If I had to sum up my personal philosophy it would be these two words:
Isn’t that what it’s all about? For me, I need work to be fun (most of the time at least!) and I feel very lucky to be doing work that makes me happy – that feeds my creative soul and my geeky tech side – that allows me to collaborate with smart and interesting people – that helps them succeed – and that provides me with a good work/life balance.
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”
– Groucho Marx
Life is funny, isn’t it?
I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up – a clown, a flight attendant, an interior designer maybe. I never once imagined I’d become a programmer. But somehow that’s what happened, even though I studied English Literature, French, and Art. Apparently I had an aptitude for it, and for many years I worked as a programmer and consultant for a large health care organization, helping build a web portal that gave patients online access to their health care professionals and medical records. It was pretty cool.
But in 2012, with two young kids and a husband who was working hard getting his new business off the ground, I was feeling burned out and uninspired. I needed a break, and so I took a leap of faith and quit my job without having another one lined up. My plan was to take the summer off and find a new job in the fall.
Instead of finding a ‘regular’ job, I started designing and building websites – first for my husband’s business, then for other local businesses, artists, and non-profits. I also started working on larger web projects as a contractor at Nordstrom. And now here I am, many many websites later, loving the creativity, flexibility, and variation that comes with this kind of lifestyle, loving this work that uses both sides of my brain.
What I love best of all is meeting and working with amazing people doing incredible things; using my skills to help them be successful in reaching their goals.
When I’m not building websites or spending time with my family, I make time for some non-digital creativity. I love to screen-print, especially on fabric, so I design and make hand-printed pillows and other home goods. I even built myself an e-commerce store called Suzanne Harrison Home.
And that’s my story. (For now at least.)
I’d love to hear yours.