five years

In an effort to distract myself and also to put a bit more of a positive post up here at the top instead of that Whiny Excuse of a Blog Post that was here before, I’m totally stealing Janet’s topic. (Thanks, lady!)

It was actually quite a coincidence that she mentioned looking back over the past 5 years and marveling over the changes that have taken place in her life. I was doing this just the other day. Not sure if it’s the looming possibility of a big life change (moving) and also the impending financial commitment (oh hai, huge mortgage!) or if it’s just the spring time that makes us reflective. But let’s take stock, shall we?

Five years ago- May 2004. We had just bought the house we’re living in now- the one that’s currently on the market. We were deep into some heavy projects already- painting walls, cabinets, redoing the dining room walls. I was still using my biology degree but was quickly becoming frustrated and dissatisfied about the path my career was taking.

Dan was in graduate school and working full time.

That fall, October 2004, I started Inksplash Designs. I’m still not even sure why I decided to do it- just one day, I was FED UP with working for other people and not having control over my own future and I just said, Self, You Need To Quit Whining And Do Something. So I did. I continued working for Pitt for almost another year, until July 2005. In between we went on a few trips- Charleston, SC, Houston and San Antonio, TX. That spring I got a random call about my (pathetically weak web designer) resume that I had posted on a job site months before during a day of desperation. A month later, I started not just a new job, but a new career.

Dan finished grad school in December 2005. That spring, we went to Italy. Best. Trip. Ever. Two months later, I quit my full-time job to focus on my freelancing- it was getting that busy. A week after I quit that job, I found out I was pregnant.

Nine months later, she was born.

Margaret "Maggie" Elise Lyker

Since then, it seems our lives have gone at warp speed. The past 2 years have gone by incredibly fast. Not too much as changed, at least not in the way that previous 3 had changed. Sure, now that sweet newborn likes to throw things at me and gives me kisses and dances like Cinderella around her room. Dan has had a few different jobs in the past couple of years, so that’s kept things interesting. But I’m still doing well with my business- going on 5 years.

Five years. When I was a kid, that seemed like FOREVER. At 11, imagining that in 5 years I’d be driving? Crazy. But now, five years feels like a blink. A moment.

It makes me both scared and excited to see where the next 5 years take us. Probably another kid, God willing. And apparently we will be living in a new house- whether it’s the one we have our hearts set on at the moment, or a different one. I suppose it doesn’t really matter WHERE we live, as long as we live there together.

I keep reminding myself of this, because when you’re so focused on keeping the house clean for showings and whether or not someone will come today to see your house and OMG WHY HAS NOBODY BOUGHT OUR HOUSE YET?? WHAT IF WE LOSE OUT ON THAT PERFECT HOUSE WE LOVE? It’s really really easy to lose sight of the big picture.



  1. Crystal

    May 28, 2009 2:38 pm

    I’ve always resented those “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” questions you get asked at job interviews and such. Because you JUST DON’T KNOW. So much can happen.

  2. Steph

    May 28, 2009 3:38 pm

    I love the bottom picture.. such a nice family shot.

    It’s funny, but you and I have been on pretty much the same timeline since we connected 10 years ago.. :P Only, your wedding was 2 years before mine? House buying 1 year before mine? So, your 5 years post can almost be duplicated for mine.. lol.

    It is crazy how fast life goes by when you become an adult. It might even be the second you finish college. Or maybe when you get a marriage proposal. Or become pregnant. Or become a parent.

    I don’t know.. but something about this season of life is overwhelmingly fast compared to how you feel when you’re a kid.

    Here’s to the continued success of your business, and more happy times in the next 5 years!

  3. Kelly

    May 28, 2009 4:18 pm

    Hey lady,
    Thanks. I kinda really needed this today. And I know you weren’t thinking at all of me, this is totally your adventure, but I need a swift kick in the SELF at the moment. Thank you for the reminder.

  4. 3carnations

    May 28, 2009 4:46 pm

    My son turns five next week. So yeah…Five years in the blink of an eye. Sigh.

  5. Bethany

    May 28, 2009 9:19 pm

    Seeing baby Maggie made my tummy flip. There’s just nothing sweeter than a new baby, even when you have a few babies already. Looking forward to reading and watching your family grow over the next five years.

  6. Woy

    May 28, 2009 9:46 pm

    I’m always amazed at how fast it all goes.

    Congratulations on all of your successes, both professional and personal.

  7. Melissa

    May 28, 2009 9:56 pm

    Awesome. Here’s to five more great years for you & your family! :)

  8. janet

    May 29, 2009 12:04 am

    dude your life really HAS changed! Very cool to look back on…let’s discuss again in 5 more years :)

  9. Allison

    May 29, 2009 4:42 pm

    Aw, I love that family picture!

    5 years have certainly changed things for you guys!

    I hope all the house stuff is going well :)

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