I’ve been writing a lot lately- although hidden within the confines of my duct-taped sketchbook, I’ve forgotten how much I’ve missed it. The writing i Which brought me back to this blog- and how long it’s been since I’ve updated, and just how old it is.
Not old as in physically ancient, perhaps old in the eyes of a young adult growing up in the Social Media Generation, where information comes and goes, pictures fly through news feeds and new news becomes old news in the blink of an eye, or archived with the press of a thumbs up button. ADHD doesn’t exist anymore.
I flip through all of these links and archived are my experiences- and it’s sort of curious, once you’ve stepped away from it for awhile. For a moment when I decided to update the beloved and neglected blog, I’m thinking ‘should I just shut this website down, because it’s too old??‘ What if it doesn’t flow together the right way? How am I going to fill in the blanks?
And then I thought, get real. That’s half of my entire website. Ramblings, stories, documentations, adventures, insecurities, observations…in no particular order.
With that being the general spirit of things, I think I’d like to continue with it
Since I feel some sot of obligation to continue the narrative flow of the last post, but really don’t feel like it, but still feel committed to, so here it goes.
Since opening Zola in February, my business partner and I made the decision to go our separate ways, and pursue our business ventures separately. And since doing that, I honestly couldn’t feel more relived. I now operate under my own freelance label Studio No. 2, ad it feels so right. I’m doing everything that I love to do, and it finally feels like a snug fit. I’m working on opening up an online storefront in the near future- and working/selling out of my home. For the time being I have the good old BookFace page and Word of Mouth, which is actually going pretty well…but I still have goals that I want to reach.
I’ve been collaborating with several lovely businesswomen that I just vibe with and work well together with. We have similar go-get it attitude with a genuine desire to see each other succeed. This has me more recently doing graphic design and photography on a freelance level more often, which has me pretty excited, and mildly overwhelmed.
I have a long term goal that’s been sitting in the back of my brain for some time- but I want to develop my freelance business to the point where I can move wherever I want to, and relatively soon, say… on the 2 year max plan. Lofty…but obtainable. I like it here in the Quads, but I crave a more stimulating environment, something that’s a little differently paced than the melancholy midwest. I crave a place that’s culturally sound, with the wilderness not to far within reach. This was and still is a wonderful place to live. But my heart wants to go. I just need to get within a stable place within my finances- and then it’s time to leave. Who knows where I’ll end up.
I’ll be taking another trip out to the West Coast at the end of the month, and for that…I absolutely can’t wait. I have some pretty big, festering ideas for my next personal art series which I’m getting continually excited and anxious about. (Another reason for joining the Co-Lab) I’ll be staying with my mom’s side of the family, and going with two, really good friends. We’re going to Bumbershoot, an arts and culture fest right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Just writing about it is getting me excited!! Music, comedy, arts and music lectures, and a whole week in the pacific northwest, my favorite place ever Ever EVER. I can’t wait to bring my camera and get new reference material for artsy weirdness. I can;t wait to show my friends a place that that makes me so happy!
I feel like once I make this trip, it’ll be the breath of fresh air I need to get my ass kickstarted into another productive creative mad studio phase. Moving and lack of studio space has thrown me off-kilter- I’ve still been doing things, but not as much or as well as I would like to. I need to see and experience new things, and get out of my comfort zone a little bit, or I just feel like things get a little stale.
My next blog update may or may not be from the Puget Sound
Until next time.