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TCYP Member Spotlight – Journey Krajnik

What is your day job?

I am a freelance graphic designer specializing in nonprofits. I love helping them spread their message and reach new audiences.

How long have you lived in the Grand Traverse area?

Since I was two and a half years old, I wasn’t born here, but was certainly raised in the community.

What is your favorite thing about living/working in the Traverse City area?

The landscapes, the people, the lakeshore, the farms, the art scene, and the CHERRIES; I love so many aspects of this place. It seems that every day, I find new details to appreciate about the beautiful freshwater coast.

What do you do for fun?

I love to go treasure hunting in the form of thrifting and antiquing. I also love hiking and swimming at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Their trails are perfect for biking, rollerblading, or strolling through the peaceful forests of the park.

How do you get involved in the community?

I have been volunteering at the Old Town Playhouse since high school and recently began volunteering at Reining Library Ranch. I find that volunteering is the best way for me to become involved in a community because it allows me to join others in working toward a common goal. In my experience, it’s a great way to make new friends and add fulfillment to life.

What is your favorite local business (restaurant, shop, service, etc.) and why?

I love this question! I spend so many summer hours in Bulldog Blue Berries’ you-pick patch. Everyone there is so friendly, and I think the blueberries are the best in the county. On a similar note, I don’t know what I would do without 9 Bean Rows; their cream cheese croissant is like a slice of heaven for me. I also love perusing Wilson’s Antiques (in Traverse City) and the Barn Swallow (near Frankfort) for all my antiquing needs.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I have actually had so many weird jobs. For about four years, I ran a children’s theater program. I wrote, directed, and costumed the shows. I rented NMC’s little theater for the performances. At times, it was extremely challenging, but seeing all those happy families and kids at the end of the shows always made the challenges worthwhile. I also once worked on a History Channel shoot and acted as a bouncer to keep passersby from walking onto the set. And anyone who looked at my photo can easily see the irony in this… little me, a bouncer! What an idea!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am allergic to a ridiculous number of things. To keep myself safe, I usually avoid eating anything that I haven’t had a hand in making, so don’t be surprised if I am not eating or drinking when you see me at events.

What is something you learned in the last week?

Just this past week, I discovered there is a super fun photo community in Traverse City called “Our Photo Club.” I can’t wait to spend time with the amazing humans in this local group focused on photography.

How can other TCYP members support you (personally or professionally)?

I am always looking to make new connections and grow my community. This could be through my digital platforms: LinkedIn: (25) Journey Krajnik | LinkedIn and Instagram: Journey Krajnik (@__.j.o.u.r.n.e.y.__) • Instagram photos and videos or in person at an event. I cannot wait to meet new people and share inspiration.