I've got some news!
2017 is going to start off with a new job for me. It's within the same organization I've been working for for two and a half years, the Horizon Achievement Centre, in Sydney, NS. I'm going to be taking on the position of Job Developer/Trainer, for adults with intellectual disabilities in the CBRM (which is the clientele that Horizon serves). I'll be working with a small team of another Job Developer, and an Employment Counselor, both also relatively-young women like myself, to find work placements for Horizon's clients, as well as support them in their jobs.
While I'm still passionate about graphic design, and about someday being self-employed, if I'm honest, I'm really excited about this shift in my career!
It's a chance for me to learn lots of new stuff about the local labour market and business scene, as well as to do more to help people with disabilities reach their full potential (which is something I've become passionate about, because of working at Horizon these last two years). Not only that, but it's also a chance for me to practice Essentialism: Pick one thing and go all in on it. In other words: Make the most impact you can through one thing, rather than try and go in several directions at once.
So (deep breath here!) that means I'm putting my business "on ice" for the next year. I haven't been very busy with it anyway, as I've been working full time for the last two years at Horizon, and haven't had much spare time. And to be honest, working full time and managing (or attempting to manage) a side job is a lot of work, and can be difficult. My personal and home life has felt uncomfortably squeezed these last two years while I juggled work, my wee business, and some volunteering, and I'm so ready to give it (my personal/home life, that is) more energy, attention and love.
What this means for anyone who was hoping to hire me to do design work: Thank you for considering me for your project, but for the next year I'm not taking on new clients. Do feel free, though, to get in touch and I would be happy to recommend designers.
What this means for this blog and for my website: Not too much will change, but I will be playing around with blogging more personal things and perhaps a bit more regularly. I also want to play with some personal creative projects, making things just for my own joy of making them, not for a client. I feel like this will make me want to blog more, actually!
So, I hope you'll continue to follow along with me and my journey. I'm so appreciative of your support, and interest. It means a great deal to me.
With love, and wishing you peace and joy for the Holidays,
See you in 2017!