Exactly this time last year, I was devastated, reeling from a 5 year relationship that came to an end* but not devastated as person. Although at the time I was relishing in the sorrow of it all.
Fast forward a year, now I'm in new city and new job, where I'm still adjusting but finding that it's exactly what I need for now. It's an opportunity where I get to travel overseas, to work directly with vendors, learn the ins and outs of wholesale that I've never experienced, be scared shitless almost everyday and the two most important learnings: 1. Being a part in developing younger designers has been the most rewarding aspect of the job and 2. I'm finding my own true aesthetic.
1. My mom always prayed that I would become an elementary teacher- I wanted to vomit when she suggested that to me...well, because, I have little patience and aside from one teacher, I sort of hated all my elementary teachers. Come to find out is that, I do like "teaching" but more so being challenged and learning from them and passing along the skills others have so graciously shared with me. What I hope my designers learn from me, is to love and respect design and that character is the most important asset to have in life and, especially, the workplace. I wonder if my two mentors really know how much I think of them and will always be grateful for their encouragement, ethics and passions that they instilled in me.
2. Being part of a new brand brings up questions that working in established brands were rarely brought up and it's made me re-think who I am. What do I stand for? What do I lean towards... beyond what the job requires...who am I?
I'm someone who loves simplicity, respects natural materials, the magic of geometry and the past. It's who I am and proud to be.
Timing is everything and I needed to be here to find out those things about myself. The space and time to create and design for myself. Here's to 2016, you've been a real wild one... I wonder what 2017 will bring....
*The ex is a pretty rad, wish him the best and I hope he thinks/wishes the same of me.