I need to put all this down on “paper” so I can look back when I am all rich and successful and laugh at how nervous I was!

So, the short of it is:

Just over 2 years ago, I quit my job at a small printing place, where I was the graphic designer (read: typesetter, invoice maker, admin person, tea maker, plant waterer etc).

I didn’t have another job to go to.

My folks were on their way overseas for a month.

I wanted to do my own Graphic Design thing… freelance, or whatever.

So… my dad said, I run his business while he is away, and work for him when he gets back, and i can get my thing going at the same time.

Was cool… i’d get a stable income and build up my client base.

So, I set up a website, got some clients etc.

That was about 30 months ago.

Now… (well the last 10 months or so)… i am HATING HATING HATING working for my dad, and basically being his bitch (check my bank balance, send an email, do the statements, pay the rent … etc etc etc). I wake up and i get grumpy just thinking about it. small things irritate me. i am cranky and lethargic and uninspired and generally miserable.

i feel trapped and depressed and like everything is just wasting my time and stupid (real ray of sunshine, huh?)


My own business is slow, but it picks up all the time – but it is still not enough to support me. Then again, I don’t have THAT much time to spend on it – i don’t look for new clients, coz i wont be able to handle it, or go and meet them when they need me, as i am always at my dad’s beck and call.

SO… – my dad’s business is also growing, and he wants me to give more time to it…

I have been struggling with how to tell him i’m not interested for a looooooooooooooooong time!

Eventually, at the middle of last month, he brought it up, and i told him, i am not interested, and i think that by Feb i am going to be done with him, and give my own thing a shot. (see the countdown on the left of my page…? :) )

eish!

scary.

nervous.

worried.

stressed.

excited (a little).

So… I have 3 weeks left working for him, with a constant income to pay the bills. From 1 feb, I am on my own. like i said, my client base is NOT big enough to support me (just yet!)… but i am going to try hard, and work hard, and hope to god i can make it work!!

I am still going to help my dad out once a week – every thursday… sucker for punishment, no? … so we’ll see how that goes.

So, basically – if you need ANYTHING designed or printed – or something… PLEASE let me know! I need all the help i can get.

My portfolio is up on my site -print- and -web- (i am still fine tuning it – so some of the body copy is still a bit funny)

keep this web address at the front of your mind:

www.SnappingTurtle.co.za

Here is a list of some of the services we can provide you with:

  • Logo Design
  • Flyers
  • Business Cards
  • Corporate Folders
  • Banners
  • Invitations
  • Catalogues
  • Corporate stationery
  • Packaging
  • Labels
  • Corporate Gifts (branded or plain)
  • Posters and Digital Design (email adverts, digital signatures etc)
  • Web Design *NEW*
  • Blog Design *NEW*
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So, finally!!! I have gotten around to my first post! Yay :)

I’ve had this blog for what seems like forever, so it is high time to write something on it! Every time I meet someone at a TweetUp or 27Dinner they are completely horrified to learn that I don’t have a blog! But now, I do.

You’ll see the buttons on the left will categorize my random ramblings into the groups about Design Stuff (my job), Dog Stuff (my hobby and children), Font Stuff (aaah, fonts, how I love fonts! Have you seen my FontGirl outfit?), Other Stuff (not work, dogs or fonts) and My Recommended Sites (other sites I work on, or spend a lot of time at). <side note> The buttons will only work once I have written a post in that category… So give me a bit of time :)

So, this post is a dog related one.

I have 2 beagles, Harry and Oscar and I train very seriously with them (well, as serious as I can be). Last week, one of my trainers asked me if I would be interested in giving puppy lessons at her puppy school in Kyalami! She was going away and needed someone to step in for a week. WOW! How chuffed was I!
I gave the lesson this morning. I won’t bore you with all the gory details of everything we did, but it really was so much fun! I was a bit nervous, as I am not an animal behaviourist or anything… but both of my dogs have been through the syllabus at Puppyland. I have never really been in any “position of power/command” it was pretty strange having people listen to every word I had to say and asking me advice and stuff. Especially strange feeling for me having people much older than me asking for my “expert opinion” – haha! Of course, I handles the situation exceptionally gracefully and imparted my knowledge onto my eager little students ;)

I think I have figured out the reason I enjoyed it so much… bear with me here: When I was in Primary School, all I wanted to do was be a Grade 2 teacher. It was my goal in life and it was all I could think of. I had my classroom planned, posters, games, the whole toot! But the older I became, especially into my twenties, I realised that I don’t actually like kids all that much – I MUCH prefer animals – particularly dogs. So, in essence, puppy socialising and training is basically Grade 2 for dogs! Could it BE more perfect!? It is, like, my dream job! – Even if it is only part time!


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30 Random Things About Me…

  1. I was born in the decade of leg-warmers and perms. By the time I was old enough to have any “fashion sense” shoulder pads and electric blue eye-makeup were out of fashion
  2. I grew up in Centurion
  3. My favourite clothing item is a Jean Pant
  4. My favourite food is fillet steak and fried mushrooms. But I also love chicken
  5. No, wait, my favourite food is chocolate.
  6. I like the smell of coffee, but I don’t like to drink it… same story with petrol.
  7. I studied Graphic Design in Pretoria for three years.
  8. I do freelance design now.
  9. I have a serious obsession with Fonts. I dressed up as Font Girl for a superhero party. It was super cool!
  10. I love 5fm and can’t bear to listen to any other radio station.
  11. I get physically upset when I can’t start my mornings with Gareth Cliff
  12. I used to chew my nails all the time… It’s under control now.
  13. I have two Beagles who are the most special people in the world!
  14. My Beagles and I are training very hard to be the next agility champions!
  15. I became an auntie when I was 6… I now have 5 nephews.
  16. My iPod is my favourite material possession
  17. I totally and completely HATE washing dishes.
  18. My favourite movie is The Wedding Singer, and more recently, Enchanted and The Holiday.
  19. I am one of 4 children
  20. I spent 5 months in Israel after Matric
  21. I think sport is overrated
  22. I am very shy
  23. I call Firefox “Mozilla Gorilla”
  24. I call Adobe Photoshop “Photos Hop”
  25. I love the Harry Potter Book Series!
  26. My dog, Harry, is NOT named after Harry Potter!
  27. My favourite flower is the St Joseph Lily
  28. I have 2 freckles between my toes on my left foot… seriaas!
  29. As I write this, I have NO clue what I am going to blog about
  30. I could only come up with 29 random things… Oh wait, now it’s 30!
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