Well it’s been awhile. A lot has happened in the last… 2 months. I’m happy to say that it has been extremely busy, although the effort to keep up with the blog has suffered.
- Got back together with my girlfriend (so much more Pooja Time!)
- Visited Chicago and decided I definitely do not want to move to a bigger city
- Found an awesome place in uptown with 3 guys
- Turned down the opportunity to move into the Creative department, but applied for a Marketing position
- Starting really putting myself and my interests out there and established connections with new printing vendors, as well as a non-profit start up.
I feel like I could go into great length about a few topics, but I’ll keep things relatively short.
After visiting Chicago and realizing that I’m right at home here in Minneapolis, I am finding myself much more grounded, or at least attempting to be. I have so many projects that I want to accomplish. After diving into them, I realize now that I should take the time to focus on establishing one at a time.
As for a job update, I decided I did not want to be considered for the job in the creative department at work. I’m happy about my decision and now it looks like I’ll have an opportunity to do some web marketing and development in the marketing department. That in itself has become sort of a stressful, drawn out process, but I think it is going to pay off. There is a lot of overlap between the job responsibilities…
Oh and don’t forget, if you just want the cliff-notes, the recap at the top and goals at the bottom are all you need.
…and what I have been trying to teach myself. Instead of daydreaming while driving around my forklift (not in a dangerous way I swear) of the types of work I’d like to be doing or learning, I’ll actually be doing it. I think the ability to focus and keep up on the things I want to will be greatly improved by getting into a desk job.
I finally launched the Facebook page for my company, Media Mix. I decided I want to give my company more personality than just being some sort of professional service. It’s been a fun way to document all of the different print jobs and creative work I have been doing. I now have working relationships established with a few great print shops, that allows me to offer any kind of promotional printing possible. Now that things are in place with my vendors, I’m hoping I can start rolling a few leads I have into a real flourishing business. My roommate also has a connection with a professional independent print broker that I need to get in contact with.
The most recent project I’ve been working on with TurboSource Performance Parts, has really propelled creating connections with the digital graphics shops. It sounds like I’ll be doing at least one car wrap as well as a few other car decals.
Not only that, but we have set up a Facebook page for the Michael Jackson Bar Crawl. I have managed to have a couple planning meetings, but the time I have been spending trying to get that marketing job has put sort of a halt on that effort. Luckily we are looking to throw the event at the end of August, so there is plenty of time to pick the project back up and get it moving.
Aaaaaand, if that all wasn’t enough, Vitality League has brought me on to help run their screen printing operation as well as consult in any aspect of their organization that I can. It’s been really amazing to be surrounded by so many people who have been putting their ambition into action.
It’s a bit early, but hopefully soon I’ll have some positive news worth sharing about a screen printing product I have been thinking about developing. I stopped by a screen printing supplier to get some feedback, and next week it is one of my goals to do some real market research at a shop. If it’s positive then I will see if I can’t seek out a company who would have an interest in manufacturing my, ‘product.’
I found a great place to live near the lakes in the Uptown Minneapolis area (pictures to come this summer). I met a graphic designer/improver acquaintance at a Halloween party this past fall. I dropped by to hang at his place one night. Fate, if you will came, into play as I was looking for a new place to live, and they were looking for a new roommate. One of the positive things about being single over the last year, is that I have managed to create a great network of talented and ambitious people. In other words, we have been having a lot of fun.
Other than that I’m happy to say I accomplished a few of the goals I made in my last post. I met with print shops and have kept my semi vegetarian diet. It’s a Hindu holiday as of yesterday, so I told my good friend I would ‘buddy system’ his 10 day no meat/no alcohol fast.
Goals for the next week:
- Rock my final interviews/follow-ups
- Start an exercise bootcamp I signed up for with the ladyfriend
- Get over to my vendors shop for some market research
- Write another blog post >.<
- Get 100+ FB likes for my Media Mix page
- Connect with a professional print broker