At the beginning of each season, I create a new folder in Spotify and begin dragging in songs that feel right. Everything is curated while I work and depends entirely on the mood I’m in, what projects we’re working on, the weather, etc. This means that after a few weeks or so, the playlist morphs into an audio reflection of the past several weeks.
Before writing this post, I went back and reviewed what I had written in 2015, and man, do I feel differently about 2016. In just 365 days, my mindset has slowly shifted from calm and focused to completely throwing itself into the biggest mixed bag of emotions you can imagine. That’s not to say that amazing things did not happen, or that this year was chaotic … because it wasn’t. I just dealt with a few more tough lessons and hard questions than expected. So let’s dig in, shall we? I promise there’s good stuff, too.
Some days, I like working to fast paced + upbeat music. It gets the juices flowing, feels fun, and alive. On other days, though, it’s the calm stuff that wins. Over the past several months, I’ve been saving those songs, often without lyrics, and adding them to a playlist for quiet days, where focus and relaxation is 100% needed. And since I used to share loads of playlists in the past (and loved it), I thought I’d do the same here on the new Rowan Made blog as well. Here’s what’s on this months playlist:
2015 was my first full year working under the name Rowan Made. And it was a good one! So, in honor of this year (quickly) coming to a close, I thought I’d put together a short review of 2015 as a whole. Plus, this gives me a chance to show bits + pieces of some awesome brands that I worked with this year since I haven’t gotten around to properly writing up a full post on them quite yet. ;)
Although Rowan Made was established a little over a year ago, it’s gone through a couple of changes since then, both big and small. The latest change, though, is a big one with a new website, blog, and brand … a cohesive look that’s here to stay for awhile. For the majority of this past year, I’ve been asking myself a lot of hard questions as a small business owner. Where do I want Rowan Made to go? What kind of client process works best? How does this all translate visually? I’ve changed my mind a lot, gone through a million and one revisions, and finally made some important decisions for the future of Rowan Made. So here we are, brand spankin’ new.