Hello my dearest readers,
First of all, allow me to apologize for having taken such a long time off uploading the blog. 2018 was kind of a crazy year, so I will attempt to write posts and date them accordingly.
In an effort to develop the discipline to post more consistently, I have decided to simplify the structure of my website. This way, whenever I have a new item to post, it'll simply get blogged about and properly itemized on the column to the right.
Anyway, I wish not to bore you all with those details at this time, but I felt like I needed to make a statement, in case you stumbled upon this page and nothing made sense.
Sometimes it is hard to view things objectively when you are in the middle of it, but i think it is very important to save yourself from becoming something -or part of something- that you don't want to be identified with.
This was the case for me when I found myself working for an employer whose work practices and ethics I couldn't personally subscribe to. I know it is hard for most people to just get up and go away from a bad work situation, specially since it isn't so easy to find a job these days and financial responsibilities do not 'take breaks', but, if you have the possibility, I suggest that you save yourself from being a part of something that does not match who you are as a private person or as a professional, because little by little 'we' become that who we practice.
If your employer is disrespectful to you, doesn't value your work, or treats you in a way that you feel is uncalled for, do not just sit and 'take it' because they are your employer. Politely let them know what you don't consider acceptable and decline to continue in that situation. The longer you wait, the more things might escalate and in the end both sides might be unhappy, so don't wait too long in hopes that things will improve. If things don't change and improve quickly, most likely they never will.
Life is too short not to be true to who we are and what we stand for.
In case you needed any proof of who is a better candidate... Watch BOTH, make your own judgement!
Part of my job is to spot places that need help. Since many business owners have no sense of design, it is my responsibility to be able to communicate my ideas to them in a way that is easy to understand what I am seeing.
Most people know what looks better if they can see a before and after, but perhaps wouldn't have thought of the idea that I'm presenting to them. By doing this, I can shine a light on something that the owners may not realize they needed, then, granted that there is enough budget to work with, we can take their place to the next level.
After analyzing the business concept, I usually develop ad hoc visuals that go with the theme, then I photoshop renderings of different options that would vary dependent on the budget. This restaurant's theme is 'black panthers' and it is a Mexican restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully set up, with brand new everything and exposed brick (which New Yorkers LOVE), and it just needs a little push to take it to the next level.
There are some more design recommendations I would make to this business, however I usually like to build upon the changes in order to make everything work best.
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to a beautiful country home near the city. So I got to take a quick weekend trip to the mountains.
Although by my own decision not to be a country blob/couch potato, I mostly did yard work (making those pine trees look more like bonsai trees), I found it very important to disconnect from my normal routine and work on something else. Connecting with nature is always beautiful, as well as remembering that we are not alone on this earth (this by seeing many other creatures we seldom see in the city in their natural habitats).
I recommend everyone to do the same, even if its by going to a park nearby and appreciating whatever nature you can get yourself to ;)
Working on a new series in which I explore and share what I believe to be important life values.
As you may or may not have noticed (maybe you just hadn't been here before), my website is going through a complete revamp.
I think as a person evolves, everything is to evolve accordingly and public image>>website, is not to be forgotten.
I hope you all find it easier to navigate, as well as more according to my current place in life.
This project is a huge one as I have lots of files to reorder as well as lots of others to document and organize.
Oh well, life is a work in progress ;)
If you are trying to get your Vlog going, check out these vlogs and get some tips to start from zero ;)