My tale of unemployment: Week 1

Time is flying. How is it already Thursday? This week has been so surreal and it is just the start of how things are going to be for a while.

As I have shared here and all over social media, either in fits of excitement or serious panic, I quit my job a few weeks ago and my last day was last Thursday. We actually moved to Ventura almost three weeks ago, but due to some personal reasons and just to ensure that I didn’t royally screw over some of my coworkers who had PTO plans, I stuck around until the 8th, on some very gracious friends couches and extra bedrooms. You know who you are and thank you very, very much, again for your kindness.

So now it has been four official normal-work days without the work. I mean I am not sitting around staring at my own belly button, I am working through school and a few freelance projects, but it was still a very different experience than what I am used to. Maybe it is too early to say, but I am already torn about what to do with my hair makeup. Obviously I don’t want to waste the time, energy, or product to get myself dolled up for the computer screen, but then sitting around like a slob all day (which may or may not have included an hour or two of literally just wearing my robe yesterday) – is a little depressing.

But really, I am such an introvert that I kinda love it. In fact my biggest concern so far is eventually loving this lifestyle so much that I decide that I don’t actually want anything to do with the real world.

Here is what my days this week looked like:

  • Woke up at 7 (this easily could have been 10 AM as I am the champion of sleeping, but I felt too guilty to sleep longer than Alex got to)
  • Made breakfast for myself and Alex (meaning reheating the breakfast casserole I make on Sundays for the week)
  • Watched the Colbert Report and Daily Show whilst eating breakfast and drinking my grapefruit juice (I skip the interview sections because I generally don’t care, unless it is Kevin Spacey, like on Colbert yesterday)
  • Took Jenny out (no wildlife sightings today keeping the count since our move at 1 bobcat, 1 baby coyote, 0 cougars)
  • Iced coffee, which is, just heavenly
  • Treehouse Web Classes (working my way though deep dive of CSS right now, wild and crazy stuff)
  • Snack time yay!
  • More class
  • P90x – still can’t walk.. laugh.. move..
  • Shower time yay!
  • Protein shake (this recipe needs some serious improvement so I wont bother sharing it with you)
  • More class or freelance work
  • General to-dos, emails, etc.
  • Blogged or worked on blog post ideas
  • More class
  • Got dressed
  • Long dog walk or puppy park
  • Did my housewife duty and made dinner
  • AND repeat……

On the side of everything I am also continuing to work on my personal website and while I have taken some very basic photos of myself, the photo below, source: gillagilla makes me want to have a fun portrait session for real.

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Back from the Dead – and a Pinterest Challenge

Naturally, my first instinct is to apologize for being gone for so long. But then I realize that is the beauty of this blog. It is mine and I started it for me. Even if it grows into something a little more mature one day, I don’t want to lose sight of that. After all, let’s be honest, sure I would love to be specialized enough here to only do DIY and design related posts, but again, this is my blog, and while those are the things I enjoy, they are not all that there is to me and certainly I am no real expert at either (while I am always working to get there).  Those elements will always be a part of what I want to include on this corner of the internet that is mine, but I first and foremost always want this to be a place where I write whatever I feel like, when I feel like it.

I realized all of this only after specifically trying to ignore the fact that I had a blog for quite a while because every time I thought of it I was filled with a horrible swirl of both guilt and irresponsibiltiy. I have wanted to be a blogger for a long time, and now that I had it up and going, how could I let it just sit there? Then I got over myself, sat down and thought about what I wanted this site to be like and the lightbulb of the first paragraph hit me. And the truth is, life has changed a lot in this time I have been silent, and I see now that in order to keep my sanity – something I am generally holding onto by a thread – I had to put it to the wayside. It was just not the right time or place to try and create any sort of content – it wasn’t the therapy I needed then (because after all, blogging is generally my source of therapy.)

Which leads me to some very exciting news:

  1. I quit me job… literally YESTERDAY was my last day, crazy-sauce.
  2. I moved to Ventura, CA (sure its a beach town to beach town move, but this is pretty extreme for us. The comment we heard most often from our South Bay friends: “Might as well be Canada.”)

What this means for me/my family/my career/this blog:

I don’t know exactly yet, and that makes me incredibly excited (also slightly terrified)

All I can really do right now is make some goals, so far I have the following:

  1. Complete my web design/development studies on Treehouse to build upon the Graphic/Web Design program I was in at Otis College of Art and Design
  2. Make the blog a priority while never forgetting I am blogging for me and about what I want – so since I am the queen of over-promising here, I won’t say it will be every day, but I do plan to set aside sometime each day to focus on it, whether that results in 1, 3 or 5 posts a week, we will find out. This set aside time may also just turn into simply a brainstorming sessions that I occasionally share with you. I don’t have a solid plan yet, just ideas and my life is in such a transition period that really thinking about how I want to shape my life is an amazing opportunity that I can’t just squander. Well, it will be that and fun DIY or home improvement work that just makes me happy as  a clam.
  3. Be better about keeping the house clean and my plants alive – now, instead of being in the office all day, I will be around them and in my place, so even if this wasn’t a goal, it would probably still happen. I just can’t work in filth and I would love to see happy plants rather than the sad wilty ones I have today.
  4. No longer go days without moving – Ok that is a slight exaggeration, but honestly with work, school, freelancing, and finally taking a break from it all, I was successfully sitting, to go sit some more, to go home to sit at the computer or on my couch. Being at home 24/7 will make me stir crazy, so I will be taking the dog on many more (longer) walks and may even do some P90x or yoga on my “lunch breaks”

So in the spirit of getting right to it, I have joined some AWESOME (read: far-superior) blogger ladies in Kisha of Chronicled’s Pinterest Challenge: from INSPIRATION to CREATION! While it would seem pretty explanatory, what it is is taking one of those hundreds of I’ll-do-someday pins from your DIY board (come on, I know you have one, everyone does) and making it yourself, like in REAL LIFE! Whoa. Duh I want in. And we have a month. Double duh.

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The hardest part has been deciding what to make for Settling Sideways. I do have a ton of amazing contenders on my ‘Things I want to do it myself‘ board, after all. But I figure, given that I have a little more free time on my hands than usual.. I will start with idea I like and if there is time left over, get going on second or third idea.

So here is what I will be doing first:

IKEA Hack Storage

with some yummy leather handle pulls:

Leather Handle Pulls by The Brick House

image 1 – by K. Klose as featured on IKEA Hackers / image 2 – by Morgan at The Brick House

I have had an old, IKEA-style storage thing, like the one in the first photo for years. I can’t bring myself to toss it because I always store stuff in it, but I have always hid it away in some corner of our apartment because I am not a crazy fan of how it looks. I think if I paint it white, add some lovely wood and black doors, and maybe some leather handles, I could let it shine out in the open. Maybe put some bar fixin’s on top? Should be a fun trial and error, in the very least.

With that – please be sure to check in on the other amazing projects happening for this challenge – four pretty badass ladies with some great blogs:

Amy of Love on Sunday : http://loveonsunday.com/

Donna of Soul Pretty : http://soulpretty.blogspot.com/

Renee of Typewritten Bubbles : http://www.typewrittenbubbles.com/

Kisha of Chronicled : http://www.chronicled-blog.com/

Do you find this pinteresting? Check back at the end of the month to see all our final products!

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