After interviewing Casey Doss recently, I found myself humbled and inspired by the way he manages work and family life. He doesn’t let being extremely busy get his priorities out of order; an on-going battle for anyone, especially freelancers.
Who are you?
What do you do?
My first full-time design gig was for the Ramp. From there I opened a design/web company on my own (Fresh Pixel Studios). Then my father-in-law and I opened Digital Beauty which was web-based solutions for medical offices. I also designed for The Church Site Project, opened a blog called The Theological Circle, and co-owned a print shop called Printsmith with my brother-in-law. I have currently stepped out of all these roles and focus solely on ministry. I am also attending school online at Regent University to complete my theology degree.
When did you get started in the creative industry?
I started working for our ministry about 6 years ago in the shipping department. It was HORRIBLE! I would get really bored so I had a friend install a version of Photoshop on my PC and I would play around on it when days got slow in shipping. It quickly became a lot of fun, so I started taking my machine home on weekends and read books and watched tutorials to tweak the skills. About one year into it, that became my full-time job at the ministry and from there I launched into my own design business endeavors.
Where do you live and work?
I currently reside in Hamilton, AL and work for The Ramp ( Karen Wheaton Ministries ). I have actually moved completely out of the design area and now focus my energy toward our school of ministry. A dream come true!
How do you manage work and family?
It was very difficult during the 40+ hour office days. I would make myself schedule work time, family time, time spent with God… and the schedule was non-negotiable. Didn’t get very much sleep for a couple of years 🙂 But it was all worth it. My family stayed strong and God rewarded it. Now my schedule is much more flexible and I am at home all the time. The main thing for me was organizing chunks of time for certain things. It usually went something like this:
- Up by 7 AM and at the office by 8 AM.
- Get off work at 5 PM (try to eat lunch at home as much as possible to see the family).
- Then from 5 PM to 9 PM was devoted family time; watching a movie with Lindsey, giving Analeise a bath, grilling out A LOT, etc.
- Then from 9 PM to about 1 AM was time to seek God, study, develop messages and the like.