Savoring each season

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Savoring each season | The Lazy K Creative blog

I am a summer girl, meaning that I freakin’ love summer. I live in Texas, where some people curse our summers because they’re too hot, but to me, our summers bring long days for outside fun, a very small need for clothes and any excuse to turn on a water hose. And lots of icy treats. So, the rest of the year, I fall into a funk. Fall isn’t horrible because our days are still warm and there’s now football and tailgates galore. Spring isn’t awful, even though it can bring windy days and finicky weather. But, winter…well, I hate winter. There, I said it. I know winter means Christmas and the .0001% chance of snow here in the South, but that doesn’t cheer me up too much. I really hate winter. I hate that it’s already dark when i’m leaving work to go home. I hate that we can’t go outside … Read More

Why you shouldn’t build a website

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A few weeks ago I had lunch with two of my favorite gals, and in between therapy sessions related to the real life pains of adulting, we talked about so many of the misdirections and misconceptions we see in marketing. And one of the biggest I see time and time again? Companies and businesses building websites. Newsflash. You should never build a website. Nope. Never. Now, hear me out before you question my ability to call myself a marketing expert. A website isn’t something to have. It isn’t a product. It isn’t something to mark off a checklist. It isn’t something to build. To own. To launch. I promise I’m getting to my punch line here. A website isn’t worth building unless you have a plan for it. A plan for why you need one in the first place. A purpose for it existing in cyber space. You should never build a website … Read More

Three ways to take better iPhone pics for social media and web

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Let’s be honest. Not everyone has the capacity to invest in a professional all the time, especially when it comes to commercial photography. And this coming from a photo savvy creative (who, once upon a time, took lifestyle portraits for payment and was pretty darn good at it). Actually, I’m still darn good at it, but have outgrown the oversaturated industry and decided to focus on my other creative interests. I maintain my own visual brand in three ways: Quality stock photos (mainly for blog posts); professional photos (with my big girl camera); and finally, well thought out iPhone photos (is that a gasp I hear?). Yes, I take iPhone photos and use them on my website. Yes, I snap quick pics and use them on Instagram. Yes, I’m not ashamed. The truth is that your iPhone is capable of taking some pretty darn good photos. Keep in mind these … Read More

Why I can totally relate to everyone hanging out without me

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Let me just get straight to the point. I love Mindy Kaling. Like absolutely freakin’ adore her…her wit, humor and caramel princess charm (you have to watch The Mindy Project to get that last one). And I’ve been having Mindy Project withdrawals since Fox took the show off the air. My only option now is Hulu, but my savvy rural Internet speeds don’t play nicely with streaming services like Hulu, so that’s a no go. My solution. Unfollow every Mindy Project social channel that exists. Stop having recap texts with my fellow Mindy-loving friends. And wait. Wait patiently for Season 3 to hit Amazon long after Season 3 actually concludes. Buy it, put the kids to bed early, and watch my Mindy marathon…next summer. If you haven’t already gotten on the Mindy Project bandwagon, you need to. But you first need to read her book, appropriately titled Is Everyone Hanging … Read More

Inside Lazy K Creative | The story behind my personal brand

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In a nutshell, branding is your identity packaged into a little visual present for the world. It’s you – your quirks, your beliefs, your expertise, your passions, your goals and your values – integrated into your biz. Your brand should be a realistic reflection of who you are as a person, and that visual message should be easy for potential clients to recognize, comprehend, and relate. It’s not complicated. And it shouldn’t be. So, curious what goes into building, or reinventing, your own brand? Let’s look inside my own business – Lazy K Creative. What’s in a name? I dreamed, and struggled, for years about what to call myself. I hated my last name – Kujawski – because really, who can say it let alone spell it. I didn’t want to go down that road. I played around with variations of my first name – Jenna – and almost settled … Read More

Letting go

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Today I’m talking about motherhood. Because it is so rewarding and so gut-wrenching all at the same time. My daughter started Pre-K last week, and handled it like a champ, as expected. I was fine too, for the most part. I was happy there were no tears. Happy for her to have this experience. Excited for this next step for her. And a little sad. Sad for me mainly. Because even though my two kids are still really little, I’m already starting to get a real glimpse into what is to come. Letting go. She’s only four, and I am already starting to have to let her go. Kinda sucks. I thought I had at least 10 years before I had to worry myself with this. But for the first time in her little life, she didn’t seem so little. She didn’t seem so needy. And she just seemed ready. … Read More

How to stay organized and kick butt in both work and life | part two

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How to stay organized and kick butt in both work and life | part two

Because so many of you enjoyed my first post on how to organize your life and really kick butt, I’m back with more. Remember, these are just some of the little things I’ve discovered over time that have really helped me, and my family, get through the day, actually enjoy each other, and feel like we’re not on a sinking ship. I mean, my hubby and I actually get time for back porch coffee drinking most weekends, so we’ve got to be doing something right. Right? Tip #1. I memorized my credit card. It’s awesome. I can buy things online without having to get my wallet out of my purse or find my credit card. It’s also really bad because I can buy things online without having to find my wallet or my credit card. Which means I buy too many things online. While that’s a problem I’m working on … Read More

When my little girl grows up, she doesn’t want to be like Mommy

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When my little girl grows up, she doesn't want to be like Mommy

My daughter is only four, but she’s seriously the smartest kid ever. And I can admit that because I’m not the only person that says it. Strangers tell me she’s smart, so I know it’s true. It’s probably because I treat her like an adult. We have adult conversations every day, esp. on car rides or around the kitchen table. Like yesterday for example. K: “Mommy, let’s talk about what I can be when I grow up.” Me: “Ok. Well, you can be a teacher like Daddy. Or you can build things like sandboxes or treehouses or big tall buildings.” K: “I want to be a builder.” Me: “Or you can be like Mommy. You can be super creative and design and take photos and…” K: “I don’t want to be like you Mommy. I don’t want to work on a computer. I want to do something fun.” Me: “Well, … Read More

5 must haves every boss needs before launching their biz

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5 must haves every boss needs before launching their biz

I’m going to save you all the head banging I did when I first launched my business. I had my craft down – I mean I was cranking out projects left and right, building my client base and my skillsets, but I was struggling from a business perspective. I was spending too much time trying to organize my business, from to-do lists, to spreadsheets to account logins. It was exhausting! So, because I’ve had to learn the hard way and have now finally gotten into a groove, I’m sharing the love. Here’s my own personal list (nope, nobody is paying me to talk about them) of five must haves every entrepreneur today should have before launching their business. Accounting software: When I first started my business, I had a Paypal account and would bill my photography clients that way. I also had a Square account, and used it occasionally to … Read More

I’m sorry for being sorry

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I'm sorry for being sorry

You know that moment in a job interview where you’re asked, “What’s your greatest weakness?” and we all blurt out something generic like, “I’m a perfectionist.” Well, it’s only taken me 33+ years to realize it, but I honestly have a major weakness – I’m a chronic apologizer. I’ve been doing it my entire life, apologizing for getting good grades in high school, for being smart, for knowing the answer, for having self confidence, for being damn good at my job, for having a well-mannered dog, for having two adorable children, for having a beautiful home. All of it. I’ve said I was sorry for all the good things in my life before saying anything else. Well I’ve had an epiphany. I’ve realized I apologize because I don’t want others to feel bad or for them to think I gloat. But the thing is, the majority of the people that … Read More