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After leaving the music industry to find a creative challenge, Caitlin Kerr founded The Foxglove Studios. She started small, maintaining part time jobs and freelancing while building her skills and learning the craft. Each gradual step made it a more manageable task to jump into a whole new career. With time her clientele grew and running the studio became a fulltime job. Starting over can seem daunting and even downright impossible, but Caitlin put aside those fears created her own dream job. 

Another important part of starting a new career path is to remember your roots. The years you spent at your old job weren’t pointless. You put in time an effort that helped make you the person you are today. Music plays a large role in Caitlin’s job. She listens to songs, bands, and composers reminiscent of the mood she’s aiming to capture in her creations.

Floral Arrangement Tips from Caitlin of The Foxglove Studios:
1. Use chicken wire, floral tape, or both to create a base. Avoid the Styrofoam filled with toxic chemicals.
2. Use it all. The greens of a flower can also be utilized. Don’t strip off the leaves, they create texture and fill out the arrangement.
3. When arranging, start with the base of greens and foliage. Then add focal flowers and whimsical flowers (the whispy, airy, smaller, and more wild types of flowers like scabiosa and ranunculus).
4. Allow the focal flowers to stand taller. It creates a more interesting arrangement.
5. Make sure to cut the stems of your arrangements and change the water everyday.

I feel like because I was signed to an indie label [Big Machine] and was able to make all my own creative decisions—write songs with whom I wanted to write, pick which songs ended up on the record, pick the singles, pick what I wear, what events I go to, where I perform and what I perform and how I perform—when you’re given that much freedom there’s not that much to rebel against.
—  Taylor Swift talking about not feeling the need to rebel (x)
Seven Steps to Figure Out What to Do with Your Life


1. Make a list of 100 things you absolutely love.

2. See if you can find a common theme among them.

3. See if you can combine seemingly different ones together in a novel way, and figure out how you can use this theme to add value to people’s lives.

4. Prioritize them from greatest to least important to work on if you had one year left to live.

5. Study five people who have been successful in a similar field. See how they did it. 

6. Find the intersection between your passion, your skillsets (or ones you are willing and able to acquire), and what the world needs.

7. Figure out why it’s so important to you, and never let anyone convince you otherwise. Make it happen.

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We hear “do what you love” so often from those few people who it did work for, for whom the stars aligned, and from them it sounds like good advice. They’re successful, aren’t they? If we follow their advice, we’ll be successful, too! […] We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America.
I knew how to help him be a Christian on weekends and evenings. I knew how to teach him how to run a Bible Study, how to evangelize, how to share his faith, but I had no idea how to help integrate his faith with his work. Since 98% of Christians are spending 80% of their time working, we’re giving them almost no help as a church. The church has got to learn how to develop tracks for both church leadership and cultural leadership. In the church, I was only trained how to get more and more laypeople into my church and out of their field. So they’re more active in church and leading Bible Studies and serving on the elder board, but I did not know anything on how to flesh out their faith at their jobs. Yet that’s what will really change the culture.
—  Timothy Keller
Friday, August 29

Day 74

Work, but only a half-day. When I got home Bryan and I gardened for a bit and we harvested some leeks! I have pics to post tomorrow.

Then we went on a few errands. We went to the thrift store, got some lunch at Quiznos, got some plant food at the Grass Pad and checked out a tabletop gaming store near us! Unfortunately, it was mostly geared toward Warhammer and similar miniature games. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just not what we’re into.

Came home and gave the plants some plant food, then played Minecraft for a bit. Then I practiced some typography.

Ooh almost forgot! One of our geocoins that’s gotten all the way to Europe apparently attended an event in the Netherlands! So now I have a bunch of logs I can’t read. Anyone speak Dutch?

Number of consecutive days: 15 | Longest streak: 21

It gets pretty hard you know. You get sick physically and mentality. You have problems at work and your personal life seems to take a hit because everything else is falling apart. This is the time where you need support. You can easily put on a lot of weight or become very thin. You’re in danger of breaking down and you start to cry. You won’t be happy in this time, your health suffers and sometimes you feel like you don’t know what to do, with no one there to help you.
—  Michael Daaboul