The title says it well enough.
This year has been so crazy for me. Exhilarating and beautiful, I should say!
I realized it today, after waking up from my sound sleep following an entire day of chaos. The good kind of chaos, you know? Like when you don't know what is going to happen next but you just hold on tight anyway and stick around for the wild ride with the biggest smile on your face? I think much of my entire life is like that. I do what steering I can but sometimes life throws at you a shit ton of opportunities and you just get caught up in the moment frantically trying to grab them all!!!!
Yesterday I put a security deposit down on my own place. It's a shabby little place, but it's my shabby little place. It's in the most beautiful and culturally loud neighborhood in Chicago, my favorite neighborhood, Pilsen. I've only lived in this neighborhood since I've been living away from my parents in this big, beautiful city! I feel like I'm becoming part of the community... I know most of my neighbors by name.
This move is a big deal for me. I feel like it officially marks my independence, the beginning of my adulthood maybe? Not that I'll ever stop being child-like and playful, but I strive to be responsible and self-sufficent.
I move this month. Very excited!!
I'm still working at the frame shop. I love this job in a way that I've never loved a job before. I go to bed and sleep soundly, and wake up at the first alarm buzzer ready and eager to start my day of framing. I feel incredibly lucky, dare I even say blessed, because not many people can say they love their job. I work with amazing people who are friendly and just overall lovely to be around. They make me feel loved and appreciated, as do my clients.
Better even, my job has revived my passion in art. Handling so many valuable pieces of art from artists new and old has revived my love and appreciation for it. Just earlier this month we had a client bring in a Dalí original, stored in a hand-carved wooden box. I get to frame a Miró original lithograph this week! Before that, I personally framed a Berninghaus original gouache painting, I've handled so many Chagall originals that it's ridiculous, and also a Picasso. This is all in the two-plus months I've worked here! It's amazing!!
As such I've been VERY busy with art, though I have nothing to show for it for now. I landed a big child book illustration gig. I'll be busy with it until November-- and that's all I can tell you for now! On top of that I have other smaller, but still fairly important commissions that I'm balancing with my illustration gig deadlines. Busy busy busy!! You'll probably start seeing work from me come November, so stay tuned in!
And if there wasn't enough crazy stuff on my plate right now, there's a guy. Yeah, a guy. And things have gotten complicated like in one of those, "We're friends, but we do some things that friends don't do but it's definitely non committal and no strings attached and it's okay because we're friends," sort of situations. It's exhilarating and wonderful and I couldn't be any happier with the gray area of a sort-of-relationship that I am in right now.
I've also been on a Paleo diet for a while and it's been working out wonderfully for me. I've lost 30-something pounds of weight, but I've definitely toned up some muscle. My eczema rashes have gone away because as it turns out, I'm allergic to grains and dairy.
I've joined a fencing club and started classes. It's a fun way to get into shape and regain the strength in my ankles (I've sprained them too many times and they never really healed). I'm doing saber, in case you were wondering what style.
I'll be starting up archery later in the year, too.
So basically for now my life is going to be me, in my little one-bedroom apartment, walking around in my underwear all the time because my two cats and dog are not offended by my big thighs, and I'll be blasting music, sipping coffee on weekend mornings, hauling my laundry to the washeteria on Sundays, framing during the day and painting all night while Netflix is streaming to my tv. I go to fencing classes three times a week and live off a diet of coffee and meat-protein.
This is my life. I love it.