A Year in Review: 2015

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I cannot believe 2015 is over. What a year, y’all. So much happened that I am so thankful for. Thanks for supporting my big leap into the scary world of unknowns (marriage, freelance, moving…) and making it so much less scary than I ever expected. I seriously cannot thank all of you enough.

To keep tabs on went down this year, before it all becomes a big blur, here are some of the more memorable moments and experiences:

Photo Collage of 2015
  • I experienced New Orleans and Mardis Gras for the first time as an adult, with my favorite Amanda.
  • Got married to that amazing guy of mine in March.
  • Honeymooned in San Francisco and fell in love with the city.
  • Took a calligraphy class and vowed to practice once a week. Never did.
  • Left my agency family that I learned so much from to take the leap into full-time freelance.
  • Learned how to bake bread with Brad – became addicted to homemade bread.
  • Landed my first two large clients as a freelancer – J. Hilburn & The Perot Museum.
  • Travelled to Disney World.
  • Flew to Seattle to be a bridesmaid for one of my bridesmaids. So much love and partying.
  • Explored Santa Cruz with B and got to know a bunch of cool cats at Octopus Creative.
  • Cultivated new friendships, rekindled old friendships, and strengthened some too.
  • Experienced our house being posted on the West Elm blog… right as we moved out. So bittersweet.
  • Explored Los Angeles and Joshua Tree on a girl’s retreat and tightened bonds with some amazing creative ladies (that I will blog about soon, promise).
  • Moved back to Denton into a temporary, money saving situation. Grew closer with B in our mutual frustrations.
  • Made an impromptu trip to the beach in mid-November. Fully realized the perks of being able to work from everywhere in this moment.
  • Helped build or expand roughly 40 brands, big and small, and loved every minute of it.

 
Emily-Holt-DFW-Freelance-Graphic-Designer

Goals from 2014:

This time last year I swore I would blog more. I’m happy to report I’ve blogged 13 times this year, which is a huge improvement from last year’s zero. Here’s to hoping it only becomes more regular. I also wanted to learn calligraphy… welp. I took a class. It’s a step. Practicing is a entirely different beast. Getting married was a goal, I suppose, and that went off without a hitch. I still like that dude quite a bit.

Goals for 2016:

So, listen. I know it’s totally cliche to set goals for an entire year, but I’m a total sucker for this kind of stuff. So… what are my goals for 2016? There are a few.

  1. Continue to grow my freelance business. Survival is preferable.
  2. Create a new line of illustration prints and greeting cards to sell locally (and possibly online).
  3. Buy a house (this is a big one, folks!) and experience the ups and downs of home ownership with B, renovations included.
  4. Become more involved in good causes going on in my city. One idea: volunteer photography at the local animal shelter.
  5. Travel to at least 5 unusual cities. 2015 was a good travel year. Let’s keep that going.

Once again… thank you all for making 2015 great. So how about you guys? Any big goals for the new year?

one comment

tRAVEN wEBB Says:

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hello Emily I am graphic design student I just had a question when do you know you are ready to get a job ? Thank you

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