2020 Vision: Goals in the new year

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I am just going to come right out and be honest. I have hardcore SUCKED at keeping this blog afloat. I keep putting off posts that I need to write about, but so many other things keep getting in the way: my business, design work, friends, family,….napping. I really like napping, you guys.

My priorities with my writing has taken a downturn and I am striving my best this year to become a full-fledged adult and professional. So, I have decided to walk the walk and talk the talk in the same way I tell my clients. Writing isn’t fun, but any business owner needs to do it. Part of the reason that I have royally sucked at keeping this updated is because my perfectionism and anxiety won’t let me start projects I know I won’t be good at. You can get to know all about me and the different mental struggles I have through my YouTube show, Artists With Anxiety

So, in the odd chance you haven’t gotten sick of me yet, I’ll give you a quick update on some of the major events that I haven’t divulged yet.

Official Business

I am now an official business owner. I am taking my small freelance side gigs to the big time. Eileen Asher – Graphic Designer LLC is now my own and I’m so excited to be taking this career of mine to the next level. I am by no means quitting my day job, but it will be good to be able to run my own show after hours. I’ll have two separate bank accounts, business credit card, and the same professionalism for all my clients just with more tax paperwork!

Ladies, Wine, & Design

Ladies, Wine, & Design is a national group that brings together women and non-binary individuals who are heavily involved in the design/creative process. I have teamed up with a small group of women to revive the Central Ohio branch. As part of the committee, I am now organizing meetups, running website updates, and will eventually be leading conversations between local designers. I’m hoping to post more events and local happenings as they are scheduled!

Inclusive Design

In the short months since I’ve started at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, I have been thrown in head-first to the issues facing students today. One of the more important subjects that keep coming up in my work is accessible or inclusive design. Basically, how those with disadvantages see, read, and interpret aspects of every day design. This has brought my design work even more into focus as I learn how certain conditions require different levels of spacing, kerning, colors, and contrast. I’m hoping to turn my business and design work to focus more on meeting the needs of those who need information most. This is an ongoing process and I’m ultimately, hoping to present on the matter at a future conference. It’s an issue that is very close to my heart with a few family members that have autism and many friends with varying disabilities. Design for All.

Artists With Anxiety

I’ve already talked about this project before, but mental health is another issue that’s close to my heart. It’s a thing that I still struggle with on the daily, but it’s also a pattern that I see all too often in creative circles. My show is to address the stigma against mental illness in the creative community by interviewing local artists of all sorts about their struggles. I often give some insight into how my own brain works, so I have nothing to hide. There’s no shame in having mental health problems. I often talk about seeking licensed, professional help and would encourage any one who watches my program to do so. This show isn’t just centered around artists specifically, I just like alliteration. I love hearing from crafters, typographers, musicians, public speakers, writers, the works. Anyone that creates. 

Boundaries

Unfortunately, finding time for all of these endeavors has been a real challenge. I’m striving to find balance in all of my projects, so that may mean that some things fall by the wayside for a bit. I know that it will not be the end of the world if I miss a self-made deadline or wait one more day to properly answer an email. My clients have learned to expect this behavior from me for the sake of my own sanity and theirs and I am forever grateful for their patience. This also includes my friends and family. I am a self-diagnosed workaholic and finding “me-time” or bonding time with others is also hard. I am learning many things about boundaries and making commitments and being honest with myself and others. This is the year that I do it all, but within my own capacity in my own way.

I hope you’ll stick with me to see what more work I will be doing and feel free to shoot me a message, whether to talk, rant or just say “hi”. 

Take care of yourselves,

Eileen Asher

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