Like most designers, I've amassed a wide range of freelance projects over the years, ranging from university events, book covers, graphic novel artwork, production work, illustration and, if I'm being honest, a lot of personal projects that got the "friends and family discount". You're not a true designer until you get asked to do the passion projects of your friends!
It's not often you get commissioned to work for something you're already passionate about. I had visited Deerpark monastery on several occasions to explore their lovely location and learn more about their practice. Little did I know they would one day call up asking for graphic design from someone they didn't know had been visiting them many times!