Growing Up

This is what I wore for a client meeting today. I love the mustard with the deep red, and I think they compliment the black and white pattern beautifully. I like the tulip sleeves on this top – they make it just a little more special. (Side note: look at that lush veggie garden behind me…mmmm). Linking up at Marionberry Style today.

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It has been a CRAZY past three weeks for me! Siblings moving, travel, client meetings, lots of logo designing, baking, car washing, green smoothie drinking, visits with friends…it’s amazing how I feel busy, yet I don’t feel busy. After my college graduation, I went to a conference with my mom, sister, and best friend and right after that, I went to Ireland for a few weeks with a friend and had an unforgettable time. Then…real, post-college life started. I applied for jobs, got my hopes up about many, but nothing worked out. I turned down a few offers that I didn’t feel would take me in the direction I wanted to go with my career. Finally I started focusing my time more on freelancing. It’s going well, but obviously it takes time to build up enough business to make a living.

Problem is, I don’t feel like freelance is what I should be doing full time at this point in my life. I feel secluded and cramped. I miss the companionship I had while in college. I miss having a group of coworkers I get to see everyday…I miss being part of a team. I miss the structure that my days had while in school and working my design job there. I miss having someone beside me, across the room from me, or down the hall from me that I can get feedback from on my designs. I miss getting dressed up everyday (freelance = work at home = loungewear). Sure I could get dressed everyday and create a 9-5 schedule for myself, but it’s just not the same being at home working by myself. So I guess the reason I don’t feel busy, despite the fact that I am, is because I spend my days at home rather than in school or “at work”.

As for feeling cramped, my bedroom in my parents’ house feels smaller everyday, and I envy my brother and sister who each have their own place (plus, the interior designer in me is anxious to do some decorating).

I should be thankful that I have projects to work on, a place to live, and friends - and I am – but it’s hard when my siblings are all moving on and I’m still here. I guess I just have to keep pressing on and trust that the perfect job for me is just right over the horizon.

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Sorry for the crazy long personal post. It just kinda happened.

top: secondhand Banana Republic
pants: secondhand Fade to Blue
shoes: secondhand Cole Haan
belt: target
earrings: secondhand

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  1. maria
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    girl, those pants are killer! xo

  2. Posted May 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I really love this color combination! The deep red + mustard looks perfect together.

    And yes, just keep pressing on and good things will come your way. I decided I didn’t want to do freelance after college because of the stress and I love working in a team, and I waited a while before finding my career, but now that I’m here – I’m thrilled. Hang in there! xo

    • maggiebj maggiebj
      Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the encouragement, Tieka!

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