So… this week, we won a thing! An award thing! Two in Fifty Two was lucky enough to win in the Personal category at the West Australian Web Awards. Yay! This means that in 3 weeks time we’ll be getting all fancy and be in the running for the National award. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have managed to create over the past 9 months (blog baby!) and now I’m reaaaally looking forward to seeing how much further we can take it in the closing stages. This project has been a huge part of Tim and I’s growth this year and and while we certainly didn’t need an award to tell us we’ve made something awesome, it was nice to be acknowledged for it.
I remember quite a few years ago, early on in my career, I looked at the Australian Web Awards as a benchmark, a goal, a destination. In hindsight, I didn’t know much about the actual awards at the time but I did know that my favourite local agencies and local web heroes were all a part of it and that’s where I wanted to be too. On Wednesday night, that’s exactly where I was. Alongside my best friend, with the people I looked up to.
In the same respect, the day after the awards I stumbled across one of the first websites I had ever designed without even meaning to. It’s still alive and kicking in its original form. It’s the type of website you’d look at and scoff without thinking about the story of the person behind the design. For me, this site is a relic of a green, inexperienced, pretend-I-know-what-I’m-doing version of myself. The period in my career where everything was new and everything blew my mind. It was an abrupt and unexpected reminder of where I had come from and a firm indication of how far I have come.
The thing with progression and improvement is that you can’t really feel it. It happens so incrementally and so steadily that one minute you’re there and the next minute you’re here and everything is actually really different and despite having done so much, it always feels like you haven’t done much at all. It’s only when you allow yourself the opportunity to pause and appreciate all the little steps you took, that you really realise just how much work you’ve done to have progressed so far.
The the time to look back, way back. Appreciate where you've come from and the distance you've moved. I bet it's more than you think.