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!