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Back-to-School

This week I took my first class in a continuing education program on Web Design. I have always said that if I had it to do over again, I would probably go into Web Design and/or Graphic Design. Two things happened earlier this year that kind of gave me the push I needed.

The first was that I took a pay-cut at my job. It’s a tough economy, and everyone is making cuts. I guess I am happy to be able to keep my job, but taking a pay-cut was not exactly an improvement on the career path I never thought I’d be sticking with. When I took my job nine years ago, I thought of it as a temporary move. But things don’t always turn out the way you’d like, and I’m still there after being convinced that I would quit after each of my two children were born.

The second thing that presented itself was a summer catalog that arrived in the mail one day from one of the local colleges. I looked at their continuing education programs and it seemed like something I might be able to fit into my busy schedule while hopefully not putting too much of a strain on my family. I went to an informational session a few months ago, and decided I wanted to try it out.

I haven’t talked about it too much with my friends and family because I’m not really sure how much of the program I’ll be able to complete. We’re just trying it out and seeing if we can fit it in financially and without putting too much strain on our limited family time. Fortunately, my husband is behind me 100% to pursue something that I love.

I have taken some web design courses in the past, so I know it will take a few classes before I’m beyond the basics that I already know. But I’m excited to see how this new venture shapes up!

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I have been conceptualizing this blog for a long time. I signed up for the site probably close to a year ago and have been putting off starting it. I work on three other personal blogs, but I wanted to use this as an outlet for more of my creative side.

I’m a jewelry designer, photographer, web designer, and once upon a time used to work in more textiles (knitting, crochet, cross stitch). I’m not especially talented or “good” at any of these things. But I do enjoy them.

I’m generally a pretty analytical person. Give me some numbers, facts, data and let me go to work. I tend to try to approach art in the same manner. I want to follow the rules, do something that I know will work before I start it, stay “safe”.

You might start to see where I came up with the name Wild Vanilla. I honestly can’t even take credit for it. An author I’ve read had it as part of her website. It’s fitting for me though. I play it safe, like vanilla. But I also like to mix it up a bit. If you get me in just the right light, you can see that there is a bit of wild in there somewhere.

So hang on for the ride. It’s going to be pretty predictable, but worth going along because there just might be a twist or a turn in there somewhere.

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