I have been a design professional since June 2013. Since August 2013 I got the best advice ever. I should only do what I feel joyful. Since that advice, my every day has been full of great projects. In the beginning I felt anxious that I did not had an aim to fulfill. Then I saw a post regarding ten things that makes you happy. Voluntary work was one of them. So I did. Communications work for a local Mothers Care in Copenhagen. This was actually great fun, as no one expected anything of me. And what I learned is that if you are ambitious, no one will chain you. Its all up to your acting. If you want to do things, voluntary work lets you. And another great thing when doing voluntary work is that you meet a lot of other people in this situation. Today some of these people are my most valuable network!
I am by nature interested in peoples wellbeing and thereby how to implement empathic design solutions. So I joined a phenomenon of crazy and energetic people for the concept Startup Weekend. In November 2013 I was told there should be an event focusing on health in Danish Design Centre. And to my luck I as a volunteer joined the organizing team. What an experience! Suddenly I found a community (The crazy and energetic entrepreneurs) where I could do what I do best and stand out, since I was the one of the only designers in that field. Hurray – and network expansion x 100.
Since then I have had the pleasure to help and engage with some of the coolest people ever met, in this environment. And the truth is that I never planned to do so. Instead I got so much back, learned a lot and had a chance to team up with some of them!
Since august 2013 my life turned upside down. Without planning and doing anything else, than doing what I like, I now find myself as co-founder, researcher and designer in a company focusing on health and sleep through technology. I am a independent product developer, in the testing phase of my own product Happy Touch, soon ready to move further. I am a project leader in a project regarding entrepreneurship, health and design – and everyday I still have the opportunity to do what I like and love doing.
I would wish for anyone else – to be as privileged to do so as I. It takes a lot of hard work – but it is the work that people remembers you for. And voluntary work, is one of the best ways to let others know you at your best!
Enjoy the work!