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Onto new adventures



Hello friends, fellow adventurers and dreamers.

Instead of the usual inspiration and beautiful content that we usually post, I’m going to give you something a little different. Tell you something that I should have told a month ago.

So, to my wonderful friends who enjoy our journey and share with us in the adventure called life, the news is simply this. I (Vess) quit my job last month. Val did share it a little about this in her beautiful blog post A Cinderella Story

Honestly, telling people did prove to be difficult, some took it as a surprise, some were concerned that I was let go. But all had the same questions, “Why” and “What’s next?”

Why? Well the reason why is actually accumulation of a couple of factors that include, podcasts, entrepreneur women and Taylor Swift. Okay, so maybe those accumulated at the tipping point. For those who know, I was working full time as an illustrator and graphic designer at smash enterprises for the past two years. First job out of uni, I was so blessed to have a job in my field! Considering that I knew that others weren’t so fortunate. If I could sum up the lead up to my leaving it would be simply this. That all the times that we shared with you to follow your dreams, to chase adventure and to create beauty in everything, I guess that I started to believe it myself. I found myself looking at my job and questioning if that’s exactly what I want to be doing for the years to come, whether there was something else that I loved to do more. I felt this itching to learn more and to push myself further. I found myself reading interviews with designers and listening to podcasts and the idea of taking risks just stood out in my mind. And I went to the Taylor Swift concert and heard her sing songs that she wrote cause they meant something to her, and I thought, well, why not, why not give myself permission to take that step into my dreams? Didn’t I always believe that the most important thing in the world to me is to create work that touched others hearts? Could I do it?lose sight of the shore quote

So I handed in my resignation, had a farewell lunch and wiped my tears away as I drove away from the office which had been my design home for the past two years. And I moved to the second question, “what’s next?”

But to answer that, it’s going to have to be a whole other blog post.

I’ll also be sharing some of the books, websites and podcasts that helped me come to terms with what I wanted to do and gave me courage and understanding to do it.

So as I close this chapter and take with me the memories and lessons learnt from that stage in my life, I’m signing off as one who can honestly tell you that chasing your dreams is damn scary, but it’s worth it.



family, photography, portraits



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I can’t believe what God has done
Through us he’s given life to one
But isn’t she lovely made from love”

Little toes and little fingers, small and delicate features, and when she awoke, her eyes shone with bright lights. Only a small person, yet the room instantly illuminates with her smile and gaze. A pleasant smile, a wave of a hand, tiny fingers reached upwards towards the sky.  A warm cuddle, soft hair, a treasure of  joy. She’s made with love, weaved with wonder and is truly one of a kind.

Special, remarkable and precious.

There are many words to describe the little wonder that is Leah. But I’m lucky, I’m blessed beyond belief to have a word that only I can use to describe her. So I would like to introduce you to my god daughter, Leah.

When Virginia and Reuel asked me to take photographs of Leah, I knew it would be special. And I was right. Taking pictures of people in love is one thing, but taking pictures of family, well you can feel the love, play and joy shine through these images. Almost as tangible as colours; the feelings of warmth and love simply paint these pictures with a warm glow. A bright glow of security, hope, beauty and pure deep joy.

Wonderful parents Reuel and Virginia, my dear friends, thank you so much for asking me to be god mother to your precious daughter. Thank you for this gift that you’ve given me and I will strive to love Leah with the same love that you pour over her.
Dear gorgeous Leah, I can’t wait to experience life with you and watch you grow. As you see things for the first time, as you learn, as you love. When you find what you’re passionate about, I’ll be here to cheer you on. When you are disappointed, I’ll be here to encourage you. Keep shining bright and just being you, simply wonderful.

Thank you so much friends for enjoying our blog and for looking at these images that are very special to my heart. I’m a little bit in love with these images and I hope you’re just a little bit in love too.

With much love

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling she has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram