Inevitably, the last day at my job has come. The day was kind of a somber one; those of us that were left have kind of been going through the motions for the last few weeks. Some of my coworkers are staying through the end of the month, so at most an additional two days of work. It would be interesting to see how that would be, as many of us have already left. I held up pretty well though, all things considering, and I tried to push it to the back of mind as much as possible. It's hard to accept that I will never see some of them again, as we are all splitting up and moving across the country. Those I've grown closest to I truly hope to keep in contact with and see often. I was also able to speak to my department manager on the phone today, as she is located in Arizona. It was refreshing to get to talk things through a little, and she was thankful for everything my team and I have done for the company. She'll be staying on in a new role, as the Production Design Team in its current format will be no longer. I'm honestly so thankful for the experience I've had at this job, and I do know that I am truly in a much better position than when I started. As far as the job hunt goes, I have applied for my first few jobs yesterday. Still working on finalizing my cover letter and applying for jobs that require that as well. I will be speaking with a job placement assistance company my employer offered for us as part of our severance package. I'm hopeful that their guidance will be useful, and I'm excited to hear any feedback from what I've been doing so far.

I'll likely be checking in more often during the next few weeks, as my job hunt commences. I have a list of things that I would really like to focus on during this time, so it can be a productive and positive period in my life instead of a wasted one. As things settle down in the job hunt, I'll also be working towards expanding this site into showcasing more of my stationery and wedding suite designs here and eventually offer them up for purchase.

We'll see how it goes!

Hey everyone! I have two more weeks left at my current job, and there's definitely been a lot of mixed feelings. On one hand, I'm excited that I'll have a bit of time off and then hopefully jump right into a new job and get some fresh experiences. On the other hand, I'm still terrified that things won't work out. I'm doing my best to keep this thought as small as possible in the back of my mind. :) Working in the stationery industry has been amazing, and I'm truly sad to have to leave. I am definitely grateful for the experience, and I've discovered that I really enjoy designing stationery items so I'm hopeful to continue in some capacity in the future. That being said, I'm probably going to lean away from screen printing as a Ruby July focus. I still love (love!) screen printing, and am going to get a setup of my own someday, but for now, I'm swinging towards the world of stationery items. I've always had a passion for pretty paper and colorful pens, and I think this is a natural fit for me. With all of the preparing I've done to re-enter the job hunt, I've rebranded Ruby July! Still the same old me that you've come to know and love, but with a cleaner, more streamlined look.

As you can see, everything still resembles the Ruby July of the past, but it's a little more cohesive and simplified. I've designed a thank you card, letterhead, set of 4 magnets, and a business card, which are all shown above. What do you think?! I'll continue to check in and update everyone on how things are going, and I'll be working on getting more samples of my work posted as well. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :D

Oh, hey. It's been just about three years since my last post. I've definitely let things here slide by unattended, and have focused more on the mundane day-by-day instead of overall goals. I've been working with the same company I mentioned previously, and it's honestly been pretty great overall. I've made some amazing friendships and have had a lot of fun being a part of such an amazing, close-knit team. As a bonus, I have learned a lot about my craft, further refining my skills and regaining confidence in the field of design. I've taken on a ton of extra responsibilities within my department, and have been trained in on a handful of specialized teams. All of this was done with the intention of moving up within the company, and learning as much as I could during my time here. Unfortunately, my time here is close to an end. One month from today, July 28, will be my last day. There has been a company restructuring, and the executive staff has decided that my entire department will be no longer needed. This is eliminating jobs for over 100 people in my department alone. Yup. Ouch. We found out back in February, and none of us saw it coming. I've experienced such a range of emotions since then, and everyone has dealt with it differently. In a way, it's nice that it's happening to all of us instead of just a few, since it's much easier for us to relate to one another. It's brought us all together, and unified us as a team more than ever before, but it's also bittersweet since we all know it will soon come to an end. For me, during the first two months, I think I cycled through the stages of grief at least a dozen times. I then sunk into a weird, emotionless void, where I knew a huge change was coming but I didn't want to think about it, so I did my best to just ignore it and try to live in the present. (Admittedly, I didn't always succeed.) The past few months I've spent building up my portfolio and preparing for the imminent job hunt. I finally finished my updated portfolio website earlier this week, and am hopeful that it will be of use in landing another graphic position. I've really been trying to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. Funnily enough, looking back on my blog posts here has helped. I was going through a lot of the same things three years ago as I am now, and it's been nice to reflect back on those hopeful feelings. It's definitely a similar cycle, and although this time it wasn't as much on my terms, it's still very much the same. I do have hope that this unexpected change will lead to better things, but I will confess that I am terrified that I will be taking a step backwards. I guess all I can do in the meantime is just try to be positive and keep my head up. I have learned so much during my time here, so I am in a much better position than I was three years ago. And in all honesty, this could be a really good time for a change of pace, and a great opportunity to see some new faces and have new experiences. My life has become a bit stale as of late, so this could very well be the kick in the ass I needed to take a step forward into a new, brighter future. I will do my best to post updates when I can, and I'll try to keep you all in the loop. I'll also be posting a few of the projects I've worked on over the past few years, and maybe even get that Pinterest Find of the Week up and going again (although probably not weekly as before). I'll end with a quote from my "Firsts & Lasts" post: This time last year, I was in the exact same place as I was this year. This time next year, essentially everything has the potential to be different. Fingers crossed it will be for the best! :)

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