I have been an administrative assistant at Northeastern University for about a year and a half, and though it was honestly a hard job for me in that it was hours a day sitting in front of a computer, the staff became like my second family. They were funny, kind, and so supportive. They really cheered me on as I was doing my side gigs of freelancing, pop ups and weddings. They were flexible with me and my schedule, were willing to pick up some workload and here and there to help me out, and gave me a space to be excited about what I was doing!
I had been planning on leaving this job next Summer to pursue freelancing full time as well as hopefully having a fuller wedding season to keep me busy (and financially afloat), but an opportunity came my way that was impossible to pass up!
I had been freelancing with Table and Tulip for less than a year, and a position opened up for a full time designer. I was hesitant to take it at first because I still wanted to pursue projects of my own and was worried it might be a conflict of interest thing, or I don't know, that it just wouldn't work with the hectic schedule that accompanies design studios, but to my very pleasant surprise they were willing to support me in this as well!
That being said, I don't plan to take on too much personally next season, as I want to be a big part of this shop and I don't want conflict in schedules, but for my personal growth and just pure enjoyment, I look forward to the few weddings I'll have the pleasure of working on next Summer! (I have 3 left this year that I'm really looking forward to).
Anywho, if you want something à la Claudia during the week, just put your order in through Table and Tulip and I will be SO happy to make something for you :)
I am excited to learn so much from them. I am self taught for the most part, so even though I am confident in my design skills, I'm a little iffy on the basics. It is also a studio that takes on large scale events and I'm excited to see how they handle the workload! When I was a tiny floral studio in San Diego I couldn't fathom how I could possibly grow and handle it, but I'm looking forward to learning from the best, so when I do go back to San Diego (wahhh!! Still a couple years to go...) I have a plan! I'm also looking forward to bringing my personal flair to their shop. My style is a bit different, but something they do seem to appreciate and would like to bring more of into their designs, so it feels good to bring something different to the table.
Welp, that's it! I'm SO EXCITED to do what I love as a full time job, to learn, to grow, and work with new people. But of course, any change, big or small, is always a little challenging, so any prayers and good wishes are so appreciated :) Thank you!