Well, I finally did it. I'm starting fresh. It was time for an update to both my portfolio and blog and I'm excited to share that with you. This blog will focus on everything I love—design, illustration, running, travel and more. This time, things are going to get more personal.

I've always been a little scared of writing about who I am, but here's a start. For so long, my whole world was dedicated to graphic design and illustration. I studied graphic design in college and had the biggest dreams of becoming a prominent designer and illustrator. After graduating, I immediately jumped into that world and felt like I was on my way. I worked as a designer at two well-known studios in Salt Lake City but over time, I felt like something was missing. I was one of the youngest people on the team and wasn't taken seriously. I wanted more freedom to work on projects that inspired me. I wanted to develop my own work instead of somebody else's vision. I wanted more time to devote to other interests that I have. So five years later, I quit that job and decided to start my own business. That was 2.5 years ago and I've never been happier.

It's hard to leave a comfortable job and a steady paycheck, but in the past two years, I've worked on some amazing projects, refined my illustration style, presented my own concepts, sharpened up my talking-on-the-phone skills (though I admit it still needs work), dived into a completely unrelated job at lululemon athletica (that I love), ran five half marathons (and signed up for my first full!), fell in love with trail running and figured out who I want to be in the process. I'm not just a designer and illustrator anymore. I'm so much more than that. I want to live life freely. I want to inspire people and challenge myself. I might not make a ton of money on my own but I don't have to. And I wouldn't change a thing.