2012 is passing by in a whirlwind for sure. Sometimes the world is spinning too fast for me, and I feel so overwhelmed. On more than one occasion, I’ve found myself whispering under my breath, “If one more person asks me to do one more thing, I am going to flip out.”
Doing so much work in other areas of my life, I’ve practically abandoned my blog, but I had a big week so I had to squeeze in a few minutes to make an update.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, I quit my job.
Actually, I submitted my intent to resign effective at the end of my contract which is in about three months.
Taking this big step was conflicting. The relief that this stressful era of my life is about to end is a treasure. The excitement of a new saga beginning fills me with happiness. On the other hand, I feel this uneasiness that people might whisper behind my back misunderstanding my decision. I do feel that pinch of guilt of quitting a secure job while so many are unemployed.
However, I have to keep myself grounded with the knowledge that I am grateful for my opportunity in this profession because I learned a lot about myself and about life, and that making this big leap out of that profession is a necessary step toward having more satisfaction in my life.
I’ve been a little low on super inspired blog topics and even lower on time to write out the mediocre ideas that I have managed to come up with, but I had a partially free night and scheduled in a few minutes in between my early evening meeting, workout, dinner, class and the later evening bills, lesson plans, bedtime routine to sit down and bang out a post to end my unfortunate weeklong hiatus from blogging. Two hours and one scattered, jumbled assortment of sentences later, I still got nothin’.
Therefore, I say it’s time to hang it up tonight. Maybe those ramblings will make more sense tomorrow. What do they say…you gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em? Hey, you win some, you lose some, right? What other cliches can I throw at this blog post? I just have to remind myself that this little blog is still a diamond in the rough, but if I keep plugging away, it will start to shine. Gotta keep the faith!
Okay, this one was a big fat belly flop, but if I keep trying I think I can sneak in a few successful swan dives! Don’t let the sting of frustration keep you down. Take a break and come back at your goals tomorrow with a fresh attitude and renewed energy!
My art teacher gave us a double assignment this week! She clearly said we would have ten weeks and ten assignments, but here she goes only Week 2 and already throwing in extra work! Doesn’t she know I have a lot going on? I had to remind myself about time management and skipped my sister’s basketball game (sad face). It was a good decision in the end ’cause this thing took me forever! It doesn’t look hard, but lemme tell ya…
Our assignment was to recreate this grayscale handout in three inch squares on our 18x24 paper.Measuring evernly spaced and parallel lines was no joke - maybe I'm just lacking in my geometry skills, but this took about an hour!
There you have it! Surprisingly, the light shades were the hardest to recreate and keep the shade and tone consistent
- My final product with all the shades from light gray to pure black.
If you want to practice your shading and craftsmanship, this is a great activitiy. Fair warning: it might drive you crazy trying to keep it even! Tip: keep baby wipes nearby because the charcoal is messy and you will leave fingerprints all over the page!
I survived my double assignment week, so remember: whenever an extra task is thrown your way, you can handle it! Don’t let a little bump throw you off course of achieving your dreams! I’ll post pictures of my butterfly drawing tomorrow!