This past October I began working at Southwestern University in Georgetown, an oasis of sorts from the energy of Austin. I like this town a lot which is saying something, coming from a proud self-identifying city gal like myself. I’ve been doing a mix of print work, social media, and web edits. I really like it. It’s a perfect balance of PR and graphic design, the two things I studied in LA. I feel like I’m finally getting into the groove of the 8-to-5 schedule. Somehow hitting a stride feels like a dramatic resignation–departing from contract work-life and the adventures that came with its flexibility. And yet I’ve embraced my job here faster than I thought for someone previously convinced that I was born for freelance life. Maybe someday. But not now. The gratitude I have for this job is overwhelming, it quenches the wandering thoughts that I’m not suppose to be where I am.
“Work is so foundational to our makeup that it is one of the few things we can take in significant doses without harm. Indeed, the Bible does not say we should work one day and rest six or that work and rest should be balanced evenly but directs us to the opposite ratio. Leisure and pleasure are great goods, but we can take only so much of them.”
– Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor
We are ocean, we are mist
Brilliant fools who wound and kiss
There’s beauty in the dirt
Wandering in skin and soul
Searching, longing for a home
– Gungor, I Am Mountain
It only seemed fitting to kick off this blog by writing about friends, after all I’ve recently renamed Miss Kite to Miss Kite & Friends, because frankly my friends are awesome (nice creative, funny rock stars they are).
These photos feature my close friends Sharon and Daphne. For the past couple of months we have been meeting regularly to “Show Your Work” to one another. It’s creative accountability, but it’s also a good excuse to catch up on life and enjoy coffee together. We usually meet at coffee-bakery shops (in the pictures here, you’re seeing Quacks and Uppercrust) but this past month in honor of my birthday we branched out a little bit and shared in the evening at School House Pub.
In time, I hope more will join us. I’ve always been an advocate of creative groups. At USC, I worked closely and collaborated with a group of four other girls, all of whom I am still close with and will be featured eventually on this blog; they are all however in the Southern California area, leaving me craving their friendship and creative chatter since I moved back to Texas after graduation. So I’m grateful, a little more than a year later, that this Austin creative group has formed.
So here we go! Here’s to blogging and collaborating and the creative process.