Why This Redesign Is Different Than The Rest - And Why Embracing Multiple Passions Matters

If you have been here before, you may know that my website has changed shape over the years.

In 2013, I started the Adventures of GeoGirl blog to chronicle my experience working for the mapping software provider Esri. At the time, I had a niche merging Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and graphic design. Since that time, I have had both work and life experiences that have expanded that niche into something not quite as specific. I have discovered that I have a knack for web design, a passion for writing, an aptitude for technical workflows, and a hobby for art.

To be fair, I already knew about the writing and art. The web design and workflows though? News to me!

As these skills have grown and expanded, this website in turn has morphed into more of a portfolio - both to show others my work and also to remind myself of all of the things that I am capable of (and that light me up!). While using this as a portfolio has been fine for the time, I am ready to branch out and get back to writing. I am ready to share my art. I am ready to explore topics that are important to me.

I am also ready to fully embrace the fact that I no longer fit in a niche.

This redesign is a way of stepping out of the box I have found myself in lately. It is a way of showing both myself and the world (even if no one is actually reading this) that it is a-ok to enjoy multiple disciplines. In fact, it may be beneficial to your primary discipline to have passions outside of it. After all, athletes are encouraged to cross train to improve their overall fitness and break the boredom they may find in their speciality.

If it's good enough for Lebron, it's good enough for me.

All of this is to say, this redesign is important to me. It may not be to you. You may not even remember what things used to look like here. That's ok. To me though, it is now a space to embrace my career, my art projects, my writing, and myself. It is now a space where I can explore these passions and their connections.

I am looking forward to the future of this space, and I hope you are too.

Do you want to better understand what the heck I am talking about?

Find my blog here, my portfolio here, my art here, and my online shop here.