Without a doubt, this has been the most amazing and eventful year of my life.
The rut to end all ruts
At the beginning of the year, I was stuck in a soulless advertising job, that at the end of each day left me feeling like if I’d stayed in bed I would have made as much difference in the world. I felt the creativity, life and motivation being sucked out of me as I watched my goal of being a senior designer at a leading studio fading. (Eek, getting a bit teary here, that’s a blogging first for me.) I had not been successful – not for lack of trying, I assure you – in landing a more engaging job that would put my career back on track.
Meanwhile I had also been planning our wedding and, as a graphic designer, I had spent an inordinant amount of time thinking about our invitations. I was already the invitation go-to-girl amongst family and friends (and a handful of clients) but it wasn’t til I immersed myself in all things wedding- and stationery-related that I discovered my passion for it. I started sketching out designs and toying around with the idea of developing it into a nice little side business (after all, I was still wanted to be a corporate graphic designer with a day job, right?).
The turning point
The turning point was when I actually started feeling relieved when I received the rejection phone call after interviews. I had already started the business (and blog) by that stage, but it was at this point that I began lots of serious discussions with The Man (my amazingly supportive husband Ryan without whom I absolutely could not have done this) and kicked the planning into overdrive to make it my full-time job. I quit my job in June and haven’t looked back! To anyone thinking of starting their own business, I don’t recommend doing it while you’re in the midst of organising a wedding: it was in. sane. But it was definitely a now-or-never situation for me and despite the sleepless nights, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Starting the blog
While I’m getting all uncharacteristically D&M on you, I don’t think I ever really explained my motivation behind starting Atypical Type A, despite the fact that I’m quite a private person and thought that blogging and social media was kind of self-absorbed. From a young age, I’ve been passionate about decorating and creating and it went to another level when I bought my first home with The Man two and a half years ago. I was trying to work out some way of keeping a record of my home improvement projects as I find it really helpful, when I’m feeling frustrated at a lack of progress, to be able to look back at how far we’ve actually come. Around the same time, I discovered blogs (oh! how did I ever live without you?). I couldn’t believe it! There were all these people out there who got me. People who got excited about the same things I did, things that would cause the eyes of most people I know to glaze over. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that my friends have such varied interests and perspectives, it makes for a richer life, but sometimes you want to talk to someone who’ll understand your excitement at your new Eames DSWs or describe your new dress as being Pantone 485.
Anyway, I had been getting bucketloads of inspiration from all of these amazing wedding and decorating blogs. But I had been all take, take, take and really wanted to give something back. Gawd, that sounds awfully cliched doesn’t it? But it’s true, and I figured if the efforts of some talented but still just regular person like me had inspired someone across the world then why couldn’t I?
My point (and I do have one)
This is all a very long-winded (I swear I didn’t intend to write this much!) back-story to my point. Thank you sincerely, dear reader, for taking the time to make Atypical Type A a part of your day and for your encouragement and lovely comments. And to the lurkers (you can’t hide, I can see you on my stats!) I also want to thank you for reading.
This year I have married the love of my life, gotten over my shyness to start writing a blog and quit a stable job to become my own boss. This year brought a lot of uncertainty, stress and hard work, but it has also been so rewarding and I feel so lucky. Thank you for letting me share it with you.