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The Day I Quit My Day Job To Pursue My Dreams

A dream stays a dream if you are too scared to pursue it.

 

I’ve just arrived home carrying a bag with written notebooks, a couple of folders and other personal stuff I had back in the office. My work computer is all cleaned up, as is my work email inbox. It is done.

I have officially left my steady full-time job to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. Even though I haven’t completely figured that out yet.

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Ari IRL, Year-End Balance

2018 Art Summary & Plans for 2019

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*blows dust off blog* Damn, I really have neglected this space for too long haven’t I.

2019 is just a couple of days away so it’s time to reflect as we look back at we’ve accomplished this year, and forward to what the near future could have in store.

I’m not gonna lie. 2018 was a pretty tough year for me. For the past couple of years, I’ve lived in a very hectic routine as I juggled between my day job, which can get quite emotionally-draining, and freelance work for which I’m very passionate about. Add that to the regular IRL stuff and you barely get any time for yourself. In 2018 I made the mistake of dwelving too deep into the self-sacrifice hole. The result: extreme burnout culminating in a mental breakdown and two months of sick leave (so far).

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Ari IRL

Meet Floki the kitten!

If you follow me on twitter, you might already have seen more of this little fella.

For almost a year, me and my boyfriend had been considering adopting a second cat. It was roughly a month ago that we finally decided to take the step, after a coworker showed him pictures of a litter of four kittens that he and his girlfriend had found and brought, together with the mother cat, to his place. We hadn’t actually met our chosen kitty until they brought him to our place a few weeks later. Poor thing wasn’t accustomed to humans yet so he was terrified, and would hiss and hide in every corner he could find. Misha, our 5-year old cat, wasn’t happy at all either, but that was to be expected.

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Agenda, commissions

July 2017: Current Queue and Agenda

We’re almost halfway through July and goodness, time really goes by so fast. June might have been my most productive month of 2017 so far, even if my commission queue got dragged a bit more than I initially expected for numerous reasons. Commissions are much harder than I could have thought (case to say, I was… not prepared)- but in a good way of course. Real life things don’t help much either.

So, for obvious reasons I didn’t open commissions this month, but I hope I can open a few more slots in the beginning of August after the current queue and my summer vacation. Until then, I’m entirely focused on finishing the remaining two commissions as well as planning a birthday gift for one of my patrons (a $10 tier perk).

And speaking of patrons, I am also devising some major changes to my Patreon and hope to implement them by the very end of July so they take effect as soon as next month. These would mostly involve much needed graphic/text updates and changes to tiers, probably including a couple of new perks- but it’s all but thoughts as of now.

As for the next wave of commissions, I’ll make sure to post an announcement here as well as on my twitter, so feel free to keep an eye out if you’re interested. 🙂

Have a great month everyone!