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I started my blogging journey many years and many blogs ago. It became a resource for me to continue writing and share my creative abilities. I wrote about what everyone else was writing about. And I crafted what was popular. I always loved my crafts, but I never felt they represented what was "ME" and what was the best of "MY" potential.
I attended SCAD for a semester in Fall 2006. I absolutely did not enjoy it. I loved the city and I loved my friends. But the classes were a far cry from a challenge. And the teachers were not great at teaching. I found myself in a position of "What the heck am I doing here". Most of my friends who were seniors and Alum were without work and in major student loan debt. Attending private art schools can cost between $40-$70k a year when you factor in tuition, living expenses, school supplies, art supplies, summer semester, travel to and from college and home to visit. And I couldn't handle that. I couldn't handle that I'm paying as much as a law school student to a attend a college for a BFA. So I left. A year later I tried art college one more time, and spent one year at Memphis College of Art. I felt even less challenged and decided that rt as a career was just not me. (Spoilers, I work in IT now and LOVE it!)
But art is still very much a part of my life! I graduated high school with 9 credits of Art, 4 of which were AP art credits. I instructed art at camps, led creative projects at day cares and while I was a nanny and babysitter. I worked for 2.5 years at a Pottery Painting studio and instructed all the private classes and birthday parties. I was living and breathing art.
But once I dropped out of college, I was no longer learning. No longer teaching and no longer doing what I loved. And so I turned to blogging as a means to share my creativity. But even still, I felt that I wasn't doing what I wanted but instead what everyone else cared.
And so, I made a promise to myself recently . I promised myself that I would take a break and just unplug. I have been sketching for a long time, and jotting down ideas. I've been working on a number of prints and developing new styles. I'll be opening an online store later this year and submitting designs to Tshirt sites. I'll also be slowly transitioning my blog into a Tumblr-style format. Because what I really want my blog to be is a reflection of me. Of my creativity. And of my life.
Thank you all so much who have been a great part in my life and through this journey. I've made some amazing friends these past few years and hope to make plenty more.