Moodboard: Rustic Glam

Shabby glam moodboard- love the hand lettering and rustic chic look of this branding! Shabby glam moodboard- love the hand lettering and rustic chic look of this branding!

I’m working with a client right now, who purchased my branding and website design package- full branding and blog design. I created this mood board in the beginning of our process, and just needed to share it! I love the dark and light, hand written details, and pops of color.

More to come next week as I finish up the branding and start on the web design! If you find that you’re brand needs a makeover, or you’re just starting out and want to consult with me, feel free to check out my design packages and contact me with any questions!

New Beginnings In Belize Part 1: The Trip

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After a long, stress filled trip, I’m sitting on my couch, the Caribbean in sight outside the window next to me, and I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time.

What I learned:

1. I learned that when traveling with 4 suitcases and a large dog to a foreign country, there is no time for selfies.

2. There is only time for jumping through the hurdles that airline employees set for you, who (I swear to god) make it their mission to fuck up your day. And I’m not talking about TSA or customs- we were in and out of security in two minutes.

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Airport 1: Cleveland

We arrived at the ticket counter, luggage and dog crate in tow. While the woman at the desk glared at us with a subtle smirk that said: “I am going to make you cry today.”

Well, she failed. I stared at her with a stone cold confidence as she tried to tell me that my dog did not have a reservation.

I continued my stony gaze after she found the reservation, and proceeded to tell me that my dog was too large for this plane.

I held my head high as I explained to her (again) that we double- then triple checked that we reserved the right plane for our dog.

I smiled with victory as she got off the phone with the manager, who told her to check our dog with the bags.

Airport 2: Atlanta

Uneventful. We made it to our gate and they started loading passengers immediately. The man at the gate even took the time to let me know that my dog was successfully boarded onto the plane.

Time for a mimosa.

If you’ve never flown first-class before, may I strongly suggest it? Awaiting us in our seats were pillows and blankets. Once we sat down, we were offered mimosas. Like, for free- before the plane took off. Flight attendants are nice to you. Whaaaat?

Things were looking up for this trip, we’d made it through…. or so I thought.

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Airport 3: Belize City

Quite a few people on our flight arrived to find that their luggage was lost. Thankfully, we were not those people. (I really hope they found their luggage, I feel for them!)

Got through customs with no problem, and people were friendly.

Pet inspection with BAHA went great. They didn’t even take him out of the crate. They looked over his paperwork and vaccine records, saw it was all in order, and charged us an import tax. Done and done.

Time to load the next plane to San Pedro. Uh Oh.

5 minutes before boarding, they decide to tell us that the captain did not bring the plane with shelving for dog crates that we reserved. That plane wasn’t going to be available until tomorrow- “But it’s ok, you can just leave the dog here overnight,” they assured us.

And that’s when I lost it.

I actually yelled at someone- and made a scene in public. Fully understanding that the people standing in front of us were just the messengers, and that the person I talked to on the phone (who was conveniently not in the room) was the one who actually screwed up. But I had had it. Enough hurdles, we were 15 minutes away from Sand Pedro, and my dog was going to get there. I ran over to the counter for the only other airline that flies to San Pedro, bought Guy a ticket on their plane, and boarded our original flight.

Once we got to the island, it was obviously time for a drink. No more customs, no more flights, just about 45 minutes to kill before our dog arrived on the other plane. We headed to the bar across the street from the airport and bought a beer- and then another.

My poor scared puppy arrived safely, along with our taxi. We made our way to our new home. Everything since that nightmare of a trip has been a dream!

When I look back at the day, I realized that I made a rookie mistake. Thinking that a trip this complicated would go off without a hitch was my downfall, and when I look back, it really wasn’t that bad. I think the stress and guilt of putting my dog in a crate and having him hauled off to the luggage compartment of an airplane really got to me.

Belize Life So Far

Ah-mazing.

So happy and grateful to be in my new home, sitting next to my dog (who seems to really like it here!).

The contrast between life in Ohio and life in Belize is already pervasive. I have so much energy, yet I’m 100% relaxed. I actually went for a run last night. I haven’t run in 2 years.

I ate fruit. Fruit! (that’s relevant because I’ve been living off of junk food and naps for the past couple months)

I’m not on vacation here. I am ready to work and use my new-found energy to my advantage. I’m ready to start earning, living healthier, and creating with more passion and enthusiasm.

I’m ready to develop some amazing products for you, and work with some amazing new clients.

I’m ready to write.

I’m also ready to snorkel, eat seafood, and walk around barefoot. Stay up late, drink beer, swim, and eat some more seafood.

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Phew. This post was more long winded than I thought. Glad you hung in there.

I can’t wait to share more about life in Belize here on this blog regularly. So many readers have been so supportive and curious, so I figured I would make this a regular thing. Since starting The Blog Loft where I blog about business and blogging, I am thinking about taking this blog back to a more semi-personal place. I want to write about life in Belize and my design work here. I want to see what happens, and go with the flow a little. You can look forward to a site re-design, a new portfolio, and a few new client projects that I’ll be sharing soon on this blog!

At The Blog Loft, you can look forward to more designer and creative interviews, guest posts, and weekly forum chats where we get together and chat on a certain subject! Join us this week!

 

When: Thursday: Oct. 9th at 3:30pm EST 

Where: www.TheBlogLoft.com

Topic: Making Connections

Looking forward to meeting everyone who attends, I hope YOU will be there!

Everything’s Changing

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So as I’ve mentioned in these last few posts, I’m moving to San Pedro Belize, and I thought I should probably give you a little background. The biggest question I get when I say that I’m moving to Belize is, “Why?” To which I relply: “I don’t understand the question.” Just kidding, I politely tell them that since my boyfriend and I can work from anywhere, and we both despise winter, yet share a love tropical islands, it seemed like a good fit.

My boyfriend and I actually decided last year that we would move. Earlier this year we searched for a place to live from February until April with no luck. We decided to come back to our search at the end of summer. This time, it was a lot easier. Within a week we’d found an amazing place that would allow our dog. And that was it. We signed a lease, paid our deposit, and bought our one way tickets.

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A couple years ago, we went together for vacation (though he lived there for a year before we started dating) and I fell in love with the place. We realized that we needed to live there. It’s felt like a dream up until now. Now it feels like a dream come true. There’s a lot of hard work to do before we leave, so please forgive the silence around here until we get settled. October 5th is our moving date, and it will probably be heavy in Instagram photos which you can follow along here!

Right before we finalized our plans to move to Belize, everything was finally coming together with this blog. Slowly over the past year and a half, it’s evolved from a fashion & diy blog to a business and design blog. I’ve definitely found what I love writing about. Writing about business, marketing, and blogging is where I think my voice comes to life in a way that can help others.

I started a few new columns, with plans to update regularly and share everything I can with you. All my passions, my mistakes, my lame jokes. And now, I feel as if everything’s changed.

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But really, what has changed? My jokes are still lame. I’m still going to write about blogging, business, and design. I’ll just be leaving this place (EyesOfStyle and Ohio) to work on The Blog Loft (In Belize). It feels really scary- but it also feels really right. After building this blog (not to mention my design business) from Eyes Of Style, I’m now starting a whole new adventure with The Blog Loft. It’s a project that I’ve poured everything to. It’s like I took my brain and completely dumped it into this one thing. (Doesn’t that last phrase just make you wanna sign right up!) Come on down to Margo’s brain dump project! No, seriously though, you can click here to sign up for our launch date reminder.

Sept. 22nd is the launch date, and I’m ready but I’m also suffering from a very real, and very intense fear that it will fail. Hard.  And that would suck. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in business for myself, is to let that fear come, and then kindly ask it to leave. Sometimes writing about it really helps. As creatives, we all go through the process of being struck like lightening by that fear before we put ourselves out there and say, “Hey world, I’ve done something awesome! Care please!”

For now, I’m busy with packing up my house, selling my car, working on The Blog Loft, and getting my dog ready for the move. So I hope you’ll join me on this journey over the next few weeks as I watch my new future unfold. You can follow my progress on Twitter & Instagram , and come Sept. 22nd you’ll be able to become a member of The Blog Loft’s community forums. I can’t wait to see you there!