My 44th birthday is coming up in August. Birthdays don’t freak me out (you couldn’t pay me to be 20 again). But they do make me contemplative. I like to evaluate where I’ve gone in the last year, and where I want to go in the next—in both my life and career.
I definitely haven’t stayed on the wide, smooth, paved highway. My journey has been more like Highway 1 in California: winding, breathtaking, and a little bit scary, with lots of random side roads that lead you to awesome stuff like giant fiberglass dinosaurs. Somehow all the disparate places I’ve traveled to in my career have led me to where I am today, and, more exciting, where I’m going next.
I started this crazy ride at a skateboard company. Then I worked at one of San Diego’s first web agencies. I designed the first virtual motion picture museum for Sony Pictures Studios and helped create brand concepts for what eventually became the Wynn Hotel. I was a professional scrapbooker who designed, launched and art directed a digital scrapbooking magazine. I sold several popular Genesis child themes. And for the last thirteen years I’ve run my own business, as both c:ford/run and Creativity Included.
About a year ago I started feeling…complacent.
About a year ago I started feeling…complacent. Things were good, but kind of boring. I don’t know how to describe it as anything other than an itch. It was this vague feeling that I needed to shake things up. I needed a new adventure.
So I started thinking about doing something crazy: looking for a full-time job. Over the past year I’ve talked to a lot of great people and explored a lot of amazing opportunities. For one reason or another, nothing ever worked out. Then I got a call. A chance for a completely new, and fairly terrifying new adventure.
Crowd Favorite offered me a job.
Here’s where it gets really weird though…it’s not as a designer. It’s as a project manager. I know, right? It freaked me out a little, too. I had a panic attack for about 12 hours over a title. But then I had an epiphany: a designer isn’t what I do, it’s who I am. And I’m a damn good designer no matter what role I’m in.
But I think I’m going to be a damn good project manager too. For the last two years writing, teaching, speaking and leadership have been my focus. This position is going to give me an opportunity to really hone my skills in those areas. This next year is going to be like an accelerated Masters Course in Getting Shit Done.
So, here’s to once again switching to four-wheel drive mode, turning off the cruise control, and heading in uncharted territory. I’m sure there will be some bumps along the way, but that’s what makes it exciting.
The best part of this whole deal is that it meets my core resume objective: to work with people I like. And I’ve nailed it. I’ve had so many good times with Chris, Karim, Rebecca and James at WordCamps. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and start making some amazing things.
Look out world, here I come!