By Jess Fellows

workplace locations

Since I started my career I have worked in many places. None more so than since I started contracting. But a discussion this week with a fellow design friend had us reminiscing about the various locations that we have completed projects.

Working in your pj’s was by far the top runner! Working in the car, at cafes, libraries and on public transport all got a mention. I remember once having a crucial deadline and about 15 minutes before I needed to send it a tree fell across power lines and all power/telephone was caput. Talking to my client while I am driving around trying to find a free wifi connection trying to explain the situation was, in hindsight, hilarious (a bit less fun at the time though).

As a freelancer you are more susceptible to the little everyday interruptions then if you were sitting in an office. But I guess that is one element that makes it more appealing and a days events more colourful.

It also gives you an insane amount of flexibility. I have not fit into the 9am-5pm working day model for many many years. Instead I adapt where and how I work based on my family and clients requirements. Whilst initially there was some convincing needed to be done to ensure my clients I didn’t spend more time shopping than working, over the years it has proved well worth it.

They understand that the work gets completed and in most cases much faster then if I was sitting in an office. My brain works best at quite odd hours of the day so that is when I try and crunch out the big stuff as I am most productive and creative during these times. Which ultimately gets work done faster for clients and to the high level I set and expect.

So whether I am chasing a chicken out of my office, sending emails at school pick-up, partaking in conference calls while I do my groceries or designing publications at 5am, my juggle is my juggle. Granted it is not a traditional work model but if it were I can guarantee it would not be as fun or as creative.

Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

something new

This week I started something new and have been pretty much walking around like this stunned fox ever since!

It was something that I had thought about on and off for quite a while, was equally freaked and excited about it but in the end my usual “well why the hell not” take on the situation won over and I started it.

It has got me thinking about the hurdles we create for ourselves when  presented with a new opportunity or making a decision to start something. It’s weird, as the thing we are procrastinating about is usually something that we really really want so why the hell do we wait and spend more time thinking about reasons why we shouldn’t do it rather then figure out ways we can?

I also realised I am quite the master of building hurdles, so I have vowed to try and stop my building activities and embrace more situations looking like this fox! Are you a hurdle builder? And what makes you look like a stunned fox!

By Jess Fellows

take time to smell a flower

It’s Friday, yes it is!
If there is nothing else that I am going to achieve this weekend it is a little time to smell a flower.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, it’s freezing cold and I have decided this weekend I am going to have some serious couch time.

Hope you enjoy your weekend just as much!

By Jess Fellows

Busy busy

I know I am always talking about how busy I am, have been and will be. I know lots of other people are busy too. And I know I can’t compare my busy with anyone else’s.

I believe we all choose our level of busy. We choose how insane we make out lives or how relaxed, some of us can balance this and some of us can’t. Some of us don’t like the rush and some of us hate the slow pace.

The love I have for being busy is, I admit, a little odd. Each day is filled with deadlines and planning for deadlines and planning for the planning. I work very hard and am intensely busy most of the time but I equally invest time in ‘play time’ which is complete timeout. Mostly this is only a snippet of time but for me it is always about the quality not the quantity. Work hard to play even harder some say.

Many people don’t have an understanding or can’t manage their busy. It is a struggle and can be quite frustrating. I have accepted that some days my ‘busy:balance’ ratio is on the money and other days it is completely out the window, but why that works for me is because I am totally OK with that! When you have a partner, kids, a business, job, meetings, lunch boxes to pack, washing to sort, animals to feed it’s no wonder it seems overwhelming at times.

So as my dear friends say, sometimes you just have to suck it up princess and do the best that you can. Sometimes you need to know when to ask for help. Sometimes you need to know when to take a timeout. And sometimes you simply have to just play hard. But most importantly you need to figure out what works for you and you alone and do it!

By Jess Fellows

Hearding sheep

Some days are just plain tough. They hit without warning and drag you down. It’s on days like these that I wish you could run away and partake in a profession that is simple. Green hills, a flock and mans best friend by your side.

Even when your life is more like herding cats than it is herding sheep, sometimes you need to suck it up and simply keep on plodding. The day will end (probably with a glass of vino in hand) and the next day will be a new day.

Though those green hills … ohhhh they do seem rather appealing!

By Jess Fellows

there’s a cool change

Well, Winter is definitely on the way. Rain, cold, wind, drips and a need for layers. It’s all here and we are loving it!

There is nothing quite like snuggling with a rug on the lounge watching movies, drinking hot chocolate three times a day and slow cooking something that fills the house with those ‘get into my belly’ aromas.

The long weekend, that has just passed, was filled with all of these things. We all got time to chill, feast, laugh and snuggle. I know in about 12 weeks we will be gagging for some warm weather, but right now this is lovely. Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

Turns out I am bananas! (Coastrek Wrap-Up)

We did it!

We walked 55km … yes 55km … as part of 2015 Coastrek that raises much needed money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

As anticipated there was chaffing, blisters, heat, dehydration, blisters, mental challenges, blisters oh and did I mention blisters?
I even lost my huff and puff? Who knew that could happen?

A big chunky thanks must go our the amazing pit crew that fed and hydrated us throughout the walk. Knowing they would be around the next corner or up the next hill was more motivational than you could ever imagine. They made us laugh, they listened to our whinging, gave us topics to talk about and were right there until the end (a whole 13.5 hours after we started). Thanks is just not a big enough word!

And to my team – you people are the ultimate goods! There is not many people in this world that you can do this sort of thing with and still be wetting yourself with laughter at the end of the ordeal. I am extremely proud of our little team and all that we achieved. It wasn’t just about walking the 55km, it has been a journey since October last year whereby we have walked, planned, raised money and laughed. Boy have we laughed!

And again thanks must be given to all those friends, colleagues, family and random strangers that have supported us through donating to our team. Big thanks!

If you didn’t think we were going to make it – well poo to you, we did it! – but never fear you can still support us up until Tuesday. Just go here for more info on how to do that.

P.S And to those podiatrists at each of the ‘luv stops’ – you know who you are and what you did – rest assured all that work got our feet to the end!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jess Fellows

Today is the day … 55km or bust!

Today is the day that proves once and for all how bananas I am!

As you are reading this I am somewhere between Coogee and Balmoral (that’s 55km you know) partaking in the 2015 Coastrek that raises much needed money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

55km I hear you say? Yes 55 bloody, long, hot, sweaty, chaffing, blister making kilometres! Who the hell does this sort of thing? Probably thousands of people but it’s not something I would ever thought I would be doing.

Big thanks must go to my team. They have endured me huffing and puffing my way over the place. Have made me giggle so hard I now have a much better appreciation of light bladder leakage issues. And have generally made this insane event something to look forward to in weird way.

I know at the end of today I will be extremely grateful that I have made it and at this point 110% certain I will never do it again but never say never hey?

We are still needing your support  and you can go here for more info on how to do that.

But an especially huge thank you to all our friends, family and colleagues that have supported us so far (it means soooo very much) and an extra special shout out to the crew at Amart, Mittagong for donating our rather psychedelic shirts for the event…big heart felt thanks.

By Jess Fellows

Do you know how far 55km is?

I am bananas! Completely bonkas. Do you know how far 55km is? Well I do, intimately.

In a few short weeks time I will partaking in the annual Coastrek event. Our little team (four of us) will be walking 55km to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

We have done a few warm-up strolls, you know the 30km kind. We have walked up thousands of stairs and I am sure there are thousands to come. My feet will need a year of weekly pedicures to recover.  There has been testing of gear, shoes, socks, chaff-preventing undies, suncreams, bras that don’t rub ohhh the list goes on.

As much as we freaking our brains out about it, we have had a top time training. The snorting laughter kind.

We don’t have many expectations for the day. We know we will make it. The state that we will be in when we finish, I have no idea. But we will get there.

We are looking for support  and you can go here for more info on how to do that.

Between now and when we kick this little adventure, these feet will keep on walking…..

 

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workplace locations
something new
take time to smell a flower
Busy busy
Hearding sheep
there’s a cool change
Turns out I am bananas! (Coastrek Wrap-Up)
Today is the day … 55km or bust!
Do you know how far 55km is?