Portrait of a Thirtysomething – Jamie Wiley

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We’re thrilled to bring you the third interview in our series, “Portrait of a Thirtysomething.” This time we were lucky enough to get the fabulous Jamie Wiley, of the blog Sincerely, Miss Design, to agree to be interviewed. Jamie’s got an inspiring story that reminds us that you can change the course of your life at any point and that’s it’s never too late for a new path. I also loved what she had to say about toxic relationships…Read on!

Name/Age/Location:  Jamie Wiley, 32, Allentown Pennsylvania

Occupation:  Real Estate Appraisal Coordinator (aka Glorified Secretary) and full time Graphic Design student

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What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of in your 30s so far?

By the time I was 31 I came to the realization that the things I wanted career wise were not just going to fall into my lap. When I graduated college 13 years ago I…

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How to be more productive as a multi-tasker

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In every area of my life, whether it be school work or home, I multitask to the highest level. There are certain activities that I dub as “time wasters.” It is not that they are necessarily unimportant, but are things you can do while doing something else at the same time. For instance, do you have any idea how much you can get done while you are brushing your teeth? A lot! I can feed my cats, pick up around the house, and switch the laundry all within those 3 minutes. I already feel that I am productive person, however the constant multitasking leads me to “forget” to do things. My mind is not completely there while I’m doing one thing because I am thinking about or doing something else. So, I decided to take a breath, step back, and figure out how to be productive without multi-tasking so much.

1.) Write stuff down. I bought a tiny little notebook at Target for $2 that I can stick in my purse and pull out whenever I remember something that needs to be done. It also doubles as a place to jot down my grocery lists and any ideas I may get for designs, writing, etc. In addition to my mini notebook, I also have a mini calendar to keep track of appointments and assignment deadlines. Of course I could use my phone to do this, but I prefer to write it down.

2.) Get up early and get stuff done. When I have off on weekends I get up around 7:30 am without an alarm. This is because I try to maintain the same sleep schedule as I do during work days. Once I’m awake I like to tackle tasks as soon as possible. Like the grocery shopping. I don’t think anyone could hate grocery shopping as much as I do. Later I usually indulge in an afternoon nap, which I deserve.

3.) Stay away from social media. Most of us are guilty of mindlessly grabbing our phones or iPads only to spend countless minutes or hours scrolling through feeds. When you need to be productive, steer clear of social media and mindless Internet browsing. Removing yourself from social media can actually be very liberating. As my assignments in school began to pick up I had less time to browse Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. At first I felt so disconnected, but now I recognize how much time I was wasting on social media.

4.) Get some coffee. Eat some chocolate. Indulge. It’s no secret that I love my lattes. I can’t start the day without one or at least something caffeinated. Enjoying something you love before you get down to business makes doing monotonous tasks a little bit easier.

5.) Prioritize. Now that you are up early, have your coffee or treat, and your to-do list it’s time to prioritize. First and foremost I address the “must do” tasks like school assignments, paying the bills, making phone calls, etc. Then I move on to the “should do” tasks like exercising or putting away laundry.

Now, go get stuff done!

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Best of 2014

Is it too late to post a “Best of” list for 2014? It was so hard to get up on Monday and go back to work for a full week as well as start another class at school. Getting up and out of bed the past few days have been a challenge. It is freezing here in Pennsylvania and no matter how many layers you wear, going outside is literally painful.  Anyway, here are my favorites from last year.

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DressModCloth I love your dress I love these dresses so much that I have one in 3 colors. ModCloth just released two new colors Burgundy and Cobalt. The Burgundy keeps going out of stock, but I was lucky enough to order one earlier today. The dress is very versatile and can be worn in spring, summer, and fall. Although the fabric is thin, I still am wearing it this winter. Heavier tights, sweater, and boots make it work.

Boots – G by GUESS Gadget Bootie In the beginning of fall I looked everywhere for a good pair of black booties. I now have 3 pairs and these by far have been my favorite. They are comfortable and actually warm. It looks like DSW is almost sold out online though.

Lip GlossL’Oreal Colour Riche Balm & NYX xtreme lip cream Both of these products are incredibly affordable, which is why I have several and always keep one of each in my purse. I prefer these over lipstick when I’m at work or just doing something casual.

NailsGelous Nail Gel This isn’t really much of a substitute for gel polish. It removes just like regular polish but, does seem to keep it from chipping right away. I think it also keeps my nails a little stronger.

Skinboscia Purifying Cleansing Gel I added this to my skin care routine later this year after experiencing several break outs. After using it nightly for a few weeks I did see an improvement in my skin and will purchase it again. The price is a bit high but, it is very gentle on sensitive skin and a bottle will last you a few months.

BookNot That Kind of Girl by Leena Dunham In 2014 I really got into the Girls show and once I heard Leena was releasing a book anxiously waited for the release date. The book was incredibly entertaining up until the end. I enjoy Leena’s raw, gritty, truthfulness and the fact that she is so comfortable and confident with herself.

PaletteToo Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Also high up on my list of favorites is Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Both of these palettes offer high quality shadows in neutral colors that can easily be toned down or vamped up. I picked the Chocolate Bar palette over Naked Basics 2 because I just cannot get over the fact how amazing it smells when you open it up.

Thanks to everyone who posted a favorites list, I have several products on my 2015 list to purchase!

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Goodbye 2014!

First things first, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Throughout the years I’ve attempted all of the typical resolutions people make at the beginning of a new year. I vowed to lose weight, stop swearing, and even eliminate my daily $4 latte. I have failed miserably at any resolution I’ve ever made. So even though the new year brings the sense of a “fresh start,” the truth is you can start over again at any time.

The start of a new year is an excellent way to motivate oneself and create goals, but I believe we should also look back on the past year and recognize all of the things we have accomplished.

Personally, I have accomplished several things within the past year that I never expected. After 13 years I decided to go back to college and have been taking classes in an accelerated program in addition to working a full time job. I will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2016.  It’s been stressful and difficult, but I’ve managed to maintain a 4.0! In addition to that got my first actual client requesting a logo design. In between all that craziness I managed to finish a bunch of illustrations and work on my techniques. I started this blog, never thinking I’d have 20 followers let alone a little bit over 100! Those are just a few of the major accomplishments I’ve obtained over the past year. So, what is in store for 2015? I really have no idea. Life just seems to work out better for me when I don’t have a plan.

So, goodbye 2014, thank you for the good times and bad, the challenges presented, the goals that were achieved as well the ones lost, for the lessons learned, the amazing opportunities, and all of the precious moments you brought!

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Christmas Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! Mine was calm and relaxing, thankfully. It was filled with tons of yummy food like my fancy Christmas morning breakfast of orange cranberry french toast with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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I also got some wonderful gifts from my Husband:

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Kindle Paperlight – I never really planned on getting a kindle because any digital reading I did, I used my iPad. Now that I have been using my iPad to draw on I am slowly running out of space. I love the convenience of the Paperlight because it is so compact that I can stick it in my purse and carry it anywhere. The screen is so crisp it is almost as if I’m reading an actual book. I love the automatic anti-glare light adjustment feature as well. If you are a big reader, I definitely recommend one since they really are so affordable now.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 – I have the first version of this stylus which has more of a rubbery thick tip. Although, it is pretty precise I wanted to try out the new version since the tip allows more intricate details. Unfortunately, this stylus is only compatible with a few iPad drawing programs. Right now I use ArtStudio, but I will be transitioning over to Procreate slowly. Everyone seems to love that program, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it!

Carnival Coloring Book – I saw this at Barnes and Nobles and fell in love with the artwork. I plan to use to for inspiration rather then an actual coloring book.

The Book of Hearts – Another pretty book I found with different illustrations of hearts that are anatomical designs as well as typical heart shapes.

Pusheen the Cat 2015 Wall Calendar – Do I even need to explain why I got this? Pusheen is the most adorable cat character and I’ll get to see his cute face hanging up at work everyday in 2015.

Christmas Eve we visited Lights in the Parkway, which is a big display of lights throughout one of the parks here in PA. It is beautifully done and here is a short video of it:

I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday! I’m thankful this week is another short one for me because I took off for New Years.

I’m excited to see everyone’s posts of gifts they received! If you made a Holiday post leave your link in a comment so I can check it out!

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