Thoughts

Full power cycle required: 7 ways to reset

Dear 25 year old me,

I’m back! It’s a new year and yes, you haven’t heard from me in a while. The end of 2015 was a blur, but that’s no excuse really.

The truth is, Decembers are still a tough month for you. This year staying busy to keep your mind off everything just didn’t cut it – it seems you’ve hit a new level of responsibility-fatigue.

A lot of people criticise new year’s resolutions for their novelty and admittedly, I was always quietly one of them, because why would anyone force themselves to wait for a certain, seemingly meaningless date to start or stop doing something that they truly wanted to? Keep reading this…

Hello, client. Goodbye, client.

Dear 25 year old me,

You always dread receiving that email saying that your contact is leaving from a business or organisation that you’ve worked with for years. 9/10 times they’ll get in touch from their new place of employment and we start our professional relationship again, which is wonderful.

Unfortunately, though, there’s no rose without the thorns.

Probably 7/10 times when there’s a new contact that’s come on board to replace a previous one that you’ve built a trusting working relationship with for so many years, they’re often very keen to make a big impact right out of the gates and they need their own trusted strategist/designer/marketer alongside them to help with this.  

So where does that leave you if they already have this to-be-expected rapport with someone else?  Keep reading this…

Digital: like a unicorn riding a rainbow

Dear 25 year old me,

It’s that time of year again when you’re invited along to attend a plethora of industry events to meet the future: it’s design graduate exhibition time!

Design! Food! Drinks! 3/4 of your favourite things in one place even if you are on a two week drinking ban (more on this later)…

Although these portfolio showcases are often about rewarding, nay, celebrating the students for their years of dedication and hard work completing their creative degrees or diplomas – potentially with the stand out graduates landing internships or jobs on the spot – it’s often you that walks away from the event feeling on the highest of highs.

Keep reading this…

Get rid of your priorities

Dear 25 year old me,

I recently saw a quote that sparked a little a-ha moment and thought it was definitely something that could help you in your journey.

I’m paraphrasing here, but it pretty much goes along the lines of “until the 1940s, there was no such thing as ‘priorities’, only the priority”. Keep reading this…

A few good men

Dear 25 year old me,

Today Bam Creative enters teenhood after 13 years of business. It’s been a long time in the making, but I couldn’t be prouder to say that this blog post is dedicated to one very awesome gentleman, Miles Burke. Keep reading this…

Another week of my life. Gone or lived?

Dear 25 year old me,

Wasn’t that a little deep for a Wednesday evening post title? Well kiddo, life gets pretty precious when it feels like you blink and a whole week has gone past.

When you start constantly feeling like ‘Wow, that week went quick… what did I do?’, it’s possibly time to start taking stock because; what DID you do?

Keep reading this…

You don’t know what you… know?

Dear 25 year old me,

The popular saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know”, right? It’s so applicable when you’re embarking on a new task or journey – something like building a new home and being faced with the daunting situation of not knowing what the right questions to ask are.

You actually see it quite a bit when someone is embarking on a new website project or campaign.

But what about when you don’t know what you know?

Keep reading this…

Ten years webbed in the web – Part One

Dear 25 year old me,

Last week, you hit a pretty big milestone in your career. 10 years at Bam Creative – hip hooray!

You’ve officially survived over a dozen years in the web industry; the type of industry where you blink and something huge has possibly changed. When you first started out, there was no way any one could have predicted what it’s become today.

Keep reading this…

Life things; sometimes they just don’t go to plan.

Dear 25 year old me,

What happens when you fall off the horse? That’s right zoolander, you simply get back on it! Yes, you naughtily skipped last week’s blog post because you got distracted working on other things, even though you had made a promise to stick to Wednesday blog post day. Keep reading this…

It’s true, you’re a crap salesperson

Dear 25 year old me,

Today we’re going to talk about how you’re really quite bad at sales, terrible in fact. Truthfully, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Sales” is just one of those words that sends a sleazy shudder down the spine. It just seems like a process that has an ulterior motive. Frankly, if you don’t believe in something, you’re certainly not going to convince someone else to believe in it. Keep reading this…