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So, with 2013 still shuffling along on its hands and knees, I've had time to mull things over and reflect.
The one thing that has been paramount has been the declining financial flow through my work as a Sports Massage Therapist. I've turned to being mobile, so 'have car & bench, will travel' still doesn't seem to be improving things, and to make matters worse, I now have to sell the car - reasons for which, I won't go into.
Moving on, I've applied for jobs over the last several months to no avail. Why I am unsuccessful? I just don't know? It's been, to be honest, downright miserable, trawling through the web on job site after job site, discovering that the jobs I do want to apply for are beyond my remit due to the lack of certain 'certification' or appropriate experience (can't even get a job on a building site as a labourer any more, seeing as you now have to have to be certified in CSCS - I did look it up, but can't be arsed to type it all out. So long gone are the days where I could walk into a building site yard and ask for work and get it. Hell, the foreman on one site asked me to drop my CV in - for a labourer job!). Plus the two tears I've suffered in my right knee that will require surgery haven't helped to improve things generally.
But then, whilst browsing the various groups on Google+, it hit me. Like a bolt out of the heavens, like the proverbial light bulb above the head - DING! Book cover design.
Why not? I have a BA (Hons) in graphic design and a diploma in Art & Design, and being creative is what makes me the happiest. Why did I not think of this before? So I've been looking up online about this curious aspect of design. And you know what? I'm going for it. I've already got four brave writers who are happy for me to design book covers for them in order to get into the flow of things and cut my designer's gnashers on the task. I've never been this excited about something I've wanted to do for such a very long time. It's like I've had new life breathed into my entire being. I now feel like I have a purpose in life once again.
Due to all the other shite going on previous to this, my writing has been suffering, mainly due to the fact I couldn't relax and let my imagination do its 'thing'. So my apologies on that score. I've neglected my blogofs for that very same reason, so again, I am sorry - very rude and remiss of me. But when struggling financially and constantly searching for work, then being turned down for the most ordinary of jobs, I found it impossible to sit and relax to write, let alone enjoy it.
And this is me now - looking forward to forging a new path designing book covers, though still doing the sports massage in order to keep things ticking over. But I'm going to go freelance once I've spoken to the Welsh Assembly Government about the possibility of a grant to help me get on my feet and started properly.
Hopefully 2013 will be the year for us all, after that shamble 2012 turned into being. For all my wonderfully creative blogofs out there, I sincerely wish you a fantastic year ahead and hope all your endeavours are rewarded to your hearts content. Sorry for the wall of text.
Peace, love, health and happiness to each and every one of you.