Since writing about freelancing and career doubt, I started working full time for Dagher Printing. It was a great experience and I learned so much about the print industry and strengthened my skills as a graphic designer. While there, we won an American Graphic Design Award from GDUSA magazine on an octagon-shaped brochure I designed. I now understand the things that usually held me back from using a local printer, like what kind of paper stock to use and how to prepare files for die cutting and special inks. I am armed with knowledge that will help in my business and career in the future.
I had the pleasure of doing a second interview on the Etsy Conversations Podcast last week, this time with new host Ijeoma! She has done a wonderful job growing the podcast and I had so much fun talking with her about running an Etsy business. Head over to this post to listen. If you haven’t heard […]
As of this month, I have already read 2 books this year! I read a lot of ebooks through my library and they tend to be randomly available. As a result, I usually end up with 3 books at a time that expire after 14 days. Then there are the printed books I check out at the library and on my shelves at home, so I have ADD associated with finishing them all. This year I want to finish the books I’ve started as well as read the ones that have been at the top of my list for a while. Here’s my top 10 list for this year, 5 to finish and 5 to read.
In the last four months of 2013, I had the opportunity to start my freelance lifestyle. I was a nanny to my sweet nephew Wyatt, I became the go-to print designer for Creative Types and redesigned the alumni publication for Mount Notre Dame. I started to see a lot of growth in the client side of my business, however I soon realized I had lost sight of why I wanted to start a business in the first place. I had ignored my goals with the hurry do-it-now demands on my time from others. I realize this is part of the job, but I was approaching new work with the wrong mindset. I learned a lot about time management and self-discipline, yet something was missing. Then I visited my website and discovered that I hadn’t updated since October… meaning I updated my blog more when I was a full-time employee!