Creative Diaries | Moorea Seal | from Breanna Rose

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. KAIT says:

    i appreciate how honest this post is. i am the same in that sometimes taking time to take care of myself feels like a chore rather than something to enjoy (although i force myself to do it day after day anyways). great post!

    • breanna says:

      Agreed! I typically sigh at the thought of getting ready / feeling I have to look a certain day. Was great to read this today as well. :)

  2. Alecia says:

    She has some great nuggets of advice in this post. It has been hard for me to learn not to obsess over little imperfections in my posts, and learn that real life is imperfect and I really just need to embrace that fact. This will also be a big accomplishment for me when I learn it :)

    • breanna says:

      I totally agree with this! I’m a perfectionist when it comes to posting and often spend more time than I need to on what already looks just fine. Good thing to remember for the future, ehh??

  3. Always nice to hear that grass is not always greener elsewhere. And that there is also a lot of hidden parts of the iceberg behind all of those perfect home or workspace pictures that we see everywhere on the internet and that make us envious or frustrated.

  4. emma says:

    That burger looks amazing, I’m so hungry now! I LOVED this addition to creative diaries. I love the fact that Moorea was so honest with each question and I can really relate to her answers, especially about the mornings – I am not a morning person at all! Thanks for sharing!

    • breanna says:

      ME TOO! Haven’t had a burger for awhile and then BAM, this showed up in my email inbox, ha. ;) But yes, I really truly appreciate how open + honest Moorea was in our post today! It just felt real.

  5. jensen says:

    +++I now need to start planning a trip to Seattle solely for that sandwich. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing + being so honest, Moorea!

  6. kerry rose says:

    I love Moorea–she’s an incredible woman. Thanks to both of you for sharing this :)

  7. Danielle says:

    I love this series because I feel like I not only peak into the process but the life behind these creative products and services. I always click away more inspired :) Thanks so much for sharing, Moorea and Breanna!

    • breanna says:

      Oh good – I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Hopefully we can continue the series for a LONG TIME to come with all sorts of people. :)

  8. Trina says:

    I have that same Seaecho pouch she has in the very first photo. I got it at Hammerpress here in KC. Great interview, I love how sincere she is! :)

  9. Caitlin Liz says:

    Bre, I just love this series! Not only is it super beneficial to glimpse into the lives of other creatives as I’m jumping deeper into the freelance/creative world, but it also always introduces me to new people/blogs to follow! Love it :)

    • breanna says:

      Glad you like it, Caitlin! AND that you’re finding some new creatives. That’s always awesome. :) xx.

  10. I love her commentary about wishing and wanting and then keeping it real by sharing that her couch was free and ugly. Love that honesty!

  11. diana says:

    i love moorea and i’d love to pick her brain one of these days. this is as close as i’ll get for now. she’s an inspiration.

  12. Shannon says:

    When I make it big you will design for me won’t you :)

    Cheers,
    Shannon

  13. Ffion says:

    I love having honest peeks into the lives of bloggers I love and respect :)
    Thank you for this great post and for showing that you’re just as human as the rest of us <3
    (And I give myself points for taking things easy today and getting in some great self-care after a couple of weeks of neglect due to a chaotic work-surge :) )

  14. Kory says:

    I have to agree with Emma. This series is so nice because it not only lets you see that other creatives don’t have the perfect schedule or the perfect life and that’s okay.

  15. Raquel says:

    I really like the part about not comparing our lives with others. I´m starting a little tinny business right now, and it´s very hard to keep my eyes of other people´s webs and lives and keep thinking my products will never be as good as theirs. But everyone has a begginning right? :) Very inspiring, thank u

  16. Shayla says:

    I love what she said about not being defined by her style or a pretty home or studio space; I think in today’s world of blogging and pinterest it is so easy to forget that. In my humble opinion we are defined by how much we love and how much we give. <3

  17. Jaclyn says:

    I really like what she was saying in the “One Thing I’ve Learned” section. It’s a really hard lesson to learn, and one that I feel like I have to constantly remind myself to remember.

  18. Melinda says:

    Always refreshing to read a post about how a blogger/designer who seemingly has a perfect life, but is really just as imperfect as the rest of us! Blogs are wonderful creative outlets, but it is easy to get wrapped up in the photos and spend too much time dreaming about what we wish we had. Like Moorea, I fantasize over beautiful interiors, but my own living room is furnished with two very-used “loveseats”. And she’s so right, a beautiful new couch wouldn’t necessarily make me happy!

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