Monday, January 3, 2011

a whole new year!

2011 is here!  kind of hard to believe to be honest.  time truely does go by much faster when you get older...not sure how i feel about that.  anyways, there are many changes in my life for this new year.  the biggest one is that i am no longer with the architecture firm that i was with for the past 4 years.  unfortunately the past year and a half or so was not a great time for the firm.  we had some big projects not come through, some bond issues that didn't pass, etc.  they had to downsize quite a bit and unfortunately...or fortunately...i was one of the ones who was let go.  i'm not gonna lie, it sucked, it happened the wednesday before christmas, which put a bit of a damper on the holidays.  mymichael and i knew that there were going to be some changes made, i just didn't realize it was as bad as what it really was.

so, here i am without a job and trying to figure out what the heck is going on.  recently i had told mymichael that i wouldn't mind doing something on my own {not knowing the possibility was so close}.  we discussed the pros and cons of having your own business vs. being with a company, which there are many for both sides.  over the past couple of years i have been doing side jobs that range from residential interior design to photography and graphic design.  i have been extremely busy b/c all those things were done in my "spare" time....not during the 40+ hour work week where i did commercial interior design.  i have enjoyed all the side work and the variety that comes with it. 

what better time to try something on my own than now?  i'm trying to look at this as an opportunity.  i'm not sure that mymichael and i would have been comfortable me quitting my nice paying job to pursue something on my own.  that steady paycheck is very beneficial and it would have been very hard to choose to let it go!  so, an opportunity this will be! 

over the next few weeks there will be lots of changes made to my website
and probably to this blog as well.  i will be incorporating:
residential interior design services
small commercial interior design services
furniture and accessory  resales
graphic deisgn services
it will be a work in progress and i hope to share as i go along.

so, keep checking back to see what's new.  hopefully in a few weeks i will have a big launch of the updated website and everything. 

 i'm really excited....and a bit see where things take me & ruby jewel studio in 2011!


  1. so excited for you! i know it is scary, but you will be great and succesful, i have no doubt!
    love you!

  2. You're positive attitude to look at this as an OPPORTUNITY is inspiring! It is that same attitude and your CRAZY awesome skills that I know will make you successful in this venture. Like I told you earlier today, I believe in you...110 percent!!!

  3. Wow Alayna! So exciting and anxious for you. Can't wait to hear all about it tomorrow at dinner. You will be awesome in whatever you do! Excited to see what the new year has in store for you!


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