Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Big Decisions

Have you noticed that the toughest decisions in life aren’t choices between Right and Wrong? No, the toughest decisions are when we have to choose between Right and Right. Recently, I’ve had to make one of the biggest Right/Right decisions in my life. Since 1997, I’ve worked for Alinco Costumes, designing mascots for companies like Disney, ESPN, and the NBA. I’ve done well there and my employers, Terry and Lowla Allen, have become like second parents to me. So, yesterday it was very difficult for me to tell Terry that I would be leaving Alinco. I have accepted an offer to teach art at the DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts in Ogden, Utah. It was a difficult decision, but it was driven by my love for teaching art and working with youth. And the decision, having been made, feels like the thing I am meant to do. And while I’m sad to leave Alinco, I can’t help but feel a great deal of excitement to be involved with the DaVinci Academy and to help develop this young art program.

My last full day at Alinco will be August 7th. After that, I will probably still be involved with Alinco, helping with designs and projects, as time will allow. I definitely want to thank Terry and Lowla for their friendship and support throughout the past 12 years.