the struggle is real

the struggle is real

It’s already November and honestly, I can’t wait for 2018 to be over. I know, I seem like a broken record, always talking about the same thing, but I can’t avoid it, and I hope my rants can help to any other creative soul fighting the same battle. In this age of fast internet and even faster trends in every aspect of life, in an age of Instagram, when everywhere around you can see other people living f̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ their best life, other artists being creative in ways you would want to, but you are just not getting there,  it is so easy to demotivate yourself and beat yourself down.

This whole year I felt overwhelmed like I never felt before, with everyday life, work, etc. My creativity, something that was always a big part of my identity,  seemed to be fleeting. I never had that feeling before and I must admit it scared a shit out of me. And somewhere along the way, I let go and stopped trying to find enough time for my soul to grow. It was so easy to do it, I didn’t even realize and it was already two months since I snapped any photos with my camera. You see, our new apartment has the most beautiful light early in the morning and the whole summer I wanted to do a photo shoot with it, but never got around to actually do it. I had a few ideas on my mind, but I would always find an excuse not to do it. I wasn’t lazy, I just was burned out.

Until yesterday actually. And let me tell you, getting up before 7 even if I didn’t feel like doing it and taking these product photos for my jewelry brand, playing around with the camera and later editing them, was the most fun I had in a while. The rush I get of creating, seeing my idea becoming reality, adrenaline, and serotonin pumping through my blood, almost feel like the long-forgotten magic of the first kiss. Because art, in every form, it is my first love. I think I might end up framing some of these so I don’t ever forget it again.

 

september in belgrade

september in belgrade

I did promise to myself that I would be more active here, but, life happened. As I have maybe mentioned earlier, it was a really busy summer (work related) and followed by a quite a few personal things, I really wasn’t in a mood to be creative just for fun, so my blog paid the price. I wanted to get into the mood and design a new to do list and a September calendar, but this month flew by, so I think there will be a few posts following week. As you can see, there is a pattern, I never was nor I will ever be good at time management, but I won’t stress about it now.

Anyway, my sister visited us in September, as you may know, she lives in the UK now, and we own a jewelry line together, JewelryLanche. And I always feel that we are the most creative when we are together because of our energies are complemented. We have different styles but because of that, some of our best designs were the ones we made together, from the beginning to the end. We didn’t work this time tho, just take time to relax, be with our family and enjoy like a tourist in our home city.

Her visit kinda pushed me back into the creative mood again. Here is the thing I recently realized, I constantly need diversity in my work in order to stay inspired, and last month I spent mostly doing graphic design, neglecting jewelry and photography, and don’t get we wrong, although I love it, if I do too much of anything, I easily become overwhelmed, since it feels like work, I guess. That is the reason that my corporate days, most of the days I felt like I was drowning, I wasn’t being challenged at all. Not exaggerating at all, those months before I quit, I was depressed, I wasn’t myself. Anyway, I digress, and that wasn’t my intention. Anyone who knows Milica and me knows that we spend a lot of time photographing, so you will usually see us running around the town in pretty dresses, with our cameras. And that was just what I needed this time.

On the other hand, I fell in love with Belgrade again, I often rant about it but I must admit that it can be quite charming. If you are planning to come to the capital of Serbia, I would say that September is maybe my favorite month to visit it. It is still hot, but not too hot that you can’t stroll around, as it can be during the summer, Sun is shining and all the beautiful cafe gardens (like the ones on Kosančićev Venac, trust me and thank me later) and all the rafts are still open. And Ada Ciganlija is still beautiful and not as crowded as it can be since everyone is back to work, so you can really enjoy a swim or a tanning session in one of its many cute beach bars.

 

Anyway, I hope you like this life update-photography post, let me know what you think about it and talk again soon!

summer dresses

summer dresses

Hi guys! I’m not really sure how to start an outfit post, should I just share photos with no writing at all? I have a strong urge to write something self-conscious and ironic but I will try not to.

Anyway, summer dresses are my favorite piece of clothing, and I wear them all year round, with boots or sneakers, and sweaters when it’s cold or with strappy sandals in this tropical heat.  For me, every summer has THE dress, the one I wear when I need an extra boost of confidence and this green one from Springfield is my favorite this season. Trust me you do need it, its gorgeous and a great fit for every body type, plus is on sale now so it’s kinda saying you need to have me. And of course, you can see some fresh LancheJewelry bracelets, go check them out!

I also played with self-portraits and my analog camera objective on my digital camera (this time it was successful or better to say I really like the result), so let me know what do you think about these photos. Until next post, keep chasing sunsets.

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july & august calendars

july & august calendars

I realized I haven’t published this post yet, although it was written a while back, in my defense, I had a really hectic month, apartment hunting and moving etc. But I think it will all be over soon and I will be more myself and focused. Anyway, in case you aren’t at the beach at this moment and you’re still stuck at the office, here are both calendars to get you through this busy summer at work, but I still hope that we all spend it at the beach, with a nice cocktail in hand tho.

july CALENDAR

august CALENDAR

1st of July resolutions

1st of July resolutions

I have no idea how, but it is July already?! Is it just me or is the first half of the year has flown by and I feel like the questions where are you going to spend your New Year’s Eve are just around the corner? I wanted to do a quick photo blog post of my summer in the city so far, but I’m still not doing anything vaguely interesting, just everyday life, you know, work, work, some apartment hunting in between,  and then more work. I do get a short break now and then, especially when my sister and her husband came for a visit, so I did manage to drink a glass (or a two) of wine or a colorful cocktail, and to lay in the sun with a good book, but not as nearly as much as I want (or, let’s be honest, need) it.

Anyway, I just realized that I haven’t written my New Year’s resolutions, I have them stored in my head, but with years I realized that the only way I force myself to do anything is to either write it or tell it to as many people as possible so I want back out. That is a power of character at it’s finest, my friends.

So, let’s go with my 1st of July resolutions:

  1. Read at least two books a month. I used to read a lot, and when I say a lot, I really mean it. Reading got me through some of my lowest moments, and it keeps me sane and I know it boosts my creativity, however since I quit my job and started freelancing, I somehow read less then I used to. I guess since I work from home, I spend almost every waking hour at home working, and less time relaxing. Anything else makes me feel guilty for some reason.BFB92E20-54C3-4862-A094-69F76A344353.jpg That brings me to number
  2. Learn to chill, girl. Take a day or a two off, don’t answer any emails, don’t work or think about work. It sounds so stupid when I write this down, but I tend to stress a lot about work, even more now, since I don’t have a regular job, I guess I feel the pressure of being the best all the time, not struggling, both creatively and financially. I am aware that I’m not CEO of a big company, thank you, but I’m always my worst critic, and it has to stop.
  3. Learn something new every month. I recently went to a Photography class, it was actually history of photography and it was so good for my soul, both the class itself and meeting new people with the same interests, I don’t do it so often and it felt so good, although I love my friends, don’t get me wrong, none of them is an art nerd as I am. I started learning Chinese again and I took my sister to pottery course where we drank wine and made cute plates like these here.

    I’m also practicing modern calligraphy again, and I have a feeling that will be fun. Maybe I will share some of these here soon.

  4.  Write one post every week. Let’s face it, probably the only people still hanging around here are my friends and family, and I can’t say that with certainty, lol.  I did start this blog to force myself to be more open and honest and to leave my comfort zone, and that is why is important to write as often as I can.
  5. And last but not least, drink more water. Here is a reminder for both me and for you reading it, you know you’re not drinking enough.

So this is it, I hope you like this sort of a journal post, until next time, keep chasing sunsets.

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novi sad

novi sad

The first half of 2018 was all about work for me, and from this perspective, I will probably be in the same mode indefinitely or at least for an extra few months. It is time to get serious and finish some goals I have on my mind for a way too long.  So, no holiday plans for this little angel (for now). It crossed my mind that I could (and should go) on a weekend getaway, and then I remembered that I have really cute photos that I took last summer when I was in Novi Sad with a friend and never shared them here although I planned on doing that for a while.

Novi Sad is probably best known for Exit festival and it is located about an hour drive from Belgrade, and even if you are not into the festival madness, it is still a pretty beautiful place to visit, so if you are coming to Serbia this summer, maybe this post will inspire you.

 

 

 

We were there just for an afternoon, but I know there are many cute flats on Airbnb if you want to spend the night, that I highly recommend.

Hope you liked this short walk down the memory lane, I sincerely hope that I will have more free time soon to go somewhere fun and write about it, aka to live a little, but until then, this will have to do.

june calendar

june calendar

Surprisingly, I’m not late with this month printable calendar planner. This month I went with more colorful design, since it’s spring, and I’m always in the mood for beautiful flowers with a hint of gold, and as I said, I don’t do minimal well, although I would love to, and this is more in my style. What do you think? How do you like this design? For some strange reason (probably because of too much social media, lol) I feel the need to end this post with something like let me know in the comments below but it also sounds kinda weird to write it, so let’s keep it short and here is the calendar.

imchasingsunsets june calendar 2