The second article came a little easier so my new routine must be paying off. I am getting up on Saturday of each week when class and the ‘Zine’ are feeling fresh in my mind and I am using my content outline that I did two weeks ago to guide me through the article. I am finding that I am getting to a point where I am almost outlining my article so that it has an overall question it is answering with an introduction, some examples (or meat dare I say) and a conclusion. I felt the article that I wrote last week was only a struggle for the fact that sitting still on a weekend is darn near impossible. As usual though I conquered the impossible and I completed another article. It has been refreshing to say the least to meet a challenge head on and walk away feeling accomplished. I really look forward to laying out these articles and seeing this project come to life.
On another note, I have been reading Michael Janda’s “Burn Your Portfolio”, this has been a great read for me so far. Chapters are short and easy to fit into your bathroom schedule 🙂 More than that, it has been very relative to my career and the struggles I have been facing. I am being reminded of things I may have forgotten or better yet not practicing. For example, it is very hard being at a new job and figuring out where your place is on a team and keeping in mind that negative energy only creates a negative environment and that no matter how much easier it is to find the negative it is also detrimental to building a new team. I can’t wait to write a synopsis on this book as I feel that the professional lessons that Mr. Janda is sharing are imperative to a young designer’s success in a very competitive world.
With that being said this book and the challenge of this job have inspired me to find my new groove and really embrace this professional challenge to become not only a better designer but a stronger leader amongst my younger teammates. It is exciting to be working with some very powerful women in this male dominated industry, I am learning so much as well as finding some humbling moments. It is sometimes found in the most humbling moments that we find out what we are made of and what we can achieve.
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possess.
So after a small breakdown, some truly humbling moments and a total brain reset I believe I am on a good path now. I am continuing to write and will have an article and a rough layout put together over spring break. That’s the goal.