Character Building

Char·ac·ter-Build·ing
Adjective

1. Requiring effort or endurance to a degree that strengthens or improves a person’s character.

I wasn’t sure if this life update would be of interest to everyone who reads OMGLORD, however, to me this is kind of a big deal. Tomorrow I am starting a new and exciting chapter of my career, having accepted a full-time position as Senior Designer at Character in NYC.

Over the past 4 years I have written a lot about freelance life and how being an independent designer has allowed me the flexibility to pursue side projects, travel the world and, on occasion, not wear pants to work. It has been an absolute blast and privilege to do these things, and while I have grown exponentially during this time, about a year ago I felt myself hit a ceiling of my own construction.

As I wrote a few months back, my decision to leave Berlin was not as easy one, but I knew it had to be done if I was to realise another dream of mine: New York City. All these components are heavily intertwined but I will save you the intricacies of my remaining teenage fantasy and regular existentialisms to try and put it simply.

To me, going back to full-time work is my form of rebellion against (my previous) routine. It’s a different perspective, a change of pace, a brand new city and most importantly, a fresh challenge that I honestly can’t wait to sink my teeth into. I’m also eager to be a permanent part of a team again and grateful to be joining one like Character.

2019 is looking mighty fine and I feel a healthy combination of nervousness and unadulterated excitement for new people, projects and the general unknown.

I have spent a lot of my life resisting the ocean instead of moving with the wave. Of course the second I let go of what I thought my life should look like, the easier it became to make tiny choices towards my goals.

NYC, G-Lord is coming for you. Bring it on!

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