggles throughout even the most amazing times is so humbling. No matter how well things are going in life, it will never be perfect. But you sure lead a great example through all of the ups and downs. Keep it up! We’re rooting for you! <3

    Carrie says:

    Thank you for being so real!! It is so encouraging to know that big time creatives and designers like yourself, are real people too. It’s nice to know that from the peanut stand where we beginners sit. Ha ha ha! you are an inspiration just by being you. cheers! Cmoe

    saeyoung vu says:

    Thank you for your honesty. It takes a huge courage to blog about your struggles.
    I agree with you about how the most bloggers don’t really share bad things that happened. I mean, we all have bad days and just want to scream. I had a bad day on Wednesday. The whole day was just really shitty. The days like that you just have to pour a glass of wine and let it just pass. I also remind myself to focus on the moment instead of thinking ahead. You and Your blog is an inspiration and judging for all the comments, I am not the only one.
    Sending you a lot of love and light.

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Bri, you are awesome. That is all.
    Ronnie xo
    (And sending big hugs your way.)

    Carol says:

    I struggle every day to psych myself to go to work….I admire your honesty and your ability to inspire us. I appreciate that it is sometimes hard but worth it

    Kate says:

    I think a lot of us can relate so much to that. Please don’t take any of our comments as thinking it comes easy. We’re all human and know that life is hard even in our happiest moments. Your colors and words are inspiring and your smile is infectious, no matter what may be behind it, so sometimes you’re helping us through our tough moments too. Just remember that there are plenty of people on here willing to give you the same πŸ™‚

    Kate

    oooh, ok, we have all definitely been there on some level or another. not all of us freelance, but add in the other stuff that everyone does and ah, yeah, we’ve all been under those same blankets. but, i also think it’s ok. sometimes the blankets re~focus you, they allow you to breathe and decide in which order, things are going to get done. or not done. sometimes too, that’s ok. hoping your weekend is rela and full of juke box colors! πŸ˜‰

    This was an amazing post for you to write, thank you!! Especially for those of us who really look up to you and your successful career. It’s important for us to see just HOW HARD YOU WORK FOR IT. But as women, I think we are all a little hard on ourselves. We try to do it all and feel guilty when we get close…So next time you’re stuck under the covers just smile and take a deep breath. It’s never as bad as we think it is.
    P.S. You didn’t reply to a couple emails, but I still love you πŸ™‚

    Moo says:

    Awesome post. Glad to hear you are imperfect like the rest of us…

    Katie says:

    Thank you for being so honest! It’s definitely easier to present your “best” self online than talking about faults/issues. The online world has an “edit” button that the real world unfortunately doesn’t have (I wish!)

    It’s a good thing to vent, though. Clears the mind and soul! πŸ™‚

    M.C. Sommers says:

    Thank you for sharing. I think we all have someone in our lives that makes us wonder, “How does she do it all?” It’s good to remember that we all have struggles and moments where we think it’d be nice to just give up. Sometimes it’s good to just keep working hard and other times it’s important to stop and do something that reminds you why you work so hard. Thank you for being so honest. I’ll be bookmarking this post for days when I feel the same way!

    Jenni says:

    It takes a lot of courage to be real and transparent when these feelings come! I think it’s normal as a hardworking + creative person – we put our heart and soul in everything we do and then put it on display for all to see (and yes, even judge.) The work never ends! With that in mind here are a few questions I am trying to ask myself more often: 1) Is my self-worth dependent on the work I “produce” or what others think of me OR does it come from who I am as a whole person? 2) After all the energy I spend “creating” how do I truly recharge my mind, my body and my spirit? 3) Am I “wasting” time and effort on things that aren’t truly taking me the direction I want to go? 4) And of course – how can I keep the things that are truly the most important to me – God, my family, my dear friends – the most important? You are so talented and working so hard! Congrats on all the recent success and don’t feel guilty in taking time for yourself πŸ˜‰

    This is great – I think too many of us buy into the idea that there’s some secret, magical way of having a perfect, creative, no-effort, no-stress life… and it’s just not the case. That said, your success is inspiring if only because you didn’t give up when you realised there was more to it than just wanting to succeed.

    bethany says:

    It’s so refreshing to hear this kind of honesty. I completely related when you spoke of how challenging freelance life is. It’s so much work, a constant hustle, but so rewarding! You’re a total inspiration thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Lottie says:

    Bri I love your honesty! And with blogs it sometimes can seem a bit like that but as a blogger I find it hard to share the really personal because I don’t want to depress people and also sometimes I am aware of who is reading. It is a hard balance.

    But your work ethic and honesty is inspiring! And I like your blog!

    Megan Alissa Glanville says:

    You are so talented and it does appear that you have a happy, colorful, creative bubbly life full of fun, vintage clothes, cool friends and infinite inspiration. While I’m sure your world does include all of those things, it is a relief to hear that it takes some doing and strategy to present yourself in that light; that is, that you didn’t get to where you are by pure luck or magic. I think that you are an inspiration to a great many creatives and it is, in a weird way, comforting to know that you (just like everyone) have your share of struggles to plug through. Thank you for your honesty. I think it narrows the gap (for those of use who admire your work and all you manage to accomplish) in terms of what is ultimately possible given a strong dose of tenacity, imagination and style. There is great appreciation for who you are and what you do. But seriously, take a vacation once in while girl! While I’m not certain the extent of your other responsibilities, your blog lovin fans will still be here after a couple weeks on the beach!
    Wishing you well and continued success πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Bri. I appreciate your authentic realness. I wish there was more of it in the blogosphere as I believe that struggle is part of the process and that we can so easily hide behind the facade of the internet. Thanks for pulling back the curtain a little. xo

    Andrea says:

    Hey Bri, I feel for you! I am going through a faze sort of what you may be going through. I am just continually adding more and more to my plate in an effort to reach my ultimate goals some day. Some times I reflect on everything I try to do and wonder if I am wasting my time, or if I’m just doing a mediocre job at all these “hobbies”… freelance, blogging, jewelry making, and being a painter, all while having a full-time job. Should I just drop all of these things and really perfect one aspect of my life? It’s hard to say. I too have to admit that I have been putting my personal relationships aside to constantly work to be the person I want to be. It just scares me that I do all of this and there won’t ever be the pay off I am hoping for.

    Either way it takes a bit of courage to admit the stresses you feel and not just tuck them away and let it build up inside. Like I said I truly feel for you, and if you ever felt the need to take a break from your blogging I’m sure all of your readers would understand and support you and I can guarantee we will all still be here when you’re ready to come back. Good luck girl! Keep us posted, it helps to hear how other people deal with their multi faceted lives, that way we can all learn and grow together.

    Ashley Clement says:

    Bri this post was very refreshing, your blog is my favorite of the 200 blogs I follow (I have an addiction). And everyday while I’m sitting in my cubicle, working at a job as a designer with no creative say, comparing myself to you, I always have questioned how does she do it all and make it look so easy. Your honesty makes me adore you even more and inspires me to work my ass off, because in reality thats the only way how. Keep up the great work, your truly one of my heros.

    kristina says:

    thank you for sharing bri – yes, it’s not always flowers and butterflies – it’s a lot of hard work and you are earning every penny of it πŸ˜‰
    xoxo

    lisa says:

    We all try to make our blogs the best version of how we would love everything to be, bright, sparkly, girly, positive and always colorfully happy, but i think we would be lying not to admit that we are writing it on the floor of our apartment that still needs to be vacuumed from all of the dog hair. we’re all in it together!

    Shauna says:

    It’s refreshing. I expressed a similar kind of ‘honesty’ on blog for the first time this week. It’s important to keep it real! Just know that your readers support you, even through stressful times. πŸ™‚

    azita says:

    I am a new reader and entirely smitten and inspired by you and your “effortless” work. Boy oh boy did this post strike a chord! It brought tears to my eyes. I would like to embroider what you said – that love and passion will get out from under the blankets – on a pillow. It reminds me of a Shakers motto that I love: “Hands to work and hearts to God.”
    Thank you for such an honest post and for sharing.

    stacy finke says:

    I greatly appreciate your authenticity & the vulnerability that it takes to do so!

    CHIN UP BUTTERCUP!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Bri, I have to say, you do such a great job of inspiring each and every one of us. I have taken on the beautiful, crazy world of being an entrepreneur in the past year also. In fact, I am helping a handful of entrepreneurs get that “organized” feeling they need to feel comfortable running their own thing.

    I feel that it is so much better taking risks in the crazy lifestyle of an entrepreneur and making those sacrifices than having a no-fun desk job. Don’t worry, it will get easier!

    We all get this way in life, and it is great that you are open and honest about it. You are so creative and these sacrifices are paying off 100%. Make sure to take time for yourself. Schedule those sacrifices into your schedule now and then!

    xoxo

    Kerry says:

    Take a break sweet girl. We will still be here. Promise. <3 I made something silly on today that I hope will make you laugh. Debby Downer's Daily Affirmation:

    Diarra says:

    BALANCE!!! It all boils down to balance, if we pile too many clothes in the washer the clothes won’t get as clean as they should be, and you run the risk of ruining the machine. We must all weigh the true value of the opportunities that present themselves, look at the priority we give the relationships that help us keep our sanity, and the amount of time we take for ourselves…

    otherwise, something’s gotta give

    -Diarra

    brandy says:

    Thank you for sharing. x!

    thanks for being so transparent and real, Bri! it’s encouraging to see someone like you willing to let your hair down and tell people how things really are. thanks for sharing it πŸ™‚

    Kerry says:

    Thank you so much for this post, I’m a senior in college and everything seems so utterly overwhelming right now and it’s so nice to hear that I’m not the only one. You are so inspiring and absolutely genius with color, I hope I make such wonderful creations without entirely losing my mind sometime.

    Danie says:

    Bri, what you do is completely inspiring–it’s a huge risk to get yourself out there and decide to work for yourself. Anyone can tell from your blog that you absolutely LOVE what you do, and that’s exactly the reason people keep coming back to see your work and ideas.
    Everyone definitely has their ups and downs, and I look up to you so much for being so genuine. I hope everything settles down a little bit and isn’t so frantic. I know it’s especially hard to pull yourself from work that needs to be done, but you definitely have to take time for yourself. πŸ™‚ You need to treat yoself! Know what I’m saying?
    Hang in there! We’re all rooting for you! πŸ™‚

    Kara says:

    Bri- Thanks for being real. You are a definite inspiration just by being who you are. Thanks for not being perfect and sharing your work and life with all of your blog followers! πŸ™‚

    Raina says:

    Your blog is such a joy to read and I will admit I’ve often thought you were super human. I guess we’re all just regular human with regular human good days and regular human bad days. Tomorrow will be better.

    Dear Bri,

    you’ve got my deep empathy. The reasons I started may blog was that I wanted to collect all the good and memorable moments in my life. everything that makes me happy. I felt like life was just to hard on me with my husband being away for 8 months by now and just everything else going wrong.
    I wish you all the best. Take a break when you need it and listen to your needs! Your honesty makes you even more lovable!

    Your faithful reader
    Γ„nnchen von Tharau

    chalsie says:

    You obviously have a lot of support behind you, judging by the comments to this post. Good job, and good luck with everything. This was a great post, because of how personal it is.

    Yuly says:

    Dear Mrs. Bri. You have been inspiring my life the last moth since I found your blog. I really wish you to find the way to balance all the sides of your life. PLEASE Let me sent you some present (our last

    Yuly says:

    BOOK Nine stories about love. IΒ΄m sure you will find some answer to face this period) Best

    Kate says:

    Someone has probably already said this (or you would have at least seen this in your travels on Pinterest!),but I think the saying “smiling doesn’t mean I’m happy, it just means I am trying hard to be strong” is probably something that is relevant. You fill everyone’s life with joy with your colourful take on the world, but of course, it doesn’t mean you do not have grey days, challenges + hard times in your life. No one can (I would’ve said except maybe Heidi Klum, but hey, even she’s having a rough trot at the moment). Good on you for showing bravery by being honest about having these days. We all put so much pressure on ourselves. Coming from someone who has experienced burnout, if you are feeling like this, I can’t stress the importance of nurturing yourself. Block in some time (I recommend couple of days for a proper reset)….for the simple things in life, for your love, and actually JUST for you – no phones, no internet, no business, just you + the basics in life to give you that breather. You will come back feeling clearer and better for that time and more full of energy than ever before. Your legion of fans will still be waiting!! πŸ™‚

    Molly Ford says:

    Bri,

    I am so glad that bloggers like you and Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo have written posts like this. While many of us go to your blog for inspiration and motivation, it is really nice to be able to relate to you on a more personal level. Even though there are so many things to celebrate and cherish in life, there are also events or circumstances in life that make times tough. Thank you for sharing that. I think this helps give most people more confidence to keep going when life gets tough and to truly take a step back and remember why they do what they do– because they love it. That is enough to keep going. xo

    aura says:

    thank you for giving so much. what I have under my bed: a box with a flashlight, ‘The Fairytales of Brothers Grimm’ (but any book that doesn’t force your inspiration only your imagination is ok), a soft handkerchief and a small soap bar that smells like my childhood. Every now and then it’s ok to camp out under those blankets.

    Heather says:

    Dear Bri,
    I am an avid reader of your blog, although I don’t comment very often. You really hit a chord with this post for me and many others. Thank you for showing us your caring, compassion and genuine self.

    amazing post, amazing blog, amazing girl!!! you are a true inspiration to so many of us — but remember to take care of yourself first. grab brunch with your friends, datenight your cutie and take an extended vacation!

    Sarolta says:

    Thanks a lot for this post, Bri! Just thank you!

    Jennifer says:

    I thank you for your transparency as I am sure many of your readers can personally relate to your words. It is comforting to know that you “struggle” right along with the rest of us. People are drawn to your bright energy and boundless creativity which will continue to uplift you from this current struggle to happier times.

    AHHH! I am so thankful for this post. It is so refreshing to hear that you hide under your covers. I have really been longing for bloggers like you to bring a reality to the rest of blog community. It is so encouraging. Love this post. Love your blog!
    ~Bre (spelled the right way:)

    Martha C. says:

    Thanks for this… I’m a graphic designer struggling to balance free lance, a job and a life and it gets really overwhelming sometimes. I really look up to you and love your work, and this post really made me feel…encouraged.

    i wanna reach through the computer screen and give you a big hug!!! things will get better, thank you for your braveness to share, everyone can truly relate <3

    fox says:

    I love your blog, up or down. It’s the first URL I check in the morning and I refresh throughout the day. If you didn’t have bad days, you wouldn’t be human and it’s your humanity that infuses this blog with so much heart and beauty. Thanks for trusting your audience and sharing this post with us all!

    Best post to date! I too am a blogger with a full-time job (50+ hours a week) and often times, I feel the same as you. Social life is something so foreign to me. But every time I get down, I say to myself, if I wasn’t doing this, let’s just say I went on vacation or I went out with friends, half way through I would want to go back to blogging, creating and sewing.

    I think it’s important to see the person behind the blog, and that person is not perfect…none of us are! It makes it so much more personal to know that we all go through struggles, regardless of the success. Yes, blogs are our happy places but we all have down days and it’s great that you can vent that here and feel the support of your followers. Feel better Bri! You are an inspiration to lots of readers and being human makes you much more inspiring.

    Christina says:

    Such a touching post. It’s like you took my thoughts right out my head. I am not a freelance designer but I run my own small business and it is my dream job and I’d never trade it for the world, it is the most difficult and stressful job I’ve ever had. Some days I find myself wishing I had someone to just tell me what to do next but that is part of what makes our job awesome… There is no right answer of what to do next or how to do it!

    Claire Lopez says:

    Beautiful post. I love your blog!

    kris says:

    You are an inspiration to me every single day Ms.Bri, I am pretty sure we are the same age and I teach at a design college in Victoria BC and you have such an influence on what I bring to the classroom. I just wanted to re-asssure you what you have built for all of your hundreds and hundreds of fans. But on the real side of it, cut all the sappy stuff you have successfully accomplished so much in such a short period of time it is truly remarkable. I read an article from Jonathan Adler not too long ago and he spoke on striking while the iron is hot , and even as I fan I feel confident to say that I am sure all of your loved ones and personal support system are all there for you while you push yourself to raise the bar, and be a trend setter on the cutting edge of this industry. Keep pushin through and thank you for being real
    Kris

    Jana says:

    Great post, and very true. I think a lot of people with a regular pay-chack are not aware of the constant insecurities entrepreneurs and free-lancers face.
    All the time.
    It never stops (not even on a Sunday afternoon).
    If you have too much work, you worry about not being able to fulfill certain expectations, if you don’t have enough work, you are stressing out about paying rent.
    It’s never easy, but luckily always interesting and often fun.

    Hang in there Bri, I don’t think you could ever do anything else than create beauty and radiate colour.
    Love your blog.

    .tif says:

    Thanks for being honest, and hugs to you. This past year was my first year freelancing as well, and it certainly isn’t all rainbows and sunshine all the time.

    The internet makes it easy to see what you want to see in people, I think, and so it’s easy to forget that everyone lives in the real world away from their computer monitor. Life is hard, but you do navigate the sometimes stormy waters with an admirable grace.

    I appreciate you being you; it’s such an encouragement to me.

    xanthe says:

    The hard work you put in and out there for us, is clear. Thank you. Hang in there x.

    Sally says:

    Bri thank you so much for writing this, it could not have come at a better time for inspiration for me.

    At the moment I feel like my life is perfect apart from just one thing, my career. I cannot chase a dream right now because my Husband is chasing his and we need some definate wages to pay the bills, I am so proud of him but am struggling to work out what I want to do.

    I compare myself to people like you and think why can’t I do that, why can’t I have a cool career that I love… but it is amazing to know that everyone has their struggles and that life is not perfect for anyone… I am trying to be grateful for all I do have any reach for my dream alongside my ‘dayjob’ and I know that you can make anything happen if you really put your mind to it.

    Thanks Bri! I hope the stress levels drop for you real soon
    xxx

    Caroline says:

    i am SO thankful that you write posts like this once in a while. not to say that i’m thankful for any stress or struggle, but it’s incredibly reassuring and like a breath of fresh air to know that someone as successful and creative as you still has self-doubt and slight insecurities. it eases my stress-crazy mind to know that incredibly creative designers like you still question if your work/idea is good enough, if you’re pushing hard enough, etc. because those are the constant struggles i deal with as a young designer contemplating the leap into freelance full-time. i hope you are able to ease your mind and find ways to relax πŸ™‚ you deserve it.

    susan says:

    thank you from me too dear Bri. I find I’m up & down & sideways. Days I feel completely invincible & others I think why am I wasting my time. I check your blog daily & today is a day that I wish wasn’t sunny so that my bedroom would be dark (no curtains) & I would/could crawl under “my” covers and stay there – indefinitely. Now I’ve read this post maybe I’ll try & hang out at my desk a little longer. Merci Sweet pea xo Susan

    Sarah says:

    Bri, thank you for your honesty and genuine message. You are a colorful, lively inspiration and it’s comforting knowing you struggle sometimes too. Your creative genius and humility is appreciated everyday. I am inspired constantly to be as brilliant and true to self as you are. Thank you!

    dee says:

    i think this might be the most inspirational post i’ve ever read, actually. i love how honest it is. more people need to be honest like this. very refreshing. keep on truckin’, your doing a marvelous job!

    ashley beilharz says:

    Thank you for busting your butt everyday. Your blog keeps me inspired to do the same, to find myself in my design work and keeps me beyond excited to be a designer. I hope this brings you comfort! Keep truckin πŸ™‚

    Val says:

    The timing of this post couldn’t be more perfect as I rolled out of bed this morning to face the week ahead. Your blog has brought me so much inspiration – it’s like a dose of sunshine. Thank you Bri for all that you do and for sharing so honestly with us.

    Amy says:

    Fabulous post! I think what you do is fabulous as well, and although I can imagine how you feel having all these people think you’re effortlessly doing all these fabulous things I think that means you’re doing it right!

    Danette says:

    I think that ended on a fully positive note…;)

    Annie H. says:

    Like catherine (#34) and Molly (#108), I’ve been noticing a wave of these revealing, authentic posts by bloggers lately. And also noticing I have a complicated reaction to them. One part of me thrills to your leadership in opening up about difficult topics, and cherishes your tender, vulnerable side. Another part is jealous and resentful, wondering if your success is what makes it okay for you to share your feelings. That is my own version of emptiness to deal with (powerful graphic!).

    Tiffany says:

    I’m glad you made this post. Thanks!!!

    linda says:

    Thank you for your honesty. Your blog is one of two that I follow regularly and it always cheers me up. I really admire people who open up and trust the world with their feelings which I feel takes courage. Your efforts truly pay off as you are doing so well in everything you do. For artists, I think sometimes stress is something that actually contributes to better work, an outlet, and a way to express our feelings at times. I feel like I’ve been working harder than ever and nice to know others that can relate to the tough sacrifices of less time for friendships, date nights, trips, etc. Love all you do!

    Piper says:

    So honest, so real, well done. A bold move, and I for one appreciate it.

    Kelly says:

    a great and heartfelt post. So often you don’t see this side of bloggers. We are all real people in the end. You are doing a lovely job and I hope you find the right balance soon, I’m sure you will. At least you know you have the support of the blogger community and your family and friends. xoxo

    Piper says:

    Bri, a thousand thanks for writing this post – it’s always hard to write posts like this but I find it so refreshing when bloggers share the realities. I think this online world can make us all feel that others are living these perfect, dreamy lives when there of course is good with the bad. The stress alone of having your own biz or being freelance is something you can’t be trained for!! I’m glad to hear I’m not alone in those days where I just want to stay under the covers πŸ™‚ You rock it Bri πŸ™‚

    Hannah Mall says:

    Amazing and hard at the same time… Putting your personal struggle out there is much harder than the happy moments. Thank you so much for sharing… Really made so many people feel not alone. You are inspiring, amazing, and real. Design Love Fest, is like my morning paper, I don’t miss a day!

    Michelle Marie says:

    Bri:

    There’s a reason why we girls have choco-therapy:) I applaud you..you are a twinkling rainbow in sea of gray. I love your blog because it pops with color and sunnyness. I admire your honesty and remember that it’s OK to ask for more help to lessen the grit you’re experiencing. From grit to gold. Grit is price for greatness.

    Linda says:

    Hey Bri,
    I have lived your life for many years and I can completely understand the enormous amount of stress you are under. I was a freelance web designer for 10 years, co-owned a very successful design blog (which has been sold) and was raising a family running a farm and entertaining like I was Martha Stewart. I loved it all but I didn’t love it all AT the SAME TIME!
    Try to stop and smell the roses as much as possible and delegate as much as you can and try not to be superwoman. None of us expect you to be.
    Linda

    Karla says:

    Hi Bri,

    I almost did not comment because it’s all been said but I wanted to say I feel your enormous stress but also I’m delighted that you expressed your feelings as it is difficult to balance everything in a world of great expectations. Your world requires something that only comes from that creative passion that truly only comes from deep inside the heart. Being in business for yourself is oh so very tough but I know that at the end of the day, your much further in life than you would be working for another company, right. Wow, and look at all your support! Hang in there, take care of yourself, and take a bow.
    You have helped me see that it’s okay to be authentic and for that you’ve inspired me to be myself, just because you let yourself, be you.
    Warm regards,
    Karla

    masako says:

    we. all. love. YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    masako says:

    we. all. love. YOU!!!!!!!!

    Queen Mother says:

    I’m so touched by the outpouring of support and love everyone showed you here, Bri. To hear so many people say you are inspiring them is also really special. And if there’s one thing I always stressed to you growing up is to be HONEST, and that’s what this post was about. Make sure you do take some much needed breaks now and then, hon. Love you so much, Mom

    Angela says:

    Thank you for being so brave to be honest about your life.
    It must be a whirlwind all of the things that you are focusing on, but you are doing a great job!

    trina says:

    here here. great post. it is a fine line in this blogging world. debbie downers are no good but letting the world in every now and again just keeps things real. i can only imagine what it is like to juggle all that you do. you do an amazing job. keep put the great work and you’re right it will TOTALLY pay off!
    BIG XO . trina

    hannah lynde says:

    Your humble, authentic, honesty is awesome. Super women are human too. And being brave enough to admit your fears, failures and struggles will keep you super :). Thank you for being you and all that you do.

    frances says:

    really powerful and important post. hats off to you for being real. it makes me appreciate your style and opinions even more.

    Brandy says:

    i love and truly appreciate everything you have to say bri. thanks for being so honest and open.

    Abi says:

    People like you inspire me. I’m a newbie in the blogging world, and I dream of becoming a freelancer as well. Right now, I’m facing more frustrations, but reading your blog really uplifts me. Thank you!

    Cristine says:

    BRI, One of the things I love most about your blog is that your personality really shines through. I don’t feel that you pose as “perfect”. In fact, the first time I read a blog post that I could really identify with was when you wrote about going on a diet and taking unflattering naked photos of yourself. I laughed and thought, “This girl is one of my kind!”. Thanks for connecting with your readers in an emotional and real way. You’re an inspiration because you’re human… and you’re awesome! πŸ™‚

    Mrs. Higgs says:

    THANK YOU!!! I browse a LOT of blogs, and often feel overwhelmed at my inadequate-ness based on the amazing posts from great bloggers e.g. you

    I enjoy deriving inspiration from other designers, but am faced with the double-edged sword of having all this info stifle my own creative endeavors. It’s just great to hear that it’s not all sunshine and lollipops all the time! Hope you can find your way out of the covers. Have a great trip!

    I think everything that can be said probably has, but Friday afternoon I literally finished what I could and told my boss I was sick and needed to leave. I wasn’t REALLY sick, but it was the culmination of 2 weeks of traveling for work, returning and covering my city’s Fashion Week for my blog, and then returning to the office to a shit storm of work while working on my blog every night, and attempting to get to the gym and celebrate my husband’s birthday. So on Friday, I was so tired I couldn’t design anything or even think anymore. I went home and slept for 3 hours, then hung out with some friends. Saturday I felt almost normal again.

    Thank you for posting this because I definitely am one of the people who need to hear that other people struggle with trying to keep all the balls in the air and leave the house with makeup cute outfit on everyday too. πŸ™‚

    Sarah says:

    I LOVE this. Thank you for being real,and honest, and keeping the perfect world facade at bay.

    gloria waters says:

    so nice to know i am not alone. AMEN SISTA.

    Dayna says:

    Thanks Bri. You’re the best! Its really reassuring to hear that such a fabulous blogger and graphic designer has panic days too and can be uncertain about her work, too – it makes me feel that we are not that different and that I can do it, too!

    Thank you for sharing this! I often think I’m the only person with struggles. It’s too easy to think that other people have perfect frustration-free lives.

    Keep on working hard Bri! You’re an inspiration (and you’re so young!!) and your hard work is paying off in very obvious ways.

    xo – Jenny

    Michelle-Mee says:

    You’re honesty and sincerity are amazing. I’ve always been so impressed with all that you do, and if we’re being honest, you are probably one of my biggest idols in the design world. Just starting out, I know I have a lot to learn and I always can connect with the work that you do and it inspires me. Above all, this post really inspired me.

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