I decided for my debut post, I would talk about something very near and dear to me...my NCIDQ Certificate of completion!
For those of you who don't know what this is, the NCIDQ Certificate " identifies the qualified practitioner, ensures recognition of expertise and assists development and self-improvement through the individual's understanding of a body of knowledge and a set of professional standards" says the NCIDQ website. I couldn't have said it better myself except for maybe saying that the NCIDQ Certificate says "I have taken over a year out of my personal life, family life and sanity in order to pass this test and I did it! Even though my neglected cuticles, eyebrows, and house has suffered. Yikes!".
In all seriousness, I am so proud to be a certificate holder and hope to represent this new world of professional design to the highest of standards.
So...what now!? This is something that I never would have imagined I could achieve and now that it's done, I am asking myself what is next. I don't look any different now that I am a certificate holder (besides the cuticle/eyebrow issues). Am I acting different? I think maybe so! I might have a little more jump in my strut as I am walking down the street...I bit more confidence to be the best that I can be. That is truly what it's all about. Proving to yourself that those long nights in the design studio as a college student actually counted for something! I sure am glad they do because I missed a lot of parties to get this degree!!!
Now if anyone is reading this post and wondering if they have what it takes to pass their NCIDQ, or any other goal that seems like it is so far away to obtain, listen to me. You CAN do it! Just take it day by day and one morning, you will wake up and realize that the goal that seemed so far away might just be able to reach!!!