Back to Documenting My Life!

I have been away AND I have been busy. Being a new-ish mom (feels like this lasts forever) and now opening up a store. What a crazy year it has been.

If you were on my newsletter, I sent everyone a very detailed story of what happened and how I got laid off. Now I am more passionate than ever about women’s rights and for us to all be equal.

In Japan a female hardly ever asks for a raise even though they went to a better school or faster/smarter than the guy next to her. Income levels between men and women in Japan are not equal; the average Japanese woman earns 40 percent less than the average man, 

In Japan once you get pregnant the job that you worked so hard at for the past 3-5 years, ‘assumes’ you will quit your job to be a house wife. Women are often found in part time or temporary jobs. … Japan has a strong tradition of women being housewives after marriage.

Being fired in this way for this reason was shocking and heartbreaking, but I see clearer now than ever before.

I am now being “forced” to pursue the very dream that got me fired in the first place. This is all part of the plan. The time is now and this excites and terrifies me at the same time!

I am back and ready to start sharing more of my life and what I learn from it. Would also love to learn from you all as well! I always say this but, every time there is a comment or DM I try to reply to all of you and hopefully we get to connect. We live in an amazing time where we can create friends on the other side of the world via online.

See ya around here again!

xFriedia

Renegade Craft Fair x New Moon Paper Goods

My first experience with Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco was amazing! The location, the creators, the customers, the weather! The weather was actually warm!

There was a line outside Fort Mason Pavilion! It was exciting to have customers that were excited to be there. Thank you to everyone who came down to pick up a card or pin or even to just say a simple hello! Really means a lot that you did!

SHOP New Moon Paper Goods now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannot wait to apply to future San Francisco shows at Renegade!

I had a lot of new Mothers Day Cards that I launched that day and most of them sold out! Need to re-stock before I run out of time! eeeek

Also have been vlogging everyday in the month of April! Here are the two days of the show~

And Day 2

Birthdays

I am not the one to “promote” my birthday or “brag” about the gifts that I receive. But the older I get the more I forget lol #mombrain and I thought I wanted to remember these days, especially with my child. So about a month ago was my birthday and I vlogged a bit about it!

And now a month later my husbands birthday comes along and I got to surprise this man once again for his special “over the hill” birthday! Surprised him twice within 24hours!! Have the video to prove it.

Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

I get to call this man my husband! Happy Birthday Love!

Sure, you make fun of me (all the time). Your texts mostly always have a joke in them and you laugh at your own jokes. Even though we don’t have the same sense of humor all the time, it is a part of your charm and honestly, it all makes you…YOU. Love that you keep the light and laughter in my world. You have also created a small comedian in Everest. I love you Sunny – thank you for being you. Thank you for being a father worthy to be called Daddy. Thank you for being a husband that is faithful, true, loving and kind. Happy, happiest 40th! I’m so excited to celebrate with you this weekend!!

確かに、あなたは私のことを(いつも)ジョークで楽んでいる。あなたのテキストもほとんど冗談があり、あなたはあなた自身のジョークにも笑います。私たちはいつも同じユーモア感覚を持っていないかもしれないが、それはあなたの魅力の一部だと思う。あなたが私の世界で光と笑いを持って来てくれるから大好きです。エベレストも小さなコメディアンになってきたね。 Sunny愛しているよ – 素敵なお父さんになり、素直な旦那でいてくれてありがとう。 ハッピーで幸せな40歳を!今週末にあなたと祝うことがとてもたのしみにしているよ!

Happy New Year GIFT!

Totally late “Happy New Year” to you all! Wishing you all the happiest and most successful year yet! It’s gonna be a good one.
2018 is already feeling a little different, hasn’t it? It has gotten me pumped and inspired to do more! Or… in reality…I will try to post as much as I can being a one woman show lol
BUT, in my heart and soul I want to do SO MUCH MORE its hard sometimes. If you haven’t seen any of my new videos yet, then please do go by my channel and check out some recent vlogs. Another new thing is that I have started a PATREON page and would love to get your support on it in any way you can! Doesn’t even have to be funding! Just you stopping by my ETSY page or shop Instagram or personal IG page and saying hello helps! Knowing you are there helps!;)
OKAY~
For this month I wanted to give back so I thought if I made something downloadable for you to use that it would be easy for the both of us LOL …hope this works.
I have illustrated a handful of wallpapers that I am personally using myself and would love for you to use it on your desktop and/or laptop too! So sorry it is the last week of January, am hoping to do a FEB one pretty soon too so keep an eye out! If you are looking for wallpaper for your tele’s, I have also made some for your phones that you can find on my New Moon Instagram page!

ENJOY!

this is my desktop right now!

The Ups and Downs of a Freelancer

I have been doing freelance work for about 13 years now and you would think that I would be used to the fact that every opportunity I get will always end ( no company will hire a freelancer forever) But when I do have to say good bye it always does scare me. I get frightened on things like “how will I pay the bills next month” or “who am I going to work with next?”
So the other day I had to walk away from another company. From the start it didn’t feel right but I tried to make it work and some companies just don’t understand the importance of building a social media presence or building that community. And there is only so much one freelancer can do! Good Bye, it was time.
Before that though I had a high by meeting the daughter of one of my favorite companies in Japan! She was sweet and we talked about paper goods which always gets me happy. Maybe it was all a sign that its time for me to go full force with my little shop and build it into something!

Here was my day:

5 Item Fashion Game Changers For This Fall

JUMPSUITS
Okay, I am starting off the list pretty bold…I know. But IF you really want to step it up you gotta wear items that not everyone wears, right? We saw a lot of jumpsuits this summer and now for fall you pair it with a turtle neck or long sleeve and some boots.

Mara Hoffman Idola Corduroy Jumpsuit

METALLIC PLEATED SKIRT

You may think this is waaaay out of your comfort zone but its actually not as crazy as you think when you put it on and pair it with sneakers.Don’t this too hard about this one and it will work its way into your wardrobe.Sorry, not sorry for the mustard color. Am slightly obsessed with it right now.


ENGLISH FACTORY Metallic Satin Pleated Skirt

MULES AND SLIDES

I am going to suggest to go bold in color or bold in design for this one even though the beige would be great too since it can go with anything. Will make you look like you have bare feet:) What I love about Fall is that BOLD colors can totally make the outfit. So if you are wearing a simple denim and tee/long sleeve you can add this bright red mule and a red lip and you are ready darling!


Jeffrey Campbell Felicitas Mules

 

BOLD LIPS
Which brings me to bold lips. When I say red, it doesn’t have to be the scary apple red you might be thinking it about. It can be a deeper red or even close to a dark beige like the one I chose here. I saw this new color and thought “ooo this would be a great everyday color!” This always saves me since recently my makeup is always natural and simple and I spruce it up with a lip color.


& Other Stories Thrummed Mocha

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS
You may have realized a lot of girls, ladies using more of a bold earring casually. And even though I love a very dainty piece, switching it up to wearing something simple and upping my game with a bold piece of jewelry is always fun. Especially when its a very non-chalant everyday thing.The earring I chose here comes in all different colors but even just the basic colors, black or white can make your look stand out.

Vanessa Mooney The Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings

 

My 5 Favorite Small Business Podcasts

If you want to know what I am up to now-a-days, I am hustling trying to figure out my small business. Every single day thats what I think about and how I want to see it grow and become something bigger than I ever imagined.
To do so, you need to know a lot. Right? Or have that business mind set. I have a lot to learn and not enough time to sit down and take classes (although I do have some classes I signed up for!) Living in LA you are in your car for at least half the day and I didnt want to waste that time so I have been making the most of it by listening to business podcasts! For the past 4 months I have been through many, subscribed to many and deleted maybe half. Most business podcasts can make feel like its impossible, or even worse…it can make you sleepy! And you dont want to be sleepy when driving.

Today I introduce you to 5 of my favorite small business podcasts. They are all the ones that I look forward to and have been a lot of help building up my Etsy shop from ground up. Hope you enjoy my video~!

Elise Gets Crafty
Interviews with other small business’s along with Elise talking about her business is perfect for first time small business owners.

Etsy Conversation Podcast
Only interviews ETSY shop owners. If you have an ETSY shop there will be many tips and tricks on things you can do about the ever so changing ETSY platform.

Being Boss
Great for female entrepreneurs.Encouraging for GirlBoss’s. Advice on ways you can change your habits or way of thinking to benefit you in the business world. One day I want to go to one of their Retreats!

Social Media Marketing Podcast
Never forget the social media side of things. As much as you want to ignore it the day and age we live in, social media is a great way to drive customers to your site/shop/business. Gives great tips from experts.

How I Built This
This NPR podcast is something to listen to when you are feeling like you want to give up. Hearing the success stories on this businesses that we all know can inspire you and maybe even think differently. Anyone can start a business and almost anyone can build it to a million dollar one. Such an inspiring podcast!

If you are a small business owner or are thinking of starting one, congratulations! You have already made the first step that many people are afraid to do!! Hope these podcasts help you in some way! Please share your favorite podcasts with me down below or on my Youtube Channel. Would love to hear from you!!

P.S Here is my Mini ETSY Shop NEW MOON PAPER GOODS

New Moon Paper Goods blurb

Hello friends and family. I started a mini shop on Etsy 3 months ago creating hand illustrated goods, Newmoonpapergoods.etsy.com .
Now that little store has really started to grow at a faster speed than I would ever have imagined. All I want to do now is to make this a full time thing. So~ I might share some more things about the store and might ask for support, maybe ask to share the post sometimes…hope you don’t mind.
Please stop by the store and leave me some feed back.
If anyone knows any small business coaches, would love to get one too~!

Friends! I want to give you 20% OFF from my mini shop, just sign up for all the perks 🙂 http://eepurl.com/cKafs5
YAY~!

These are two of the newest items I added in shop:

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