1 month ago
Some t-shirts I created for the team this summer! Featuring our favorite work truck, the General (aka “the Jenny”). Wowza, it’s been a good summer away from graphic design. For those of you who don’t know, I took a full-time property staff position at a Young Life camp in Central Oregon doing landscaping. I accepted this position last October before graduating college. Most thought that I was just doing another summer internship like I had in the past with @younglife , but actually it’s a year-round full time property staff position. Over the past four years of college, I spent my summers volunteering & interning, doing landscaping at young life camps and I absolutely fell in love with not only the work but the purpose behind it. Soon enough, it became my dream to be on a landscaping team at a Young Life camp. So, here I am, pursuing the thing I love; loving every minute of cutting grass, greasing mowers, fixing irrigation issues & so much more. All while not taking one moment for granted.
In this season, I’ve learned that sometimes we have to give up the thing we’re good at to pursue the thing that we love. I knew that coming out of school I could’ve been successful in my design career. I felt like everyone expected me to go off and be the next best designer. But I’m learning that the true definition of “success” is subjective and sometimes other people’s idea of success doesn’t necessarily line up with yours. To me, success is pushing myself to do things I would normally be scared to do. Success is saying no to living into the expectations that others have placed on you. Success is pursuing the true desires of your heart, no matter the cost of your image.
Fear is a liar. I’ve lived a lot of my life making decisions out of fear; fear of disappointing others, fear of failure, fear of ruining my image. But now that I’ve chosen to be in a place where I’m no longer allowed to run away from my fears, I’m realizing how much I want that for all of you, too. Freedom awaits on the other side of fear.
For those of you out there that are in a place where you are scared to take a risk, just remember; you create your own definition of “success”, no one else.