Hello again! It's been quite some time since I've posted anything on here. February 10, to be exact. I'm sure you're dying to hear what I've been up to. Your wish is my command!
So what's been going on since February? Some pretty huge things, actually. I turned 24, my wife and I had a third child, our oldest turned 3, we celebrated our 4 year anniversary, I passed the one year freelancing milestone, I've started making websites for clients, we began/continued a major kitchen and dining room renovation, and I updated my logo and website. Perhaps most importantly, I've grown out my mustache so I can wax it and we bought a new TV. Big time stuff.
Basically everything's been a big jumble of work, kids, celebrating/despairing, incomplete projects, and learning. It's been awesome. If I were to distill all that stuff down, I think 'growth' would be the best summary of the past few months and, indeed, the past year. Allow me to fill you in...
First things first: work. I've had the pleasure of working with several new clients recently on a variety of interesting projects.
SparkStory Wedding Cinema - You can see a smidgen of the work I did in my portfolio. I got to work with Joe on a new logo, website, and the packaging materials for the finished films. He's working on getting all the packaging made, so I'll share that later.
Shruti Fort Wayne - I recently completed a new website for Shruti, an Indian cultural organization here in the Fort. They help raise awareness for and celebrate Indian/Southeast Asian culture through performing arts. Pretty cool stuff.
Family Service Society - After creating the 2014 annual report for FSSI they asked me to work on several other projects, including a domestic violence campaign, event invitations, and an illustration for a school bus window cling. Look for a complete FSSI portfolio section soon.
Miscellaneous - I've done a variety of smaller projects as well. I partnered with HeBrews Fort Wayne, a local music venue, to make gig posters (you can see a few of them in Print). The logo I did for Brimstone, a friend's fire protection business, was recently revealed. I got to create a full wedding invitation suite for a couple in California. My brother-in-law, the coach for a high school cross country team, contacted me about creating new team shirts and I happily obliged. I've been all over the map in terms of projects and it's been a delight.
That's just a brief summary of what's been going on in my work life. There are some potentially big things in the works for the near future, but I can't divulge any details yet. I've definitely grown as I've worked on these projects, especially in trying my hand at illustration and web design, and I'll definitely be stretched even more if the aforementioned "big things" come to fruition in the coming months. I'm pretty stoked!
Even in my personal life, which I've learned is inextricably tangled up with my work life in a beautiful way, I've been stretched. The past year has been terrifying and exhilarating all at once. On one hand, the freedom and joy of self-employment! On the other, the cruel fist of the realities of small business ownership. Working from home! Self-employment taxes. Setting my own hours and finding my own clients! Trying to keep those hours and actually FINDING the clients.
An interesting and terrifying duality, to be sure. I wouldn't have made it without my wife and kids, and our family and friends looking out for us. I've grown as a daddy as we adjust to a third child and what appears to be toddler puberty in the other two. I've grown as a husband as I support my wife in this crazy new life, especially when she's been sick and I've had to take over her duties. I can now say with absolute authority that she kicks butt and I'd be hosed without her. I've even grown as a handyman, doing plumbing, refrigerator repair, drywalling, and other things for which I'm completely unqualified.
I kinda make all of this sound unappealing, but it's been exactly the opposite. I think I can safely say that the past year has been one of the best of my life. I've done the most fulfilling work of my (admittedly short) career, and I've seen it directly affect my life in a way I never quite did when I was a regular employee. The highs and lows have been extreme, but they've created a wonderful balance that's made everything seem sweeter.
So there you have it. An incomplete and inadequate description of my first year of freelancing (plus the past few months). This isn't how I envisioned my life would be even two years ago, but I thank God every day for blessing me with this life. I wouldn't change a single thing.
Except maybe eating less fast food. Alas.