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It’s a wrap! December 2017

When I thought about what I’d like to achieve in 2017, I had two things on my mind: I wanted to share my learnings at Creative Mornings and I wanted to teach. Now that December is over, I’ve come to realize I’ve reached both of these goals. Through a weird series of coincidences, I was asked to speak at Creative Mornings Vienna last February. (My plan was to launch my Kickstarter campaign at the end of the talk, which, given there was a technical bug, wasn’t meant to work out. How apt given the title of the talk which was "Plan B is always better.")

My second goal – to teach – came about unexpectedly as well. My original plan was to discontinue my freelance practice to join the Teach4Austria initiative. Given I went to a secondary school with a high quota of immigrants, I’ve had the desire to give back for a long time. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it through the assessment center. However, my goal to teach happened in a different way. After giving a lecture at the New Design University in November, the students seemed to have enjoyed it so much that I was asked to come back and teach a whole seminar. I lead a seminar on how to use social media to position yourself as a designer online. That brings me to the article I wrote that was published on the Kontist blog where I explain how designers can monetize their talents. 

This past month, I’ve joined the Berlin-based strategic consultancy Beluga to participate in an innovation workshop for a global beauty brand. I might also work with them on a project in the vegan foods industry, which would be incredibly exciting. 

One of the things that happened this past month that I’m most excited about is that SOS Kinderdorf finally tried a different approach to fundraising. During the Edelstoff market, we teamed up with letterers to create beautiful Christmas cards in exchange for donations. On one hand, we had boxes there for people to donate immediately, and on another hand, people were invited to use We’R’SOS to raise money online. I’ve been working with SOS Kinderdorf on different approaches to fundraising for some time, so I'm glad we’re slowly moving forward. 

A small side project also went live a few weeks ago: I made a new website for my yoga teacher. Feel free to book a retreat or come to one of her classes in Vienna. She’s amazing! 

Last but not least, I’m currently learning SQL. If you have any tips, feel free to share! Also, if you need someone to help you with positioning, retention, and/or marketing, don’t hesitate to drop me a line! (helloATmkanokovaDOTcom) 

Talk at Creative Mornings Vienna

Have you ever loved something, but decided to give it up? I don’t mean giving up on people you loved. I mean giving up on an activity or a job. I came across this blog post by Derek Sivers that made me think about the things I gave up. Much more, his post made me think about the moments when I decided to give something up. Often, it’s the moments we decide to give up one thing to pursue another that we gather our courage to make something more meaningful happen. 

As coincidences usually go, the post was mentioned in the Creative Mornings newsletter. About 10 minutes after I read the post, Harald, the new host of Creative Mornings Vienna, asked me if I’d like to speak about “Moments” at the next event.

If you’re around, I’d love to see you there! Tickets will go live next Monday at 11am, and the event will be on the 3rd of February, at 8:30am at the Angewandte Lab.

On another note, the Kickstarter campaign for Work Trips and Road Trips will go live on the 2nd of February. You can sign up here: if you’d like to get notified. There will be a special reward for the people who back the project within the first 48 hours!