Travelling & Freelancing Freedom

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*post italiano dopo quello inglese

Yesterday I took a day off from drawing (but not from inspiration), and I went to Hamburg.
The day was beautiful: warm, sun, good vibes.Read more


Get inspired by the streets of Berlin

 

*Scorri la pagina per il Post in italiano 

I have traveled a lot but not as much as I wanted.

After Singapore, Bali, Perth and London, my home is Berlin now.

Rome is always in my heart, but it's time to aim higher: and not only geographically speaking!Read more


Stumbled the concept

Stumbled the concept

ManuelaBy Manuela3 March 20177 Minutes

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.


Moving to Berlin

The 27th of February will be the beginning of a new adventure: we are moving to Berlin!Read more


A day alone at the sea

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Working from your home?

01. Wake up at the same time every day.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

It’s funny — the thing I feared would take away my “freedom” is the one thing that has allowed me to have it.

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02. Have a routine when you wake up.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I’d start my day by checking email, Twitter, Facebook. Reading the “news”. I’d look at my to-do list and start working on something.

03. Plan your workout time — stick to it.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Distractions aside, there was no real rhyme or reason to my workflow. The not-so-fun (but necessary) stuff kept getting neglected.

04. Call it a night.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


Trust in your intuitions

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position.

You need to be
true to yourself

Just like every other human on the planet, I have epically awesome days and days when life just turne against me. And while I can’t stand most self-help (see: tired quotes over stock photography on Instagram), sometimes I need a little pick-me-up. And most of the time, in order to get out of a slump (because my brain leans more into math/science than anything else), I need to drop a logic bomb on my ass.

Yes, this is a long article. But here’s the thing — if you’re reading this in your inbox and are already like, “fuck this!” delete it. No hard feelings. If you’re reading this in a browser on a website, and you see how tiny the scroll-bar is because of how far you still have to scroll to get to the bottom, close this tab and go back to 140-character tidbits of advice. Still with me? Phew. Just had to weed out all the folks from points: #1, #4 and #8. Welcome friends, onward we go.

Remember to
never give up

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.


Top Deejay headphones

First impressions.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed. Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

John Williams

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


New work: The Journey

 

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The Journey
20x30 cm
watercolors, graphite and ink on Arches paper
Original available in the Shop

It's been a week since I came back in Italy and I am not jet-lagged anymore from just a couple of days.
But 7 days are enough to let me found again my daily routine and between an "hi" and another to friends and relatives who I did not seen for a long time, I finally finished this new illustration entitled The Journey. Never a title was more appropriate due to peculiarities that distinguish it from all my other creations: infact The Journey was created in three different continents. I started to draw it when I was in Bali, Indonesia, than I continued to paint it in Perth, Australia, and finally I finished it here in Rome.

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È trascorsa una settimana dal mio rientro in Italia e solamente da un paio di giorni non risento più del jet lag.
Durante questi giorni ho quasi ritrovato la mia routine romana e tra un saluto e l'altro ad amici e parenti che non vedevo da tanto tempo ho finalmente completato questa nuova illustrazione intitolata The Journey. Mai titolo è stato più azzeccato vista la particolarità che la distingue da tutte le altre mie creazioni: è stata creata in tre continenti differenti. Infatti l'ho iniziata quando mi trovavo a Bali, Indonesia; ho continuato a dipingerla mentre ero a Perth, Australia, e l'ho terminata qui a Roma.

 

 


Perth - Looking for ispiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here I am to share with you some pictures I have done walking around Perth. I'm in this amazing city so far from my beloved Rome from three weeks, and I am going to stay here for other 6 days before my return to Singapore and than back to Italy next week.

I have spent two beautiful months traveling during which I was finally able to clear my heart and my mind from the preoccupations I had in Rome. I come back finally happy and sure about what I want from my life. I can't wait to realize all the projects I have in mind... but everything at its own time!

For now I want to show you the photos of some inspiring places. In particular I loved the wall in the Public Library covered by travelers' messages. I think I spent almost one hour reading all them!

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Eccomi di nuovo qui a condividere con voi qualche foto scattata in giro per Perth. Sono tre settimane che mi trovo in questa fantastica città così lontano dalla mia amata Roma, e mi accingo a vivere i miei ultimi 6 giorni prima di volare nuovamente a Singapore per poi rientrare in Italia la prossima settimana.

Questi due mesi di viaggio sono stati molto intensi e mi hanno aiutata a liberare cuore e mente dalle preoccupazioni che ultimamente mi affliggevano. Torno a Roma finalmente serena e certa di quello che voglio nella mia vita. Sono molto impaziente di realizzare tutti i progetti che ho in mente... ma diamo tempo al tempo!

Per ora voglio condividere con voi queste immagini di luoghi che ho trovato particolarmente ispiranti. Soprattutto mi è piaciuto molto il muro ricoperto di messaggi della Libreria Pubblica, lasciati per lo più da viaggiatori ma non solo. Credo di aver trascorso un'ora intera leggendoli tutti!


My life in Bali

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I want to share with you some pictures of my three weeks trip to Bali.
I had a great time there: the island is simply beautiful but most of all I met lot of interesting people during my stay.

At the moment I'm in Perth, Australia, and I am already in love with this beautiful city. I'll be here for the next month: I rent a room near the ocean so every day when I finish to work I can walk all along the beach and the view in front of me it is so beautiful that I almost want to start crying.

 

Voglio condividere con voi alcune foto del mio viaggio di tre settimane a Bali.
Come esperienza è stata eccezionale: l'isola è semplicemente bellissima, ma, soprattutto, durante il mio soggiorno ho avuto la fortuna di incontrare molte persone interessanti.

Al momento sono a Perth, in Australia, e già mi sono innamorata di questa bellissima città. Trascorrerò qui tutto il mese: ho preso in affitto una camera in una casa vicino al mare così ogni giorno quando finisco di lavorare posso fare una passeggiata lungo la spiaggia. La vista di fronte a me è così bella che ogni volta ho quasi voglia di piangere .

 

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A little bit of Singapore

As I wrote in my previous posts, I'm traveling in south-east Asia right now. It's been 10 days since my departure from Rome and I have already had experiences that have changed me deeply. Visit new places, get in touch with other cultures and meeting new people is an enriching experience. I spent the first 5 days in Singapore and I was enchanted by the beauty of this city.
What most struck me is how so many different cultures and religions can live together so well : many cities should draw an example.
I was also impressed by the perfect balance between past, present and future: while you're going around the city you can find cool designs architecture, the technology is everywhere to make your daily life simpler. In the meantime you can find old temples, shops and markets that recall the more traditional aspects of each culture that lives here.
Finally, the green areas. Everywhere there are flowers, tropical plants and huge parks. Singapore is the city where you can take a walk surrounded by the jungle and only a few minutes later go for some crazy shopping in a luxury shopping center.

Of course, I took a lot of pics! :)

Come vi avevo anticipato nei miei precedenti posts in questo periodo sono in viaggio nel sud-est asiatico. Sono passati 10 giorni dalla mia partenza da Roma e ho già vissuto delle esperienze che mi hanno cambiata profondamente. Visitare nuovi posti, entrare in contatto con altre culture e conoscere nuove persone è un'esperienza che arricchisce enormemente. Ho trascorso i primi 5 giorni in Singapore e sono rimasta incantata dalla bellezza di questa città.
Quello che maggiormente mi ha colpita è come culture e religioni così diverse possano convivere tanto bene: molte città dovrebbero trarne esempio.
Il secondo aspetto che mi ha colpita molto è il perfetto equilibrio tra passato, presente e futuro: girando per la città si trovano strutture di design all'avanguardia, è la tecnologia a farla da padrona per rendere la quotidianità molto efficiente. Contemporaneamente si trovano antichi templi, botteghe e mercati che richiamano gli aspetti più tradizionali di ogni cultura che abita questa metropoli.
Terzo punto: il verde. Ovunque ti giri ci sono fiori, piante tropicali e parchi enormi. Singapore è la città in cui puoi fare una passeggiata immersa nella giungla e dopo qualche minuti camminare tra i negozi di un lussuoso centro commerciale.

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Some thoughts and a big surprise!

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"2014 will be full of great change and challenge! "
These were my last words in 2013.

Make a balance of the last year was not simple for me because of the many events which involved both my private and working life.

Leaving aside the private ones, professionally speaking these last 13 months have been very important. Maybe not everyone knows that in addition to being an illustrator I'm also a graphic designer. In December 2012, after a 4 years collaboration with a studio which focuses mainly on e-learning, I found a new job in a company much bigger than the previous one. This was a very useful experience which had me grow humanly and professionally. I have learned how to relate and work with different types of people (and it was not easy at all! ), and I have increased my working skills (especially decision-making and organization). Briefly, the everyday life in touch with all sort of range of people made me gain more confidence in myself.

But this is not the main point though: I actually focused myself on finding the true goals in my life. Tomorrow will be my last day of work after which I will be a 100% a freelance . The prospect of being totally free to do what I want is exciting, but intimidating at the same time. I have several projects I want to develop during the next few months: my purpose is to involve you as much as possible in order to get advice, tips, opinions and also some constructive criticism!

In 2013, my style had a major turning point: after 8 years of digital I decided to come back to paper and pencil. Looking back at my decisions, I realize that I deeply wanted to close with some important aspects of my life in order to start a new chapter, which should reflect the path I have been through the last years, but which could also be something completely new.
Only now I realize how it has been tortuous and complicated, but it was worth it!

The journey has just begun and the way in front of me is really long. But as Lao Tzu said :

"A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step."

To stay on the travel topic I thought that recharge my batteries must be the first step of this new chapter of my life. So I decided to take a break and I will spend February and March doing my second favorite activity after drawing: traveling.
And here we are at the real surprise: from now until January 31th you can buy all my Originals in the Etsy shop with a discount of 30%!

COUPON CODE : AWESOME30

Make your order and insert the text "AWESOME30" in the COUPON CODE area at the checking out!

From February 1st the shop will be closed so I recommend you to take advantage of this great opportunity!

 

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*ITA*

"Il 2014 sarà l'anno dei grandi cambiamenti e delle sfide!"
Queste sono state le ultime parole che ho pronunciato nel 2013.

Fare un bilancio dell'anno passato è stato per me complesso poiché parecchi avvenimenti sono accaduti, sia in ambito privato che lavorativo.

Sorvolando ovviamente sul primo argomento, professionalmente parlando questi ultimi 13 mesi si sono rivelati molto importanti: forse non tutti sanno che oltre ad essere un'illustratrice sono anche una graphic designer. Nel Dicembre del 2012, dopo alcuni anni che collaboravo con uno studio che si occupa principalmente di e-learning, ho trovato un nuovo impiego presso una società molto più grande rispetto la precedente. Questa esperienza si è rivelata molto utile: mi ha fatta crescere sia umanamente che professionalmente. Ho imparato a relazionarmi e a collaborare con diversi tipi di persone (e non sempre è stato semplice!), e sono aumentate le mia competenze soprattutto in ambito decisionale e organizzativo. In poche parole il confronto quotidiano con una realtà lavorativa così variegata mi ha fatto acquisire molta più sicurezza.

L'aspetto fondamentale non è stato questo però: in realtà ho focalizzato quali sono i miei veri obiettivi nella vita. Per questo motivo domani sarà il mio ultimo giorno di lavoro dopodichè sarò una freelance al 100%. La prospettiva di essere totalmente libera di fare ciò che voglio è elettrizzante, ma allo stesso tempo intimorente. Ho diversi progetti che voglio sviluppare nel corso di questo anno: il mio proposito è coinvolgervi quanto più possibile al fine di ottenere consigli, suggerimenti, opinioni e anche critiche (costruttive ovviamente)!

Nel 2013 il mio stile ha subito una grossa svolta: dopo 8 anni di digitale ho deciso di tornare alla carta e alla matita. Voltandomi indietro per analizzare le scelte di questi mesi mi rendo conto che era per me basilare chiudere con alcune questioni e ricominciare da un nuovo punto, che rispecchiasse il cammino percorso in questi anni ma che contemporaneamente maturasse in qualcosa di completamente nuovo. Solamente ora riesco a rendermi conto di quanto sia stato tortuoso questo tragitto: ma tirando le somme credo che la fatica ne sia valsa la pena!

Il cammino è appena iniziato e ho ancora tantissima strada da percorrere di fronte a me. Ma come disse Lao Tzu:

"Anche un viaggio di mille miglia inizia con un passo."

Per rimanere in tema di viaggi e per iniziare nel migliore dei modi questa nuova fase della mia vita sento la necessità di ricaricare le batterie. Per questo motivo prima di ogni altra cosa mi prenderò una pausa e trascorrerò i mesi di Febbraio e Marzo dedicandomi alla mia seconda attività preferita dopo il disegno: viaggiare. Ed occoci alla vera sorpresa: da oggi fino al 31 di Gennaio sarà possibile acquistare tutti gli originali presenti nel mio negozio Etsy con uno sconto del 30%!!!

CODICE COUPON: AWESOME30

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Dal 1 di Febbraio il negozio rimarrà chiuso perciò vi consiglio di cogliere l'occasione al volo!