Saturday, August 22, 2009

new found freedom-volume 1

Lucky, the new boss
the satellite office
the studio

Well, I got laid off from my job this week. I was an art director at a "large Midwestern greeting card company" for the last 3 years but a designer before that for many more. I've worked there off and on for 17 years or and have had a chance to make some wonderful friends and learn more than they teach in any art school but the business has changed and the company is growing smaller to deal with those changes. Although I'm really sad to leave my good friends and coworkers, I know I'll see them again from time to time PLUS I have alot of orders to fill from the Philly show along with 4 shows lined up before the end of the year-so I look at this as a new beginning. Thought you all might like to see where I'll be going to work every day now-the commute is alot shorter (just down some steps), I'll have a satellite office when the weather is beautiful, and my new boss is also my running buddy. I began this first day by sprinting up two of the highest hills I could find with him, then he told me to get back to work. Here's to whatever lies ahead!

17 comments:

Jeanee said...

Tammy,

I'm glad you're looking at it as a new beginning!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

There has certainly been a lot of these employment changes this year for everyone. I've been a contractor with GE for the past 7 years, last year being my best year ever, only to have them cancel all contractors this year. But I am looking forward to this as an opportunity and it sounds like you do too. I think you have great opportunities in your creative future. Best of luck. xo, suzy

Chrissie said...

like your new boss! best wishes for this new stage in life

snippetgirl said...

Now THAT is my kind of boss :)! I think this turn of events was definitely meant to be...wonderful things await you, no doubt.

cheryl kuhn said...

I am sorry to hear about your job loss, but it looks like you have made some delicious lemonade with the lemons that life has handed you!! Your new office looks like a wonderful place to work and I best your new boss is tons of fun and will never have to "let you go".

Holly Loves Art said...

I'm so sorry to read that you got laid off. I was laid off in the beginning of this year and as difficult as it has been, I am having the time of my life and doing the things I love like teaching art classes and selling art and living LIFE! Although I must go back to a "real" job eventually I have embraced the change and it has been wonderful. It sounds like you are already there! Best of luck with your new adventure!

tobe said...

Tammy - I'm excited for you!!! Though I'm sad that we won't cross paths nearly as often.

How did I never know about Homemade Circus?? Fantastic!!

To new beginnings...

Robin said...

Congratulations are in order...for your wonderful attitude and for the wonderful new adventure you are setting out on! You go girl!

sue said...

I, too, am sorry about the change in your situation. BUT, with your rising popularity, I'm sure your creative juices will propel you! XOX

tammy smith said...

Thanks so much for all your encouragement-it means alot to me. I've been freelance before but always felt so isolated before the internet and blogging was around...I really appreciate all your comments-they make my day!

Linda Crispell said...

Bigger and better things await!

pheel said...

Hi Tammy,

Just saw your blog - Sorry to hear about your job :-(

I like to believe that things happen for a reason and that good things will grow from the positive attitudes that we have in our lives.

I'm screwed but I think you will be fine!
It's exciting to see what will happen next.

My layoff years ago lead to a much better life & only when I gave up trying so hard, then the next opportunity happened very haphazardly.
I am sure you are on the cusp of your next change.
Shift happens ...

xox - pheel

Steve Haskamp said...

Hey Tammy,
You have so much drive and talent! I know you will miss the social aspect of your old job, but you can build your "Tammy Smith" brand now and I know you will be a great success. All the best.

Lenae May said...

I can not help myself to be excited for you! Lifes an adventure, isn't it! Your going to be great! Now you have the time you need for Homemade Circus...right :) Funny how that just works out.
Lenae

Emily said...

Tammy, I can't believe it! I'm so sorry to hear this. I am thinking about you and hoping you find nothing but the best in your next steps ahead. I will stay tuned here in the blogosphere!

Pamela Angus said...

good luck with the fresh start - and hope your new boss doesn't bark at you too much :) - your 'office' looks fab!

MaygreenFairies said...

Oh Tammy hun, so sorry to hear of your redundancy, but it sounds like you'll still be real busy with your gorgeous artwork, and wow! what a wonderful studio and gorgeous co-worker you now have. Sending you big hugs, Mandy x

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