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Friday, 13 September 2019

What's it really like to freelance for a living?

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I am a full-time freelancer. A hired gun. A mercenary of the creative bent.
Cool people give me money, I create stuff for them.
For the most part, I wake up when I want, work on projects I care about, and very rarely wear real pants (typing this in a pair of pjs my daughter gave me for my birthday).
I sometimes make good money.
I sometimes don't.
I didn’t graduate University. 
I’m not particularly talented (better than some; not as good as maybe others).
But…
As a freelancer I may take on the same tasks as those working within a company. 
I have to  be self-motivated, and wear many hats (promoter, accountant, agent, art director, and more) in order to keep my business moving in the right direction.
I love contracts, working at coffee shops, and wearing funky clothes.
But as a mom, I can work around my family life most times.

Freelance? 
You betcha!
Here's to seeing and finding the beauty, the hope and joy in the right now of our work lives.
And for goodness sake, let's have some fun while we’re at it! 





Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year.

Fall is a close second! 

The trees, flowers, grass, shrubs, birds, bees, and life is just in full bloom and it all smells so gorgeous.  I mean you walk down the streets and so many lovely scents hit you in the nose! There are so many ah-ha moments and I just can't stop smiling.

It's also a tough time to be inside working some days, right?! 
And what the heck do I wear? Rifling through the closet trying to find stuff is a challenge.  Where did I put that powder blue shirt? I thought I had more leggings? Where's my ankle bracelet? Sigh....but we all get through and re-stock for the summer weather. I still have to do that. Would probably make my days easier.

I've fallen behind in my social media endeavours. I'm revamping how I work with my Jibe Designs brand, and work for others has come first. It's slowing down which allows me space to step back and observe. I'm finding it all good.



When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen….There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.”
. ~ Patrick Overton 🌿


Namaste.

Monday, 26 February 2018

What's in that food?

I spent a day at the CHFA trade show in Vancouver on Sunday and WOW! I love this health food show.  It's not open to the public, just retailers and it's bursting with everything Vegan, Gluten Free non GMO, Fermented, sprouted etc etc etc......
I'm on a "no-sugar" kick which I probably will stay on for the rest of my life.  Sugar is the enemy.  So is corn. I know it's crazy but what we eat is so very important and I'm all in to doing everything I can to eat a healthy balanced diet.  I say balanced because CHOCOLATE is still a part of it!! (Trying to find a low sugar chocolate that tastes good is a challenge but they're out there.)
I've learned so much by talking with so many of the committed people who care about good food.  And there are so many of them!  Everyone's got a story! I'm so excited that the organic, health food industry has so much to offer and tastes so very yummy! Seriously I find there is absolutely no need to kill an animal or even eat an egg. 
I've enjoyed a vegetable and fruit diet for the last month and I can't believe the energy I have. I'm blessed to have a sister who's a nutritionist and a huge door opener to an industry that's absolutely bang-on to TRUTH. Well, our truth anyway.
Be well my friends. Life is beautiful.
Namaste

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Google and Me

It's been a whole lotta years since I started Jibe Designs and today, I finally received approval for  Google's business page search and I'm pretty excited!
Crazy that I do this for other business's but yet I keep saying I'll get around to mine......but it's finally done.

Let's see if it makes a difference.
Have a great day!
Namaste!



Friday, 12 January 2018

What? January already?

Hey 2018. 

I see you. 


You're here and,
ready or not, we are making the choice to embrace you for the time and opportunities you hold; knowing that every day, every moment is new and full of possibility, resolutions or not.

Funny how truly the beginning of every year is an opportunity to start anew.  Make changes.  Reflect.  That's all lovely but does it really work?  I have the best intentions to change it up a bit but truly it's really difficult to do that.  Does anybody else feel this way?

Of course you do.  
But onward we go.  Time ticks away.  Days turn into years and there you are. Still pretty much the same!

So what's new in my design world? Last year was truly a little challenging for me with jibe designs as my sister had died of Cancer and I found it a struggle to be creative.  I fell into a muck and only regularly came out to dance.  But having mucked about long enough I'm now ready to keep doing design work!  It's what I truly love and can get into.  The design concepts this year are more about togetherness, openess, stories and putting it all out there! Honesty as Oprah says is totally the bomb.  Let's be truthful.  The energy that goes with that is real, it's dramatic and people-drawing.

I'm looking forward to February actually! The Vancouver rains will be less, we're out of the January pressures and it's the month of LOVE! I'm preparing my website, petsitting my lovely friend's dogs and cats and uplifting my spirits with dreams of the sky being the limit to my wants!

Let's see how it all goes down.
Be kind to each other.

Namaste
Petra



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Love Yourself

An exerpt:

We live in a global economy of insecurity. Not because of vacillating markets, but unstable self worth. Our lack of self esteem feeds the globalization machine. If you/we loved ourselves more deeply, a lot of industries would go bankrupt. But...bankrupting the human spirit turns out to be great for the gross national product.

Here’s a money-saving tip that also happens to be a radical counter-cultural act of defiance:


Before you buy the promising under eye concealer, or the jeans (that are just

like three other pairs of jeans you got, because they were going to change your life by attracting the perfect life partner), or before you sign the car lease because you’ve been picturing that moment you drive up to your family reunion, and as the glint of the chrome catches your cousins eye, they’ll finally know that you’ve been way smarter than all of them all along), before you pull out the credit card, take a full breath in and out and say to yourself, to YOU:

I love you.


And then see if you still have to have it.


True words by the ever-popular Danielle Laporte 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sayonara August

Today we say sayonara to August

It's been a warm and sunny summer. I learned a lot about myself during these months. We're always growing and changing in ways that get lost if we don't sit back consistantly and notice.  I noticed that I love to serve.  I love to serve.


How you listen is how you live.


Can you hear the women crying?  
Can you hear the soil gasping for clean air?
And did you hear that? 
That’s the sound of a good man asking, How can I serve?
Only with all of you. Mostly by being informed. Entirely with your longing.
Root your life so deeply into your Soul that comparisons, and materialism, and status quo idealism, and the lie called media realism cannot possibly sway your Truth.
You won’t be a sucker for motivation. You will be a devotee of inspiration.
You want to serve? (Please say yes.) Then do what ambition tells you not to do. Forget your goals and your regimens. Be very still and lean in to listen to the pain of the world. And then it will be very clear what to do when you know the Truth. You will let your heart blaze. And your solutions will be fierce with Love, fast with delivery, and sustaining.
You will walk into any room and you will bring joy to bear on the situation.
And it will sound like this:
I am listening. I know who I am. And I am here to serve.
(an exerpt from Danielle Laporte)
Today we say sayonara to August.  I will look back and say I have served.  And it was up-lifting. 

Namaste