I started this blog about a year and a half ago in June 2014 while I was still working remotely for a company in San Francisco. It seemed the work from home life would be perfect for me, I could make my own schedule, work from cute little coffee shops, and learn anything I wanted to in between projects. While all that was true, it got a bit isolating sometimes not having an office to drive to, or teammates to ask a random questions, or anyone to collaborate with. Design started to become a little less fun when I was all by myself. This blog was my way of making design fun again, a way to show what I make in my free time, and a place to share the little things I learn each day in the business of creativity. It went on hold for a little bit when I began looking for a job in an office to stimulate that collaborative itch I was having. Looking for a job is a full time job.
I started my search in August 2014 and stumbled upon a small startup in Venice Beach called Omaze. They raise money for good causes by having fans donate for a chance to win cool experiences with celebrities. The interview process was long and when they finally offered me the job, I started to doubt giving up the work-from-home life. Change is always nerve racking for me and I started rethinking what it would be like to give up all that freedom. I also didn’t want to give up on the possibility that in the future if I wanted to move up to the Bay Area to actually work in the Visual.ly office, I could. My husband and I planned to have a baby in a year and a half so moving close to my family seemed ideal for when that happened.
After some negotiating and a lot of back and forth in my head, I decided to take the job and see where it might take me. After all, it was the coolest concept for a company I had heard of yet. The same day I accepted the job, I found out I was pregnant. Oh, crap…that was a bit earlier than expected!
Long story short, the last year and a half has been filled a lot of distractions. Trying to impress the new bosses while secretly vomiting in the office bathroom, then waddling around with an extra 40 pounds on my tummy (and ass) trying to find motivation to get my day job done while fearing the inevitable parenthood that lurked before me, and thereafter, navigating the stresses and joys of being a new mom to the cutest little boy I’ve ever laid eyes on. Pregnancy was tough (I was sick for 6 months of it), giving birth was hard, post-partum hormones were excruciating and so was the sleep deprivation. But I can’t even express in words how much its all worth it. I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been to work hard for my passion, to provide for my family, to show my son that he can do anything he wants in the world. The happiness that he ignites in me actually gives me more creative inspiration than ever before.
So as busy as full time working motherhood is, I hope to make design fun again with a few posts here and there to inspire you as well….or at least share a little bit of fun.