So long, and thanks for all the fish!

I’ve worked at or with LimeRed Studio for nearly 4 years. We’ve grown, shrunk, grown again, shrunk again, grown again, and grown some more in that time. Now that I’m starting new life adventures, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what has been an amazing journey and to thank some of the folks that have helped me out along the way.

First and foremost.

I have to thank Emily Lonigro (now -Boylan). Emily and I have been together for a good long time, and I’m convinced I’ve spent more time with her than she’s spent with her husband! We’ve seen each other almost every weekday for 3-and-a-half years. It’s crazy! We’ve had ups and downs and all arounds, but in the end, we always knew we could count on each other for anything.

When I first met Emily, she was working on some pretty horrible projects (she’ll agree!—projects we shall never speak of again) and a few really great projects. I was working part time at the Apple Store then, and started working freelance for her doing some design and development work—seems like a lifetime ago. She introduced me to new things, and I did the same. Our collective knowledge was definitely more than our individual knowledge, and what more could I ask for?

Over the years, she’s helped guide me to find what my passions are, to be confident, and to speak up for myself. She’s also never once faulted me for being exactly who I am (except when it comes to food, but since my diet consists primarily of frozen mac and cheese and pb&j, who could really blame her?). She’s nourished my curiosity and encouraged me to pursue my interests. She’s even showed me things I didn’t know existed—from purple carrots to personal stylists. She’s been my boss, my mentor, and my big sister. I can never thank her enough for all that she’s done for me.

I also want to thank my co-workers.

Brett Patrick Casey has been a great friend and an awesome co-worker. Brett and I have been working together for about 2 years now, and I’ll definitely miss hearing Sondheim blaring from his headphones every day. He’s got such an amazing talent for design in all forms, to see him in action never fails to impress. He’s so talented, kind, and humble, it’s impossible not to love him.

Robert Royce-Malmgren is one of the best, most entertaining developers I’ve ever worked with. He is great at his job, he always keeps me on my toes, and he’s made me better at my job. I think he’ll agree that while we probably drive each other crazy fairly often, it has been really great to work together.

Meredith Adams-Smart certainly has a suitable name. She’s usually spewing words I don’t understand like “quinoa” and “JCC” but I’ve gotten really good at nodding and smiling and pretending I know what she’s talking about. We haven’t worked together for very long, but she helped take an awful lot off my plate at the studio, and I’m so grateful for how thorough and helpful she’s been. Also, she is hilarious—she always appreciates a good poop chat. I’m so happy for her new career move as well to IDEO. She’s going to blow them away.

Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad and I have been working together for a short while as well, but he’s proven a thoughtful, ambitious, and sincere friend. He’s full of great ideas, and I know he will continue to guide LimeRed and Emily in a positive direction.

And a few others along the way.

I have to give a great big thank-you to Jim Kelly. Emily kindly allowed me to borrow his time from her for awhile, and I’m so thankful that she did. Jim has helped me grow not only in my career, but also as a person. He must be the most genuinely kind, generous, and overall standout person I’ve ever met. He and his wife Debbie are the absolute best. I’m sad that they’re leaving Chicago to head off to the west coast, but I’m so happy for them. They deserve all the best things life has to offer.

I met Mona Luan when she interviewed with us at LimeRed, and became friends with her the minute she started. She’s so talented, so open, and such a good friend. She’s kept me grounded and allowed me to be her mentor. I have no doubt that many great things are in store for her.

Lauren Haynes for convincing me to finally take that first swing dancing class—changed my life.

Dan Boylan for always asking the hard technology questions—keeps me on my toes.

Dan Galtieri for constantly reminding me of my own words.

Stephanie Mullins Baumer for always being there for me and giving me good advice.

Beth Waszak for cheerfully doing all the dirty work.

And of course Mom, for always telling me what I need to hear.

Finally, a big thank you to the clients.

There are way too many to name here, but I’m thankful for the experiences that I’ve gotten by working with each and every one of you. I’m so lucky to have worked with such a wide variety of people, businesses, and organizations. There are a few in particular that I’d like to thank.

Lisel Jane Ashlock and Tracey Stewart—you guys are the best. Lisel is sickeningly talented and an absolute wonderful person, and Tracey once thanked me with a spa day (!). I’m so happy for their successes—Moomah’s gone from kids art center/cafe, to just cafe, to a wonderful online magazine. And now a book deal? So excited for you guys!

Tracy Schonberger and Amanda Kass—you were easily some of the best clients to work with. We made a great team! You always had great suggestions and were so open to ideas. I hope you got as much out of working together as I did. I know you guys and the CTBA team will continue to be successful, and hopefully you now have a much easier time managing, categorizing, and organizing all those reports!

Heather Dudzinski and the entire Little Brothers Chicago team—you guys are awesome. I’m so glad we got to work together, and so proud to have been a part of your work.

Erika Hobbs, Rob Schroeder, Steve Tozer, and all the rest of the UIC folks past and present—you’re always up against so much, and you still manage to do amazing work. It has been wonderful working with all of you.

There are so many more wonderful people out there doing seriously amazing things. I’ve been truly impressed, humbled, and dumbfounded at times learning about your organizations and the outstanding good that so many of you are doing. If there’s one thing I’m going to miss at LimeRed, it’s playing even a small role in helping such a broad group of incredible individuals doing even more incredible work.

Now I’m looking forward to working with a new and highly talented team at The Onion. I can only hope they’ll be half as awesome as you all have been!