Judgment

This is going to be a very tough post for me and I’m not quite sure the tone it will take on as I type. I was just reading through some topics posted on the etsy forums about graphic design. More specifically these posts:

First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I have no problem with that, as long as I will be entitled to mine.   I know that I am most likely inviting a ton of criticism to my own designs and that is fine with me.  I’m a big girl, have been for a long time, and I can take it.

When reading the first thread it seems that most people’s opinion of what makes a professional graphic designer is their education.   Most said a  formal education in the field is key.  I disagree.  Then again, I do not refer to myself as a “professional” so maybe I took offense too early.  I do, however, call myself a graphic designer.   I design graphics every day.  I’ve never had an unhappy client.  I successfully sell my designs.  I pay my bills with the money I make doing what I love.  So, I’m happy with what I do.

Would I love to go to school and broaden my abilities?  Absolutely! Can I? Not at this time.  I’ve never had the opportunity to further my education.  Mostly because of choices (good or bad) that I have made in my life.  I became a mother at age 16.  Circumstances then did not allow for me to seek higher education.   I had to prioritize and still stick with my decision – my child first.  Since then I’ve gone through a very bad marriage and had two more children.  Again – education was put on the back burner and my children came first.  I’m not asking for pity, and I don’t want sympathy.  These were all my decisions and I still stand by them.  No regrets.

I decided that I would do what was best for myself and my children during those times.  They needed their mom, and they needed her working and bringing home money.  That meant no time for school.  So, I did what I could and started to slowly teach myself how to do things.  All of my computer skills, all of my business know how, all of my graphic design abilities – all self taught over a period of 6 years.

I know my limitations and never pretend to know more than I do.  If I am asked to do something I am uncomfortable with I make sure that I recommend someone else who can help with the client’s needs in a better way than  I could.  That is my responsibility as a business owner.

(Get to your point Ang – I know, I know) I think my point is this.  Don’t pass judgment so quickly.  Some people have natural talent oozing from their pores.  Others have to find that talent and tweak it.  While still others will spend endless hours in a classroom trying to find that talent or skill and never will.  I chose to stay positive and do MY best with what I had.  I will continue to do just that.

I am proud of my work.  I am proud of the family I am raising.  I am proud of the services I offer.  I am proud of my small business. I am proud to say that as a graphic designer I am able to help provide for my family while also being able to be available to them night and day.  I am proud of myself!

Read my “Who is Angela?” page – you may understand just a bit more.

    Baby!

    10 Step Process

    Here is the process of buying and receiving a custom graphic from Angela Morgan Designs. We’ll use a custom banner as an example.

    1. Choose the listing that best suits your needs and add it to your cart.
    2. Follow through with the purchase by sending payment via PayPal immediately or via RME by sending me a convo.
    3. Send any helpful information about your graphic needs via convo or email. Including color preferences, styles, shop name, tag line, font choices, etc. The more information you send, the smoother the process will go.
    4. Within 48 business hours you will hear from me and be able to see a design I have come up with based on the information you have provided. I will send the designs to you via etsy convo or email. Communication is key!
    5. Tell me what you like or dislike about the banner I have provided. What changes would you want made? This is now a very back and forth process. You will need to be available to answer convos/emails.
    6. Changes will be made according to the feedback I receive from you. At this point I will continue to work on your design until you are satisfied. (Again, communication is so important on these steps!)
    7. Once you have agreed to the final design I will ask for your email address and the process is nearly finished!
    8. I will email the finished design to you in your desired file format.
    9. Save the image to your computer. Then upload it to etsy.
    10. Leave feedback.

    Guess what?!?

    My AC went out again.  Guess what else?  The repair company is not open on weekends! What luck!!!

    Wooohoooo!

    It’s a GREAT day so far (even though I am soooo sleepy I can’t keep from yawning every two minutes!)

    I woke up this morning feeling great and decided that maybe I’d sleep a while longer, it was after all only 5:30 am so I drifted back off until my phone rang.  It was my dear mother in law and I lied when she asked if she had woke me.  I love talking to her.  I think it’s a great bonding experience for us and she is just so sweet and sentimental that it always lifts me up.  We talked for two and half hours!  Of course, about the baby, about Russell, the kids, and just about everything under the sun.  I love her!

    My air conditioning is working!  I am thrilled about that! Hooray for air and breathing and comfort!  It was a quick fix and I’m afraid it may only be temporary so I still want them to investigate it further.  My phone battery is completely dead though so I have to wait a little while to call the repair company back.

    I bought the kids a fun water sprinkler to play with and I’m looking forward to setting it up for them.  I’ll most likely do that after lunch.  But here is the most exciting news of all!  I’m featured on someone’s blog for the first time EVER!  It may sound like small potatoes to you but I am THRILLED!  3LilMonkeys just sent me a convo via etsy to let me know she featured me today.  She had some oh so sweet things to say too!  Check it out! http://my3lilmonkeys.blogspot.com/2008/06/armorgan-spotlights-on-you.html

    Thank you!

    Day 3 – No AC

    The repairman still has not come. We are in day three of no air conditioning for the main part of our home. And we are STUCK here just waiting. I’m afraid to even run errands for fear of missing them when/if they show up. If it were up to me I would have already called another company, but I rent, and alas, it is not up to me.

    I’ve been keeping myself busy making etsy banners and business card templates. That’s about all I’m selling in my shop right now. A little funny thing- now that I am allowed to sell web ads and such in my shop – I am getting zero requests for them. Hmmm?

    Oh I must share this! This sounds like such an amazing thing since the price of groceries is outrageous! My cousin posted a bulletin on MySpace yesterday that lead me to Angel Food Ministries. ( http://angelfoodministries.com ) She and her family have been participating in this for quite a while. It is for everyone – there are no applications or income limits or anything like that (though they do accept food stamps)

    Basically you just type in your zip code to find a host near you then call them up and order. The entire available menu is posted on the website. I left a message at a local church today inquiring and am just waiting on a phone call. If you have any experiences with Angel Food Ministries, please let me know about it! Maybe you can get your church or organization involved in this! From their site…

    Our food is “restaurant grade” meats, frozen vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. which we acquire through our involvement with only the best producers/vendors of high quality, “name brand” foods. Never “seconds” or “day old” type products are involved.

    I’ve done it again!

    I’ve let my blog just slip on by.  Again.  So much has been going on lately that I’ve found it hard to make time to even write a small passage.  Excuses, excuses…

    Today I am 10 weeks pregnant and all seems to be going well.  My “baby bump” is expanding and I promise pictures soon!  I’m a tad anxious to compare my 6 week picture to a more recent one.   ( I haven’t even uploaded my 6 week photo yet – shhh!)  I don’t seem to be getting nauseous as often lately which is a very good thing, but I am increasingly tired.  A nap mid day always feels great!

    It is incredibly hot outside lately! And guess who’s air conditioner broke? You got it.  Mine!  Today will be day two that I have been waiting on the repair man to come by.  I just got off the phone with the company and they tell me they still can not guarantee someone out today. Hooray! Thankfully we do have a window unit AC in our basement.   Last night the kids slept here in my office on our guest bed and Russell and I blew up an air mattress and put that in the main part of the  basement.  It was a much better alternative to sleeping upstairs where I swear the temperature is higher than outside.   The really bad thing is that we have to wait around all day with no real guarantee of when someone will come.  I just wish I could take the kids to my in-laws and stay in their pool all day!  And cooking?  Ha – I’m crazy but not stupid!