Man what a week! Between starting a new job, finishing up another, working on an intense freelance project, and life in general, I haven't had time to catch my breath. Finally, it's Friday with a long, relaxing holiday weekend ahead. Chris and I will be spending Sunday at the beach, and in between I plan on working in the garden, finishing up Bossypants, hitting up some garage sales, and spending as much time outside as I possibly can.
As I briefly mentioned last week, I received and accepted a job offer (!!!) for a full-time graphic design position at Bethel College. With it comes fantastic benefits, vacation time, and my own office, not to mention a great Marketing and Communication team. I've been in training for the past two weeks and I'm so excited to begin full time on Tuesday.
For those of you who don't know, I've been working at Ave Maria Press for over a year now. Ave is a great little publishing house owned by the University of Notre Dame, and I started right after college as a summer intern. After my wedding, I was hired on as a part time designer and have been working there ever since.
Today is my final day at Ave, which is kind of surreal. I knew I wasn't going to be here forever (or even an entire year, for that matter) but it's still sad to leave my co-workers and the friends I've made here. Not to mention the experience I've gained... aside from my daily marketing designs, I've had the opportunity to design logos, conference materials, and even a book (which will be out in November.) An actual BOOK... the kind you'll be able to pick up in Barnes and Noble. I just found it on Amazon!! Whaaat! Biggest design accomplishment in my life thus far. Mini freakout aside, I've learned so much about publishing, marketing, corporate design, and have strengthened my skills and portfolio tenfold. Ave has been such a great experience and although I'm sad to leave, I'm excited to move on to the next phase of my life.
I'll keep you updated on the new job, and I apologize in advance for any sparse posting in the next couple of weeks as I settle in. Enjoy the holiday weekend!