2 Years

Lauren Chism Fine Papers

2 years ago, today, I started one of the biggest adventures of my life. I left my accounting career, steady paycheck and calculator (okay, maybe I took that with me) behind and traded it for design programs, stacks of paper, and that annoying little thing called the unknown. I had no idea what being a full time designer would be like - I think I envisioned sleeping in, leisure designing, and free time. The reality was that I worked more and harder than ever before. Sometimes it doesn't feel like work and sometimes it does, but it has been the best, most rewarding and fun 2 years.

This year was a year of streamlining - learning to manage things in the most efficient way possible. This time last year, I felt a little in over my head, and I realized that everything was completely in my control. I am the one that calls the shots - so if I wanted things to be different, then I needed to change things. A successful business didn't have to mean a big business and so I set some guidelines for myself to create my ideal business: a small, one woman business. Now, things feel more under control and enjoyable, and this focus helped make the biggest hurdle of the year - the seemingly devastating business name change, start to feel more fitting, more me and more like it was all 'meant to be'.

I feel so so lucky to be able to do what I love and sometimes can't believe that this is my job. I want to thank my family, friends, clients, fellow designers and Minted for allowing me to live beyond even my craziest dreams.

And in the spirit of being my own boss, I think I'll give myself the afternoon off! Happy Friday!

Posted on November 1, 2013 and filed under Business.