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It's funny and sad...
Sometimes I get so caught up in what I perceive is the "correct" thing to do that I lose sight of the bigger picture.

Last week I decided I needed a new job. This decision came after a co-worker became hysterical (screaming and throwing things) while I was trying to relate work-related information to them. Which cause several co-workers to berate me for setting off this person. Which caused an entire responsibility to be stripped away from me. Which caused another co-worker to yell at me because this responsibility was moved onto them. All of this happened before I had even gotten lunch.

However... Ultimately, it was a good thing because finally I stepped back from my daily grind and took a good hard look at my job: I hadn't worked less than an 8-hour day since in the past 18 weeks Instead I have been working closer to 10-12 hours a day without a full lunch break. Anytime I have a day off (for events I had scheduled prior to starting and received time off approvals for) I get called, texted or emailed from work. My salary is 25% LESS than the LOW end of the industry standard salary for my position. I am working on the company's LARGEST account which had previously been the sole responsibility of one person PLUS all of the other accounts for the company. But the worst of all: I am living 2.5 hours away from my partner & cats in a rented room and only able to be truly home on the weekends.

After a day of getting yelled at after an extremely tough week I finally woke up from the 5-month long haze I had been in... I realized that there was no good reason to stay at a job that causes me high amounts of stress, and doesn't even come close to financially compensating me for the work I put in. Just because it looks better on a resume to stay at a company for at least a year was not enough for me anymore. And it took a solid kick in the stomach to see that.

Today I accepted an offer from a company that is only 20mins away from MY apartment(+Partner & Cats), pays me what my level of experience is actually worth, and requires only approximately 30 hours a week, most of which I can do via telecommuting. It's freelance, but after working freelance all through my college education, I think I am more suited towards that. I work most efficiently when I can work on MY terms. I am not an office person who adheres to normal work hours. I don't need someone to lean over me to make sure I work. I work crazy late into the night and sleep in until noon. I like to go to cons, mingle, sell art, and travel.

Ultimately I had put SO many things in my life on hold to try and do the "correct" thing after graduating, ie getting a 9-5 job in field related to my studies, but doesn't suit me. The "Correct" thing to do is not always the right thing for me an individual. And it took a harsh wake-up call to see that.

I do have to extend an apology to everyone out there who has been waiting for something from me... Art, sewing, etc. I had many projects I had taken on before starting this job... Before I realized I'd be spending over 15 hours of my week traveling, and working 10-12 hours a day. I hadn't prepared myself for the level of exhaustion I'd feel from working at such a stressful company. I thought I could somehow balance everything and make it all work. I hadn't even the slightest clue what a toll my job was taking on me until I felt the extreme relief at accepting the new job offer. All I can say is that I am so sorry for all of the things I have had on hold... and that I am grateful that people have been so patient and understanding.

I still have 2 weeks left of the crazy life... But with the bright shining light ahead that soon I will have a life, MY LIFE, back.
  • Listening to: Bane of Yoto
  • Reading: Shingeki no Kyojin
  • Watching: Devil is a Part-Timer
  • Playing: Nothing =(
  • Eating: Artichokes
  • Drinking: Water



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PrincessTwilight2003 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist
your work amizing good luck!!!!!I am a dummy! I am a dummy! I am a dummy! Hug Hug Nod Nod :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: Love Love 
FelisRandomis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist…
Im not sure if youre the right brokenpuppet but this prrson is selling prints of other people's work without permissions
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Freezaen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Are you still making those Vincent Brooks shirts? I would pay through the nose for one of those. Also, would you be able to make an IRL version of the "empty" t-shirt, with black outline hearts and all the jazz? That would be so cool. :)
papayabadger Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! It's been a loooong time! I remember meeting you at a Denver Handmade Alliance event. So glad to see you are doing well :3
DearMrKittens Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
where can I find your ebay?
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