Like many this year, we had a very mild winter with very little snowfall here in Maine. The snow is receding little by little from the garden revealing a fresh slate...a new beginning to the garden season.
The onion, leek, and herb seedlings are growing well under the lights and we have been enjoying the trimmings on pizza:
|Onion and Leek Seedlings|
Lettuce, arugula, and spinach seeds were started this weekend and we are eager to have fresh salads once again. Some of the lettuce seeds are old, so I am pre-sprouting these like I did with my tomatoes and peppers last year. Once sprouted, the seeds will be moved to waiting soil blocks.
|Pre-sprouting Lettuce, Spinach, and Arugula|
|Arugula Sprouted in Less Than 24 Hours!|
I have also been busy planting seeds of another sort: marketing myself as an Independent Graphic Designer.
It has been a rough ride at the place where I have been employed for 10 years as a Graphic Designer. The poor economy has taken its toll and layoffs have occurred frequently over the past couple years. About a year ago, my workweek was reduced as business continued to decline. As of two weeks ago, my status has been changed from an employee to a contractor.
I knew that times were tough and did what I could to prepare for the inevitable. My choices were to try to find employment elsewhere or stay the course until something happened. I decided to stay the course and began working as a freelance Graphic Designer nights, weekends, and on my day off from my regular job.
Luckily, I have gained some ongoing quality clients that are benefiting from my services and provide ongoing work. Now I can add my former employer as a client. I am thankful for the clients I have, but will need more to feel more financially secure.
I wish my former employer the best and hope that business improves. The sales people who have survived the layoffs are all very strong individuals and are fighting very hard for success right now.
Working as in Independent Graphic Designer or Freelancing has been a dream of mine for a long time. I have always been a hard worker who will work hours necessary to meet deadlines for my employer. The idea of doing so directly for my clients and myself seems much more rewarding.
Will the dream become a reality? Only time will tell. Wish me luck.