It’s no secret that I've taken an extended absence from Designer Guidebook.
I wish I would have been a little more transparent in what was going on with my life.
Maybe it could have helped others in similar situations.
Keeping the momentum going with side-projects can be difficult.
Especially when life-things start to get in the way.
Don’t worry though, everything is okay.
In fact, everything is better than okay.
And I'm ready to share with you the reason for my extended absence. . .
He’s 10 months old and taking care of him is a more than a full-time job unto itself.
I can’t even describe all the ways that motherhood has changed me. One thing is clear though; it has set my priorities in order.
Life came to a grinding halt about a week after I found out I was pregnant. When you get sick, and I mean really sick, you have no choice but to let things go.
I had no idea that I would be knocked off my feet the first four months of pregnancy. Morning sickness is no joke. For me, it was more like an all day puke-fest. For twenty weeks.
At that point, Designer Guidebook was the last thing on my to-do list.
And then I had the baby… (more on maternity leave in another post!)
My Extended Absence and Priceless Design
Thankfully, I was able to keep Priceless Design alive during my extended absence. And not because of any pre-pregnancy planning. But because I’m not alone in my business.
A few years ago, I was able to bring my sister on board at Priceless Design full-time. To be honest, I brought her in because I needed a little break (before I got pregnant).
I’ve shared before that I also work full time, and I wanted to reduce the number of projects I was taking. But at the same time, I didn’t want to give up the business I worked so hard to build.
Julie is an amazing designer who rocks at WordPress development. We actually took our first graphic design class together in college back in 2005.
Because of the steady client flow at Priceless Design, my sister was able to leave her full-time job to work alongside me without sacrificing financial security. She easily fell into step beside me and I am happy to share my business with her.
This also meant I was able to pick and choose a few projects a year to work on.
Like that time E.L. James asked me to design her website.
I’m extremely lucky to have a family member with a graphic design degree who I could trust with my business.
But I realize this probably isn’t a solution for most people.
Nevertheless, I hope that by sharing my experience, you might start to think outside the box on what you could do if you needed or wanted to take an extended absence.
- Could you sub-contract your projects out?
- Could you hire a Virtual Assistant to manage your inbox and schedule projects?
- Do you have any friends who could take over, in a pinch?
I highly recommend thinking about these things long before an extended absence becomes necessary.
Had my sister not already been working with me when I got pregnant, I don’t know what I would have done! She handled the business during most of my pregnancy and for several months afterwards.
I’m so grateful to her for keeping the design business alive.. and I’m excited to start taking projects again!
My Extended Absence and Designer Guidebook
If you read this far, you might be wondering what the future of Designer Guidebook is. The answer is, I'm not going anywhere.
I'm a teacher at heart and I still want to share as I continue to grow and expand my design business. I hope you stick around with me!