Edit: I will be refreshing this journal every week for the month of September to make sure everyone has seen it, nothing has actually been changed
So for once, I end day one of my university year feeling very positive. None of my classes seem like an unbearable work load yet. I prefer having just a few projects worth more marks, over having constant assignments that are so hard to keep up with, and are worth nothing. It's easy to miss a few, and then they start adding up...
ANYWAY, I've made myself a few goals since it's my fourth and final year of my degree;
- sleep more (I sometimes got 3 hours of sleep a night, or less...)
- study harder (I studied enough previously, I just need to study harder. Which will be easier when I'm not always exhausted)
- go to more "optional/extra" class help (not always, just more)
- take care of myself more. I know everyone says they are busy, but I really...REALLY am. It is RARE that I will take even a few hours off for myself. Last year, I worked over Christmas without a single break. And I'm talking go-go-go from when I wake up, until I go to bed, And usually only slept 3-4.5 hours, 6 if I was lucky. Day after day. No end in sight. (plus occasionally dealing with angry customers that don't get their orders "fast enough," I'd have to stop sleeping entirely or drop out of school to do them faster!) I need to take time to refresh...mentally and physically. Take a few nights off every week. Take a day off at least once a month. I'm going insane!
Then I realized that I can't make time for these things out of thin air. For the past three years, if I need more time for something, I'd just sleep less lol but I need to sleep more so that's not an option. I need to take care or myself and I'm wearing myself too thin. So here goes...here's the announcement......
~~*~~*~~ I WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY MORE ORDERS, CRAFT OR DRAWING ONES, UNTIL SOME TIME IN 2015. LIKELY WILL REOPEN IN MARCH. ~~*~~*~~For those of you who have already placed orders
, they will still be finished at a regular time. But I've basically finished all my regular orders and just have custom orders to do. I usually work on regular orders and custom orders at the same time like they're two separate things, since custom orders take longer. I don't like making someone wait two months to get a hat I could make in a week because someone else ordered something complex. But now that I'm finishing up regular orders and not accepting any more, I'm not putting that extra work time into the custom orders. I will be continuing custom productions at a regular pace, and put that extra time into the things about.
PLUS MY BROTHER IS HAVING A BABY IN LESS THAN A WEEK AND IF HE WANTS TO COMMISSION ADORABLE BABY COSTUMES FROM ME, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY YES!!!
As you can see, still busy, but normal busy. Doable busy. Not "I'm going to have a mental breakdown soon" busy.Wow I'm so proud of myself.
The ability to just look after myself is insane. I got home today, and said to myself, "I have 1.5 hours until I have to leave for that event I'm going to. What do I want to do for fun to refresh?" I can't even BEGIN
to describe how good that felt. For the past 1.5 years at least, (probably more like 2.5) I would have come home after a tiring first day, and said, "only 1.5 hours until I have to leave, quick! How much sewing can I get done? HURRYYYYY!!!" I honestly feel like a queen, and my kingdom is my time, and my riches is being able to choose what to do with it.
You see, I couldn't afford to do this before, but I can now because OSAP is moving to give students a bit more money and with how well my business has been recently, I've managed to save up a bit too. I only hope that closing commissions for a while won't leave me back at square one, getting no orders, when I re-open...but even if that's the case, it'll be well worth it just to be human for the year, that's all I need to make me happy.
Just a tiny bit of time to myself to remain sane, earn good grades, and sleep a normal amount (most of the time. School work might still take from my sleep sometimes but that's ok)
Plus, you guys are still going to see me being active because I have all this pre-made stuff you haven't seen yet;kai45.deviantart.com/journal/U…
I find myself in a financial jam and/or IF
I have free time to do some more commissions, I will post a journal. Though the odds are, what I'll do is make a set of four Toothless hats and sell them as first come first serve. (rather than my usual made-to-order system) Honestly, if you REALLY want something, you should just ask.
Because I do have some hats built up as extra stock. And you might just get lucky! Otherwise, I can put you on a list and contact you when I re-open so you're ahead of the rush.
Thanks all for reading, and wish me luck this year!!! It's going to be a good one, I just know it!