I am a Midwestern girl, born and raised in Minnesota. I love the outdoors, being creative, my family, and black lab. I’m a married mother of 3 kids: 19, 16, and 12. I currently work from home part-time as a Website Coordinator for a local company where my husband also works. In my free time, I like to hand letter, create graphics, and hike outdoors (when the weather is nice). I'm writing about life transitions and how to find who I am after a big change in my life.
I spent several months using Lynda.com, Skillshare, following blogs, and getting resources at the library so I could learn all the Adobe programs and study graphic design. I created vectors and printables for fun. I bought books and classes and spent any free time I had learning all I could about graphic design. Still not where I'd like to be, but I can whip up a digital brochure or art print in no time. Unfortunately, graphic design hobbies don't count as a job.
Trying New Things
Opened an Etsy shop selling calendar prints. Tried my hand at self-employment creating workbooks. Taught myself hand lettering and created some art prints. All of these ventures failed and I lost interest. I realized I was dealing with anxiety and depression.
After resisting, I decided to get therapy for my issues. Unfortunately, the counselor and I have since parted ways, so I'm seeking a new therapist. But, I did learn some things about myself in the process and I'm hoping to continue growing and learning with the new therapist.
I quit homeschooling my 3 kids and enrolled them in public school. My oldest daughter graduated. I found myself currently out of a job and out of a role.
I've been blogging on and off for over 15 years, but this current blog came about after wanting to write about the ups and downs of turning 40.
Going Back to School
I considered going back to school for graphic design. It's on hold for now, but something I'd possibly like to do in the future.
Besides working a part-time job from home, driving my kids back and forth to school and appointments, I really have no plans. I'll have a lot of downtime to consider what the next steps will be. I plan on prioritizing my health by exercising every day at the gym and eating better. I also want to get to all my house projects that I haven't been able to do with kids around. But, as far as my future, that's still up in the air.
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