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Things done by wonderful people. See for yourself.

These days, it’s hard to write positive messages while seeing all the disastrous events happening right outside of our doors. Every time I open Facebook, I close it with goose bumps all over my body. Nevertheless, there is a lot of great stuff happening too, and it’s especially my friends who are doing marvellous, inspiring projects that I would love to introduce to you today. To briefly explain the situation: after a month of not publishing any newsletters, I still cannot bring myself to writing anything but the articles I am paid to write or the monthly wrap-ups I publish to reflect on the accomplished work of the previous month. But that also calls for a small step. And so here is mine: a selection of projects of the people I admire for the work they do. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do:

Anne is currently working on launching a coding school, Refugees on Rails, that will help refugees find jobs in an industry where there aren’t enough workers to take on these tasks. 

Talia’s beautiful jewellery that was produced in collaboration with J. & L. Lobmeyr is now available for sale. Also, here are her thoughts on the current refugee situation from a designer’s perspective. Worth a read.

Diana is not one to complain, and after Google published their new logo that was praised but also criticised, she tried to come up with a better solution herself.

Noah’s opening a comedy café in Berlin and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. Also, spot my favourite joke about capitalism!

Max and Tom have produced a stunningly beautiful video to capture the genius behind Magdas Hotel.

Diana became the editor of the Beach to Bay magazine, which is now available on Issuu.

Owen has this most incredible newsletter that summarizes everything that’s going on in the tech scene so that you no longer have to visit all the tech blogs to keep up with the industry.

What’s a project you would like to bring to everyone’s attention? 

I look forward to reading about some goodness in the world and thank you for sharing. Please do!

It’s a wrap! July

Following Oren’s advice that you have to work “on” your business and not just "in" your business, I spent the beginning of July reviewing and reworking my website. I launched the first version of my website at the end of last year, so I had to make sure my website remained an accurate reflection of my services.

It was important for me to remove all the references of clients that I had worked with (such as Niemetz, Teekanne, Skiny Bodywear, etc.) while working for my past employers. I listed them as my references at first to have at least some kind of validation of my past work.

My former colleague and now also a great friend, Sarah Halbeisen, helped me with the visuals. I’m pleased with how the images turned out, so if you need pictures for your own website, ask her to help you. She’s great to work with!  

I felt a lot like writing in July, so I spent some time pitching and writing articles for the team at Facebook, a gig I got through Contently. If you’re a freelance writer, definitely create a profile on Contently to showcase your work and get the clients that fit your interests. I truly am a huge fan of what they do!

The most exciting moment of the month was when I received an email from the team at 99U offering to feature one of the interviews from This Year Will Be Different after I sent them a cold email. A cold email! Never thought these things actually worked! Yay!

I read their message in bed and was up in about 20 seconds, not even capable of finishing the last paragraph. It took a few hours for me to finally read the final sentences. Haven’t felt like this in ages, by the way. Speaking of #TYWBD, there are some books at the Zamm Coffee Shop that you should look into.

Another highlight of the month was Kathrin Folkendt’s event "3 Freelancers. 3 Stories.” She invited me to share my experiences and what I’ve done to kick off my freelance career. I was really impressed with all the people who came and stayed with us until the very end despite the 38°C degrees we had in Vienna that night. Not only was it great to do something together with Kathrin Folkendt and Elisabeth Oberndorfer, I was also really pleased to bump into the guys behind Freewheelstories, a filmmaker duo from Amsterdam.

Last but not least, Kickstarter and I agreed on extending my contract and I’ll now support them in Austria, Germany, and Holland until the end of the year. If you have a project, please don’t hesitate and get in touch.