Thursday, February 7, 2013

Designing My Life

I suppose you wonder where I went after I got married. Well we didn't run off to some far away land or drop off the face of the planet. I have been doing some soul searching and really have been settling in to married life.  It's been nice being all snuggly after work with the hubby and the Turkster. It has really been a time for personal connection, family and reflection.

For the past five years, I have really been stuck professionally. After I lost my graphic design job in 2007, I bounced around with temp jobs, did the waitress/bartending thing and now have been at Goodwill of Southeast Wisconsin for the past three and half years. I really do like my current job. Do not get me wrong there. It is really opened my eyes to this whole DIY and repurposing items phenomenon that many of us have really caught on because of Pinterest. It has also gave me a rewarding job that working for a non-profit and learning so much about retail. I still work here but I want to let you know, any projects I have shown where I have used a Goodwill purchased product. I have always given you the price of the item in the total of the project. I will say, I get an employee discount. Yes, it helps overall in the cost for me. But what I do want you to know, I always give the price of the project if you did not have the discounts so they are always very inexpensive for anyone to do. Goodwill also doesn't pay me for any kickbacks or anything. I only make money because I work hard for them. No adds, no extra promos. They are just a wonderful organization. AHH, feeling better for airing my dirty laundry. Well not really, but that is my disclaimer.

So back to my point, I can admit, I have been down on my awesome self for the past few years and Max has really been a wonderful and supportive boyfriend, fiance and now husband. I had to find a way to get my mojo back. After a lot of thought of wanted out of life and what I originally wanted in a career. In college, I always wanted to be a web designer and own a design company. That is why I majored in Graphic Design. Unfortunately, after graduation, I could only get jobs in print and slowly, but surely, the resume gets farther and farther away from my dream and my skills fell away by the wayside.

I made the decision to make a change. I was sick of sitting letting my life pass me by the wayside. It was time for a change. The world of web design had changed since I left school in 2005 with the addition of mobile applications and devices. I needed to change as well.

You may have seen this Instagram photo. That was my precursor.

Without even consulting my hubby, again he really is amazing, I signed up for a year long technical diploma program of Web and Mobile Application Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College. It was on like Donkey Kong.

I'm taking as many classes as I can online or as night classes so I can still work full-time. This time next year, I hope to have a new career and feel amazing about myself again. I already feel invigorated and motivated again. I want to BE something again. Be prepared to changes to the blog as I brush up on old and learn new skills.

I also want to do more with this blog. I want you the reader to be more involved and be showcased more.

Look out world. Maureen Dolezal Anderson is back!


  1. Great post! I came out of WSU with a degree in "What do I want to do with my life?" and after picking up a job in banking. I found I really loved working with customers and have just stayed there. Have fun being back in school!

  2. I just found your blog and wanted to let you know how awesome it is! Really enjoy reading it!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Feel free to join the site followers or subscribe to our RSS feed to get updates to your email.

    2. I will! It's so awesome to find a diy/home blog that is realistic. So many other blogs feature super complicated stuff that only Martha Stewart could recreate.


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