I’m so excited to be introducing this new column, Up + Out, which will feature inspiring business minded folk who work hard to create the lives they love by focusing on their passions. Up + Out gives us a chance to be inspired by the individuals behind the brands, and gives us a peek into the routines and rituals that make them unique.
I’m so overjoyed to have Kory up for the first feature. Not only is she an incredibly talented designer, her blog and newsletter are always packed with useful information for bloggers and creatives. Today, we’re peering into the gal behind the brand and biz.
Briefly introduce yourself and your business.
I’m Kory, 22 years old, and a recent college grad. I run a small design business as well as a design and lifestyle blog where I aim to encourage and help those on the path to owning their own business.
How do you typically start the day?
I used to start it so differently (think jumping out of bed and grabbing breakfast before heading straight into work); however, now I ease into my day! I let my body tell me when to wake up, and once I’m up, I meditate, have a cup of warm tea, and do about 20 minutes or so of yoga. I’ve found starting slow like this helps me be less anxious about the work day ahead.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
[one-half-first]Woo.. There doesn’t seem to be a typical day for me; however, most days look like this: wake up around 7:30-8, make some tea, do yoga + meditation. After that I kill a little bit of time by checking social media and watching a little bit of news. Around 9:30-10 is when I’m really getting my work day started. I typically start out by checking and responding to emails, and then I begin working on design or development work. Around 11:30-12:30 I take lunch ( the time totally depends on the day ), and I like to take as much time as I need. Some days I’ll run out to grab something quick, but most days I heat up some leftovers![/one-half-first][one-half]After about an hour at most I get back into work. I’m usually working on a few projects at once, so what I do for the next 3-5 hours can be random. However, around 4:30-5-ish I like to quit work. I live at home, so around that time my parents are both home, and I’ll chat with them. We have dinner at totally random times ( thanks to all of our random schedules ), but lately it’s been about 6:30-7. After dinner, I’ll either relax and watch some tv or dive back into work if I’m on a super tight schedule. On days when I don’t have blog posts scheduled for the coming days, I’ll write the next day’s post and schedule tweets before logging off. Lately, I’ve been winding down with some tea and a book before heading to bed around 11.[/one-half]
Do you have a mantra/phrase that you live or work by?
I don’t have a particular phrase, but I would say I keep the idea that hard work pays off in the back of my mind, and I remind myself of that on hard days. As an entrepreneur ( with no team ) some days it’s tough. I want to nap or I just don’t feel like doing the work on my plate, but I’ve already proven to myself in the past that hard work pays off. So, it’s an idea that I’ve always got in mind even when I’m not actually thinking about it.
What makes your creative style unique?
I don’t focus too heavily on trends or “pretty” things. Instead, I really try to create designs that let the content shine be it blogs or editorial work. I do this by working to create designs that are clean and minimal as to not get in the way with the content.
Describe a challenge you’ve faced in pursuing your passion.
I would say my biggest challenge has been getting past the idea that after college you have to go get a job at a firm or do an internship somewhere. I’m proving that wrong with every day I work and every client I work with.
How to you create work/life balance?
Admittedly, I struggle a bit with this; however, I do work to keep my boundaries. I create that balance by having a quitting time in the evening when I stop working ( unless I’ve got a fast approaching deadline ). Around this time, I also stop checking emails as regularly. I also create that balance by not working on the weekend unless I absolutely have to.