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October 9, 2018

It's alive!

I finally opened my Etsy store last Friday, and am so excited that it's up and running. I haven't made any sales yet, and I'm honestly fine with that as figuring out shipping will probably be a work in progress.

Everything about the process was a huge learning experience, and I'm grateful that I stuck through with it and have put everything up. I did end up learning a TON about my camera; the first few photoshoots were horribly underexposed and I quickly learned about adjusting the exposure and white balance for a better end result. I'm in love with my camera, and can't wait to s...

August 29, 2018

Summer's almost over, and I've spent the last few weeks really ramping up in preparation for launching my Etsy store. It's been a lot of little things coming together, but things have been in motion and I'm excited to finally be able to offer my designs and art to the world. 

I'm planning to just start out with offering hand-typed quotes that I typed with my vintage typewriter. I found it a few years back at a thrift store, and honestly just thought it was a neat little suitcase at first. I opened it up to find a beautiful little typewriter inside, and it was in great condition so I bought it...

June 29, 2018

I'm still here! I'm not dead!

I have been meaning to post an update over the last few months, but as usual, life got in the way.
On the plus side, this means that I am employed again (hooray!) The main downside is that I've been busy with work and the whole side hustle thing fell on the wayside and was a casualty of the process.

I got hired in October as a Graphic Designer for a store that sells photography and videography gear, so it's been a pretty natural fit as far as being in line with my interests. It took a bit of an adjustment phase, since I was more used to working in Production Des...

September 15, 2017

It's been a few weeks since I've last checked in, and I've been pretty busy with non-job-related things. It's been a welcome distraction, and I've definitely tried to make the most out of it and enjoy the free time while I have it.

I drove down to Chicago with my mom and sister to see Hamilton, near the end of August. It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Everything I'd hoped for, and more, and it very much exceeded my expectations. I've been a huge fan of the soundtrack for the majority of this year (I jumped on the bandwagon late, but man am I glad I joined), and I was hoping to see the musical when they t...

August 17, 2017

Hey everyone!

There hasn't been a whole lot of movement yet in the job search. I did get my resume critique back, and I did find a lot of the suggestions useful. I've also talked to my Transition Coach twice, and both times she provided great advice. She suggested reaching out to "target companies" directly, and really taking charge and ownership of my job search. This, along with networking, will definitely be a challenge as it is pretty out of my comfort zone. So far though, the resources and assistance that's been provided has helped me focus a bit more on what I need to do to succeed and...

August 8, 2017

I'm currently at the beginning of Week Two of my unemployment. So far it hasn't been too bad, and I spent a lot of that time at home in Wisconsin with my mom and family pets. It was nice to keep my mind occupied and busy with things there, instead of mentally derailing myself and getting bogged down in the stress of not knowing what's next in store. I got to eat lots of yummy foods, and get lots of wonderful puppy kisses, and that's all we really need in life, right? ;)

Last week, I also spoke to my Transition Coach, which is part of a service provided by my employer to assist in setting up t...

July 29, 2017

Inevitably, the last day at my job has come.

T
he day was kind of a somber one; those of us that were left have kind of been going through the motions for the last few weeks. Some of my coworkers are staying through the end of the month, so at most an additional two days of work. It would be interesting to see how that would be, as many of us have already left.

I held up pretty well though, all things considering, and I tried to push it to the back of mind as much as possible. It's hard to accept that I will never see some of them again, as we are all splitting up and moving across the countr...

July 14, 2017

Hey everyone!

I have two more weeks left at my current job, and there's definitely been a lot of mixed feelings. On one hand, I'm excited that I'll have a bit of time off and then hopefully jump right into a new job and get some fresh experiences. On the other hand, I'm still terrified that things won't work out. I'm doing my best to keep this thought as small as possible in the back of my mind. :)

Working in the stationery industry has been amazing, and I'm truly sad to have to leave. I am definitely grateful for the experience, and I've discovered that I really enjoy designing stationery i...

June 28, 2017

Oh, hey.

It's been just about three years since my last post. I've definitely let things here slide by unattended, and have focused more on the mundane day-by-day instead of overall goals. I've been working with the same company I mentioned previously, and it's honestly been pretty great overall. I've made some amazing friendships and have had a lot of fun being a part of such an amazing, close-knit team.

As a bonus, I have learned a lot about my craft, further refining my skills and regaining confidence in the field of design. I've taken on a ton of extra responsibilities within my departme...

July 25, 2014

Week two at the new job has almost officially come to an end, and it was surprisingly good.

They threw us in on actual orders right away, beginning Monday morning. I think most of us are processing pretty slowly, but it's expected and is actually preferred that way. We aren't messing anything up, and we're able to learn through our own mistakes as they come. The week started off a little rough, and there was definitely a point Monday afternoon, where I was just thinking, "I want to go home", but the rest of the day evened out, and I settled in.

Since we've been processing actual orders, our...

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