So I have news. You should know that I am very excited about this, but it definitely comes at an odd time. As you may have read in my last post, I have been getting more into the community here in Houston, and loving what I see. But guess what, world. I'm moving again. That's right, I've been hired. (You may do a little dance.)
Where am I moving, you ask? Well, to give you a hint, here's my life so far: Houston>>Lubbock>>Minneapolis>>Brooklyn>>Houston. Seeing as I am back in Houston, can you guess where I'm going next?
That's right, folks: Lubbock. West Texas. Beautiful open plains dotted with wind turbines and tumbleweeds galore. One point perspective in real life. Dust storms and Slaton pies. First Friday Art Trails, Fifth Friday Art Trails. All this, four hours away from any major city. And what marks the halfway point between Houston and Lubbock on Hwy 36? Deep Shit Cattle Co.
Is it as amazing as it sounds? Yes. Lubbock has so much character, it's fantastic. I didn't truly fall in love with it until 3 years into college, but now I know what I'm looking for and where to find it. And I will be so glad to be near my professors again, all of whom I look up to immensely. These people shaped me into who I am today as a person and as a designer, and I am looking forward to sharing a building with them again.
I bet you're curious about my new job. Well, here it is: I am the new graphic designer for the Texas Tech School of Art! Haven't heard of it? You're missing out big time. The School of Art at Tech may not be on the top of your list of art and design schools, but I am here to tell you that I have seen amazing things come out of that place. Fossil knows. I'm just saying, keep your eyes peeled, because there is a lot of talent coming from the art students at Texas Tech. It's not all about Bobby Knight and Mike Leach.
As I said earlier, I am very excited about this opportunity. As the only designer, I will have a lot of responsibility and hopefully some creative freedom. I will get to work amongst artists and art teachers, a very creative environment. And how often do you get the chance to truly give back to your school like this? I'm hoping to do something pretty amazing with my work there.
I may end up moving again in a few years, but for now, it's off to Lubbock! Geez, I feel like there should be a video game where you try to locate me. Wish me luck! And stay tuned for some interesting adventures in West Texas.
I feel that I should end my post with a small word of caution. This coming move will be my fourth in two years. As my friend Trey has said, this makes me the "most movingest person" ever. To be honest, I didn't intend for this kind of constant relocation. When the recession hit, it hit hard. And when great opportunities have popped up elsewhere, I feel that I should grab them. But it's difficult leaving friends and family, and finding a place in your new community. I am happy to accept a job in Lubbock because I've lived there. I know the area, I have friends there, and I will be able to adjust easily. While I have discovered some true gems in the process of relocating and wouldn't take back anything in the end, I should point out that moving so much is indeed stressful, and I don't necessarily recommend it.