Monday, December 15, 2014

Back to the Blog

It's been a while since I updated this blog regularly. I keep thinking I'd like to return to it. After a string of super-sized life upsets, I'm still not clear on how to pick it up and move on.

Like a cat that slips off the banister and hopes no one's looking, I stopped to lick wounds and try to regain composure. I took classes, thinking I'd eventually go back to work in graphic design. As I was finishing up a certificate program a year ago, I had an internship and part time tutoring job lined up. Nervous but excited about a new start, I made it through my first day of the internship. The next day, I learned I had breast cancer. So much for getting my bearings.

This past year certainly wasn't the best year, but it wasn't all bad. When I felt better, I worked on new illustrations. I had the luxury of picking and choosing only things I wanted to do. I'm learning about plans and expectations. They're fine as a map, as long as you know the moment the map is drawn, the route is already changing. Expect detours and road blocks. Flash floods. If you don't look too far ahead, there are nice surprises too…unexpected things along the way that make the trip enjoyable. Sometimes, the destination changes entirely.

So, here I am. My blog map is sketchy. No doubt, there will be side trips.