Ah, home sweet home...the city of bridges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A place I have called home for my entire life. Where the ketchup and beer flow as fluidly as our rivers. A place I will sadly miss and one I may very well call home again someday. We departed through the Fort Pitt tunnel, the city behind us - both metaphorically and literally. We are optimistically looking towards the future. And so our experience begins... our transition out west to California.

We took this picture in our backyard a few days before we left. You wouldn't know it from the look of this picture, but we were surely stressing about the move.

For my friends and family who are reading, this is unnecessary, but if you are unfamiliar with who we are: that's me, Gavin Kosko, on the right. Logan is my beautifully quirky fiancé on the left. Introductions are weird...and now with that out of the way, let's get down to the meat and potatoes of what this whole blog is all about. I am a Motion Designer by trade, the name of the blog is MotionCtrl, connecting the dots yet? I've worked in the industry for the last six years, with the majority of my career spent as a full time Motion Designer in my hometown of Pittsburgh. That being said, I recently left my full time job and will be moving into freelance. Right after I made the leap I thought "hey, wouldn't it be cool if I documented this whole thing as I try to get a grip on my new freelance lifestyle?" So here we are in all of its glory, full transparency for all of the world to see.

A quick word about the name, why MotionCtrl? I believe motion and control are universal themes, they are present in everyone's day to day life but they also relate to the industry I work in. While I want this blog to revolve around Motion Design I also know that a job and what goes on outside of it can be one in the same. Hence the hybrid ideology.

Hey dude, it's my car! Here is the humble beast and my mode of transportation, also basically my home, for the next month or so. It is a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, packed to the brim but ready to take on anything I throw at her. I took this picture at the top of Mt. Washington right next to the incline.

You are probably wondering, "You have all of your stuff packed in one car?!", well no...we decided to ship all of our other belongings that are non essential for our trip. Check out this cool gif that took entirely way too long to make below...

Totally worth it, right? I think it took around five long days to pack up all of our things and to get rid of the rest, believe it or not this part you are seeing above only took around an hour. Realizing what we really care about and what we thought we needed was an invigorating experience to say the least, that's the kind of control I am talking about! If you are reading this and you are thinking to yourself man that sounds nice just get up and go through your crap already, that shirt you never wear and the box of cables you swear you will use some day isn't doing you any good.

That all said, let's wrap this post up. Hopefully you have a better sense of what this is all about. Let's get this show on the road. Oh, by the way here is our route...more on this in another post.

There is only one way I can think of to end this post, a quote by Mister Rogers. Cheers!

"You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are."