Thursday, November 25, 2010

Workplace tour!

So as most of you know already, I landed a dream career in graphic design at an amazing company earlier this month. I searched all summer long - found an opening here before I left for new york fashion week - and on my first day in the big city, I received a call from them asking if I'd like to set up a phone interview. I set up my phone interview on my last day in NYC and as I sat in the little cafe of the hotel drinking one of those really yummy sparkling lemonades and eating an almond croissant talking with one of the designers - little did I know my whole life would change when I got home. Working here so far is life changing. The culture, the people, the work - every bit of it is so inspiring. Everyone there inspires me to be a better person, a better designer. I cannot wait to see myself grow as a designer and to see the company grow even more. And I get to stay in west Michigan. I am insanely lucky. Well anyway, sap aside.. let's take a mini tour, aye?! I snapped some photos with my retrocam, so the quality isn't perfect, but you get the idea. First up, we have my amazing new monitor, wireless keyboard and magic mouse!

I get a cute personal locker next to my desk and office area with area for books and picture frames. I had to order this cute print from Vol25's etsy shop. Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. So true. Below, I have a photo of me and my best friend, Jen, and of course Brett and I looking out at Lake Michigan.

I brought in a lamp from IKEA (I wish you could see the color better, it's so cute) and I also invested in some nature-inspired items from ModCloth for my desk. I haven't gotten my business cards in yet - but I wanted this cute birdie business card holder - and I fell in love with this birch clock! ModCloth has some insanely cute items for home and apartment. I have a huge wishlist right now.

I have my giant headphones for listening to some music while I work! It's so fun - I always wanted a job where I could listen to music while I worked. I always used to love listening to music through those giant headphones in college classes.

This is my view of downtown from my seat at my desk! I love it. We have amazing natural sunlight throughout the whole building and it's so fun to see the sun rise and set through these windows while I'm at work. If it's snowing or raining, I love having such a large view to the world. Plus, there are some fun happenings in downtown that everyone breaks for to watch - like elephants walking down the streets to the circus or movies being filmed downtown. So awesome.

Here's a cute little front area and one of the large hallways. We have streetlamps on the "streets" and the overall design is that the left-hand side of the street is all community property - the cafe, conference rooms, storage, the community room. The right hand side of the street is where all of the "private" properties are (everyone's desk and work stations!) Isn't that amazing?

Another print, No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm. Most of you know - but I'll say it again, and again. If you truly are passionate about something - you can accomplish anything. In high school, I just did not enjoy school - I wasn't truly passionate about anything in my life. I'm so different now. I found what I loved (finally), I went to the college of my dreams, worked my #!@ off, graduated with the studio excellence award and landed this amazing career - all because I took a chance on my dreams. And it wasn't easy. I had to work really hard to get into my first choice art college, I was terrible at drawing in college and would walk home crying as a freshman thinking I'd never graduate one day!, I've pulled so many overnighters, have spent so much money on classes and art supplies and new computers and software.. but I never gave up. I never said, "Ah, screw it." And here I am - 24 years old - totally on the top of my world. I know.. so sappy.. but dream big, girls (and boys!)

65 comments:

  1. amazing space you got!! www.fashionablenotebook.blogspot.com

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  2. These type of posts really inspire me to go after my heart and get the career I truly desire!

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  3. Congratulations, Tieka! What an inspiring post. <3

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  4. Tieka you are the best!! You make things happen for yourself and I'm so excited for your new beginnings. You office looks so dreamy, btw. I love how they let you set it up to make it personal!

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  5. your new office looks amazing! i love the view and the space between desks (a definite luxury, as I've had to share a one-person cubicle before and it's not fun!).

    The end of this post was really inspiring and motivating. I'm so glad to hear that things have worked out so wonderfully for you because you dared to dream big! Congrats Tieka!!

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  6. your workplace is beautiful and congratulations on landing your dream job!! you're an inspiration to us all. :)

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  7. Very beautiful post and inspiring! I'm happy that you are able to do what you've always dreamed of doing :) I hope that will be the case for me too :)
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  8. What an inspiring post! Thanks Tieka!! And have a happy thanksgiving!

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  9. You are adorable. It actually brought (almost) tears to my eyes! As a fellow (fella?) graphic designer searching for that dream job, I am so excited for you! Also I'm a little jealous of that desk of yours... although I am the only one to blame for the cluttered desk filled with papers!
    It's awesome that you worked your butt off to get your dreams. Despite having a college diploma, I'm still taking night classes (going on 2 years of that) to just get the most knowledge I can and sometimes I feel like all my time and money and energy is going to that (on top of a full work week and blog and etsy shop) but then i remind myself that if i don't do it now while still in my 20s, I never will and I will just end up at half-ass jobs all my life.
    We just all need to keep reminding ourselves to keep on truckin. I always want to keep growing and learning new things, I don't think that will ever change. While settle for mediocrity???

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  10. Looks like such a fun place to work Tieka! I love your pictures and prints and the idea of having 'public' and 'private' areas.

    Sally x

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  11. Congrats on the new job and the new step in life! The office looks great; I'm so happy for you.

    xxL

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  12. Congratulations! You should be proud of how hard you have worked and how much you have accomplished. It's clear by your determination and appreciation for your work and yourself that you are really going places!

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  13. wow! such a cool office. thanks for sharing! So happy for you in this new job!! And thanks for the motivation and encouragement!

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  14. "No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm"

    Girl, you are so deep, your name should be "Ocean".

    Bad joke? Probably. But man oh man, what an amazing quote! Thank YOU so much for this post. I was in need of a caffeine jolt for my inspiration to keep on trucking on my own dream, and this did just the trick! :)

    But congrats on your new job. It makes me happy to see others doing their thangs, as it makes me feel like I'm getting so much closer to mine I can almost smell it :)

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  15. Your so lucky!
    Gorgeous workspace ♥ x


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  16. Your office looks like a great creative place to work, congrats!

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  17. You are so inspiring. Thank you for this post :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing! You certainly inspire me and so many other girls!

    Take care!
    xo

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  19. Thanks for such a sincere, simple yet so true post--if that makes any sense! It's Thanksgiving and I can tell you are def thankful and it makes me thankful too! I'm in my senior year of high school, my AP courses have been killing me - I think I signed up for one too many, and it's so tempting to just give up and quit one of my courses, but I might just keep trying thanks to you. ;)

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Erin :)

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  20. This post is so cute! Im so happy for you that you got this job!

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  21. i'm so happy for you! you are such an inspiration.

    hugs
    faith

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  22. You have worked so hard and deserve ALL of it (and more). Thank you for always being an inspiration to us readers, you are going to do great things with your new company, I just know it!
    Love the personal touches in your office space, you're so lucky they have such a great office building!
    xo
    alicia

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  23. Your workplace looks incredible, Tieka! I love the whole community/private thing and how personalised your desk is.

    Reading this was so inspiring! You're an amazing role model, lady :)

    X

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  24. Wow looks like you got yourself a fancy career. Working up the corporate ladder to success I see! We really need more dedicated working class American's like yourself to keep this society running. Not everyone get's the American dream! College, marriage, house, dream career, what's next some kids? It's nice to see people who fit so nicely into the mold society has created for them :)

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  25. what a wonderful post! well inspiring! loving the pictures as well, your space looks great! and congrats of cause!!
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  26. congrats tieka, and thanks so much for sharing these with us! It's really been inspiring reading about your successes (and outfits!), and I wish I was anywhere near as "with it" a few years ago when I was your age!

    happy thanksgiving!!

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  27. Oh, Tieka! It's been long since the last time I dropped a message, but I wanted to say congratulations on your new achievement. You keep inspiring me, girl! And it's always great to be inspired by someone younger ;)
    Your workplace and decoration look awesome, hope you enjoy, learn a lot and have fun at your dream job!

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  28. by the way, the last comment was by Mer, hope you remember me, I don't have a URL but I've emailed you a couple of times before

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  29. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the office Tieka. It seems so perfect for you..with the natural light and the view of the city - eep! And I love all of your decorations...Ah, im so jealous right now. I want to get a cool office! I have had fun catching up on your blog this morning..I was on a 5 day trip and stayed far away from the computer, so your blog was my first stop today! So glad that you're so happy! x

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  30. Sound like you have found your place and all that hard work has paid off. I do love how you've made your workspace yours with the clock and frames really cool. Congrats :)

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  31. You are an inspiration missy. You deserve all the great things that come your way! :)

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  32. Wow, that last paragraph really got me. I don't know if you remember, but I'm currently attending Kendall and I feel like this past semester I've been just slacking and not giving 100% effort into everything. In fact, I've probably been giving 25-50% effort into everything I've done. And now I feel like I really want to push myself and strive to be the best because I know it's what I deserve. Thank you for giving me that push that I needed. Congrats on your new job!

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  33. Wow!
    This is sooo amazing! I'm VERY jealous!
    Hope I get such a nice job when I get out of college!

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  34. Congratulations again Tieka! This is so inspiring and I hope everyone struggling to find their path reads this post. It's a wonderful reminder that courage and hard work really do pay off.

    And your space is so super cute :)

    xo

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  35. Congratulations on the new job! It sounds amazing!!

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  36. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. This looks like a great workspace - good luck on a long and happy career!!!!

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  37. I love the bicycle and ocean quotes! Super cute :)

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  38. congrats, congrats to you! and how much do you charge for blog design?

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  39. I'm so happy for you! You sound like you are loving your job. I start a placement in January in the field I'm training in and I can't wait. I'm so excited to do something I enjoy.
    xxx

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  40. I'm so happy for you! You sound like you are loving your job. I start a placement in January in the field I'm training in and I can't wait. I'm so excited to do something I enjoy.
    xxx

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  41. LOVE the tour round your office!! :) love your cute furnishings makes it so homey! must do this at my desk in work! xo

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  42. I really love what you say finding something your passionate about and never giving up. I will be graduating university in May and have been thinking about this a lot. I want my blog to reflect my passions as well!

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  43. You have the most amazing view from your desk, I'm glad to know you're so happy on your new job Tieka!
    <3, Jo

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  44. Your office is so awesome Tieka! I'm so happy for you! You've inspired me to try and make my little cubicle a little nicer, haha.

    xx, Katrina

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  45. Congratulations! I know you'll do wonderful things at your new-- you're such a sweet lady :) I love that you actually wanted to be near your home and that you're so faithful to the mitten. It's an awesome place!

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  46. I don't know how one little girl can be so motivating and inspiring for others- but you truly are!
    Everytime I read about your school/job achievements I get a little sad about not having tried harder to get a place for design studies - on the one hand. But on the other hand it also motivates me to go on studying what I study now instead of design :)

    Thanks for that Tieka! And again: congrats on the job, it sounds as if it's perfect for you :)

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  47. amazing tiek!!! i can't wait to see it in person someday!! love you girl! :)

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  48. hey hun! im new here! so i followed you <3

    takje care and happy thanksgiving


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  49. Amazing work space! I can't wait to have an area like this when I get a "real job". Super inspiring to hear to. So so happy for you!

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  50. Gorgeous! I love the huge windows and your personal touch. Would you be willing to share a pic or two for my series on blogger workspaces? Email me at thenewprofessionalblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

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  51. Congrats, that's amazing that your dreams have come true! Love how excited and happy you are:)

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  52. I'm so excited for you! Your new job looks fab, and your office looks like a fun place to work! This post has definitely inspired me to have faith that it's possible to be creative and find a job doing what you love to do.

    Keep the workplace posts/photos coming! :)

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  53. Tieka you're the best! Whenever I get down about the work I'm doing, you remind me that I chose it and for all that it's really hard and stinks sometimes it's actually what I do love to do. I'm so excited that you found your dream job!

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  54. its sounds and looks amazing! I'm so happy for you girl! xox

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  55. Your workspace is amazing! You're inspiring me to fix mine up. (:

    Seriously though, I am so happy for you Tieka! You're such a sweet & inspiring girl and you deserve this!

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  56. Wow what an amazing space! That is such a wonderful thing for you and I must say I'm a bit jealous!

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  57. You've done an excellent job with your space! I envy everything you've done and you are such an inspiration! I can't wait myself for my very own office room which is promised to be passed to me next month. Yay!

    Have an enjoyable day! (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

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  58. So glad you like your new *dream* job!! :)

    P.S. I just re-decorated my blog, and added a link to yours! Feel free to link to mine, too! I just added 3 buttons to choose from :)

    http://crackthesky17.blogspot.com
    xo
    Veronica

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  59. EE! This place is awesome! Must see it in person STAT!!!

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  60. Honestly Tieka, your enthusiasm makes me want to be a better person, and I'm so happy to know someone who loves their job!

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  61. I think it's great that you found what you love and are already doing it at age 24! Not everyone at our age can say that! Congrats on a wonderful job!

    Emily//TheLesserPanda

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  62. Wow Tieka, I recently enrolled myself in school to become a web designer and this post is very inspiring yet it's kind of a downer to know how long it's going to be before I can get out into the work field..I'll be 28 or 29 by the time I begin my career but I guess it's better late than never. I hope you have a wonderful career here, it seems like an awesome place to work =)

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