I used to have so many regrets and beat myself up about some of the decisions I’ve made regarding a career. I would obsess (and still do sometimes) about how I would do things differently or at least just faster. I’ve always been extremely jealous of people who knew what they wanted to do at a young age.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
But the good news is, I’m finally in a place where I’m actually happy things haven’t been easy and I didn’t take a direct path to where I am now. This journey, with a million forks in the road (even before I started design), has forced me to really figure out what I want to do, rather than just settle for a job title.
I’m also learning that there’s really no end to this process. I’ll need to continually redefine the kind of design work I do…
Up to this point, I’ve created my own little niche where I do graphic design and write about interior design. Working from behind the computer makes me really happy, which is a little weird. I never thought this is where I’d end up.
The difficult part about creating my own dream job is that I can’t just go on a job search site and find a listing. It’s a little harder to find work that fits a specific niche. For now, I found a day job doing what I enjoy, which is design writing, social media and photo styling. This job helps fund my freelance design life.
I’m not sure how my work is going to evolve or redefine itself from here, but I’m happy with the niche I’ve carved out for myself.
What have been your career challenges along the way?