As many of you know, I've relocated back to Kansas City after more than five years in Chicago. I felt on top of the world there. I had the greatest friends available at a moment's notice, a seemingly wonderful job that kept me housed and fed week after week, and the lights of the city to keep my eyes bright and focused on a great future. But, within a mere couple months, everything had changed. My job fared to be more of an illusion than a promise. Raises, bonuses, and promotions did not exist within the company, so there was never really an opportunity for advancement in pay or position. The dynamic of the office changed when my boss was let go, and I had decided long before that if he were ever to leave, voluntarily or not, I would leave as well. I toughed it out for a while longer, but made the final decision to move home, back to my dad who had been in and out of the doctors for a recurring condition, my brother who needed me to cheer him on at his baseball games, and my mom who needed me, in general. I needed them, and so, I returned to Kansas City, but I was hopeful.
"Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try"
I was so certain that I could find a job just as good as the one I had left, but as time went on, I slowly learned that most positions are looking for seniority--an already established designer with many, many years under their belt. I didn't have that, but I felt I had a strong portfolio. I had worked on amazing projects in Chicago, meeting incredible people along the way. So, I didn't let my mere three years of experience keep me down. I went for it. I applied to any and every creative job in the city. After all, I had moved back to a place that offered variety and opportunity with each new day. I could do anything I wanted!
Finally, I received a call from one of the prospective employers who asked that I meet for an interview, which ended in a job. I finally had a job again! Honestly, it felt great and it was exciting at first, trying new things, meeting new people, and traveling. It seemed all too perfect at first. Soon after, though, reality began to sink in and I realized how much this job had put a strain my body, my car, my living space, and even my family, for my time at home after the work day was filled with even more work. I felt like work was my life! But, then I got the first paycheck and I didn't feel fairly compensated for the true effort I had given. Eventually, I had convinced myself that it was okay to walk away from this job, especially since it is only a part-time seasonal position. I needed something more challenging and fulfilling for my creative self. So, there I stood, back at square one. A place all too familiar from just a few months before.
I updated my resumes and online portfolios to send out to anyone for consideration. A couple had called back for an interview, but there was not a promise of follow-through, so I was left with several "don't call us, we'll call you" messages. Sigh. I can feel better knowing I give my full 100% for every project or job I am with, so I can only believe that all of this simply wasn't meant to be. But, I knew that I had to do something, so I'm taking a chance. I'm trying something I've only thought about for so long, but haven't had the opportunity to fully pursue.
I feel as though the stars have aligned for me to announce this: I have started my own creative studio, Sevenelle Creative. I'm giving myself a job and a reason to be busy during the day. I'm taking my professional future into my own hands and working on the skills that need sharpening. I invite you to explore the website, sevenellecreative.com, and remember Sevenelle for all of your creative needs. Sevenelle offers custom invitations, announcements, thank you's, RSVP's, menus, business cards, logo identity & branding, websites, and so much more. This may have been an entirely promotional piece, but for good reason. I don't have a job, so I'm giving myself one. I'm working hard to see that my dreams can come true while helping others achieve their ideal vision for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, graduations, or anything deemed a special occasion. It's your special day, you deserve only the best!
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