New Adventures

Every blog in the blogging universe seems to be hitting publish on a big 2015 goals, recaps, hopes & dreams post etc. I’m not really a resolution kinda person, so that sort of a post was out of the question, but I have taken a good hard look at blogging, and I intend to make some changes around here in the coming year.


But the biggest change of all, is coming career wise.


I am leaving my current job and starting on a new adventure and career!!


I currently work full time in the photography industry. Licensing images to brands, ad agencies and magazines for use in ad campaigns, retail book covers, magazine editorials, textbooks and more. I landed a job at my company at the tender age of 22, just a year out of college. I started as a photo retoucher, worked my way up through being an editor, then artist recruitment, then I hopped over to our copyright department for a few years, and then landed in sales. At almost nine years with the company, I have put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Leaving is going to be hard. The “I’m quitting” talk with my bosses was pretty tough. By now these people feel like family to me. This is all going to be very bitter sweet.

BUT come January 19th, I start at a job that I am incredibly excited about. I am leaping from the corporate world into a small tech startup. There are so many things I am excited about. From the free flow of ideas, working with a great team, and being back in the creative arena.

The night I got offerd my new job, El Granto sabered a bottle of bubbily in celebration.
The night I got offered my new job, El Granto sabered a bottle of bubbly in celebration.

When I started this blog, I did it as a creative outlet. I had just moved jobs from creative to legal, and I NEEDED to be creative. The blog was perfect as it let me live out all my left brained ideas, while the right brain was working away Monday-Friday, 9-5.

The new job is going to be HARD WORK. I know I will be investing a lot of myself, and a lot of hours into my new career. Knowing that, and being able to step back and take a look at the last 2.5 years of blogging, has given me a bit of perspective. This blog is a hobby, not my job. My job has to come first, because… salary. It pays da bills! I also don’t WANT the blog to feel like work, and its been feeling that way a bit lately. I don’t want to post crappy content JUST to post something. I don’t want blog guilt. I want to make a project because I really WANT to, and not make or write something just because I feel like I should. There are a lot of projects that I haven’t blogged about recently, as I felt I needed to take magazine worthy after pictures before sharing, and instead just posted things on Instagram. I hope to relax a bit. But don’t worry I’ll still share things with you.

So that’s that! Big new adventures around here, and I am thrilled.

Wish me luck!



Author: Kristen

Kristen & her husband El Granto & their Vizsla Odin live in a converted Storefront in downtown Toronto.

3 thoughts on “New Adventures”

  1. How exciting and terrifying! It’s great that you have the guts to make that move. Good luck in your new role.

    RE: Blogging – I feel ya. It’s funny how a blog can suddenly feel like this consuming job. Aaron does a great job of keeping me grounded and reminding me that we’re doing this for us. That helps when we go through spells where we’re SO busy that no projects are getting done at the firehouse and therefore there’s no content for the blog. I hope you can find a good balance 🙂

  2. So exciting!! Congrats on the new job. I am the same mantra about blogging right now- it is my creative outlet (hello working in insurance and staring at excel all day) and NOT how I pay the bills!

    Good luck!

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