I decided, at the beginning of the year, I’d attempt to be more proactive when it came to taking care of things. I’d no longer pass by piles of stuff, I’d make sure my consignment sheets stayed up to date, I’d file regularly and I’d take better care of my checkbook. So far, so good. I actually take a few minutes to put away things and take care of those tedious chores. I’ve also decided to tackle a few projects I never anticipated.

When I left Ozarks Public Television (OPT) in March of 2000, I had no employment plan. All I knew was I was burned out on being a graphic designer and had no intention of doing it again. Well, never say never. As you know, an opportunity presented itself and I’m currently teaching myself InDesign so I can design a show catalog for the Enamelist Society. It’s actually an interesting project, even if I’m driving myself crazy with self-imposed deadlines for learning it. The layout language has come back to me quite easily, and I understand the program, but it’s complicated. Good thing is that I know I won’t have to master every aspect of the program in order to complete the catalog. Plus, I have some good friends in the printing industry who have offered to help me when I have questions.

That being said, I’ve also come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to make a move in my job. I just don’t feel challenged and I want to work somewhere I can learn from people who know more about marketing and design than I do. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of things about my job. I work with some great people, the clothing is gorgeous and the customers are really nice. I just need more of a challenge.

I’m not throwing metalsmithing aside, however. I am trying to push myself in that area as well, but am not having as much success. I keep reminding myself of the advice Steve and Sarah gave me to make things for myself and the rest will follow. I’m currently working on some new ideas while I fill gaps in my inventory – which I took since it needed to be done!

Work is hard to find and I know there are great, talented, experienced people out there who haven’t found a job despite their best efforts. I’m thankful I have a job, but if anyone needs a part-time designer/marketing person, just give me a call.

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