Welcome to Always In Color
Burnout is REAL! How I Am Dragging Myself Through It- And You Can Too With 5 Easy Steps
I’m burnt out. It’s one of those things that is overused like “literally” or “Im starving”, which when most people say it they don’t actually mean REAL burnout, they just mean they are tired. What I am talking about is the real deal burnout. Where your mind, body and soul just seem incapable of dealing with everything and anything, even a task as simple as planning dinner.
Businessdictionary.com defines burnout as:
1. Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, due to stress from working with people under difficult or demanding conditions. Burn out is followed by signs such as chronic fatigue, quickness to anger and suspicion, and susceptibility to colds, headaches, and fevers.
I cant believe that it is already Summer! I need time to slow down a bit. Growing up I loved summer because it meant school was out, but now as an adult, it means the year is half over which is terrifying. One thing I love about summer is I get to help students follow their dreams. I have mentored over 50 people at this point in my career, which makes me so happy. Some of my past interns are out there in the world kicking major butt, and I am so proud to be part of their journey.
I believe in girl power, and that together we can do anything! I have heard so many different thoughts on having interns, and I will say that fortunately, I have only had a handful of terrible ones (I had to fire one once). For the most part, the young women (and 2 men) I have had as interns were eager to learn and wanted to contribute. My favorite thing is when my old interns call or stop by and I get to hear all about their fabulous adventures as adults in the workforce. I always feel like such a proud mama bird every time they come back to celebrate their success with me.
This summer, I am blessed to be able to work with some amazing young women! Not only are they all extremely passionate, but they are kind and smart! Talk about winning the intern jackpot! I want to give them each an opportunity to have a moment to shine because they totally deserve it.
They were each asked the following questions, and here are their responses. I am so thankful to have them with us in the studio and to be able to help them learn & grow so that they can take over the world! I am so excited for you to meet my summer 2019 interns!
Entrepreneurship is in my blood, my Dad started a telecommunications business when I was young, and in addition to being a retail sales manager, my mom always had a side hustle. She made gift baskets, painted furniture and did faux finishing. Being from a family of entrepreneurs made me know that i wanted to start my business.
When I was just 15, I started making notebooks and cigar box purses (I promise I will find a picture) that a local shop owner was kind enough to let me sell in her store. I fell in love with creating and started my first official business at the age of 19 with my best friend at the time. I thought I knew everything as teenagers often do, but needless to say I did not, and eventually closed down.Fast forward a few years and at 26 I started my current brand, The House of Perna which thankfully has been going strong for 6 years!
Here are some tips that I wished I had known before I started.
They say goals without a plan are simply dreams.
I really believe that you have to allow your mind to wonder and dream big. If we don’t have those wild and crazy dreams then what are we working towards?
Sometimes it can be hard to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind with everyday life commotion happening. So, here is how I plan out my goals to make sure each day I am working to achieve them.
I organize my goals into three categories:
I take the big picture and break it down. So, I write down my long-term goals, then slowly break them down into short-term (monthly) goals, and then even further into everyday goals.
This week is Delray Beach Fashion Week and it is certainly going to be one of those crazy weeks. In addition, to running my business and watching my toddler we have six events in just five days, two of which I will be hosting. It is going to get a little hectic, so I wanted to share my top five tips for surviving a busy week.
A big part of my business model for both The House of Perna & Neon Bohemians is to do pop up shops. I love them because it is a way to get feedback and meet your clients in person (especially important for businesses that don’t have a physical location). We have done pop ups with JCREW, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and at a ton of different markets, festivals and shows.
Today I wanted to take a minute and offer my lovely emerging designers some advice. I know it can be a difficult road at times, but I promise you it is all worth it in the end. The journey you will experience plays a huge roll in the designer you will become.
I still cant believe that I am 33. In my head I am still 21. I think I’ll always feel this way, which I guess is a good thing. This past year has been a rollercoaster for sure. I simultaneously had my best and worst month to date business wise in the same year. I was given some amazing opportunities, and also told “no” to things that I felt were a sure thing. This past year, my husband and I were fortunate enough to buy our first home which we are slowly transforming into our dream home. it really is amazing just ow much can happen in 365 days.
I learned a ton in the past year, and I would love to share some of these lessons with you. Hopefully we can make this the best year EVER together!
There is always a reason to try a new cocktail recipe, but this week I have an extra special reason to share some of my favorites! In Delray Beach where I live, we have a thing called bar brawls. It is a really fun event where local bartenders go head to head in a competition to see who is the best bartender. (For more info go here : https://www.deathorglorybar.com/about-barbrawls .
This week, I was given a huge honor and was asked to be a judge. I cant wait to try all of the creative cocktails that these talented bartenders create! Here are some of my favorite cocktail recipes that I have rounded up. You know I love everything colorful, so these are not only delicious but pretty too! Enjoy!
*Please make sure you are 21 or older to keep reading. I am not claiming recipes or photos to be my own, just sharing ones I like. Also, Please drink responsibly.
Introducing one of my favorite quick, easy and most importantly, healthy salad recipes, the Antipasto Salad! For Italians, antipasto is typically an appetizer (or many- antipasti) full of meats, cheeses and olives, and salad traditionally is eaten after a meal, so this salad seems like a contradiction. For Americans, this is often a full meal, which is what I do with this salad.
You know I love color, and when I cook, i love to have at least 4 colors in every meal. In my house we talk a lot about eating the rainbow, and this is definitely a great example of how to do it.
I get asked this question so much that I figured a post is in order. People say all the time how “easy” I make it look to have my little one at work. I am so grateful for the HUGE compliment, I would be lying if I said it was always easy. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am a fashion designer/ celebrity stylist who brings my little one to my studio with me nearly every day. People say it’s all about balance, I say poo to that, it’s all about the juggle. It’s about being able to jump from kid to work and back and forth (at least) twelve billion times.
I know, I know, it’s 2019 and a lot of people feel blogs are “dying” and instagram is all that matters. Well, I disagree. While yes, I love that you can post a pic and a little caption (perfect amount of commitment for this working mama), I genuinely want to share and help others.
I am a mom who is also working full time as a fashion designer, and I bring my daughter to work with me. I am not going to lie to you she does spend some time on her iPad. I was the person who said I would NEVER let my kid watch an iPad. The honest to God truth is that sometimes I need 100% of my focus, and well the iPad captures 100% of hers.
I just wanted to share my experience because I know some of you out there are feeling exactly how I did when I was in your shoes right after having my daughter. I wanted to talk about my journey as a new mom. I felt very alone at times and to be honest it was really hard.
I am so grateful to have been asked to share my story with the members of the AAF Creative Zen in Fort Lauderdale. Here is the video of my talk.
Here is a video I filmed with my good friend Carlos Marrero, I swear we always have way too much fun!
Our current studio is located in Delray Beach, Florida and we are apart of the Artist in Residence.