My professional goal is to move back into graphic design. From 2001-2003 I worked in web marketing while freelancing in web design and logo/branding. I was laid off from my employer late in 2003. Even though it was because of budget constraints and wasn't related to my job performance in any way, it was a huge setback for me personally.
I then pursued a different career track which allowed me to focus on furthering my fine art/drawing skills.
One highlight from that period was that I designed and created a poster (pencil, pen, colored pencil) for a fundraiser and helped raise $125 when someone bought it at an auction. It was for Rosetta Tharpe's memorial. Here's a story about it (NPR article). Here's another.