Masters Degree and Coming out of Lockdown…

I’ve been a bit quiet of late on here… The roadmap of lockdown restrictions being lifted has meant I have had some enquiries and new work coming in – which is great news. I’ve also had a few jobs, which I’ll be updating the site with soon. A few bits and pieces for existing clients – Devon Carers and another set of books for Vanessa James, but also a few new jobs which is great news, and helping to make the future look a little brighter. It’s all been a little dark and dismal, the weather has been miserable, I’ve had to postpone my wedding again, and more and more celebrations have been taking place over Zoom so a little bit of brightness on the horizon has been welcome in our house!

I also decided over Christmas to apply for my Masters Degree. Falmouth University have a great flexible course – it’s all done online and is part-time, so I thought I’d go for it. It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long time, and I feel recently as if I’ve lost confidence, and don’t really know how to progress professionally. I’ve spent more time and effort on my Etsy store, which has been great, but really wanted to do this, and the opportunity and timing is perfect. It’s been hard work so far, but I expected it to be, and I’m enjoying it. I’ll share some work soon, but for now, if I’m a little quiet on the blog or on my social media… this is the reason why!

My Etsy store seems to be going well. Since November, I have had a lot of sales, and I have some great ideas for new stuff to create and sell, which will hopefully be coming soon. It’s great for the the little bit of extra income, but I’m also enjoying the process of being creative and productive – it’s been helping my mental health through this time! I’m hoping to add some more prints and cards soon, as well as some other items as and when I can get the designs finalised, and I’ll be posting on here soon with lots of news.

Finally, I’ve been re-arranging my workspace – it had become a dumping ground for the house, storage for bits and pieces that needed a home, and I was struggling with my back and neck working at a laptop for hours on end, so I have spent some time re-organising, tidying and improving my space. I am so lucky to have a home office, especially at the moment, and whereas before Covid, I was able to work with clients at their premises, or out in Cafe’s, my needs have changed! It’s looking much better now!

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