Monthly Archives: January 2011

You want what in 2 days?!

I'm 30 hours in to a 36 page magazine that needed a 2 day turnaround time. Sleep? Total is about 8 hours over the last few days. I'm tired, Rockstarred out and wanting to just lay on the couch and watch something on Netflix. I have about 8 more hours to go before final approval and upload – and in case you are asking, no I don't do this very often but when someone needs help I cannot say no. I hired an intern, a house cleaner and had Chinese food delivered. I'm also living off of trail mix and thank goodness I'm dating a foodie because when this is all over that means some RR and good food is soon to come. 

I'm tired – like really, really tired. Things don't make sense and if me and the other designer working on this pull it off I think that it will be a friendship for life and 10 years down the road we will be saying – remember that one time we delivered a 36 page magazine in 2 days? We sleep in shifts and have successully learned how to work 24 hours a day between the 2 of us.

I had friend kidnap me last night for a few hours – have some dinner and socialize myself. I believe her exact words were "you need to get out of this condo" – which she successfully did and it turned in to a disaster. Going to an Irish pub for dinner where I know that all I will be downing is a can of Red Bull was probably not the best idea.

2 guys gave up their seats at the bar to allow us to sit down only for me to be told that if he'd known I wasn't going to be drinking he wouldn't have given up his seat. So kind. We ordered and ate our sad bar food and I was talked in to giving the BF 2 hours to dance and socialize myself. Music wasn't all that great and while she kept her back to me socializing at the bar with the bartenders I stood there by myself as more emails poured in about the magazine and needing me.

I told her I was like a doctor at the moment – on call and I needed to go. I polished off my Rockstar and told her bye. By 11pm I was driving on the highway tired and wondering why I had even done that. I always know how those nights are going to go – bored around drunk people and being ignored by my friend while she looks for a guy. Everytime I tell myself no more, I do it again. Oh well, she means well.

I designed on the magazine until about 2:30am and finally took my sheets out of the dryer and made my bed. I couldn't bear the tought of sleeping on my matress with just my comforter for another night and fell asleep watching another episode of Dead Like Me. The day started again at 7:30am and I finished what I hadn't the night before.

I spent my Sunday designing on the magazine again and the other designer and I are totally fried. I took a long walk with my dog through downtown to just clear my head and get some fresh air. When did the weather get nice again?

I'm back on again – final changes coming and then upload to the printer. We pulled it off – pretty wild in my opinion. 36 page magazine in 2 days, I can check that off my bucket list. This blog has taken me all day to write – every time I got going I had an interruption and needed to get someting else done. At some point I will get some Zzzz's – one thing's for sure, this is my year for us to grow big –  I feel like this was my test to see if I could handle it, and I did. Now that the test is over, the real growth can begin.

To success,
Angelina

NThreeQ Media, LLC
Phoenix Graphic Designer
 

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Oh so personal

There are times that I am on top of the world and other times that I am not. It's invigorating to go through business with the highs and lows. The fear. You have to have the fear, if you don't there isn't anything to fight for or to want.

I have learned so much in this 4 years – mainly about relationships. All sorts of relationships – I have had to swallow my pride, bite my tongue, explain things that under normal circumstances I might just walk away because it's difficult or too hard.

I have often wondered why people tell me that I am easy to talk to – they have no idea why they are telling me what they are telling me – other than I am a good listener. I like it. I didn't used to be. My friends used to tell me that I never listened – or talked too much about me. So I worked at it and reversed the role. I listen now – but I still mess up in my personal life and perhaps even dating. I say or do the wrong things – I worry, I assist so many people in realizing their dreams I wonder if I am meant to have anyone special to me. That's just mine, that's private and special. Or if I am meant to be there for others, to listen and understand and that fulfills my life. I worry and I wonder.

I wonder what might be in store for me next. I am on a rapid growth train, I have one of the most exciting meetings today with a new client and on Friday I will probably hire an intern that has wanted to work for me since June.

I spent the morning walking and running through downtown – missing Modena. No matter how much time has passed, I still miss her, still don't understand why it happened, and why it happened to me. It taught me – 6 months ago about unconditional love. But 6 months later I am trying to remember what that is – what it means and how I can pass that unconditional love to someone that wants to be in my life. Million dollar question – does someone want to be in my life or just hang out on the outside – having fun but never more. Is it a business asset that they want to use me or is it real? Talk about a personal blog. I have to clear my head.

Big day and big week. A lot of people are relying on me and I am relying on one too. It's not the end of the world to not love – but oh how I miss being in love. Being 19 and fearless and jumping head first in to the pool of messy dating and love and mistakes and just going for it. I jumped off that entrepreneurial cliff 4 years ago – with fear so big in my heart it made me fearless and yet, there is still a small hole in my heart that needs filling up.

As I listen to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata I am woken up out of my pitty party, my me party and am back to knowing I have to get to work and get projects done. Push aside the little things and open my heart to the big things. My fortune cookie told me that I needed to slow down – happiness was trying to catch me. I guess I just need to slow down.

 

To success,

Angelina
NThreeQ Media, LLC
Phoenix Graphic Designer

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Fortune Cookie

I needed some serious comfort food today. Oh ya, and I’m not the chocolate cake kind if girl. I am talking some serious chinese food – nothing else will do. After a long day of too much google and a splitting headache all I wanted to do was go to bed but needed some of the good stuff – this little gem by my condo that just knows how to make an egg roll.

I’ve had another week full of forgetfulness, being crazy busy and problems – I love problems, life isn’t complete with out them.

Today started with that darn folder company bugging me again about the folders. Making an agreement with me – delete the “we are a fraudulent company blog” and they will leave me alone and issue the refund. I did it – I was about to offer up blood for them to stop emailing my inbox! So I did, then their clients started emailing me asking me what was going on. Fun enough, this company even had the nerve to send my emails to their clients with some alteration for their benefit. Isn’t that awesome? Here’s the thing – I’m reminded of Vin Diesel’s quote in the movie “Fast and the Furious.” – “It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile…..winning is winning.” Exactly Vin. In anything it doesn’t matter how “close” you are, there aren’t any excuses especially when your responsibility directly affects someone else’s company. End of story.

Moving on now – for good.

So let’s focus back on my chinese food. Oh sweet, sweet chinese food. Friday night with good old Netflix, my laptop and chinese food. Awesome for a Friday night. Yes, I admit it and I’m proud of it. So full circle back to my fortune which is really why this blog turned less in to evil evil folder company and more in to really just enjoying my life and my favorite food.

“Look around; happiness is trying to catch you.” That was my fortune. Okay, I hear you loud and clear! My morning started out with a great Groupon – do you belong? If you don’t join! I’m very excited for my Groupon, awesome restaurant called Noca had a deal and I just couldn’t resist. I had a friend text me this morning to see how I was doing – and I actually just said that everything was ok. It is, I’m very happy with how everything is going – and I’m excited that happiness is trying to catch me. That means I need to slow down!

This weekend I am painting my kitchen – not the whole enchilada – more like a mural. I want to paint grass and a dandelion. I have the green just need to buy some other colors. Taking a break and focusing on nothing but blades of green apple colored grass and a pale yellow and black dandelion. A big one – right next to my fridge. I’m so excited about it.

This weekend – slow down and let happiness catch you. I’ll post pics of my dandelion and how the happiness factor goes. I’m off to go finish my Chinese food.

To success,

Angelina

NThreeQ Media, LLC
Phoenix Graphic Design

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Organization must happen now!

One of my 2011 goals is to get more organized and track things so much better than I have been. Right now, all the plates be spinning and I have to keep it that way and not let any one break!

So I am already a huge proponent of Google Apps for email and for life. I have a droid because it's a google phone and my life is Google – and I am really okay with that.

I decided it was time to track projects better and give my clients a way to live track progress. I had seen the Google marketplace but never totally knew what it was. Pretty much like the marketplace's for your phone – this is one for your google apps email.

So I came across Mavenlink – a business consolidation tool and it took me 2 seconds to install. I'm excited to test drive it on my programmers and my clients. I think that it is going to just streamline things so much better.

Check it out for your self – lets just call it a "small business lifesaver" – potentially cherry flavored….

Mavenlink is an entirely new way for businesses and consultants to work together. Invite your client/consultant to a workspace, reach agreement, and get work done today.

 

I'll let you know how it goes and let me know what you think about it too!

To success,

Angelina

NThreeQ Media, LLC
Phoenix Graphic Design

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New Year, New Frontier Imaging

I haven't even had a chance to come up for air since 2011 hit. I have been non-stop on the go working, fixing issues and all the fun stuff that goes in between. I hadn't even had a chance to announce our first website launch of the new year until just now. Just finished making my coffee and loading some Depeche Mode on You Tube, I'm ready to get all blog-tastic.

Our first launch that is a very large and in charge website is www.NewFrontierImaging.com A state-of-the-Art imaging facility located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. This is one of the only clients address's that I have memorized because for the last 2 months all I've done is ship, ship and ship more stuff. And I have to add – their marketing materials – freaking gorgeous. We are talking silk laminated, spot UV pocket folders, silver foiled business cards, give-aways galore, skinny cards, tri-sized flyers and more. I love what I do and this project was amazing.

Have you looked at the website yet? Roll-over images with pop up more information? The eagle doing it's thang – and yes, we created that too. Black and Red and in your face to match the colors of imaging and X-ray. Start reading about the equipment. I will tell you one thing, if I ever have to get a CT Scan or MRI or my family does they are going to just have to fly to Wyoming to have it done. The level of thought that went in to getting this cutting edge equipment is amazing. This is what is going to help save the world – earlier detection, stronger technology, instant images due to digital X-ray and more. In many health-related cases it's all about catching it quickly – well this center will be able to do just that. And the people behind it – Super Heroes. The real kind.

And that's where we move in to the CEO of this bad-boy – Maria Holtan. Wife, mother, entrepreneur and friend. She's amazing and someone to look up to and look out for. Educated, driven and kicking butt in a male dominated industry – she's taking this by storm. And it's about time. She welcomes challenges, learning, teaching and downfalls. It doesn't get her down – she's part human part robot. Your Android phone has nothing on this girl and it's only just begun.

I met Maria almost 2 years ago when we built www.AltitudeAnalysis.com. This is a lab that handles drug testing, taking blood and more. They work with the DOT (department of transportation) for their required testing and has started to work with the TSA for fingerprinting. She has a lab in both North Dakota and Wyoming – again offering state-of-the-art facilities with top-notch people.

Maria hires the best and expects nothing else, and I couldn't agree more with her thought-process. You have to deal with people and health and sensitive issues I want nothing but the best. And to top it off – she gives back to the community. Makes donations to local charity organizations and enjoys building the community that her business's are in.

I could go on for much more on the extraordinary person Maria is and the company's that she built – however they can speak, no scream, for themselves at how great they are. I love what i do because of the amazing people that I get to meet and work side by side with. I have no problems being a side kick because what I have learned and how I have developed as a person is in large part due to who I get to work with.

Check out the sites and to success in 2011!

Angelina
NThreeQ Media
Phoenix Graphic Design

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