January 2020: A Month of Change

Where do I start?

This past month has been one for the books. I haven’t even been able to think about the things I accomplished because I’d quickly move onto the next thing. Let me walk you through what I’ve been up to recently:

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We got Planet Fitness hats! 

New Year’s Eve: At Times Square

Let’s start with the biggest thing I did, shall we? My New Year’s Eve was spent partying it up at Times Square in NYC. This was a big checkmark off my bucket list, and since a new decade was coming up, we had to take the chance to finally go. My boyfriend and I made the 8 hour drive to New York to watch the ball drop and get that sweet 2020 vision. While standing for 12 hours in the cold surrounded by millions of people wasn’t the best experience, getting a glimpse of the Big Apple was. We were only there for 3 days, so we only got a small chance to explore the city, but it was definitely worth it. We were able to stop by a couple shops we wanted to go to (I wanted to see the American Girl store, and we both wanted to go to the Nintendo store), and got to eat some delicious NYC pizza. If you ever get a chance to go to NYC for New Years, I suggest going at least once in your life if you’re up for it. But to be honest, watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on TV is still pretty good. However, I loved New York, and I’m already thinking about going back there again. Maybe if I ever go back for New Year’s, I’ll check the cost of a hotel near Times Square and watch the party from my window! 

 

First Convention of the Year: Ohayocon

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My booth! My boyfriend was very helpful that weekend.

Now, this con was very spontaneous and last minute. I was put on the waitlist for this convention earlier in 2019, and decided I shouldn’t attend since I was packing and moving. Something in me however told me that I’d regret not going, and trying to buy a table the first day somewhat appealed to me. So, at 6:30am, the first day of Ohayocon, I made my way to the convention center and 4 hours later, I had a table! It was an amazing weekend full of happy anime fans enjoying themselves. I didn’t prepare very properly, and I didn’t have much to show, but I made the most of it, and I still made a profit! It was a lot of fun watching people get excited about seeing my art, and I just love selling at conventions. I’m so glad that I followed my instincts and made the plunge. It only fueled my love of my artistic side hustle, and motivated me to enhance my skills and continue creating more pieces and make this a full time hustle in the future. I was also able to add more business cards to my collection, and met and followed lots of new artists! 

My Biggest Move So Far

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A glimpse of my living room with the nice curtains 😀

Literally a couple days after Ohayocon, I was set to move to a new apartment. Not just any place either. This happens to be my first place where I’m living on my own! That’s right, I’ve been really good at saving and working at my day job, and since my income has grown, I’ve decided it’s time to venture out on my own. I’m currently in great need of furniture, but we’ll get there! One thing I’m really excited about this new place is the freedom to work on my art in my own space. I thrive working on my art without too many distractions, and I felt a little constricted my my old place. I didn’t have a lot of room to grow and develop. But now, my desk fits nicely in my living room, and the space is mine! 

Give me some time to settle in, say, a month or so, and I would love to get more consistent with my art career. I have many plans, as usual, but this time I may be able to realize them, so please join me as I figure things out. I’d love to start making videos and incorporating them into blog posts, so please consider following and sharing. I have much more to show you!

Enjoy the rest of January!

<3 Allison

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