2012: What happened?

In 2012 I did a lot of "figuring things out." At the end of 2011, I had quit my full-time design job in the suburbs, and began focusing more on my freelance career. I've always had freelance gigs on the side, but commuting to the suburbs from the city, working a 9-5, then coming home to freelance was exhausting. So, I took the plunge, quit my job, and went full-time freelance.

It was a really hard decision to make. Desmond was just finishing his first year of grad school (with another 15 months to go) and I was about to forfeit our steady income. The safe route was to stay at my miserable cubicle job until Desmond graduated, but why would I go the safe route? No, instead I decided to go head-to-head with a huge challenge - make as much, if not more, money freelancing over the course of the next year.

And I won.

I did it. While combining gigs and projects from my two areas of expertise, design and photography, I was able to justify the leap of faith that I took in 2011. Damn, it felt good. Especially, now with a babe on the way. I have the confidence and know-how to run my business from home and raise my sweet girl, who is due for an appearance in the next 3-4 weeks.

So that's what happened in 2012. And I'm going sprinkle in my gigs and projects from 2012 on the blog, so ya'll can see how I did it.