I majored in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin with aspirations of becoming a toy designer. Noticing that toy maker gigs are few and far between, I decided to switch gears and pursue my masters at the University of Connecticut in Marriage and Family Therapy.
After grad school I moved to Michigan where I began to practice as an MFT with a focus on attachment disorders and PTSD within a residential facility for girls. I loved the children but the work was heartbreaking and after a few short years, I “retired” to focus on my own family. While at home I started learning graphic design in the evenings and before I knew it, I had a little graphic design business. It was also during this time that I discovered my love of textiles, sewing, and modern quilting and made a number of quilts and a few quilt patterns (including two Gremlin patterns!).
After being home for a few years, I started to get the itch to go back to work but I wasn’t sure of what to do. Marriage and family therapists have awful hours and I knew that my heart wasn’t there. But what can I do?
My brother-in-law suggested User Experience and after some research and finding out that my local college had just started a two year program, I quickly signed up. Four semesters in, I can attest that it is the perfect field for this former therapist/designer.
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