Elise Grice is the co-owner of Hey, Sweet Pea, a growing design studio based in Austin, Texas. I first got to know her through social media and have always loved how positive her team is. They have great tips and an always fresh perspective. 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 : The same thing I do every morning: cuddle with my darling pups and sleeping husband. I try to start each day really soaking them in, from the way they look, to how they sleep, to the amazing fact that they’re simply there every single morning. It makes me slow down and count my blessings when I focus on their deep and consistent love.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : One of my newer challenges is actually something I love being challenged by: managing an ever growing team who lives all across the country. Ever since we started Hey, Sweet Pea, I’ve always had help, whether it was from Scott (my husband and Co-Owner) or from an assistant or contract designer. But in 2013 we really started growing our team to include the strong and consistent talent we were looking for. Just today I was emailing about projects with two wordsmiths, two designers, and our lead producer. As the Creative Director, it’s my job to make sure every single client who walks through our doors walks out completely refreshed (both through strategy, words, and visuals). We juggle anywhere from 30-40 clients at a time, which means there’s a lot of emails and a lot of clients and team members who all have to be on the same page and killing it every single day.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : Successfully juggling my personal and professional life (yes, I think it’s possible). For me, finding a balance between life/work has been incredibly difficult in the past. But what I finally realized was that even though I had established professional boundaries, I hadn’t learned how to let myself actually LIVE outside of work or even DURING the work day. So now I allow myself to go to work a little later so I can clean our house. Or I take a longer lunch break and put something in the crock pot so we can eat dinner at home (and on time, holla)!
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : This has more been the theme of the last few weeks, more than just today. But I’ve realized that an entrepreneur’s life needs to be less about working and dreaming of the future and more about living and breathing in each magnificent moment. We need to have goals, we need to work our butts off, but we also need to create a legacy filled with moments that truly matter. Practically speaking, this means being kind to strangers, giving lots of compliments, cuddling your pets, eating breakfast for dinner, quitting work early, taking long walks, jumping in mud puddles, writing handwritten letters, and dancing in the kitchen every chance we get.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I approved a handful of name ideas and design revisions to be routed to our branding clients. Oh! And I confirmed our team lunch plans for tomorrow (We’re watching a Christmas movie while working from the couch on our laptops. We’re kind of obsessed with Christmas and team bonding activities).
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : Yes, I snuck in a leftover brownie slice and it was the perfect addition to an otherwise simple lunch. And since In-N-Out decided to join us in Austin (this California girl is SO happy about this, I might add), I pretty much crave it every day. So a #2 with grilled onions and a vanilla shake might be in my near future too.
Some photos taken by Jillian Zamora