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I've been blogging (admittedly not so frequently) through the same site I used when I was in college. Just a random blog, meant to showcase my inner musings and terrible poetry, mostly for myself. It worked great for all of that, however, it doesn't look like it's going to work well enough for my Ruby July purposes. Before I get too far into the process of this, I'm just going to switch to WordPress and be done with the old site. I'm going to transfer over my earlier posts (as soon as I can actually access the site again...grumble), so everything will be right here. I'm really looking forward to seeing what WordPress has to offer, and I'm hoping to expand my knowledge with this blogging platform. I've heard good things, and I like the versatility and the room for growth that it offers. While things are still a little slow on the home front, I'm going to get things going little by little. As usual, I have a list of things I'd like to get accomplished, and I'll be checking things off as I can. Gotta take action to see positive changes, so I'm doing what I can! I'm (once again) starting to refocus on Ruby July and improving my own design skill-set, so I can finally do what I want to do, and be who I want to be. I'm done with drifting, and I'm tired of being lazy and unmotivated. It's still a struggle, as you can probably tell by the constant posting about the same thing, ha! Whoops! We'll see how all of that goes, but I'm still looking towards the future and trying to keep positive. I see some people around me starting to make great changes in their lives, and I'm looking to finally do the same. Time to get the ball rolling and make the rest of my life something to be proud of. Here we go!

Due to recent events in my life, I am definitely looking to reorganize my goals for this year. I'm still working on Ruby July designs as I can, but I think I'm going to have to push back the initial goals for pulling any prints. I've been helping my mom with her finances, so things on my end have been a bit tighter, and it just doesn't make sense quite yet to invest my extra money into a full printing setup. Just yet! It's still very much a goal for the next year or so. :) Now, my new focus is finding a job in design, or a job where I can spend most of my day and maybe stay at my current job part-time. I think Ruby July was the kick in the ass I needed (forgive the language!) to get back into the design field. I feel like since I moved to Minnesota, and was securely employed, I got kind of lazy. Lazy and scared, more than anything, to leave an incredibly stable job to potentially have nothing. But I realize life isn't any fun without any risk, and you can't really get anywhere without doing so. This year, instead of drifting aimlessly, I'm going to take control of my future and find as much happiness as I can. This is probably going to mean leaving my life of familiarity and taking huge risks (hopefully they pay off!), but I have high hopes that things will work out better in the end. Of course, I will continue to keep updating things here, and even if this all ends up being something only I really see, I think it's going to be great to look back on the journey. Hooray for change!

Howdy! Not a whole lot has been happening on the Ruby July front, as of late. This is mostly due to the day job being a little hectic with sales and overtime. Boo. But! On the positive side, I have been doing some more research and learning (!) solely for the sake of improving my skill-set. It feels weird to be reading from books that would have probably been assigned in college classes, but I kind of like it. I've finished the book I mentioned earlier, and decided to re-read "Thinking with Type" by Ellen Lupton. This book actually was a book assigned to me in college! :) Things are moving a little slower than I initially wanted, but I think it's best so I don't get overwhelmed. I found a great resource last week, and have plans of constructing a storage/screen-dryer/vacuum-table/print-puller contraption. It's a lofty goal, but it should be great on utilizing space, which I have so little of. That, ladies and gents, will be my spring project, and after that, it's printing galore! And now, off I go, for drinks and chatter with a good friend I haven't seen in awhile. Hooray!

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