Well I can honestly say 2011 has had it’s good and bad moments. Having worked part time for almost two years I decided to go full-time simply because illustration wasn’t really going anywhere in terms of getting paid work (I keep saying to myself NO MORE UNPAID WORK.) As much as I love it more than anything else I think the reality of it finally sunk in and plus I can’t be a part timer forever. And living in London doesn’t really help either in terms of money and paying for travel, bills etc. I have decided to move out at the end of the summer. Not too sure where. Up North. Who knows. All I can say is that the novelty of living in London is wearing away and the sooner I move away I think I’ll be a lot less stressed out with money. Put it this way, I’m no better off working full-time either! Once I’ve paid my rent and bills I practically have zilch to live off…. urgh. Mega frustrating.
I feel at the moment where I am in life I should’ve have at east achieved something, in terms of career wise. For a very long time I’ve always had high expectations about myself, when I see people who are very fulfilled with their job/ family life/ settled down/ have a house of their own I get slightly envious because I’m nowhere near that stage.
Saying that though I’m definitely starting to make more of an effort about what I want to do in the future and where I want to be. I’m not too bothered about getting a job in design but I would either like to take a short course in graphic design or, shock horror, web design and get my HTML skills up to scratch! It really is quite terrifying thinking about these things but I guess it’s all part of growing as a person.
I hope that the new year brings good things. Like passing my driving! I’ve been putting it off for too long so it’s really time I got it out of the way!
So for 2012… I’d love to do more collaborative exhibitions and craft markets. Make more things, get to know more people, be a happier person, own a pug (HELL YES) and be somewhere cheap and cheerful. I cannot stand fooking tubes/ trains anymore!!!!!
I’d like to end it there without being too depressing and moaning about my financial situation. I wish you all a very Happy New Year, let’s hope 2012 will be a good ‘un! x