who is continually redefining what that actually means
My undergraduate program was focused on graphic design, but that never felt like the right description for me. I gave package design a go for a few years, again something felt forced. I decided to go back to school for a program called Designer as Author + Entrepreneur — things were starting to feel a bit more natural to me. My experience with design and the label designer has ebbed and flowed. Sometimes, I repel the term, belittle it and other times I embrace it.
I love knitting, lettering, cooking, puzzles, rearranging rooms, going for walks, attempting to garden, attempting to learn Italian, attempting to learn piano, yoga, exploring neighborhoods, and sometimes exercising… sometimes.
She’s great and extraordinarily cute. 2020 has been an adventure for sure.
Without defining any kind of goals, I realized that I unintentionally created a pattern where I do at least 1 class for myself each year. Over the past few years, I have taken a lettering class, a typeface design class, a coding bootcamp, a knitting class, a calligraphy class, and a class on Alan Turing and Turing machines. I truly love learning new things, diving deep into a new or forgotten subject matter.
I have learned that work/life balance means that I absolutely need challenging work in order for a balance to be possible. I would not call myself a workaholic, but even post baby, the answer is pretty definitive that I am at my happiest when I have work that challenges me and forces me to grow. I am most fulfilled when I can review the past “x” amount of time and be able to see some progression of work or growth - whether that’s after 6 months or it’s just at the end of a day.