Seasons in the Midwest can be unpredictable. Sweltering heat, bitter cold, gusting wind, driving rain, boring grey, eerily still. I turned 29 this week and I’m feeling…contemplative. I’m ALMOST THIRTY. While discussing with friends, I decided I still feel 23ish? Old enough to buy a bottle of wine but definitely too young for everything else I’m supposed to handle. While there are no major milestones that happened, Year 28 was super good and super weird. So… what have I been up to? Um, a little bit of everything.
If you’re close to me or follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably gathered that I’m taking some classes and stuff. Long story short, I left my design job at any agency at the end of December. I learned a ton and worked with some really great people along the way, but I needed to make a change. I ignored my unhappiness for a long time and made myself and everyone around me miserable in the process. I felt stuck, frustrated, uninspired, unmotivated, unhappy, unhelpful, un-everything, while following the path I thought others expected of me. Ultimately, I needed to make a change for myself. As a card-carrying member of People Pleasers Forever (definitely going to design something for this), I didn’t have a lot of experience in choosing my own path. The unknown is terrifying, especially for people-pleasing perfectionists (so I hear).
Making this change forced me into action, progress even. I’ve always wanted to try freelancing so I started my own business, Kassel Creative, with the legal and professional counsel of people way smarter than I am. I didn’t know how freelancing would go so I signed up for a few classes, you know, to stay out of trouble. One lecture class, Entrepreneurial Foundations, and one online bootcamp, User Experience Design. And you know what? It’s been awesome. Not entirely what I expected, and definitely not perfect, but awesome all the same. I do not have the rigid structure I once found comfort in but I do have a new appreciation for students, teachers, parents, small business owners, and the list goes.
Every January, I wonder if summer will ever come again. And when I long for sweater weather in August, I know brisk fall days lie ahead. So… what does extreme weather have to do with my professional ramblings? Seasons, man. I always knew exactly what my next move or role was until I didn’t. I never really had or embraced a season of true change, quiet, and discomfort. I still don’t know what my next step is. But I’m okay. Trying something new was not fatal. My biggest take-aways from my Season of Change are that change is almost always good and also that time is going to pass anyway so you may as well do what makes you happy. Year 29 is off to a great start and I do believe summer will show up sooner or later.
Are you on a clear-cut Five-Year Plan or are you wandering through a Season of Change? I hope you’re happy and learning a lot either way!
Oh yes, it’s that time of year when everyone’s talking reflections from last year and goals for next year. I’ve got a lot of each of those, too, but one of my life goals, just generally speaking, is to read as much as possible. This will come as no surprise from the girl who invited her friends to come over and read growing up. (more…)
It’s been a minute, or three years, since I stretched my blogging muscle and I am itching to get back in the swing of things. My old blog “Oh My Heavens” was adorable, and super simple, but I LOVED sharing my favorite things. I am focused on web design these days and decided that a gal who designs websites should probably have a decent digital portfolio of her own. So I finally redesigned my own website. And there was big, blog-sized hole in the navigation bar (and in my heart) so here we are.
Things You Will Find on My Blog
A large part of why I wanted to jump back into blogging was to document and share projects I’m currently working on or have completed. You’ll see anything from wedding invitation suites to envelopes addressed in calligraphy to custom beer labels.
Design inspiration comes to me in so many forms. Colors, signage, packaging, fonts, clothing, photography, patterns, textiles, life events. I love to curate little collections of visuals with like colors, styles, etc. I will be clear about content that I’ve personally created versus images I’ve curated as inspiration.
Trends and Processes
In an attempt to help others or share insight, I may share my design process(es) or trends that I’m seeing/liking. I’m always up for new design techniques or better understanding a concept so I hope to learn a thing or two along the way.
Things You Will Not Find on My Blog
I am a terrible cook and I accepted that fact many years ago. I memorized a couple reliable (and delicious!) cookie recipes that have served me very well. I don’t do crazy food trends or weird diets, thus I will not share step-by-step recipes of food fads. I eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning so I can work in some captivating images of the Maple & Brown Sugar goodness if that peaks your interest.
Um, yeah, this is a design blog. Also, I don’t think one individual’s Facebook status has ever changed another individual’s views on important matters so we’ll stick to weddings and web trends.
I am not an editor or a copywriter. I am, however, an educated individual blogging. For fun. In my free time. Thus, a few grammatical errors may slip through the cracks or I might misspell something in my haste to share my latest breakthrough. My tone will be conversational… and maybe a little sarcastic at times.
OKAY, ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? Thanks so much for checking out my creative space. My design blog is meant to share projects and to document things I like. My design blog is not meant to make any other person feel bad about themselves or “less than” in any way. I’m really, super, way-far-away from perfect so don’t misunderstand pretty pictures or big life events for a perfect life. I might share some personal things, but remember that I’m choosing what I share and keeping the rest (good, bad, or otherwise) private. I don’t intend to share my deepest feelings, give life-changing advice, or complain about trivial things. Heck, my mom might be the only person that ever reads this, and I’m really okay with that. (Love you, mom!) Next time you hear from me, I’ll have something more exciting to look at than a picture of my left shoulder.