lettering

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this. For those of you who don’t, do.

Just kidding. Kind of.

Today I’m overwhelmed by the emails I’ve gotten to do custom lettering projects. I may not have time to do them all. Good problem! It’s not too late to order. The caption explains:

Inspired by @caroline_joy‘s pay-what-you-want mentoring program, tomorrow I’m giving my own version a shot. If you want a custom 8.5×11″ lettered print, send me however much you want to pay over PayPal (beckycmurphy@gmail.com). In the message, include the words or phrase you want lettered. ALSO make sure your shipping address is up to date. The rules: type only, 1-2 colors, pick 1 of the 3 types of type in picture above (1-drawn // 2-watercolor, non-script // 3-script). Woo hoo! This is going to be fun. Looking forward to the goodies that await me. 

I’ll post some of the goods I came up with tomorrow or next week. Thanks for the support, everybody!

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Jen-moulton

I’m honored to call Jen a close friend. To call the few years I’ve known her rewarding and inspiring would be a severe understatement. BUT I WON’T MAKE THIS ABOUT ME. I’m really pumped for you to read this interview because each sentence with this driven and thoughtful jewelry maker is as rich as an episode of Arrested Development (but with more depth!)

Formerly under the name Jennie Claire, Jen’s jewelry line, Moulton, is the kind of stuff that gives angels their wings. You may have seen me Instagram my Moulton goodies here or there. Moulton is “modern minimalism with heirloom quality, creating inspiring jewelry for the everyday occasion.” Each piece is made from Jen’s studio right here in Austin. Let’s get started!

How long have you been working for yourself?
  
On a full time basis, I’ve worked for myself for the last year and three weeks!  I’ve been on my own (+ part time jobs) for the past two and a half years.

What do you do? 

My mission statement says I’m a maker + community investor.  On the daily, I make and sell jewelry & I’m working on building a supportive community for creatives, with an emphasis on collaboration and mentorship.

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Walk us through your day. Not your greatest day, but not your worst. What does a good-to-ideal day look like for you?

Wake up grumpy at 6:45 am and spend a few minutes pondering going back to sleep. Then walk dogs and try to have a constructive conversation with my husband, Matt, before we go our separate ways for the day. I eat breakfast every morning—lately it’s either a banana cacao smoothie (so much energy!) or a fruit smoothie.  I like lighter meals in the mornings because I find they don’t make me sleepy or sluggish and I always add hemp seeds and maca powder for protein and energy.

Work begins right at 8:30 or around 11  (if the latter, it’s because I went to a yoga class).  I usually listen to a podcast while I work. Work varies from day to day—some days works means I go to a coffee shop (black iced tea only) and answer emails, create proposals for custom orders, meet up with creative friends, or work on a business course.  Some days I work out of my home studio—fulfill orders, tinker on new designs, or research materials for the ideas/dreams projects I have at the time.

And honestly, work sometimes consists sitting on my couch and pondering what I’m doing with my life, if my work is any good, if I’m doing the right thing, etc.  I try to keep this to a minimum but sometimes those feelings need to be dealt with.  On my best days, work begins with getting my biggest/scariest to-do done first and then everything else feels like an icing on the cake accomplishment.

I usually work until 7 pm or so and then we make dinner or pick something healthy up.  Two evenings a week I go to my metalsmithing class.  Each day is a grind and I’m hustling every day to get closer to my dreams. I feel fortunate that I get to do this every day and I know I won’t be able to work like this forever, so I (usually) don’t mind it one bit.

After dinner, we usually watch about an hour of TV (my guilty pleasure, the trashier the better) and then head to bed.  I try to read five pages every night before I go to sleep, I’m currently alternating between The Goldfinch and The Promise of a Pencil, depending on my headspace.  I strive to be asleep by 11 but it’s usually more like midnight.

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Do you have any boundaries throughout your day? 
 
I am always trying to improve my habits.  I try to start my day in a healthy way by drinking hot green tea with lemon and honey and then taking my two vitamins.  I notice that these two small acts have a huge impact on the trajectory of my day.  I just watched this video and I’m trying to train my default response to “let me think about it” vs. “yes”.  I always eat lunch, even if it’s as late as 2 or 3 pm, and I strive to choose a healthy option so I don’t crash in the afternoon.  I’ve started turning my phone on the do not disturb setting when I sit down to work and when I do, I don’t get distracted by it.

What are three influential books you’ve read recently (or anytime)? 
 
1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
2. Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
3. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (Pillars of Earth is in my current rotation– I love historical fiction and Ken Follett does an excellent job of researching + writing accurate historical fiction)

Can I share three videos too?  TED talks are a guilty pleasure of mine.


So good! You’ve just set the bar a little higher. Thanks for your time, Jen. I’m looking forward to your world domination. Be sure to check out Jen’s shop, and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

ohfox-3

Greetings folks! I’d like to introduce a new series I’m working on called Day Time (working title). As a freelancer, I’m constantly searching for new productivity hacks, tips, tricks and better ways to structure my work days. I’m curious as to how other entrepreneurs make it happen. When do they wake up? When do they stop working? What boundaries do they set for themselves? What books are they reading?

Who better to start with than my good friend Candice. Let us begin!

Candice runs Oh! Fox Creative here in Austin, TX. I met her through a Ruby event (may it rest in peace) and we’ve been pals since. I can’t say enough good things about her character, friendship and professionalism, but I’ll just tell you that she’s a GEM and you’re lucky if you know her. Now for the juicy stuff! Candice is going to walk us through a very typical day in 3…2…

Candice! Will you start out by telling readers where you are from?

The thriving metropolis of Baytown. In the heart of East Texas, it’s a spectacular oil and refinery town on the way to the Louisiana border.

What do you do?

I buy one of a kind, for the trade. Essentially, I work closely with interior stylists and hotels to source unique items for their projects.

Walk us through your day. Not your greatest day, but not your worst. What does a good-to-ideal day look like for you?

I roll out of bed around 7, and my husband brings me coffee in these gorgeous stone mugs we brought back from Mexico. Breakfast is usually smashed avocado on toast, topped with a fried egg. The mornings start with prayer and meditation or journaling. Practicing quiet really centers me and then I get less lost in social media, comparison, etc. After a second cup of coffee, I’ll meet up with a friend in my business class to brainstorm a problem or touch base with potential clients.

I spend most afternoons in the studio, keeping up with inventory, product photography, and shipping. Spending time looking through paper catalogues and books keeps me inspired and dreaming up new ideas. A brilliant friend of mine, Becky Murphy, told me to write down ten new ideas a day, and while ten ideas usually takes me two days, it’s truly the best advice I’ve been given since launching OH! Fox Creative. So I’m constantly writing ideas down in my notebook.

Pouring a glass of wine and getting dinner started begins around 5 pm. I love taking that time of day slow. Working for myself, I know I’ll be on email later or working at night, so I never apologize for that time, but savor it instead. We will check email or finish projects a little after nine, and try to be in bed by ten most nights. Ten almost always means eleven.

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First of all, thank you for the shout out. Secondly, there is so much inspiration in the above three paragraphs that I don’t know how I’ll handle it. Do you have any boundaries throughout your day?
I’m at my best when I don’t look at Instagram until ten a.m. To be honest, I think it’s rude to have a phone out at lunch or be texting in the middle of a meeting, even if it’s social. When I’m present with someone, I’m happier, so that’s my biggest boundary: choosing to be present and putting down my phone.

Because my clients’ projects are time sensitive, I don’t really have an “I don’t answer email after…” boundary. But when I take vacation, I do my best to wrap up projects completely and create an away message so I can really unwind.

The last note I’ll add here is that I rarely say I’m busy. Even Beyonce has 24 hours in a day, so if I practice saying no and practice minimalism in my schedule, I almost always have time to invest in people I love and projects that I’m excited about. That’s maybe the best boundary — never saying “I’m sooo busy.”

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What are the top three most influential books you’ve read recently (or ever)?
1. E Myth Revisited transformed the way I think about business.
2. I quote Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In almost weekly, so I have to include that.
3. Book club is reading A Moveable Feast by Hemingway right now and I am totally mesmerized. Not sure about long term impact, but I’m eating it up.

Love love love it all. You inspired me to start my morning more intentionally. Thanks, Candice. 

Follow Candice on Instagram and Twitter. Keep up with her shop updates by signing up for her newsletter, and be sure you take a good look around her new gorgeous site. 

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Artist Profile: Becky Murphy from ellen wildhagen on Vimeo.


My very talented friend Elle Wildhagen made this sweet video of me when she was in town from California. I think she captures my spirit of play quite well. Her direction and inquisitive questions were so good that they forced me to look within and I ended up learned a lot about myself and my work through talking with her on camera. I’m so proud of what she came up with. She’s a joy to work with and if you live in California (or anywhere for that matter), I hope you too get to work with her. Whether it be photos or videos for your wedding or about page, Elle rocks.

She’s incredibly passionate, curious and downright good at what she does.

Check out her site right away.

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print-shop

I’m opening an Etsy store soon! If you missed my Instagram sale, sign up below and I’ll notify you when these dudes are ready for purchase. Thanks again for all of your support, and thanks to everyone who posted on Instagram!

Above shots from mstetsondesign, tackyannie and caroline_joy.

Get Chipper Things Print Shop Updates!




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Hey friends! I’m really excited to start selling prints. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long while now, and when a friend asked for a copy of my “Should I wash my hair today?” flowchart, that was just the nudge that I needed. I will have six to choose from (each pictured in above gif). You may be familiar with a few. Perhaps you remember this or this?

I’ll be selling them throughout the day on Friday on Instagram through an awesome new app called #imightneedthis.

Here’s what you do:

1. Sign in with #imightneed this. It’s really easy. You’ll just sign in and enter your bank/debit info.

2. Follow me on Instagram (@beckycmurphy).

3. When you see the item for sale in your feed, just hashtag #sold and you, my friend, are the proud owner of a new print.

Stay tuned for this Insta blitzkreig on Friday!

Prints are 8.5×11″ and $18 each.

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25-guys

A curated list:

1. Victor Hugo
2. Sam Cooke
3. Charles Barkley
4. Douglas*
5. Cool Dad
6. Guy who winks
7. Eric Carl
8. Ray Romano
9. Thomas the Tank Engine
10. Danny Tanner
11. Andy Samberg as Nick Cage
12. Lewis
13. Clark
14. Clark Kent
15. Kenneth Cole
16. Thomas Kinkead
17. Tonya Harding’s hitman, Jeff Gallouly
18. Max Bemis
19. Seal
20. Tommy Thompson
21. Jimmy Johnson
22. Beau
23. Terrance Malick
24. Harold Washington
25. Topher Grace

Runners up: Chris Harrison’s CPA and Prince (the generic one)

*denotes emu

4th-grade

Here are some goodies from my infamous fourth grade diary.

I improved a lot in the last 16 years. Looking forward to how my work looks when I’m 42.

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I think my humor is a little more polished too. I’m less of a balloon person, but I get it. And if I’m going to be honest, I wouldn’t mind if chokers came back.

Do you still have access to your old art?

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austin-marathon-scavenger-hunt

Are you or your friends running the Austin Marathon tomorrow?

I hope you find this scavenger hunt helpful during your quick jaunt around town.

I’ll be there too—but on the sidelines. We’ll be drinking mimosas and waving signs of encouragement with pals, for pals.

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