Let’s get real for a sec.
Rewind to May 2013. I was standing in my nearly empty room having just arrived home from college, staring at empty walls that echoed fear, uncertainty and a whole lot of nothing. I had just graduated and was moving back home - something I never considered an option until it was my only one. I was mourning having to say goodbye to one of the strongest support systems and most motivational environments I’d ever known, and I had no idea how to deal with the real world.
College is advertised as the greatest investment you’ll ever make, a given next-step to your career and adulthood. What everyone fails to mention is that even in a perfect scenario where college helps you land a job, you’ve probably been more focused on finding a job than finding a job you love. (Maybe you don’t even know what kind of job you would love. Maybe you don’t even know where to begin to find out!)
Our generation is on total autopilot. I’ll be the first to admit that I can easily spend an hour scrolling through Facebook without even absorbing anything. It is so incredibly easy to spend a Sunday* on the following schedule:
- Wake up at 10 a.m.
- Read emails/Facebook/Instagram/scour the Internet for an hour.
- Order bagels on Seamless.
- Walk 15 feet to the door to pick up the bagels; immediately retreat back into bed.
- Netflix. Netflix. More Netflix.
- “Hey, the football game’s on? Are there wings involved?”
- If there are wings, watch the football game.
- If there are not wings, watch more Netflix.
Hey. It happens! Conversely, we’re also really hard workers who sometimes neglect to check in with ourselves.
So what’s to keep us from going through the motions of everyday life?
I slowly began to understand in my first two years of “adult life” (can I even say that? I’m still like 19, right?) that it’s important to take intentional action in your everyday life.
In a cluttered world full of news feeds and instant gratification (okay, now I sound like I’m 60), we can’t just wait around to be inspired or feel motivated. We need to be extra careful to fill our everyday lives with things we love, things that push us to accomplish our biggest goals and that make us happiest.
I’m so excited to announce that Grand Print Co. will be open for business on October 5th!
In the Grand Print Co. online store, I’ll be selling my own art and designs (art prints, stationery and note pads) and I'm hoping to be able to expand in the future and design more organizational products like planners and productivity tools... stay tuned!
The idea is for these designs and products to fill blank spaces and brighten your everyday life, whether that means waking up next to a print that's an inspirational kick-in-the-butt or being able to keep organized so you can focus most on what it is that makes you truly happy.
From now until October 5th, we’ll be running some promotions and social media contests, so be sure to follow here if you’re interested in shopping with us!
Keep an eye on your inbox to learn how you can participate.
Let’s ship your order for free!
So many of you have been amazing about helping to spread the word already... thank you!!
I want to let you know how much I appreciate that. Anyone who posts about @GrandPrintCo on Instagram or Facebook between now and October 9th (our “Grand Opening” is Monday, October 5 - Thursday, October 9th) will receive free shipping during that time!
All you have to do is make sure 1) we’re tagged and 2) you're following us, and I will reach out to you with the coupon. :)
Need some inspiration? Tell us why you’re excited to #gogrand, or show us something you did to live an #inspiredeverday.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. Let the countdown begin!
P.S. If you're signed up for the newsletter, you'll also receive 15% during our our Grand Opening! You can sign up here.
*I read a really cool article about the "taking back Sunday" movement, where people are making an effort to turn Sunday into a fun, exciting day rather than a lazy one. I was going to link to it, but now I can't find it among a long list of Taking Back Sunday Google search results referencing the 90s alt-rock band. Too bad.