Jealous Curator is one of my favorite digital haunts in the whole world wide web. The woman behind it, Danielle Krysa, took her amazement at what others were making and (unlike me, who would just sigh and seethe and feel unworthy) opted to share it with the world. In the five years she’s been blogging she’s turned that jealousy into inspiration and her first book, Creative Block, which offers advice and projects from 50 successful artists, came out this year from Chronicle. It is spectacular!
Danielle is a graphic designer, a blogger/author, curator and artist. Her husband and she run their own business (he does the marketing strategy, she does the design) so they’re able to take turns picking up and dropping their son at school, and then they also take turns hanging out with him after school. Everyone is done and ready to be together by dinner and into the evening. Danielle usually goes back to work (in the home office) after her son is in bed until about midnight.
Here’s what Danielle had to say about being a SpitfireMom:
How does being a mom influence your work?
Being a mom has put everything into perspective. I used to be obsessed with work. I was so worried about every campaign being perfect (I worked in ad agencies before my son was born). After he came into the world I realized that none of it really mattered as much as I had believed it did. It’s just an ad.
I didn’t start working again until he started kindergarten. For those five years the two of us had all the time in the world – now that I’m working again it’s really easy to feel spread too thin. I still want to be the best mom ever, and the best designer ever, and the best blogger ever, etc., but there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
I don’t really talk about being a mom. I like my personal life to be mine. Mind you, if anyone brings it up I’m the first one to pull out a few photos of my sweet little man!
We know a SpitfireMom like Danielle has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I set out everything (and I mean everything) the night before. Lunch kit, clothes, shoes, library books, dogs bowls, my running stuff, coffee pot ready to be refilled, and so on! My mornings are really busy because that’s when I upload my blog post, repost it on Facebook, pop it up on Pinterest (and every other bit of social media I have access to). I also make my son’s breakfast, pack his lunch and feed the dogs. If I don’t do it all at night then every morning is a total gong show – and I really don’t like starting my day like that!
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
I cannot clear my inbox. Ever. It seems like at all times there are at least 1000 emails in there. I always have the best intentions to file them all away into folders that make sense, but I just can’t find the time! Oh, and my garden reallllllllly needs to be weeded right now. (And if I’m being totally candid, I wish that I’d start to prioritize my art-making time. I always push it to the bottom of the list. I have to stop doing that.)
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out you’re expecting, Danielle says:
Congratulations! ps. Your entire world is about to change! The great thing about being a graphic designer (blogger, author) is that you can freelance, and work from home. When I had my son I was a creative director at an ad agency. My plan had been to have him, take maternity leave, and then put him in daycare and go back to my very, very important job. Then he was born, and I took five years off! I didn’t even really start freelancing again until he was about four. Here’s the thing – they’re only little for such a short time – I didn’t want to miss a single minute.
We hope you enjoyed a peek into Danielle’s world. I’d loved her work for ages and when I heard her mention a kiddo I couldn’t help but reach out. Perhaps a few of our New Year’s Resolutions can be to get things ready the night before…sounds sanity saving! And on a personal note, Danielle will be the last mom whose feature comes from my fingertips though she’s certainly not the last mom! Heidi & Jenn have big plans for 2015 and I’m excited to hear all about them in a few weeks when we’re all at Alt Summit.
Julie, Heidi & Jenn
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