Farewell 2018, Hello 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone celebrated the new year and that the upcoming 2019 is amazing for you!

My word for 2018 isĀ Transition since there were so many changes. I went from working in New York City with GaryVee to working in Boulder on small business projects and freelance. I had a physical transition when I got a breast reduction. The change to a smaller chest size affected not only me physically but mentally. I didn’t realize I had a little body dysmorphia and that lot of my self-esteem was intertwined with it. I went into that operation thinking I’d just have a new wardrobe and less back pain. Instead, I got this body positivity I didn’t think I needed and from that, it’s been snowballing into other areas. I’m less likely to run away from a camera these days and notice that my critiques of photos of myself have changed. Instead of being critical about my body it’s things I can fix like I need work on my posture or that angle probably wasn’t the best so you should try this instead. It changed me physically but also mentally and the benefits are still being found as I continue to adjust to the change.

During my downtime, while recovering from the surgery a lot of thinking went on and I realized there are some changes I need. Although I love the world of design for social media it’s not where I want to focus. I’ve been saying “I love motion graphics” and dawning the label but a lot of the animated work has been personal projects instead of a career focus. I have many interests in the art & design world which led me to become more of a generalist. Although great for growth in skills and interest, I’d like to double down and focus in 2019.

With renewed focus, I am working on new projects and approaching my 2019 with a mindset shift. Being young in my motion graphics career I’m looking to go in-house or to an agency so I can learn more about that world. I’m somewhere between a jr position and an intern level since I have some skills but don’t quite know everything I’m doing and I’m excited to learn more this year. With that comes a new website launch, reel, resume, and some branding refreshes. I’ll be posting about that in the next few days as the rebrand launches.

I’m bringing back blog updates here. I have some tutorials I’ve been sitting on. I’d like to give away some knowledge. Being a generalist has led to having a lot of Adobe program knowledge so I’d like to do some tutorials including Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign…etc. I have a ton of resources I need to stop hoarding and share so that will be coming. I also miss Animation Inspiration since it forced me to stay up to date with animation trends so will bring that back too.

Sidenote, if you were a fan of my short stories on here I’ll throw those in occasionally but I might rehome to Medium after I’ve edited and polished them. Since this blog was really more of a “stream of consciousness” journal the last few years I have to do some housekeeping.

I am continuing several projects I started in December. I’m working on an educational series since I have a love for learning. If anyone remembers a Twitter poll about ASMR, Blockchain, Birds of Prey, and Books…that’s this project. I’ve been researching, writing scripts, and planning out some short video animations. I will be releasing some animated explainers on topics as the year goes by. This is all for personal projects so not sure what the timeline will be yet. Will keep you updated as I move forward on that.

I do have one thing you can help me on, and that is to keep me accountable. Please check in and ask what happened to a project if there hasn’t been an update. Is there something you were looking forward to that I didn’t do? Ask me about it. If there are things you want to learn as the tutorials begin please ask. I want to make this more collaborative than I have in the past and celebrate learning in 2019. Also if you need some accountability let me know since I love checking in and finding out what everyone is up to!

Wrapping up this long post. Thank you for reading if you made it this far. It’s a long winded update and mostly about my goals for this year as well as a farewell to 2018. I’m sure you all have things you want to focus on in this new year and I’m excited to see how your resolutions progress! Thank you for being here and I look forward to posting updates as I focus on 2019 and transition out of 2018.