I used to blog a lot. I've used a few different platforms, blogged alone, and blogged with a dear friend. Since graduating college, I put a lot of that on the back burner. I put a lot of time into resting and looking for design jobs. College was HARD. But then again, I did double up on classes my final year just so I wouldn't be stuck in college for a seventh year. Working through college left me somewhat worn out. Basically, there wasn't a lot of down time. I honestly felt guilty if I was resting, because it always seemed like there was something I should be doing. I think work is really good. Working hard is good. I also think taking time to rest is good.
Fast forward almost two years. I'd been contemplating relaunching a website. I never took the time to actually build a portfolio site for myself, and I knew when I built one, it needed to include more than just work. Designers I admire most are usually the ones who are freelancing, running blogs, sharing industry secrets, and being honest about the process. Truth be told, I'm wanting to follow that model.
This is one of the only spaces I have full creative control over. A complete blank space to solve my own design problems. It feels so good. My goal is to blog every weekday this month, and then reevaluate everything in March. I'm hoping to rebrand myself in the coming months. New business cards, thank you notes for clients, a custom return stamp, and more. It seems like a lot, but it really isn't. This is so much fun!
I'm enjoying the season of life I'm in. I know it won't always be like this, so I'm taking every day one-by-one. I'll be honest though–it is hard to stay balanced. I'm constantly learning what it looks like to keep my faith at the center of everything I do. See the plant above? It needs light, good soil, water, and time to grow. I know I'm comparing myself to a plant, but humans are really similar. We need to grow roots, being planted where we are in each season. Looking towards the future but not longing in a way that makes it hard for us to be content in the soil we're in. We need sunlight. We need water. We don't need to worry about half the things we worry about. See that plant? He is just happy sitting in the windowsill.
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