It has been a busy couple of weeks…
I’m taking on projects like a leaky skiff in high seas — but the ride is too much fun to turn back to shore.
I keep telling myself that I have to learn how to say ‘NO’ when it comes to payment-free projects, but I can’t help but get swept away by the excitement of someone (or a group of someones) doing something they love, and being able to help them get there. I guess that’s why I am working two jobs, drinking massive amounts of coffee, and only sleeping a few hours each night: to have enough time and energy to contribute to all of these side projects. I feel like I am in college again…and I think it is a good thing!
I’ve just about finished a book that I’m a ‘beta reader’ for, and — let me tell you — it’s been tough with my busy schedule, but totally worth it. It’s been an excellent learning opportunity, and I truly love the task. I joined a local writing group this past March just so I could read authors’ works-in-progress. I guess I could get just as much excitement out of a trip to the local library — and could save myself some dollars on printer paper — but being able to have a discussion with writers about their dreams and direction, and being able to provide some kind of feedback is absolutely spectacular. If I could make this my career, I would.
I’ve just completed logo design work for an online women’s magazine that I’ll be working with. We’re hoping our website will be polished enough to push out into the public within a week or so. *FingersAndToesCrossed* (I’ll keep you posted for when we launch!)
The literary journal that I am the Assistant Art Editor for is about to publish its first online edition at the end of the month. We’ve been working diligently to review over 600 submissions and whittle out a cohesive edition. I’m totally blown away by the outstanding shape our first publication is taking. (I’ll let you know when it will be available for you to view!)
Best of all: I am jumping in my little pick-up truck today and taking a road trip across New England to see my family.
All of these things — ALL of these small, little things — make me incredibly happy that I’ve landed where I’ve landed, that I have been able to be a part of all of these great projects, and that I am able to finish up just in time to spend some much-needed time with the people I care about most.
I’ve been jumping around for a while now, but all of these endeavors have reeled in parts of my psyche, and I feel fulfilled.
For now, enjoy this little dude sitting on a sunflower stem: I met him just the other day, and his name is Luke. He has also been jumping around a lot lately, and he sure is enjoying the little bit of sunshine left before the cold rolls in.
Enjoy the little things of today, because tomorrow they will be gone.
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Much love and happy creating!