Inspiration the Lifestyle of a Freelance Web Designer
Like many, sometime I need inspiration. Being a web designer, sometimes I just fall into a funk. Interestingly most of my funk time arrive right before the holidays. I do not know why, might need to sit on someone couch for a session.
I tend to take off for the holidays. I like to spend quality time with my family. My kids do not attend school during the holiday season. I like to go shopping with my wife (yes, I’m the guy checking out his phone as his significant other tries on way too many outfits).
I have really been in a funk the past couple of weeks. I have lost a couple of potential clients. I am in the midst of working on a 3rd party project, which should have been finished months ago. The client keeps making changes through my contact, and as I make the changes. The client is still not happy. Communication issues are the root of the issues, however, I am not permitted to discuss the project with the client. I terminated a brand development client, who desires could not be accomplished. I need to update my site with all my accomplishment.
I was in a horrible funk
This is the first time that I had to deal with missing my oldest son, who is away for school. The other day, he called me to talk about what he did for my birthday a couple years ago. He gave me a couple of tickets to the University of Louisville verse Wake Forest University Football Game. It was schedule for November 12, 2016. I notice WordCamp Louisville was that weekend (it was a one day WordCamp). A few weeks before the game, Louisville announce it would be a 7:00pm (night) game. I signed up for WordCamp Louisville. I was super excited about coming home (Louisville is my hometown), checking out my alumni (The University of Louisville), and going to WordCamp.
I walked into WordCamp Louisville and realize no one knew me! However it was okay. Asking a few WordCampers, so what is your name, I’m Daniel. What do you do? Designer. Developer. Both. I grew up in Louisville, but live in Atlanta Area. Before I knew it…I was invited back. Many asked about Atlanta WordCamp. Lunch was like old times, and many new friendships developed.
I have been in the WordPress Community for about five plus years. I have been on the organizational team for WordCamp Atlant since 2016. I was one of many WordCamp Atlanta 2015 Volunteer. I was a jack of all trades, handing out T-Shirts, introducing speakers, giving directions to restrooms, lunch line, valet parking information, registration, and helping in the happiness bar (who would have thunk it).
At WordCamp Louisville , the speakers were really good, but what was even better…was the WordCamp Community. I had several developers and designers to introduce themselves to me. We discuss issues with WordPress. I offer solutions. I invited them to WordCamp Atlanta. Some told me that “maybe they would drive down and check it out”. As the conference was ending, I had to leave early to make it to the football game.
It was awesome hanging out with my sons and watching Louisville defeat Wake Forest.
As I drove my boys to our hotel room, I began thinking about my business. I have some GREAT clients. I have some GREAT friends. I have a GREAT family. It is interesting when and where you find inspiration…the lifestyle of a web designer. As I thought about those memories, my son greet me with “can not wait to see you.” I am taking the family for a visit in a couple of weeks. We all find happiness in many different area, so memories can help when we lack inspiration.
Image courtesy of Seth Schwiet.
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