THE AWESOME SQUAD
In December 2014, I quit my 9 to 5 job to focus on my freelance design work and travel the world. It was the first major step in what has become the best decision I’ve ever made. Even though I love the freedom of working from home and for myself, there are lots of things I miss about my previous job. It was a great gig, working for and with some drop-dead gorgeous designers. Actually, if you are not Amy or Stephen you should probably stop reading because this has just turned into a love letter to them.
I spent 8 hours a day working side by side with the sweetest most gentle but tough young lady around. She was my boss, my mentor, but more importantly my friend. From our first day working together I knew it was love, and I miss seeing her face everyday. She taught me so much, but these are a few lessons I will carry with me throughout my career.
1. To test if a flooring product shows/hides dirt: While eating cookies drop crumbs on flooring sample and evaluate performance.
2. Make sure you are indeed texting your husband and not your client when you share photos of your interior design work and boldly declare that you and your work are the shizzz or bomb.com. Regardless of the word used, don't do it.
3. You are never too old to get really excited over pretty marble tile.
4. The more confident you are in your answer/opinion, the more wrong you will be. I think the formula is something like wrong equals X multiplied by confidence. (Also she always laughs at my lame jokes, and has given me a skewed view of my actual funniness.)
We never argued, and rarely disagreed. I definitely miss having someone to bounce my ideas off of, red line my drawings, and to complain to without judgment. I could try out new fashion trends from the safety of our office (wearing a man's tie), and take risks in design because she had my back. We were the perfect design duo, and my experience with her has pretty much ruined me for any other firm. My expectations are just too high.
Stephen was the bow on our pretty designer package. Only a tiny corridor away, he was the brains of our operation. Especially when we needed clarification on codes and general architectural stuff. I’m pretty sure he was jealous of our living situation, due to his frequent visits to our office. He goes to the gym every morning, worked quietly and diligently for most of the day, and did hard labor on his various projects at home after work. Just typing it makes me feel inadequate. He is finishing up renovating his new home, and I'm going to force him to let me take pics and do a post of it's wonderfulness.
His style is curated, elegant, and modern, so he was able to rein us in when our designs got out of control. I’m sure he thought polka dots on my bathroom wall was silly, but he let me have my dots without judgment. He is a long time friend and confidant.
The typical workplace is such an interesting dynamic. You spend more time with your coworkers than anyone else. You share a big chunk of your lives with these people and you usually don't get a say in who will join you on these daily adventures. I was lucky that our office was filled with laughter, fun, and collaboration. Exactly what is needed to produce good work, and it's definitely what I miss the most while working on my own.
P.S. I hope you two are skirting your real life duties and reading this at work. It would only be appropriate.