I did something new and super exciting!!
I helped to design a website! For someone else!! And I got paid to do it!!!
No, really, I did! This is how it happened:
Rachel, a friend of mine from high school, was asked to put together a new website for a pair of authors promoting their new book. And Rachel, being the web-savvy girl that she is, said sure! She felt confident that she could handle putting it together, but felt less sure of her ability to make it look good and is used to working in a team anyway, so she asked the authors if she could bring in a partner: me! (She said that I was the very first person she thought of to help with the aesthetic elements of the site; is that not an incredible compliment to me or what?) She told them a little bit about me, showed them my blog and my digital scrapbook pages, and they gave their stamp of approval.
I have to thank Kelly and Lizy, who started me down the path to digital scrap-booking in the first place. That, combined with my blogging prowess (too much? Probably, but hey, I'm on a roll here), is what helped me land this gig. I have just been dying to tell you about this, because I knew you'd be proud. :)
The book itself is called The Other Baby Book, and is intended to provide an introduction to natural parenting, an alternative to the more mainstream practices and philosophies about parenting through the first 12 months. I would highly recommend this as good reading for all expecting parents, and parents of young babies, not because I think that everyone should espouse all of their ideas, but because it is good to be informed. (After all, if you don't have all of the information, how can you make a sound decision? So it is worth reading, even if you get to the end and say, "Nope, this 'natural parenting' thing just isn't for us".) And if you want to know more when you get done with the book, then the website that we just put together has a whole stack of suggestions for further reading.