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?).

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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.

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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?

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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.


12 Responses

  • Nada

    Thank you for sharing with us!

  • The Man

    Amazing insight to an amazing woman. “Do what you love. Love what you do” – the mantra we all should live by. xo

  • Kate

    Heehee…. I’m a lurker, and may not appear on your stats since I’m subscribed on the feeds BUT I’m so glad I stumbled into your blog a few months ago. I enjoy every single post. *hugs* Happy 2011!!

  • Thanks for sharing – you are super talented and inspriring and i love reading. quitting must have taken some guts. happy new year!

  • Jo

    I didn’t get a chance to read this yesterday, so I’m a little late to the party.
    I didn’t realise I don’t think that you had given up work and started Akimbo so recently.
    It’s also nice to discover ‘The Man’ has a name.. hello Ryan. ;o)
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the blog [esp NZ] and wish you everything you’d wish yourself in the New Year.
    Hopefully you are sleeping off a hangover about now.. we still have a couple of hours to go.
    Here’s to a great 2011..
    Jo xx

  • I came across your blog (just now!!) and think it’s really great – though I may be biased because I, too, am an atypical type a and love Pantone-colored dresses :-) You’re absolutely right in that blogs open you up to a world of quirky designers, et cetera, and it’s great to find people who are easy to relate to.

    I’ve recently started my own small graphic/website design business as well, though it’s still in the early ‘not my day job’ stages. Congratulations on making the leap to be bold and fearless in starting your own business – and going at it full time!! Best of luck to you in the new year, and you can definitely count me in as a new stat! 😉

  • I just found your blog through Houz!! I am so glad that I did. I so enjoyed reading this post and now I am off to peruse your interesting and thoughtful blog,Kathysue

  • Thank you everyone for your sweet comments!

    Kate, I’m glad you’ve decided to come out of the woodwork :)

    Steff, always great to “meet” likeminded souls. Good luck with your business!

    Thanks for stopping by, Kathysue, I hope you enjoy reading.

  • The Man

    Hey Jo! Nice to meet you! 😛

    I’m pretty sure my name has come up before.

    Just shows you’re not obsessive enough in reading and noticing details. Tsk tsk! LOL /ridiculous amount of sarcasm

  • Jo

    I do try not to be COD, er ODC I mean OCD.
    But I can’t promise, twitch, twitch. ;o)

  • Thanks for sharing your story – as a graphic designer currently setting up a wedding stationery business here in the UK I found it really interesting. Best of luck for 2011 – I love your designs btw. 😀

    • Thanks Dear Evie, the best of luck to you!

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