That's how I would describe the recent move we made from Hillsborough to Raleigh. It's an exciting time in our work and business that we need to be in Raleigh to be closer to clients, designers, interns and collaborators. At the same time, it feels like the end of the beginning.
yellowDog started in 2003 with freelancing gigs and moonlight hours. By 2009 it was time to take the leap and make it real. I transitioned my nonprofit full-time job into my first big client and worked out of an awesome office at home. After two years, it seemed like time to get out into the world so I moved into the Mercantile Building in Downtown Hillsborough. For three years we shared space, lunch, laughs (and work!) with Clear Connections and Haven Salon. Last summer, when Haven was ready to expand, it marked the time to be pushed out of the nest. In the process yellowDog had changed too– from I to we– with added talent and capabilities. We landed with Clear Connections and Beyond Barriers PT in the old Gulf Station in Hillsborough, a great old garage space. September was the move and we spent many afternoons with the garage door open that fall.
In December, we opened the Raleigh office in addition to the Hillsborough studio. It seemed like a great idea– room for everyone and the clean and messy design/art work we do. But I couldn't quite get my bearings. Being in two places meant I never really got settled in for the day, knowing that I'd have to pick up and go to the other office the next. My brain has enough distractions. I used to be like Pavlov's dog– put on the headphones and that meant work. Now, that's not enough to make it happen. The longer I've worked, it also means the physical space around me too. Having three to four hours of uninterrupted time to design rarely exists any more, especially with an extra two hour commute and a different space at each end.
So it seemed like a good idea to let the studio space go and let someone else really use it. Thankfully, the garage was great exposure for Beyond Barriers PT and they are ready to expand too. Another nudge and big moving day and we are now officially all in at Suite 900. There might still be boxes stacked all around but it feels like the perfect place to settle in. On that big moving day last week I just couldn't take that last empty picture. Instead, I'll remember the door-open spring days and evenings with Sadie curled up on the couch.
So back to that end of the beginning. I'm hoping this means we're in the middle– the sweet spot– that lasts for many years to come. Change is good.
Here's to what's next.