What's next?

Monday, June 21, 2010

With this life altering move creeping up on me, I have been thinking a lot about what I should do next. I have created my own little business {key word -- little}, but I feel like I am ready for something bigger and to be quite honest, I need to make more money. I love the people I work with and I do not want to give up blog design. I would just love for my blog design business to be my on the side business. I have felt this way for a while now.

I have a lot of dreams and what feels like a ton of options. I am sure some of the things I will mention in this post aren't really options, but I do think about them. We all know how well I do with decision making, so I am {surprise, surprise} completely overwhelmed.

I have always wanted my own stationery/print line. I had a line of handmade cards that I sold in a few local shops years ago, but wouldn't want to design handmade cards again {way too time consuming}. I know nothing about letterpress, but having a letterpress line like this one has been a dream of mine for a long time. I wonder if I could get a position with Snow and Graham. They are located in Chicago, so maybe that's a sign. I cannot imagine having a really successful print line and feel like there isn't much of a chance of that happening.

I think about taking design classes all the time. I majored in Sociology and feel like I have a lot to learn.

I would love to open up my own little shop. Something kind of like Paper Source, but different. That store is the closest comparison I have to what I want to do. I can't go in to details, because I don't need anyone taking my ideas. This is a little too scary considering where the economy is right now, but it is on my dream list.

I also have another idea but can't tell you what it is. The few friends that know about it love it, but it would require a significant amount of start-up capital. Too scary.

I would love to write a book. I actually wrote a series of childrens books years ago {they need lots of fine tuning} but they are kind of cute. We'll see. Not that I believe in such things, but I once saw a psychic who told me that I would be published one day. Whatever.

I know nothing about photography, but would love to learn more. I definitely wouldn't mind doing a few photo shoots each month, but know that I have a lot to learn first. I would also love to learn to make actions and textures. The thought of that overwhelms me more than the thought of designing digital scrapbook kits overwhelmed me a year ago. I am trying to convince myself that if I try I can do it, because I was sure that I'd never learn to design scrapbook kits, and we know how that turned out.


The digital scrapbook line is the perfect side business. It's fun and sales are slowly increasing each month! I am going to work on promoting this line a bit more {with a newsletter, sales, ads, etc} and we'll see how that goes. If this line can grow, that would be amazing. I have basically been doing next to nothing, so I'm sure promoting would help. Scrap Matters recently assigned a mentor to me to help with these things {very exciting}.

I almost went to FIDM to study interior design years & years ago, but wasn't ok with paying all that money to end up with a 2 year degree. I also really doubted that I could do it {still do}. I think I have a pretty good eye and I like to think I have good taste, but doubt that I can actually put things together. Maybe working as an assistant/intern would help. I don't know. It is something I have always loved.

The OCD side of me thought I would become a professional organizer. I can organize anything. Back in high school when I first met my friend Jaclyn, I went over to her house, walked in to her room, and told her the setup was all wrong. I ended up rearranging all her furniture that day and it looked so much better once I was done. Whenever I walk into a space, I look at how it can be more functional and disorganized spaces drive me crazy. If I showed you my bedroom right now you would not believe that I was an organized person, but I really am. I've been sick, so it doesn't count. I feel like organizing could lead to some design, too. Something to consider.

I always thought event planning would be fun, but most events are on the weekends, and I don't want to work weekends so that's out.

I loved working in entertainment, and my old bosses are planning on putting me on their next project. If it went well and I could take on a few films each year, that would be amazing. I loved that job, and was good at it. Still so sad that the last project didn't work out, but it wasn't meant to be. I would be thrilled to work for them again, and divide myself between entertainment, blog/graphic design, and maybe a little photography & home organization, too. I am all about having 5 different jobs. I get bored pretty easily, so I'd love to mix things up a little bit. After the huge let down a few weeks ago, I am doubtful that this will actually happen, but I would be thrilled if it did.

I thought about getting a license {or whatever it is I would need} to teach spin classes {or something else} because even though I wouldn't make much, I would be getting paid to work out, would likely get a free membership, and I would literally have to work out. Seems productive & efficient enough. I also used to think about becoming a personal trainer/nutritionist.

I feel like I am not cut out for a 9-5 job working for someone else, but have lots of moments where I think I am kidding myself thinking that I can make it on my own. I know if I had to do it I could since I have done it before, but I really don't want to work for someone else. I always think about finding a more traditional job because I love the idea of benefits etc... but then I think that I should give myself a little more time since my business is still relatively new. I want to give one {or more} of these options a try, but it's a little overwhelming. My plan is to figure all this out by the time I'm 30. I have 2 years and {just under} 3 months. Time to get moving.

Am I the only person that has thought about having a million different careers?

Do you have a dream job? Do you already have your dream job?


  1. Exciting things ahead for you girl. Excited for this next chapter in your life!! :)

  2. You are inspiring and so motivated! I am your age and wish I was only as smart as you. I would love to design like you can and I want to take do graphic design and try to teach myself but have no idea where to get the knowledge or tools to do so. For example, I would love to give my blog a make over and I have tried with simple things such as making a header or a button or even making 3 columns (which was a #fail) but you have a dream job:) I want to take classes to learn but am not sure where to look-or what they would even be called?!

    You have vision. You have drive. You WILL make it. At my brother's college graduation a couple of weeks ago a great commencement speaker said to make it you must have "Vision. Drive. Passion. And-you MUST take RISKS." This woman was amazing. I believe that you are going to do just that. You will take risks.
    Try to be patient. It will all come in time. I know it is hard because I am having the same difficulties.


  3. I think you can honestly do anything you put your mind to... And creating a business that could incorporate a few of your interests at the same time could keep you from boredom/burnout. Like an interior design/organization business... If you had a store you could also sell your own stationery or custom invitations.

    Dream big girl, and cast your net wide.

  4. I'm just the same. I work a few jobs and I LOVE it. I did the office 9-5 thing and it's not for me. It just depresses me when people say on a Monday that they can't wait for Friday, or it's 10am and they can't wait for 5pm. I love keeping busy doing a bunch of different things! Glad you have so many options!! :)

  5. I agree you'll figure out what fits you! It all sounds very exciting though for you! I know other companies I've loved for their creative designs are paperchase and liberty of London, such cute paper designs. If you like organizing I'm sure you've read RealSimple magazine. That seems like a really fun magazine to work for, it has so much! I know I have my dream career working as a physical therapist helping people but I agree that would like to someday own my own business and create something special! Good luck with the road ahead!

  6. This is kind of creepy but I've been working on a "small" business idea myself to make money since I can't work anywhere and It kind of sort of has to do with stationery, i'm sure it's completely different then you I just think it's totally creepy in a really funny way ..hahahaha I'm feeling the pressure right now to start something because I need to find a way to bring some money in since my savings is nearly completely shot and we still have to pay rent for the year..hurrrrayyyy (not so much) anyways I'm feeling more creative than ever right now because I Have to be LOL!!!

    I hope your Chicago planning is going well, you must be soo excited!

  7. the biggest dream i've had for my life was to be a mom...but in my life BC {Before Child!} I had dream careers of organizing, owning a scrabook and gift wrap store {to be called scrappin' and wrappin'}, be a party planner, a caterer, so many things. Being a teacher was my dream for a long time, now I've done it for 14 years. It has a lot of perks, but sadly I think I've lost my creative edge. It is very comforting to have good benefits and a regular paycheck!!

    I think you could possibly make $ by teaching blog design...I mean teaching amateur people the basics and then you could build from there to more difficult designs and stuff. There may be a way to do it online? Not sure if that is something you are interested in. I guess it could be stressful trying to work with so many people..mainly women :) and trying to teach them something! ha!

  8. I do love my job, but it's still a job. We seem to overlap interests a lot. I work in entertainment and coincidentally throw lots of events for work. I LOVE organizing and blogging and would like nothing more than to take web design and photography courses. How did you get started with those two, I'd love to hear.

  9. Wow, you have so many options! Well, of course that is me looking from the outside in. You would be good at any of those things, and soon enough, you will find the perfect fit.

    When I was in college, I wanted to be an adoption worker. I did my internship as one and loved it, but life had other plans when we decided to start a family. I knew that there was no way I could go back to work, so I stay home with my son. It's not glamorous, but it is totally rewarding and I love every minute of it.