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Making it Offish!

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I’m enrolled in a program at the University of Baltimore to get a Certificate in User Experience Design, or UX. My goals are to codify my many years of experience building websites for myself and to more effectively apply my understanding of customer and prospective member behavior to sites I’m working on for myself and my clients.

For the last little bit, I’ve been trying to firm up what exactly I want to offer, in terms of services, and after a couple months of offering every single thing I know how to do, I’ve narrowed it down to a specific slate of services and tools I can offer new and growing small businesses, nonprofits, and solo ventures — a cohesive web presence is a big part of that!

The other things that are a part of that – the things I’m excited about folding into my services are things like: logo design, cohesive branding design, product promotion, custom fonts, custom paper products, and multi-step planning.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be updating my hire page to better fit this vision.

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You can also help me keep making time to make art while I complete my program by supporting me on Patreon or making purchases from Managed Expectations on Etsy.

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I live in Baltimore now!

Surprise! I moved in on December 1st on a wing and a hangover. Everything is a mess. My stuff is everywhere, my roommates’ stuff is everywhere, my ex’s stuff is everywhere and idk really where my money is? Like I for sure spent it, but who knows on what, exactly. 

Everything is chaos. 

BUT! Also! Everything is pretty great. I have been more connected to my friends, more creative, and more confident about what I’m doing with my life. In the last three weeks, I’ve finished eight Christmas commissions comprised of eighteen different works of art — keep an eye out for those as soon as the gifts are given — and I have a whole slew of new pics and edits to share from my travels this summer and from just living my life in DC and Baltimore. 

I’ve been keeping track of a lot of things I want to talk about, and now that my commissions are all with their respective printers, I can actually start writing some of it down and the very first thing I wrote down — a thing I keep coming back to — is the mix of emotions I feel about Baltimore being my home. Let’s unpack that.

If I have to pick between Maryland and Virginia — and I do, we all do, it’s the law, I think — I will ALWAYS pick Maryland. I lived in Montgomery County from the time I was 6 until I left for college, I got my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, I returned to MoCo to live in Silver Spring after graduation, and I got my Master’s Degree from Goucher College. It’s a formative part of who I am as a person. 

But living in DC for the past several years has felt really, really right to me. I have felt most myself. DC is a space where everyone is passionate about social issues — and most people are passionate in the same direction that I am, it’s okay to love your job and your volunteer work and talk about that stuff a lot, there are ten thousand kinds of places to see art from the Smithsonian to a museum that’s legit just murals painted in a public alley, the hockey team is quite good, it’s not weird that I’m not straight, and most of my favorite people in the world live there. 

So the knowledge that I have to go back to a Maryland driver’s license and that it’s not totally honest to say I’m from DC anymore and the fact that I don’t wake up in our Nation’s Capital everyday feels really weird to me. It feels a bit like a part of my identity is missing. 

On the other hand, though, the stuff I love about DC is stuff I know I will love about Baltimore. The art scene here is a incredible! A lot of people I love also live here! Folks are mostly aligned with my progressive politics, but I can actually vote a Republican the fuck out of office in this state!

And the really important thing is that I see all of the most important people in my life actually more now that I live in Baltimore than I did living a block away  from some of them with my ex-girlfriend.

It’s another important reminder that the people that really care about you are gonna figure it out. They’re gonna give you keys to their apartments and let you sleep on their couch and tell you you can come over because you finished working several hours before you planned to meet them somewhere, they’re gonna let you have your birth control mailed to their apartment so you don’t have to pay an extra $50 for it, and they’re gonna come to your house sometimes even though it’s less convenient for nearly everyone because someone has to help you christen the back patio with a bonfire made of clothes and a weed S’more. 

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New Beginnings

I finished this website revision in April and I’m just now getting a firm sense of how this space functions as a hub for my things. I was using this blog area for announcements, work samples, old writing, and photo-journals  —  that is too many things for one chronological blog and there are much better platforms for all of those things. Pics are on VSCO, my work is in a Dribbble portfolio and on Instagram, and my old professional blogging is archived in a separate space. That leaves this blog for personal writing and reflection.

Here’s how the last few months shook out for me:


I quit my job because the senior staff at my former organization had an absurdly disproportionate response to me giving them feedback they asked for; it became clear to me that their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion was purely superficial.


I walked a lot of dogs and made a lot of art, my girlfriend quit HER job, we had some of the best weeks of our relationship, we went to Europe together right after her last day.


we moved everything we own out of our shared apartment and into a storage unit, we started crashing with my parents while we looked for jobs.


my girlfriend went to Los Angeles to visit her sister, broke up with me via gchat, and declined to take responsibility for a single possession she left here; Bru took home the trophy for the third consecutive year; and I made plans to move to Baltimore to live in a three bedroom house where I can have an office and I started to figure out what my life looks like now.

So here we are, rapidly approaching December and I think it’s fair to say that this moment will likely help define the next chapter of my life  — and that makes me feel like I should make some resolutions or name some goals or set some intentions or something.

Here are, well, just a list of some things I feel like saying that mostly lacks parallel structure:

  1. F.O.E. – friends over everything. This is partly me saying that I want to prioritize the people that have always had my back, but it also doubles as a gentle-ish way to say No New Friends.
  2. No one’s mental health is more important than mine and I should not be with or around someone that asks me to sacrifice mine for hers on a regular basis.
  3. Don’t take the blame if you didn’t earn the blame; take the fucking credit if you earned the fucking credit.
  4. It’s fine for me to be a flannel & snapback bisexual and still identify as vaguely femme, it’s fine for me to represent my sexuality however the fuck I want, and it’s   f   i   n   e   if I occasionally want to be reductive about my identity (and the identities of consenting friends) in service of a gay joke about my all-women football team.
  5. I’m adopting Mindy Kaling’s “Why the fuck not me?” as my professional mantra. There’s not a single fucking reason I can’t have the freelance career of my dreams if I’m willing to earn it.
  6. Don’t ever get soft at mimosa chugging again.