It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on this page. I would like to start with an apology and some reasoning—if you’ll let me.
First and foremost, I am sorry that I’ve been absent for so long. I’ve missed writing to you guys for the longest time and am so excited to be back! I hope you guys are prepared for a lengthy catch-up because here it comes.
I’ve been through a tough few months whilst I’ve been starting at a new job. I’m just trying to figure my life out, and although I haven’t gotten it all worked out just yet, I know that I’m in a better mental space to start picking up the things I’ve unfortunately had to put aside for a short while. I’m still working in a bookstore, so I’m still surrounded by my one true love, books. I’m now working full-time, opposed to the part-time work I used to do. It makes juggling everything I love doing in my free time a little harder, but in the long run, I know it’ll be worth it.
At the moment, I need the extra income, so I can start working harder on the things that will one day become my livelihood. As shocking as this news might be to hear, I don’t plan on making retail a life-long endeavor. In fact, I’m actively pursuing my dream career at the moment, so beware, I’m going to babble on about that a lot over the next coming months.
My current life plan is as follows:
In my free time, I will put my heart and soul into my little sticker business: Aster Paper Crafts. I will aim to have as many new products in my Etsy store as I can, focusing on pushing its social media pages. If you’d like to support me, you can find Aster Paper Craft’s Instagram here.
On top of my little sticker business, I will be starting up an editing company called ‘Aster Edits’. You can also find its web address here if you would like to check it out and perhaps follow me. Otherwise, you can follow Aster Edits’ Instagram. Aster Edits will become my main focus, as I truly want to edit stories for a living and help authors turn their dreams into reality. Is there anything better? At the time of writing this life update (13/11/2021), I’m preparing to offer a free editing service for the time being. This way I can create testimonials for my website and get the experience required to feel confident in selling my editing expertise. In saying this, it’s not like I’m unprepared to be an editor. I do have a B.A degree in writing, I have edited manuscripts before, and I’m about to start a Graduate’s Degree in Editing and Publication. I plan to keep on growing my knowledge in order to be the best editor I can be. If you have any tips or would like me to edit your work, feel free to swing me a message.
The final thing I will be working on to support me is my writing. I plan to have a story written and be queried before the end of 2022. I am already in the process of writing, I’m past halfway through the first draft—which is super exciting! Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to get traditionally published, so that’s the route I’m going to go. Somewhere down the line, I may change my mind and try self-publishing instead. There’s nothing wrong with either option and truly the path to getting published is a personal choice that comes down to what the author wants and what they believe is their best path.
I know, it’s a lot to do in such a short amount of time throughout a week. I have social media pages to keep up with, blog posts, marketing, and not to mention, the actual work required for each of these potential avenues.
You might be wondering why I chose to go full-time with work, and it truly is as simple as needing money. I come from a home that doesn’t have a whole lot of money, and for me to ever live on my own or make these dreams a reality, I need to bust my ass. Moving out of home hasn’t been a possibility for me, because it isn’t about me. I have a mother that’s on a disability pension, and on her own, she can’t afford to live. For me to move out, she’d be forced to live with a stranger. For me to move out, I’d have to live with a stranger. Honestly, as much as I love the idea of having my own place and living on my own terms, for the moment, it’s not a possibility. That’s why I need to push myself. That’s why I can’t let myself have too much fun or spend too much money. I need the money for my endeavors, so I can create that future for myself one day.
Anyway, let’s move on from the sob story. What else has happened while I’ve been gone? I’ve been getting into roller skating, but I had a pretty bad fall and now my knee is pretty injured. I also have RSI in my wrist from my new job. It’s a lot busier than I’m used to but I’m surviving, I’m doing well, and next year, I look forward to being able to quit my job because I can afford to survive on my passions.
I think that’s all I’m going to update for this week. Thank you for stopping by and reading over my endeavors of the week. I promise that next week I’ll talk about some lighter things.
In the meantime, please stay safe and look after yourself.