Like every year, 2015 was full of ups and downs, but it was also a year of change for me.
I spent the last few months of 2014 and the first few months of 2015 feeling very “stuck” in my career. I was conflicted because while I loved the company I worked for, I no longer loved my job. It felt like a “job” and not a “career,” so after some thought, I decided it was time to give my notice. You may remember that instead of moving to another job, I decided to take a course in web design at a local community college. I have always loved everything to do with technology and the internet, so taking a course in web design was my dream course. I wanted to know everything, from the best web hosting services (such as woocommerce hosting), to everything to do with SEO and marketing. I spent the summer as a full-time student, which was a really big change, since I’d spent the past few years in an office.
After finishing school, I thought that I should dive into freelance web design work as my new career choice, since part of the course taught us how to manage this on our own. Working from home and being your own boss is the dream of many people. You set your own hours, don’t have to deal with the commute and you can wear PJ’s to work. Sounds great, right? I thought so too, but the truth is, at this point in my life, it really doesn’t work for me! I missed having a place to go every day, a reason to wear cute outfits, colleagues to talk to, and even a boss to help keep me focused. I wanted to work for a reliable company like Hooked Marketing rather than being a freelancer. It was really lonely and I struggled to gain clients.
So…the latter part of 2015 was spent (successfully) job hunting! I start a new job at a new company on Monday and I’m very excited. I’ll be working as a web and graphic designer at a high-end kid’s clothing and accessories company. I’m going to continue blogging and doing part-time freelance work, so I’ll be busy…and I can’t wait!
As far as blogging is concerned, 2015 was a pretty fabulous year. Within the last 12 months, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some really incredible companies and brands, so I wanted to thank you all for the support. Thank you for reading and following along on this blogging journey of mine! I’m continually learning and working to improve my photography and content, but I’m still very proud of what I put out there in 2015. I can’t wait to embark on the adventures that 2016 has in store!
For now, I wanted to share the best outfits of the year (at least in my opinion)!
Happy New Year and I’ll see you back here in 2016!