Hi! Nice to meet you! – Part Two

Where do I begin to talk about my life in terms of career … I guess I’ll go back to college. I spent a good solid portion of my 20s as a student. I loved college! Grade school was challenging for me to say the least, I just didn’t apply myself and didn’t really care about my studies. College was like a second chance. I could actually take classes that I was interested in, of course after the required GEN ED courses were out of the way. I mainly took art classes but I also took a fair amount of psychology courses. I went to a local community college straight after high school, I stayed there for three years before transferring to SUNY New Paltz. I graduated with my bachelors degree in art education and then went on to get my masters. After getting my masters at SUNY Plattsburgh I went back to the local community college for a year to get my associates in graphic design. It was something that I always wanted to do more of and I thought might as well get a degree for it while I was at it! 

As far as career goes, I am not yet where I ultimately want to be. I was a substitute teacher for many years while working two jobs. I was interviewing for every art teacher position that came available in my area. If you aren’t sure of how bad it is to find a teaching job in New York State, especially if you didn’t get your degree in special education or stem, it’s bad. Why did I go for teaching then you might ask? Unfortunately the education system wasn’t this bad when I went into college but it sure made its way there just as I was graduating. When I was all set and ready to start applying and interviewing for jobs art teachers were getting let go, programs were being cut and full time positions were going part time. It was a mess. Everyone I spoke to had one solution. “Move!” Yeah sure it’s just that easy, I’ll pack up my life and move across the country alone and leave all my family and friends. Also not to mention a teachers salary at these locations I was told to move to was a salary I could easily make here doing something else. Needless to say I decided to stay.

I took a full time job at an insurance company. I hated it. I left after two years. I took a full time job at a medical manufacturing company. It was better than the insurance company. I stayed a year and a half. I’ve been a waitress, a pharmacy technician, I worked in a bakery decorating cakes, I was a cashier, a “service leader,” which was a promotion from cashier, I’ve been an intern, a hostess, a substitute teacher and now a hospital operator. 

While doing all of these jobs I’ve been doing my own work on the side. I’m a freelance graphic designer. I take in jobs that I find online but mainly I get jobs from people I know or word of mouth. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell printable art! I wish I could spend more time doing what I love but unfortunately I gotta keep hustling at my day job. Work really does get in the way of me living my best life! I would love to be able to support myself freelancing but I’m not there yet. One day!


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Take a look at my website! www.dlouisedesigns.com

Check out my Etsy! I am currently running a coupon code! Use my code SAVE30 and receive 30% off of three or more prints!! www.etsy.com/shop/DLouiseDesigns

Also if you want to get in touch with me for some freelancing or a collaboration send me an email! danielle@dlouisedesigns.com

My boyfriend and I also really want to get into flipping houses. Unfortunately for that to start we have to have money. Gotta spend money to make money I guess! Again, someday it will happen! I think it would be awesome to start flipping houses and make a YouTube channel about the houses we flip! Until then I’m going to just keep doing what I’m doing and see what the next step is.

Thanks for reading,

– D

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