Weekend Notes


Hello All,

So MUCH has happened this week, I don’t even know where to begin. Looking back, I’ve had a very decent posting week and my site views have been ever-increasing! First I shared with you one of my favorite inspiration books of late, “Things We Love” by Kate Spade. On Tuesday I announced the New SearsStyle blog, which my team at sears has worked on for close to a year and on Wednesday. Lastly, we had a guest post from Jewel Syquia Olson, a friend and colleague of mine who wrote about her experiences job hunting right out of school and her revelation that “Having a Job is Crazy”.

Changes at Work

At work, we said hello to our new website and farewell to a really amazing designer, Elena Searcy. Elena is moving to the Los Angeles area with her boyfriend to the sunny California weather and better job opportunities. She and I have bonded over this last year through raising puppies around the same age. Zero joined our little family back in February and she got Marzipan the Frenchie a few months after that. We also have enjoyed many a lunches together shopping like ninjas on our 30 minute breaks or grabbing food and eating outside when the weather was nice. Elena is a very talented and strong designer and has taught me so much. She will be missed.

Thoughts On the Future

With all the change, this week brought a lot of thoughts about the future. I have no idea why, but all of a sudden I feel I need to plan out the rest of the year. I think it coincides with the summer almost being over and Jeremy starting back up at school. He has only a year left until he’s done with his Master’s program and as I look around me, I’m worried I haven’t DONE enough with my time here.

Sure, it’s been an adventure, but have I learned enough to come back to San Francisco and get into a design agency? I’m not so sure. I realized after interviewing with Critical Mass that I have spent the last three years on marketing and identity and have barely any UI design to put my name to. So coming down the pike, there will be a lot of posts about my plans. I’ve begun to develop my vision for the next year, next two years and next five years, leaving a lot of room for change of course, but I realized that If I don’t think about what I want a year from now, then I most certainly wont GET it by leaving it up to fate.

Going Camping!

This weekend we will be going camping in Michigan again. I’m excited to get away from a computer screen for a while and just enjoy the last stress free weekend for Jeremy before he goes back to school. Zero is all healed from getting neutered and finally his cough has stopped. The weather should be perfect and we’ll be on the water so hopefully we’ll get some shots of Zero swimming.

Have a wonderful and refreshing weekend everyone.

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    16 August, 2013 at 9:47 am
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  • Loving your blog these days!

    16 August, 2013 at 11:09 am
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  • Thanks Matt! How are you?

    18 August, 2013 at 2:17 pm
  • I’m pretty good. Just trying to survive. How are you doing? I must say your blog is so insightful and relevant. I really like reading and relating!

    19 August, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • Thanks so much! I’m pretty much doing the same that you are: surviving. I know I should feel lucky that im employed and paid decently, but my position right now just makes me feel so undervalued. I struggle daily keeping my composure because I’m in that scenario where they’ve forced me to be an order taker instead of a designer. My blog is one of my few outlets that I can truly be creative.

    19 August, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • I know how you feel. That was one of my main problems with working in the corporate setting. I really need to have my creative freedom. Luckily, you are doing the time, so that soon enough you will be designing full force. It’s difficult moving up when you need the experience, but I’m glad you have created a space for you to really express yourself.

    20 August, 2013 at 12:50 pm