I’ve had a lot of time lately to think about my life and the way I want it to be. I just got out of a dead end job and instead of jumping into the next unfulfilling lifestyle, I’ve decided to take my time to make sure the next step I take is one thats going to make me happy. I’m 90% sure that I’m going to sell off some possessions and go travel for 2 months because it feels like the right thing to do. I’m 27 years old and I have the time to do it. If not now, then I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to take the necessary time off again. I want to experience some new cultures and gain some perspective on life. The goal is to go get inspired and come back with some motivation to live a happy life.
When I was young my mom had a sign that hung in the kitchen that read, “Live Simply.” That has always resonated in me and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do that as well as be financially stable.
I went to school for Graphic Design and since I graduated I’ve had it in my head that landing a full-time gig within a firm is the dream. The more I look at jobs the more I disagree with that. I don’t want to be designing brochures and doing meaningless corporate production work. This obviously isn’t some huge revelation and most designers feel the same way. Its just hard to figure out if you need to sacrifice that creative freedom in order to be financially happy. Through my parents eyes the answer would is that you need to sacrifice everything in order to support yourself or your family. Thats the way it was done when they grew up and I have a lot of respect for it. Fortunately thats not how its done today. People can change careers quickly and new ideas start new businesses everyday. As a designer I haven’t progressed far enough to work for a great company. I still have a lot to learn but at the same time I have a distinct style and talent.
After having the freedom and time to research what I’d like to do I think I’ve found it. There are people out there who start businesses to simply showcase the lifestyle that they live. They take what they love in life and start a small business that brings those things to the community they live in. What could be better then that? Having a space that you share with your friends and family to do what you love to do every day. Then other people come in and appreciate/pay for those things. Thats the dream in my eyes. Thats what I’m going to try to do.