Moorea Seal is a talented jewelry designer and blogger who recently opened up a beautifully curated online shop featuring talented designers as well as her own pieces. She has a keen eye for well crafted handmade items and is armed with an impressive + creative team by her side. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : Annoyingly, I have been waking up at 5am for no reason the last few nights. I’ll blame it on the stress of the holiday season. So this morning I woke up at 5am again, drank some water, and went back to bed. I woke up again at 8:15am a little bit before my alarm clock and grumbled, turned off my alarm, rolled over, and went back to sleep until 9am. I then played on my phone as I always do when I wake up, and procrastinated on getting ready. I jumped in the shower at 9:30 and then got ready quickly without putting on make up or drying my hair. That was a bad choice because it’s freezing in Seattle right now! I ate a toasted waffle with jam for breakfast as I ran out the door. It’s embarrassing how lazy I am with self maintenance in the mornings and quite obviously, I am not a morning person at all.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Honestly, the greatest challenge for me everyday is taking time to take care of myself. I need at least 8 hours of sleep every night, but even when I get those full 8 hours, I feel pretty rough each morning. I love getting things knocked off my list at work, but can’t seem to get myself to have the same attitude when it comes to the tasks of self maintenance. There you go, a lot of the time self care feels like a task for me rather than a necessity or something to enjoy.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : I quit obsessing over making all of the photos for this post look perfect and beautiful, because duh, my workdays are rarely if ever perfect. But I get stuff done, have a great time chatting with the ladies on my staff, and I enjoy my job. :) It’s hard to capture that in a photo.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I learned that there are a lot of things that I don’t need to be happy, successful, and fulfilled. So often I find myself thinking, ugh I wish I had a beautiful sofa like this or that blogger, I wish I had a beautiful light filled office space like this or that designer or artist, the list goes on. I have to constantly remember that sure, there are so many gorgeous and talented women on the web these days, and sure so many of them have beautiful homes, awesome studio spaces, and amazing style, but those things don’t define them. My success and happiness are not determined by how beautiful my life appears in photos. I am successful and happy because I have an incredible community, women on my staff who believe in our communal work and enjoy their jobs, I have a kind and thoughtful boyfriend, and I see how my sacrifices in life have in turn brought about some great things. I don’t have a fancy couch, mine was free on craigslist and is super ugly haha. But I’ve been able to employ women who are happy and excited to come work with me and that I think that is success as a young business woman.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : The last thing I did while at my studio today was helping one of our interns package, ship & close out some orders. It’s been an incredible holiday shopping season in my new store and we couldn’t be more thankful!
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I set out to get a super healthy lunch today but upon approaching my favorite burgers & sandwich place, I veered off course and got myself my favorite chipotle chicken sandwich from Uneeda Burger. And then I got a toffee & almond chocolate bar to share with the girls at my studio.