You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Oh hey! (Around here I’m referred to as Al, so when Travis and Nate blame something on Al you’ll know who they’re talking about.)
I’m not a sports person, or a beer person, or a “I’m going to bike 10 zillion miles and climb a mountain while I fight off bears” kind of person. Frankly, I’m a sit at home in my yoga pants and watch Netflix all night while eating Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream (all of it except the half-serving I’ll leave in the bottom of the carton just to make me feel better about myself) kind of person. I’m a sucker for baby animals and cute packaging, obsessed with anything vintage (I could spend all day in antique stores), and a chronic sweets junkie (it doesn’t really help with the whole dieting thing). I am probably one of the most loyal people you will ever meet and even though I talk a big game, at the end of the day I’m a people-pleaser and hate confrontation and drama. My life is crazy, quirky, colorful, and beautiful. It’s filled with joy, an absurd amount of shoes (and pizza), and some pretty amazing friends and family who keep me grounded. My beloved boyfriend tells me that I’m the weird one in the relationship, but we all know that he’s the real weirdo. He truly is my better half, pushing me and growing with me not only in design, but in life as well.
I absolutely adore my job. It’s one of few careers where I can create and mold something unique and beautiful, but also functional at the same time. Every day is different and exciting (things are anything but boring around here), and I love every second of it. Life’s too short to stay in a career you hate.
I catch a lot of flak around here about growing up in Lowell, and while we did indeed have a “drive your tractor to school” day, I will always be proud to be a Red Arrow. After high school, I attended Grand Valley Sate University in fall 2010 and graduated in winter 2014 with my BFA in Graphic Design. Laker for a lifetime (or student loans for a lifetime…).