Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hodag Street Team

As I work double time on my new book, juggling marketing plans, new artwork and lists, so many lists of little things — I am ever so thankful for my team.

My team? You may ask, and rightly so seeing as this really is an independent, low income generating venture. But by team I mean my friends and family, of course.

Before the buzz phrase and marketing tactic 'street teams' was identified, I already had one. Inherently built into growing up in a small town is a street team of all of my friends, my friends families, immediate family, extended family, in-law family (my husband and I grew up in the same small town) and Happy the Hodag's fans, of course. Not to mention all of the other wonderful friends and families I became a part of as I branched out and lived in other places. That's a big crew.

Today I just want to give a big thank you to my vast and loyal street team, but most specifically to my parents who are faster than Amazon at pick-ups, drop-offs and overall support of every independent venture I have ever endeavored to take on. They know it's hard work, time-consuming and above and beyond my career obligations and so help me whenever they can. Honestly, it gets me a little emotional knowing I have that level of support, it's an anchor in a sometimes turbulent sea.

Small Town Life: The Good & The Bad, But Mostly The Good

The other thing that comes with living in and growing up in a small town is that everyone knows you and your car. Which means that as soon as I roll into town I start getting texts; my parents tell me I've been spotted by the theater, invitations to dinner because so-and-so just told so-and-so they saw my husband at the grocery store and we should get together.

I will be totally honest when I say the thing I most enjoy about living in a bigger city is the ability to be invisible. Being able to get a parking ticket while I'm stuffing my face at a McDonalds without it trickling down and out that I'm an irresponsible slouch heading toward a size 14. That's a truth everyone lives with in a small town.

However, knowing you are surrounded by friends and family is incomprehensively wonderful, outweighing any negatives by far. Running into friends and family all over town is a true heart warming joy and sharing our lives as we grow older regardless of where we are currently living, a true community.

Hodags Forever!

Now for some random memes, these are up on Happy the Hodag's Facebook page, head over and like him if you haven't already. Come on, join my team!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting Happy

I have a -12 degree reason to go nowhere today, just like yesterday. But that's okay because I'm getting a lot done in the studio, it's why we're so damn productive up here in the North.

I finished up my web redesign of Studio JKD and Happy the Hodag this weekend, having that checked off of my list is a pretty big deal for me. As an Art Director, the fact that my web properties were in a certain state or rather a lack thereof, was not reflecting on me very well professionally. SO exciting to have that taken care of!

But not as exciting as the new collaboration I'm currently working on, soon to be revealed, but super top secret right now. Seriously, my brain might explode with excitement, it's such a relevant thing to do and I'm kicking myself for not initiating it sooner, like 10 years ago! Stay tuned on Happy's FB page:

Alrighty then, back to it, my lists aren't getting any shorter!

Stay warm out there!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The New Year List

Do you have a to-do list for 2016?

In addition to my new book projects I've also created a short list of must-do's:

1. Play with my Bray Clay and finish it with a backyard pit fire! Who wants to join me!?

2. Get back on my 1901 letterpress and create some fun new projects, I also need to reprint my business cards, I'm running low.

3. Yoga!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

It's going to be a big year for Happy the Hodag, and me, of course.

Unlike my husband, who likes to keep all of his lists for posterity, I only keep dated sketches and notes having to do with the creation of projects for copyright purposes, and even those are organized and filed away. And so today, the first day of 2016, I'm sorting out project piles, making new lists and throwing out loads of old lists filled with tiny, time-consuming to-do's that are complete.

It feels awesome to get reorganized for the new year, even though my new lists are filled with even more time-consuming to-do's. Not to worry though, nothing is impossible as long as you keep ticking off the list, one-by-one, day-by-day.

If you haven't already, head over to Happy's Facebook page for all of the BIG news this year!

And a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported Happy over the past 10 years! We hope everyone has an absolutely FABULOUS new year with many more to come!