rethinking the box – career inspiration

03 Jun
June 3, 2014

i remember when i started this blog i was working through a transition phase in my career.  the transition was that the economy had failed, and my job was gone.  this blog gave me a reason to get out of the house, i met a lot of really great people, and slowly, i regained my (sometimes already shaky) sense of self.  i really enjoyed meeting and talking to people about their style, why they loved dressing a certain way, and i really love the way it opened up my mind about inspiration.

i’m at another junction in my career.  which is hard to write.  i loved my job.  i don’t know if a lot of people get to say they love what they do.  i truly did.  do?  of course, there are aspects of any job that are… mundane, or… hard resign yourself to.  and although i think my job sounded far more glamorous than it was, being a clothing designer is fun.  it just is.  it’s not saving lives, it’s not (really) making the world a better place… but it was pretty cool.

i’ve slowly been finding my way on a freelance basis, which is uber hard with two small little people.  i have the most amazing day care professional/friend/caregiver.  but it’s such a trade off. working freelance should mean flexibility.  but because i don’t know my schedule or know when things will get bought, i don’t know when the money comes.  i pay for the daycare now, and already it’s been over 6 months of waiting.  which has led me to think i should start my own line, which in turn fills me with self doubt and a laundry list of all the things that i don’t know.  and then i think of all the people who talk about starting a company, or have started a company, and i think… hey ding-a-ling, you already know so much of it.  just figure out the rest as you go.  don’t freak out about it before it’s even happened.

and that’s where i am.  i’m going to write it, and i’m going to keep doing it.  i’m starting a business.  i’m going to start with kid’s socks, but that’s just the tip of what i want to do.  i want to make things.  with my actual hands.  i want to teach other people to make things.  i want to design, but i’m not just a designer.  there’s such a mentality of snobbery in the design world.  which has always seemed a little laughable to me.  like looking at what other people do, and being ‘inspired’ by it is such a noble, enviable pursuit.  i’m done with that box.  i’m done thinking that sitting down to a sewing machine will mean the end of my design career.  maybe it is.  or maybe opening myself up to all the things i can do (and enjoy) will make me a better designer.

*photo quote- also done with the mentality of thinking ‘but that person is already doing it!’  maybe they are.  what’s should that really mean to me?

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5 replies
  1. Rachel Morris says:

    Scary, but awesome! Congratulations!!

  2. admin says:

    definitely scary, but also, definitely awesome. thanks for the comment!

  3. Dana says:

    That is excellent! Can’t wait to see what you create.

  4. Karen says:

    You go, Kam! You have my support in any way! Designing AND making things is so rewarding.

  5. admin says:

    thanks karen! so far it’s been consuming. i’m so excited i can’t sleep, and you know how badly i need the sleep! 😉

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