Tracing back to the first century, the ampersand began as a combination of the letters 'e' and 't' to spell "et" (meaning "and" in Latin). Although its form evolved over the centuries, you can still see the "et" in many modern forms. Nowadays, it's a part of every designer's toolbox as one of the most distinct elements in typography.
Ambition and comfort rarely run together.
I began freelancing more than five years ago, while living in Atlanta, Georgia. Cost of living was low, I had no children, my newlywed wife was working, and business was easy to come by. I soon moved to the Midwest, and enjoyed a comfortable life, working my own hours at my own rate. The work was a bit boring, but I was very fortunate to be where I was and I can't ever complain about having a job and a roof over my head. But I also knew that I was getting less ambitious and more uninspired as each year ticked by.
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