In October I was surprisingly let go of my current role as an assistant designer. It was a tough pill to swallow as I've never been let go from a job before. I've thankfully come to realize that it was a blessing in disguise.
While the company I worked for had some ethical practices to it, it still wasn't sustainable and had little to no initiatives made towards moving in that direction. While I am grateful for my time and all that I have learned and the great friendships I will have for the rest of my life; I now realized that the company was not a perfect fit for me. And that's okay. I learned so much about myself there, who I want to be and what I want to stand for.
While I may have been "let go" or "fired"... however you want to word it, I never considered it a set back. At the end of the day, I felt like I absorbed everything I could from the company and was ready for new responsibilities from the company, for myself, I wanted growth, I wanted to take my knowledge and experiences, and beliefs and apply them into my day to day work. I wanted to implement sustainable initiatives in any and every way I could; starting with the mindset of people around me, which was a lot tougher than I thought. It also didn't help being on the near end of the corporate food chain.
I also learned that I need to be apart of something bigger than just making clothes because to me that is not rewarding enough. Anyone can create a t-shirt and someone somewhere will buy it. Hearing that people liked my team's designs and they sold well was not enough for me. What about the huge global issues that are happening right now? I want to take advantage of the power and potential reach my company has to do something that can make an impactful difference than just "feeling confident" in their new sweater. I know that I want to make a difference, a positive impact, not just to write it in a blog, but to actually go out there and do it.
So while it may have been sad to say goodbye to the people I saw every day and shared so many memories, laughs, experiences with, it only pushed me more to focus on my ideas and companies that are willing to put the planet and people before a high profit that is just adding to global warming.
So what have I been doing with my time off?
I've most recently continued my studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology and taking courses to pursue a Sustainable Design certification. It's great being in class and getting to network with people that care about the planet and people the same way I do.
I've also honestly been taking time for myself, getting my thoughts together, figuring out what I want to do and how to make a positive impact on this world, that will still generate some kind of income for me because a girl's gotta pay rent! And it is far from cheap in NYC. I've been thinking a lot about my blog and what information I want to share with all of my readers. I have a lot of ideas that I'm hoping to share with you all very soon! I finally feel clear-headed and re-charged and ready to go full force ahead.
*Side note, I've also adopted a puppy, the cutest puppy ever. Anyone who has ever had a puppy knows how much work and dedication it takes so that as well has been absorbing a lot of my time. But totally worth it. It's also had me thinking about sustainability within the dog/pet industry. Maybe one day I'll write a post about that!
Until next time, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving spent with those that you love.