Breanna Rose | Survey + Italy

I’ve been thinking a lot about my business lately, and how different it looks + feels from just a few years ago. I used to fall into this go go go mentality … something that over time, tired me out. Completely. After realizing that this particular lifestyle wasn’t sustainable, I pulled back and focused on getting myself healthy and back into a more manageable routine. And although the difference is tangible (and comfortable), it still doesn’t feel right. Part of this has to do with me being a recovering perfectionist, but the other part has to do with focus. I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, that it’s become overwhelming to actually take that next step.

And then, just like that, a newsletter from my friends over at Hey, Sweet Pea appeared in my inbox at just the right time. They reminded me that it’s okay to focus on just one thing. By doing so, you’re putting your heart and sole into one goal instead of spreading yourself too thin. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Tomorrow, I leave for an eleven day trip to Rome + Prague, where I plan to fully enjoy my time away and not work whatsoever. Then, when I’m back, my (fresh) focus will shift towards one major business goal: streamlining. AKA, niching myself even more and making my process as a designer more intuitive.

I’m hoping to share more about what I learn and decide along the way, as I myself always love seeing how other designers handle their own routines as well as business + client management. But beyond that, I’m also curious as to what you’d all like me to share more of on this little blog. More life stuff? More business stuff? You tell me! I created a TWO question survey for those of you who are interested, because I’m 100% intrigued to hear what you have to say. You can take the survey right here. :)

PS. I’m going on my trip with two of my close friends, so the photo above put a smile on my face. Here’s to having a good time, eating a lot of pasta, and seeing all sort of beautiful + new things!! Oh! And I’ll make sure to update my instagram account while away in case you want to check in + see what’s happening.

  1. Kercia says:

    ekkk, I am so excited to follow along with your travels, so I can reminisce about Prague and Rome! I’m sure you will fall in love with them as much as I did! Traveling is such a good way to take a break and gain perspective, so it sounds like this trip has come at a good time! :) Have a great trip! Ciao!

  2. Naomi says:

    Rome is amazing! The perfect place to do what you’ve set out to do – relax, take a break and reflect. I’m looking forward to reading what you’ll discover about how you’d like to niche & streamline your process as I’m trying to do the same. I was pretty inspired by Lauren Hooker from Elle & Company recently when she described how she does complete branding & build-out project in just 2 weeks – http://www.elleandcompanydesign.com/blog/2015/4/30/how-i-design-a-full-brand-and-website-in-just-2-weeks.

    And some foodie tips for Rome: http://www.prettyunexpected.com/rome-where-to-eat-and-what-to-see/. L’Angelo Divino is perfect for drinks with friends and I’m sure you’ll love Le Mani in Pasta too (try the truffle pasta!). Have fun!!

    • breanna says:

      Oh!! Thank you for the tips on Rome … saved in my email w/ other tips. ;) And yes, I’ve seen her blog and read about that process. Very intriguing! I can’t pull off the 2 week things because I prefer custom site design, but I’m thinking about how I can do something similar!

  3. Have an amazing time on your trip, I’d love to see photos when you get back! Just took your survey.

  4. Ursula says:

    Rome! One my fave neighborhoods is Trastevere, full of local artists. Your post caught my eye since I’m also thinking about what to do with my blog, which direction to take…
    Have a wonderful time in Rome!

    Ursula @ http://kraftmint.com {lovely quick crafts}

    • breanna says:

      One of my friends who is going with me on this trip used to live in the Trastevere neighborhood while she was studying abroad, so I’m sure she’ll take us around those parts a LOT. ;)

  5. Maja says:

    Enjoy your trip!!!

  6. Loolaa says:

    I’m so glad to come across your blog! By reading this one article I can totally relate to everything you said and how you feel!i am just about to start my own business and my head is always bursting with ideas and as much as that might sound great I find it very exhausting and often as you mentioned can not properly concentrate on one thing. I am sure you’ll have a great time! Rome is amazing and being from Prague myself it’s a place full of inspiration! I hope you will find what you are looking for…:) your perspective, your space…. Im looking forward following your journey!

  7. Brittany says:

    I find that Hey Sweat Pea newsletters always come at the right time! I hope you enjoy your travels and that they refresh your soul in every way possible :)

  8. Jade says:

    Prague is such an amazing city, I’m sure you’ll love it.

  9. Dee W says:

    I, too, am a recovering perfectionist. The perfectionist disposition involves a lot of “spreading yourself too thin.” Striving for gold is great, and multi-tasking can be effective, but I do see the benefits in focusing efforts on one thing at a time. It’s a slower way of doing things, but don’t they always say — slow and steady wins the race?

    Any way, I hope you enjoy your travel time in Rome and Prague. Sometimes there’s nothing better than time away to help you hone in what needs to be done (and the best way to do it).

    Dee | http://www.daundra.com/blog

  10. Leysa says:

    I am loving your instagram feed while you’re on your trip – it’s so visually inspiring and jealousy-inducing!!

  11. Helena says:

    Bre, I haven’t stopped by in a while, but just now returning and reading this first post that shows up, I HAD TO leave a note. You’ve been running your business for a little longer than I (we) have, but even within one year so so many things change. We returned from Iceland recently and ever since I have felt SO much more comfortable and at peace. And I know that the one big reason for that is focus. Being away from London and all the hustle and bustle made it possible for us to step back and look at the business from the outside. We made some big decisions (what this issue is all about: http://www.themagicelephant.com/portfolio-issue-2), only work with food clients now, and said goodbye to some clients that aren’t right for us anymore (and that’s always a hard thing to do). There is still a lot of work, and I don’t mind working hard, but everything feels so much more structured and doable, simply because I don’t have a million things on my mind.
    So I guess what this is all about, is just proof that focus and letting go actually feels liberating, and it works! :) You will have such an amazing time in Rome and Prague and I bet that not working and stepping away from it all will do wonders. Plus, Rome is amazing (and let’s not even get started on the food haha). Can’t wait to see pictures! x

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