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An Update: What’s Been Happening?

Did anyone forget that I blogged on the side? I guess I did, because I’ve been working so hard at my day job along with the rest of life’s obligations that I neglected my blog! 

There’s been a couple things going on in my life that I would like to catch you up on, and some things that I would like to do as the year comes to an end. We’re almost in 2020, and this next year feels like a big one! 

Here’s what I’ve been up to these past few months:

Studio Picnic: Planning, Planning, Planning

If you’ve read my post on Studio Picnic, you’ll know that I have this idea to open up a space for artists in my area chock full of helpful resources for young artists living in my city. Currently, I have a highly edited business plan written for the venture, and I have been getting brainstorming sessions in with anyone that will listen to my ideas. So far, the figuring it out part has been very fun and inspiring. I also created a Facebook Group for it as well. 

Along with some good old fashioned work, my friends and I have started a sketch meet-up with other artist peers. Every third Sunday we have been getting together at a public place, chatting and showing off our sketchbooks with each other. We’ve done it twice so far, and both times have been a big success! The photo below was from our first successful sketch meet up; we had fun drawing and eating pizza! 

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Big Girl Step: Moving to her Own Place

Something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I graduated college is finally happening: I’m moving out on my own and getting my own place! It’s been a long time coming; I’ve been been working hard, and I’m becoming more stable enough to venture out and rent out a little downtown 1 bedroom for myself. The move is at the end of January, and I couldn’t be any more excited. I’ll be sure to write all about the moving process. Maybe I’ll so some sort of house tour when I get all settled and decorate the place, so stay tuned for that!

Working Hard at my Day Job, But Keeping my Options Open

I’ve been at my current job for 3 months now, and so far it’s been pretty good; I’m learning a lot about the event planning industry, and absorbing everything like a little sponge. The people I work with are helpful in making sure I understand things, and I think I’m starting to fit into my role with the company. Like I said before, it’s my first “Big Girl Job”, and I was so nervous at first to do a good job. I still feel that way a little bit, but I’m starting to get comfortable there. 

I am, however, still keeping my eyes on the horizon for any types of other opportunities that might come my way. Not that I am trying to leave anytime soon. I just like to keep my options open, and while I’m in a position to pay down my debts and save money, I am going to continue to build my art, build my business ideas, and try to make something out of myself. Even if that means moving to a new career, or starting my own business. When I first started my job I thought to myself, “this may be the job that I leave to become a full-time artist”. Only the future knows. 

Looking Forward to Writing my New Year’s Resolutions

I love the New Year. It’s a good time to clean the slate and start over, in a metaphorical sense that is. And this year feels a little more special since it’ll be a new decade too! The 20’s are gonna be a very interesting time in my life. In 2025, I’ll be 30 years old (what?!), so we will see what happens this decade. In 2010 I was 15, a confused and quiet teenager. I like looking far in the future, trying to visualize what lies ahead of me. My boyfriend gets nervous when I talk about the future, but I really enjoy thinking about it. It gives me motivation to make some of those visualizations real.

This will probably be my last blog post of the year. I’ll be sure to write more often, as it helps me organize my thoughts. In 2020, I have a lot that I want to accomplish, so I’ll be sure to write about it as it happens! Stay tuned for more in the future <3

-Allison

 

1 thought on “An Update: What’s Been Happening?

  1. AWESOME! Love the update!

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