A decade of growth
This decade marked the biggest period of change as I went through my twenties into my early thirties. It also marked my first decade as a designer at work, making my way from agencies to going freelance, finally switching to product design.
I found my voice as a designer and small business owner, and experienced living in a much smaller city than I had been used to.
It was the decade of growth and growing up. For me, it will always symbolise a decade of taking risks, embracing change, and growing beyond myself.
- I got married!
- I became an aunt to a nephew and a niece.
- I moved interstate twice.
- I started three micro businesses, one of which is still in action.
- I learnt to appreciate specialty tea deeply.
- I learnt to design packaging and print collateral for my own tea business.
- Felix the budgie came into our lives in 2013 for a mere $15. His value is priceless, and he has become a treasured feathered friend. [Edit: At the time I wrote this, Felix was seriously ill. He passed away on 30 December 2019.]
- Ari the Border Collie entered our household shortly after we returned from Japan in 2018. She was born two days after our first wedding anniversary in March.
- I visited Northern Thailand, Hanoi, Malaysia, Indonesia, San Francisco, some parts of California, returned to Japan for the third time, and made many weekend visits within Australia.
- I drove to Melbourne from Canberra and back three times in 2017.
What I am most proud of
I grew up in an environment that cautions against being unconventional, and I’m glad I don’t seem to be as risk-averse as I had imagined. I am more resilient than I had expected, too. I feel that I definitely made snap decisions by going with my gut on really important matters like housing and job interviews, but they all turned out well eventually.