This past year was equally amazing as it was difficult. It was my first full year as a solo freelancer and I couldn’t be more thankful for where I’m at on this little adventure of mine. Navigating through almost 600 inquiries and a couple dozen large client projects + collaborations was all fulfilling, stressful, and eye-opening. I constantly have to pinch myself that this is my job – I feel so blessed to be doing what I love at such a young age.
Although I don’t like to reflect on hard times, I believe 100% that we can learn so much from them and move forward. Being that this was my first full year of freelancing, I worked longer days than I should have ( in our tiny apartment ) and didn’t leave much wiggle room for myself all in the name of being able to afford a sustainable life. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I felt confident enough to slow down just a bit, which has lifted a whole lot of stress. At the same time, though, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without this past year of hard work. Part of me will always work just a little too much. With that said, I was able to make GREAT connections, raise my prices slightly ( to work less ), and collaborate with talented individuals I respect so much.
Looking forward ( 2013 & beyond ), I’ve discovered a few things about myself + my business. The theme of simplicity has crept up so much that it’s become a theme in all areas of my life. Instead of taking on too many new ideas, I want to focus. Design will always be my number one and I’ve been taking steps towards my ultimate goal : opening up a collaborative studio with a few talented designers. This is absolutely just a pretty sparkling future thought for now, but it propels me forward each and every day. With that said, I started learning to let go of some other things this year, coding + development being the biggest. Outside work, I would like to continue focusing on living a simple life … spending as much time with family / friends, travelling, and enjoying what I’ve been blessed with.
2013 is going to be a good year – I can feel it in my bones. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to give this new year a whirl!