04 March 2013

change of plans

So guess what? I quit my job.

I finally feel like I have the time to sit down and dedicate a post to it, just to share what's going on. For the past couple of months, I've had a feeling in my gut. Every day, I'd wake up and go to work, but knew it wasn't the place for me anymore. I had grown out of it.

A huge sense of urgency came over me. I had an immediate feeling that I needed to change things in order to make them better. I took on a bunch of freelance design and illustration jobs which caused me to work every weekend for the past few months, and sometimes I'd get back from my 9-to-6 job and work some more. The weird part is that I enjoyed it. The projects I was doing outside of work made me feel good. They made me happy when I worked on them and completed them. My thoughts turned into the idea of starting my own business, something I've always wanted to do. I took a workshop on that subject and it only pushed my ideas further. Starting a business requires a lot of hard work and effort, a lot of research and learning, but it's also something that I think I could be good at. The questions started to run through my mind. What if I don't have enough money saved up before I quit? What if the time isn't right? What if I regret my decision? What if I fail? And you know what, no matter how long I stayed at my job, those are questions I'd never have an answer to. The longer I waited, the longer those same questions would linger. I just wouldn't know unless I took the risk. So last Wednesday, I decided to quit playing the "what if" game. I gave my notice. My last day is this Friday, in four days.

Even though I'm leaving, I have a big appreciation for what that job has done for me. I've been at Struck for close to five years and I can say without a doubt that it's improved and bettered me, personality and ability-wise. It's helped me become the designer and the person I am now, and for that, I feel grateful. I was 20 when I first interned there in college, 21 when I graduated and started working full-time, and I'm coming out of it, 26, wiser and less afraid (but I'll admit, still a little afraid).

So now, I'm going to freelance full-time. I'm starting my own business and teaching myself how to run and operate it. It's going to be a learning process, but I'm ready for it. This means I'm going to be posting here a lot more. I want to share the journey with you guys, if you'll have me. Let's see where it goes from here.

[ Above: Illustration by me, see valeriejar.com ]


  1. CONGRATS!! :-D

    i've been on my own for 3 years and it's a joy :-)

    1. Thank you Ingrid! It's definitely going to be a scary and exciting process, but one that I hope works out for me! :)

  2. Hi Valerie! Congrats! I have no doubt you will soar, like that balloon! You are such a talent. Good luck to you. (Please don't stop blogging! I love your blog. I have not posted on mine since October. I don't know what happened -- I guess it's not my thing, but I do plan to go back to it at some point. Wish I afford to have you design the whole thing.) Please keep me posted on how to reach you, I'd love to refer you to everyone I know!
    Best, Virginia

    1. Virginia! Thank you so much! I'll make sure I don't stop blogging. Your blog is wonderful and I noticed I haven't been seeing a lot from you on my blog reader. If you ever decide to do anything more to your blog, let me know. I'd definitely have more time to take on projects like that. If you want to reach me (or send a referral), feel free to email me anytime! I'd love to hear from you.


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