I had to write a personal manifesto before graduating in the spring about my life, both as a graphic designer and throughout my day to day life. It’s sort of long, but definitely is a good explanation of who I am!
Hakuna Matata. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Sometimes things won’t be in your control, or they won’t go they way you want them to. It’s okay, everything WILL turn out alright in the end, don’t worry.
Have fun, stay weird, and enjoy the full process of everything you do to keep yourself from getting stuck in a rut. If you’re not enjoying it, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
Travel. See the world, explore new places, try new foods (even those you don’t think you like,) and use your experiences as inspiration and motivation.
Make time for family. Meals together at the kitchen table, bedtime stories, cookie baking, calls to mom and dad, etc – be sure they come first.
Research, research, research…and then research some more. At the beginning of a project, or even when just planning a vacation, research is key. Make sure you learn absolutely everything you can about everything before moving forward.
Embrace your love of writing, spelling, and grammar. Whether that means implementing writing into projects, or maintaining contact with your penpals, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. While you’re at it, keep reading too!
Be prepared. Keep your bag full of those sometimes obscure, almost always helpful things, practice presentations a thousand times, always overpack, and simply do your best to make sure everyone is complacent.
Trust your instincts. Use the maps you create in your mind to get where you need to be (mentally, or in reality,) and don’t let anything stand in your way. But – remember that detours can sometimes show you a new perspective.