Times are Changing

Times are Changing

Well, its been quite some time since I last wrote a post. My website used to be my passion project. It used to be my creative outlet. It used to be where I dropped some stellar words of wisdom. 

Ok, maybe not that last one but still, updating my site was a big part of my regular routine. 

Now, not so much. I would say I’m sorry but to be honest, I’m not. I loved my blog posts. I looked forward to writing them. It really helped me during a time in my life when I really needed it. I’m not sorry about that at all! I’m also not sorry that it helped me so much that I no longer need it.

Changing Focus

I have decided that my side-hustle/freelance/moonlight business will no longer be a main focus in my life. It was a hard decision to come to but I feel like it’s the right one. 

When I started my business, I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to make my own rules and work to be as creative as possible. I wanted to take on projects that I enjoyed doing and wanted to help people expand their own businesses or organizations. I wanted to do those things because I wasn’t finding that joy in my regular day-to-day. 

After MANY life changes, I can now say I have found my creative outlet and no longer need a side-hustle to fulfill my need. 

What does this mean for my design life?

I’m not quitting design.

I still love design and love helping people. By changing focus I am discovering that I have a passion for many other things…such as: my puppy, owning my first house and picking out paint colors, getting faster and more efficient on my paddle board, and drawing. Oh how I miss drawing! 

Being Ok Dropping a Passion Project

One of the best things I heard at a HOW Conference was that it was ok to drop a passion project. Passion projects are those things that you’re super into at the time and would rather skip eating and sleeping than put [insert your project name] down. 

k.ray design was my passion project – I put everything I had into it. I met some pretty amazing people. I drank a lot of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. I stayed up way too late. It was a huge part of my life. We laughed, we cried, we loved…it was a great chapter of my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

But now, I’m ok letting it go and turning the page. 

Next Steps

For those that I am currently working with, don’t worry! I’m not dropping you. The next step is no longer taking on new clients or large projects. My current clients will be my focus until they no longer need my services. I will take care of them as I always have and make sure to meet their needs. 

In the next few months I will be working on transitioning my website into just a portfolio and blog. I won’t have much of a presence online…I’m going analog! From a design side of things, I plan on drawing more. Who knows, maybe that will become my next side-hustle.

Thanks for all the great design time and helping me to reach my goals!

4 Replies to “Times are Changing”

  1. Wow. This was very inspirational. I can relate somewhat, as I am also in an in-between stage of my life. I am in the “oh should I do freelance and start getting clients and start doing this, and start doing that?” And this article has brought me back to planet Earth.

    This is a post that I have much respect for. Go you for being honest and pursuing other things that make you happy.

    1. Glad I could help! And thank you for your kind comment 🙂 As they say, variety is the spice of life so I felt like I needed to change things up a bit and go a different direction. I hope you find a design path that makes you happy!

  2. Kudos to you! Sounds like a brilliant plan. As someone who does take the path of self employment part of me envy’s your regular paycheck life. But on the other hand the idea of not really owning my creative ideas does irk me – so that keeps me on this journey as much as it is challenging.

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