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I decided my blog needed a redesign for 2014. What do you guys think? Do you like it? :)

I like simple, clean design and I think that was achieved! There’s a few more things I’m going to adjust and play around with, but nothing major.

In other news, I’m finishing up a package similar to my “Open For Business” package – but focusing more on the online aspect of setting up your boutique. I’ll be starting the online package in April with limited spaces available, so please sign up early! :) Look out for that post with package information and pricing this upcoming week.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! <3

New Year 2014


Happy New Year everyone! I hope your year is already off to a great start!

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions. How can we avoid procrastination and get started on and accomplish our goals in 2014?

I’ve put together 8 tips for you that have helped me to avoid procrastination.

1) Stay Organized.

For whatever reason, I don’t feel like I can get anything done unless everything is organized. Whether it’s my house, my car, my notes – when everything is clean and organized I feel so much better. It clears my mind and I feel like I can get started with a clean slate. I’m much more productive working in a clean and organized environment. Make sure to choose a work area that is organized and where you can stay inspired.

2) Keep To-Do Lists.

I LOVE “to-do” lists. I especially love the part of crossing of items on my “to-do” list. It helps me to create a daily list every morning for anything I need to get done that day – work and personal. I also like to make the list according to priority and list first the items that I want to do least – which leads me to my next point…

3) Tackle your least desired task first.

The dreaded items on my list I like to get out of the way first. That way I’m not thinking about it all day long and procrastinating until the last possible moment. I’ve found that it’s easier to just do it and be done with it. There’s nothing worse than fretting over something that you can knock out at the beginning of the day so the rest of your day is more enjoyable.

4) Stop second guessing yourself and just do it!

I have to admit that I second guess myself a lot. And sometimes the answer is to just do it and stop over analyzing everything. Chances are is that your gut instinct will lead you in the right direction and everything will turn out just fine. I can’t even count how many hours I have wasted doubting myself when in reality if I would have just done it to begin with I would be finished and have great results!

5) Avoid distractions.

It can be so easy to get distracted these days. Between smart phones, the internet, tv, and so on, it’s no wonder that we can’t get anything done! For me to stay focused, I like to put my phone away in my purse or put it in the next room so I’m not tempted to check out the latest on my Facebook and Instagram feeds. If I’m doing work on the computer, I don’t allow myself to open up my internet browser until I’m done with my task or need a break. Often times I open up my browser in the morning to only “read a few news articles” on CNN and the next thing I know it’s two hours later and I’m watching a You-Tube video of a newborn puppy learning to bark. It’s so easy to get distracted on the internet and the endless entertainment there is – so stay away until your work is done!

6) Give yourself rewards for finishing projects.

This is my favorite tip :) . I love saying to myself – “Ok, Raquel, if you get this project done, you can go surfing this afternoon.” It’s good to give yourself motivation and a reason to get your work done as early as possible. I can guarantee I’d much rather be at the beach than at my desk on the computer! Any kind of reward will work. Sometimes my reward for getting something done is allowing myself to read celebrity gossip for the next hour. :)

7) Create deadlines for yourself.

Make sure to give yourself a deadline. Using a planner or putting reminders in your phone will help you to stay on schedule and ultimately complete your tasks.

8) Be vocal about your goals to others.

When we tell others about our long term goals, it helps hold us accountable for our actions to get things accomplished. The next time you talk to that person, they’ll ask you how it’s going and what progress that you’ve made. And you definitely don’t want your answer to be… “Uh… well, I haven’t really started that yet!” :)

I hope these tips help you out and you accomplish all of your goals and dreams for 2014! Here’s to a fabulous year!


Mondays… ugh… At least that’s how I have been feeling about them lately. I found myself looking back on a post I wrote from November of last year and after reading it, I realize that something must be in the air in November that puts me in this type of mood. I think most would assume that it’s because the new year is approaching and usually this is a time for reflecting on how the previous year has gone and where we want to go in the upcoming year. I feel it’s somewhat amplified for me since January is also my birthday month.

Its not that I don’t like my 9-5 job. I actually like what I do for the most part – but its not my dream. I always saw it as a stepping stone to working for myself. The problem now is that I actually have a decent career – a good job with a decent salary. It’s easy to get comfortable.

As far as my goals go, they are pretty much the same as last year, although I haven’t done much in the last year to achieve those goals. One of the main reasons was because I got engaged last December and spent most of this last year planning my wedding. It didn’t leave much free time for working on my businesses (or this blog). So, needless to say, now I have a little more free time on my hands and I’m ready to put my “9-5″ life behind me.

I guess with writing this post I’m hoping that we can go through the process together - me helping you reach your goals (whatever they may be) while you hold me accountable for reaching mine. :)

With that being said, here is how I hope to quit my job in 6 months:

  • Little L.A. online boutique - Although I have had more than a few retail locations in the past, my current goal is to have a successful online store. I will be really focusing on my online boutique and writing posts about what’s working and not working for me as I try to grow this business. Sales are no where near where they need to be if I want to quit my job.
  • This Blog – Technical Design – Freelance, Consulting, and Personal Shopping - I have freelanced quite a bit in the past, but I’ve not taken on any new jobs lately because it would have been impossible for me to complete them with my wedding planning going on. Now that I have some more time, I plan on putting myself out there again as a freelancer.
  • Affiliate Marketing - As I try out any new products or services, the ones I like and use myself I will recommend them to my readers. I also plan on creating an affiliate type program for Little L.A.

In the past, I have thought about putting advertising on my blog, but the more I thought about it, the more I don’t want to just have random advertising everywhere. I just feel like it’s less genuine and I don’t know if it will actually be helpful to anyone – even though it’s another way for me to monetize my blog. My alternative to that is affiliate marketing. I want you to feel like if I am recommending a product or service, it’s not just for me to make a quick dollar, but it’s something that I have actually tried or currently use myself. That way, at least I will feel confident that I’m not sending you to a random product or service that I know nothing about.

So, if you find anything on my Resources page or side bar that interests you – I would be more than appreciative if you would click from my page with my affiliate link.

Well, there you have it! Let the countdown begin! ;)

Also, comment below and tell me what your goals are!

I started with the idea for this site about a year and a half ago. About a year ago I finally decided to put it all together and make the site live.

Although the site has been live for almost a year, I haven’t dedicated the amount of time to it that I would like.

With that being said, I would like to share with you my goals for this site as well as a few personal goals as well.

TECHNICAL-DESIGNER.COM started off being an idea for me to have a platform to showcase my Technical Design skills to obtain more freelance work. As it developed, I realized I had more that I wanted to offer instead of just Technical Design. Instead of making a whole new site, I kept TECHNICAL-DESIGNER.COM.

Ultimately, TECHNICAL-DESIGNER.COM will offer services and content in 3 main areas:

While these services will be paid services, I want the content on my blog to be genuinely helpful and absolutely free in all of these areas.

Above all, I would like to help people with similar interests and goals realize their own dreams in the fashion industry.

Within the last week, I made the decision that I also want to make my blog more personal and document my own goals and progress. I have a deep passion for travel and that influences most decisions I make. :) As a fashion girl, you’d think I spend most of my extra money on clothes and shoes, but its actually all mostly spent on travel! You will notice I added the categories TRAVEL and GOALS & MOTIVATION so you may see posts that are completely unrelated to fashion.

My main personal goal is to work for myself completely so that I have the freedom to travel and be able to work from my computer while I travel.     

Now, on to planning my 30th Birthday Trip! ;)


Hi, I'm Raquel.
Technical Designer.
Clothing Boutique Owner.
Aspiring World Traveler.
Pro-Surfer Wannabe.
I help people follow their dreams.

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