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I'm a freelance illustrator. I'm a small business owner that's looking to expand quickly. I'm responsible for paying all my own bills now. And I'm starting to understand what real stress is.

It's new territory, but I'm learning to manage it. Like anything else I just practice different techniques and try new things to find out what works for me. Sometimes it's scary, but most of the time it's not. Fear makes the wolf bigger than it actually is, so it's best to not let yourself get scared. I won't let anything stand between myself and greatness. There are too many people who need me.

With that being said, I have a children's book to finish illustrating. Very much looking forward to holding my printed copies very soon.
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On the up and up

So a lot of things have gone well lately!

rapidtrabbit, Sam, my brother Brent and my friend non timbo mala and I successfully completed a short entertainment gig at the NKF Wilmington Kidney walk last Sunday. Here's a photo! It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing more events like this very soon! Business is fun <3

I'm very much enjoying my new job at Domino's. I'm not there very often (which is the way I want it), the job is easy, my coworkers are great and my manager works just as hard as everyone else does. And that's the way it should be! I get less hours than I did at BJ's but I'm okay with that. More time to get my ass in gear business-wise. The Etsy holiday season is almost upon us and Sam and I are looking forward to it!

Speaking of new jobs and Sam, Sam just got a new job! He accepted the offer letter today for a warehousing position at Harbor Freight Tools (the one we live right behind). I'm so happy for him <3 This month the VA has been giving him problems in getting his usual housing payment, but luckily his bank was able to work with him so he could pay his bills. The new job will provide him with even more financial security. We're going to Denny's to celebrate soon!

I'll be finished with the book next week, so looking forward to having that done. I'll be able to be swamped by something else instead! Hahaha. Very happy with where my life is right now. =]
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Bullet Blog #6: Summing it UP

  • I started my new job at Domino's last Wednesday
  • I'm catching on fast and the girls there are nice
  • My last day at BJ's was Saturday because they cut me short one week
  • (not that I wanted to go back that week anyway)
  • They can all suck it
  • I feel like things are calming down now
  • My sister Jenna turned 18 on Saturday
  • My dad's kind of a dick
  • Going grocery shopping today
  • Looking forward to the holiday selling season on Etsy
  • It's all coming together
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(insert relevant journal title here)

To begin, I have an interview for a new job on Thursday, which I'm extremely happy about! Now, I know what you're thinking. "Jessss, didn't you just start a new job at BJ's a few months ago?" Well, now I know why my brother ditched that place so fast. The management is absolutely awful. If you want me to elaborate I can, but it'd be a novel for me to type it right now. So... not gonna bother.

I'm doing a decent job of getting my schedule under control. I go to my mom's three days a week to work on costume stuff, and work on illustrating at home. When I finish illustrating the book I'm working on (three weeks from now) I'll probably put an extra day in the shop. Sam and a friend have both been helping me manage both MicroMascots and Jackalope Hollow items, which does me an insane amount of good. Delagation of tasks is really the only way to get a lot done in the business world, and I need to step up my game.

In general I feel things are working out for me. I share an apartment with the guy I love. I have enough money to pay the bills and still occasionaly go out to do things. Business prospects look good. I'm wrapping up my first professional illustrating gig. Stress and anxiety levels are kept to a minimum. I'm healthy. I'm happy!

I'll be even happier if I get to leave BJ's in two weeks, though. Jesus Christ.
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I actually don't have anything facepalm-y to speak of. Just wanted to show off my new icon that djinnimade for me. =]

Though, one of my new goals does dictate that I type a journal today. Hm. *ponders a journal*

*ponder ponder ponder*

Ah! I did start a new Tumblr blog for my art, and also started reviving and old one. They are jackalopejess.tumblr.com and uglybunnies.tumblr.com, respectively. One of my main reasonings behind both of these is to keep drawing and uploading constantly the way a webcomic artist would. Keeps my drawing hand sharp, forces me to make and meet my own goals, and other stuff like that. So feel free to poke at those whenever.

Tomorrow flash_t_wolf stops by to pick up an almost-partial fursuit order, and on Wednesday Sam and I go to Philly to see the Visions of Arcadia exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For those not in the know, that museum is my second favorite place on Earth (the first is the Philadelphia Zoo, and I think San Diego is third on that list). Sam has never been, and I'm looking forward to taking him! He's also never been to the zoo, but I think I'll save that trip for next year. We only have time and money for so many trips, and the zoo isn't fun in the winter.

I really hope my financial aid for school processes soon so I can go back and not have to make more student loan payments. *groan*

Also, I remembered just now I still have a lot of old journals to tag.

Also also the air conditioning in our apartment has broken four times in two weeks and it's really hot in here and I'm wearing panties and that's it because it's really hot in here. In case you wanted to know.

We should probably ask for a window unit.
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Stream of Consciousness Blogging #2

San Diego Comic-Con was fun like always. I'm looking forward to going again next year! Pricey, but worth it to me. I'm going to have to really work hard and save up if I want to go to both SDCC and Anthrocon next year. They're essentially back to back.

The Monday after I got back (last Monday) Sam and I did our grocery shopping and officially moved out of my parents' house. It feels very good so far. I have this sense of responsibility and ownership (rentership?) that I didn't have before. It hasn't changed our relationship for the worse at all. Sam and I had already been living together in my folks' place for a bit over a year, so we're more than familiar with each other's quirks. It's very nice to wake up in bed every morning next to him. I love our relationship. It's something I never dreamed of having growing up. I always thought of myself as less-than-pretty, so it feels good to have someone who loves and appreciate me the way Sam does. Never thought I'd find that this early in life.

Already having been pretty independent before I moved out, I feel that not much adjustment has been needed. There are still lots of things I need to buy for this place, but it's fairly homey right now. Well, considering we've only been here for a week and a half. I still go back to my parents' house a couple days a week to work on sewing projects in the basement. Sam helps out, too.

Really planning for the future. I received a $500 pain and suffering settlement check in regards to last year's car accident. I wasn't hurt but I did miss a couple days of work and had to go to my spine doctor to make sure I was okay. Most of that check went to savings. I want to put half of the Anthrocon art show check I should be getting next week into savings. I need to save for a vehicle of my own, and need to save up to raise capital for my next venture. Excited about that.

This thing is getting a little tl;dr, so I'm going to stop thinking and go to bed now.
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Crunch Time

Home form work until sometime next week. The next two days will be spent:

- shipping things I sold
- packing the last of my stuff
- doing as much digital illustrating as possible
- packing and preparing for Comic-Con
- moving
- going to Comic-Con

My mom, sister and one of my two brothers won't be here to help Sam and I move. My great uncle (my mom's dad's brother) passed away last Friday, and his funeral is being held in South Carolina on Wednesday. My mom's going down on Tuesday to support her dad and such. I hope he's well. It's only him and his sister left now. One of his sisters passed a few years ago at age 87-ish after suffering from dementia. And his other two sisters (along with his brother-in-law and nephew) were killed in a drunk driving accident back in the 80s. I'd go to the funeral if I didn't have to go to San Diego, even though I don't ever remember meeting my great uncle.

Busy busy busy. I'll do my best to not stress out these next two days. It'll be hard, but I'll be fine. I hope.

Wish me luck.
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I'm trying to stay productive today but I'm not doing the best job. Whenever I get off of work at BJ's I kind of want to laze around until it's time to go to sleep and wake up for the next morning at BJ's. Marf.

Sam and I signed the lease agreement for the apartment on Monday. I've also set up an account with Delmarva (our local power company) and will be setting up the FiOS Internet account tomorrow after work. Moving day is Tuesday. My mother and aunt are buying us take-out Italian food for a small going-away thing. 

It's a weird feeling. I wrote my new address for the first time while ordering something on Wednesday, since it won't arrive until well after I've moved. Once I'm gone, I'll only have Sam to talk to. No Brandon or Brent or Jenna or Mom or Dad (not that I talk to him terribly often).  I can still call or text them, but it won't be the same as going to whatever room they're in and showing or telling them something. They won't be there. Just Sam. And when Sam's not home... well, I guess I'll have no one to talk to.

I feel like moving out will cause me a lot of emptiness at first. I do look forward to this new chapter in my life, being independent and sharing a place with the man I love. But.. I don't know. It won't be the same. I guess I'll just find a new "usual" within the first few weeks; or months, maybe.

What was it like when you first moved out of your parent's house?

wiped out

Not quite overwhelmed, but close

Temporarily changed my LJ layout. When I'm feeling more inclined I'll rummage through my options and fine something I really like. But for now, this will do.

I have a lot of stuff to do, oh my goodness. I haven't taken on any more new projects for the last month-and-a-half, and I won't until I finish at least half of what I'm already working on. But even that feels like it's not getting done fast enough. I hate playing catch up =[ It causes me stress and depression which makes even less get done and I feel absolutely terrible. Sam and I move all our things into the apartment next Tuesday, and then that following day I catch a flight for San Diego for Comic-Con International 2012. When I come back we'll grocery shop and begin living in our new apartment.

I'm hoping that after all this stressful moving stuff is over and done with I'll feel less pressure and things will pick back up to a decent clip. Right now I just have to do the best I can with the time I have, I suppose. I'm trying. Gee whiz, if I ever expect to be the CEO of a media conglomerate I need to get better at doing a bunch of things at once. Maybe this is just God putting me through the tutorial level, haha. Level 1 starts after I move out.

Sam and I are going to sign the lease agreement and such tomorrow. Then we're going to a medical aid unit so I can briefly get checked up. I want to make sure a tick that bit me a few weeks ago didn't give me anything, as I began feeling a tad sick at work on Saturday. I'm probably fine, but better safe than with Lyme disease.
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I haven't updated this in a bit, so I figure I'll whip something up right quick before I go to bed. Have to be at BJ's decorating graduation cakes at 7am!

Moving is moving! Security deposit has been paid and I'm packing my non-essentials up. Move-in date looks like it'll be the 10th, right before I leave for San Diego for five days. Yeesh. Things are looking well on that end. It's exciting and scary at the same time, but we'll make it work. We don't really have a choice, haha.

I like the creativity of decorating cakes, but this graduation season at BJ's is a nightmare. We have too many cakes for too few people to decorate and I end up staying an hour or later after I'm supposed to leave and it makes me want to vomit, ugh. Graduation season should be mostly over in two weeks or so and everything should slow down. I'm not at work next weekend anyway, so that should make it go by even faster.

The JEG project is progressing as well. Slowly getting more people involved. This will really test my management, prioritizing, and general planning skills. General business stuff. Skills that I'll need to master if I want to get where I want in life. Reading Entrepreneur magazine helps, if only for inspiration.

Feeling any degree of wonder or suspense yet? No? That's fine. You will by September.

Edit: Oh, and I finished all my Anthrocon projects on time without feeling the crazy stress I usually feel. That in itself was pretty bitchin'.
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