I didn't do a family holiday card this year.
There's multiple reasons why:
•My past work gave me the Adobe programs, for as long as the subscription ran. The subscription to Adobe ran out.
•I was busy ending a job, and beginning a new one.
•We got a new gecko, so my energy was put into making him a new habitat.
•To be honest I just didn't have it in me.
•I'm exhausted from the year and I keep waking up at 3 AM all wheezy. Sleep in general hasn't been good.
Lots of excuses to add up, but I just needed a break from cards.
Lots of good came this year:
•Travis sold a sculpture at The Bemis, and because of that he got to show a second piece.
•Travis had a productive residency + a few grants in his favor that have helped put his work in a different, but more him direction.
•It took me getting laid off, a store closing, and working another job to find the one that seems to be perfect for me. I do like AIM, and the people. Its mission of instilling technology into the community is a good one.
•I survived teaching online, all the sudden.
•We got "Warhol", our newest gecko.
•Mica got a big award from his last year at King Science - The Rotary Honor Roll.
•Isaak was one of two that got an art award last spring.
•Both boys have struggled with remote learning, the new crazy pandemic world, but they aren't failing.
AIM's first few assignments for me:
Write copy for their STEM portion of their website. All was going great, until this last part...I have to look up jobs to add to it. Well I've been on a job search, for the longest time. I'm drained of that. I'll get through it.
Then they wanted me to make a holiday card. Something I told myself I was skipping this year. Ha! On top of that the designer that they have only uses Illustrator, so graphic shape oriented art. I struggled with, Do I add my own flare? Do I do what they do? Do I do what I want to do? I did a mix.
Here it is:
I sort of feel guilty not making a family card this year. Seriously it wouldn't of been that hard, with the idea I had in mind. It doesn't help that I'm getting some in the mail that say, "I can't wait to get your card." It has to be let go!
Don't be hard on yourself. Sometimes making family cards is backseat priority. Glad to hear you like it at AIM and that Travis is doing pretty well.
congratulations for the new job and great to know you enjoy it, Alissa. Holiday season can be overwhelming indeed.. similar as we celebrate Eid-al Fitr!
This year has been hard. Like really, really hard. It left me drained and I have zero Christmas spirit. I didn't mail out cards. I only put up half of my decorations. I haven't even wrapped gifts yet. I'm just tired are really hope something changes by next year to up my spirits.
There was good this year though. I did get my crafting business off the ground. The craft fairs have been a success and I had over 70 orders on Etsy this month, so that was a positive. It sounds like your year was busy and stressful too, but I am glad you can focus on the positives as well. I think your work card looks amazing!
This year has been crazy for most of us. Can't wait for it to be over.
Merry Christmas, A!
I think your work card came out great! You can do your own card whatever year you feel like starting again. It's only awesome if it's fun. :)
Glad all is well with yours and Travis' work!
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