I wore this outfit the other week to Laura‘s book signing in Oakland. (I know it would have been more appropriate to wear a Froobs shirt but I was slow on the draw and she sold out before I had a chance.) I’ve been following Laura’s creative path ever since I started blogging in 2008 and am in love with the brand she’s built. Seriously guys, check out her new website and branding. And her cookbook? Makes my little graphic designer heart go pitter patter. (Her graphic designer was Leo Basica in case you’re wondering.)
I’ve been so inspired lately. You know the overwhelming inspired feeling, like “I have so much to do but I am so pumped to do it but it’s going to be a lot of work but I know it’ll be worth it in the end because I’m so inspired to do something incredible?” I feel that way a lot and that’s the way I feel right now. Let me explain. You see, I am writing an ebook about natural beauty as a reward for my mom and my Kickstarter campaign (sorry if you’re tired of me referring to our Kickstarter campaign so often—it’s just become such an active part of my life!). It started out as a little “10-15 page booklet about natural beauty with lots of infographics and illustrations and maybe a few easy recipes at the end.” I estimated it would take me about one week to write. Then I decided to add a little backstory about my history with food and skin allergies and how my mom started making skincare products for me to use—you know, to make it more personal. I wrote a chapter about the synthetic ingredients in mainstream skincare products. If I wrote about the bad ingredients, I had to write about the good natural skincare products/kitchen pantry items that can double as skincare treatments, right? Can’t leave people on a cliffhanger not knowing what products to use. And since Drifter Organics is scented with essential oils, I had to write a chapter about aromatherapy. But aromatherapy isn’t simple. There’s the history of aromatherapy and the different types of essential oils and oil blending and precautions when using essential oils and ways to use essential oils and you catch my drift? The small “10-15 page booklet” is now a 45+ page ebook, complete with endnotes, a bibliography, 6 tried-and-tested natural beauty recipes, and a pending copyright. So that’s the Kickstarter reward version that everyone who backed us $1 or more will get. Have I told you I’m an upholder?
But it gets better than that. I’ve decided I’m expanding the ebook and am going to sell it evergreen on our website. The full version of the ebook will be twice as big as the Kickstarter version with four times as many recipes. I (for the most part) have finished writing the book. I just have to draw more illustrations, work with my graphic designer on the layout, and check in with some recipe testers on tweaking/finalizing the recipes. I feel so fulfilled writing this book but at the same time it’s a huge source of overwhelm for me.
Last week, I thought I had a solid work in progress, so I asked a few classmates whose opinions I respect for feedback and got some very constructive criticism. Which I’m grateful for because I want this ebook to be the best it can possibly be but I pretty much have to do a complete renovation with the ebook layout which makes me want to cry since I’ve been working on it for months. I thought I would be done by now. I was going to take a summer class at SCAD since I’ve now dropped down to only taking one class a quarter these past few quarters (I found it near impossible to be a full-time student while running this blog and the new business), but just a few days ago, I decided to push that class to the fall and take the summer off from school. The ebook needs to have 150% of my devotion. And of course I want to develop more recipes, shoot more outfit posts, and resurrect Smoothies with Style for the blog too!
I didn’t mean for this post to be so long. I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to in the past. So much of my time has been taken up in non-blog-related ways—but I quite like the slow blogging. Quality > quantity. And I am forever grateful to have this little corner of the Internet to call my own.