It has been almost a year since I last posted here. No, I am not back for the annual "BUY MY CHRISTMAS CARDS!" appeal. I've sort of decided to skip Christmas this year, with regards to promoting my shop. It feels a bit weird, now I write it. I haven't not promoted my wares at Christmas since I first started selling online. It's not that I've given up, but a lot has changed in the past year, and truthfully I haven't worked an ounce on my business in all that time.
For anyone who is interested, there was a spike in my business last year, which was due to me having more time to focus on it. I quit my poorly paid full time job in retail for a part time job in marketing that afforded me the same income, but more free time. I was able to attend meetings and pitches, and work on personal projects as well as freelance ones.
This lasted about 6 months, until the company-wide redundancies hit. "Don't worry! The Co-op will have you back in a heartbeat!" said those well-meaning people, with absolutely no idea how miserable that would make me. I knew I couldn't face retail again, so I frantically scoured the internet and pestered agencies, and as luck would have it, I was able to finish my job on Friday, and start a new one on Monday.
Since December last year I have been working full time - first as a graphic designer, and now as an account manager (essentially an evolved version of the role I got made redundant from, for the same company - but that's another story for another time, perhaps). I suddenly have lots more money and lots of ideas, but alas, much less time. Even less than when I worked in retail. I take on occasional freelance work, although nothing time-intensive, but I haven't really made time to sit down and think about where I'm going.
So that's where I am right now. I don't have any 2015 Christmas cards to share with you. I don't even have any words of wisdom to impart. I just wanted to check in.