Since digging into my interests in graphic designs, Pantone, the color dictionary has become more than a series of monochromatic and complementary colors. So far this year, the colors have become my discoveries from favorite fashion companies as well as symbols for my journey in life. Last spring, the Pantone colors symbolized something different for me as I determined my next steps after leaving my job as a costumer in Denver. This year, they hold entirely different meanings and lessons. For the first time in a while, I have a focus and am eager to pursue a specific career path as a member of a Master of Fine Arts program for Arts Administration during the next couple of years and my recent Costa Rica travels opened me up to possibilities and provided me seashells for the perfect pendants in my latest jewelry collections inspired by Pantone colors. Join me on my latest colorful journey to see exactly where I’ll be heading next.
With Serenity and Rose Quartz as the leaders of 2016, the theme of this year seems to be tranquility and peace. They’ve become a simple reminder of how to not dwell on the complexities of life and be open to possibilities. I had been thinking on what to do once my internship in Chicago ended and I made my way to Salt Lake City to live with family while on the job hunt. Being open to new ideas brought me around to options I never considered. For years I rebelled against going back to school, but after a graduate program with the best fit for my skills and interests presented itself, I became more open to a pathway I had once closed myself off from. Perhaps the addition of a bright and positive outlook with the strand of Buttercup and this small shell from Tamarindo’s beaches is a voice telling me to not overlook something I had once turned a blind eye to.
Serenity also showed itself to me in other ways as I managed the twists, turns and winding slides of decision-making and another curled shell from Costa Rica. I found these shells to not only be popular, but also become a reflection of my journey that refuses to follow the typical pathway of life. Walking along the beaches of Costa Rica, for the first time I stopped thinking about what I should do or what others thought I should do and did what made sense to me. My decision to pursue graduate school came with equal parts encouragement and skepticism from others, but in the end, the one who had to make the decision was me.
My final discovery of a piece of oyster shell showed me just how beautiful something can be, even if it’s only partially there. Together with the slight edginess of Lilac Grey and soft neutrality of Iced Coffee, I found a way to combine a traditional pathway with my own unconventional pursuits and desires. Starting a Master of Fine Arts in Art Administration will become a way for me to pursue my love and support of the arts and satisfy my analytical and detail-oriented tendencies. I’ve always loved writing and enjoyed story-telling through theatre, but never knew how to direct my passions into a satisfying career. Since blogging and delving into digital marketing, I’ve found there’s a way to satisfy the different sides of me that enjoy research and analytics but still craves creativity.
The Pantone 2016 colors have served me well and have given me a reflection on pursuing a purpose and calling to a specific journey. Supporting artists and artisans worldwide has always been my focus and dream. With my M.F.A. beginning in August and colorful pathway to take me on my journey, I’m eager to accomplish just that.
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