I hope all is well with you out there. Not much more I can say there.
It's an anniversary of sorts for me this week - it's been an entire year since my last blog post. On one hand, it's incredible to think, on the other, it's been a bit by design.
I'm still knee deep in the collecting world - and Linden cards, but things have just been a lot different for me over the past 12 months. I love going to card shows, trade nights and scouring eBay for the new and needed...I just don't pick up as many new pieces of cardboard as I have previously. My pocketbook thanks me.
So what has changed?
My work has been pretty intensive lately - and now more than ever as we laid off about 80% of our staff...leaving me to tend to a lot on the table with little assistance. But I am extremely grateful to be working and doing something that I love for a living. I do not take that for granted for a second.
Second, I find I don't have as much to say. Or maybe....I feel the need to say it a little differently.
Over the holiday break last December, I started looking at outlets for showcasing my creative work in a bit more of a grander scale - call it a "living resume". It's been a goal I've been working towards (website, blog, social media, etc) and have spent a great deal of time planning....to a fault.
I'm an obsessive planner - but it has cost me over the years as I tend not to act as quickly. I've seen it in previous projects I've worked on, even with simple blog posts. I have seen a lot of people post first and think later. It's an attitude I'm trying to execute on a little more.
I'm hoping that I will have things to share over the summer months that can kickstart some things for the year. I've started with LinkedIn and have posted a few blog articles there. Next will be a website of my own.
Lastly, I've taken a lot more time for myself - reading, taking classes, enjoying time with family and friends. Time is such a precious commodity...and when work ends, I want to spend time unwinding, relaxing and recharging. One thing I've learned over the past few months is that I love work...I'm passionate about the creative outlet I'm fortunate enough to pursue for a living. And I love to invest in it. But on the flip side, when work is done....I want that time to be for me.
This blog will always be here for me - and I love that. I love that there are no rules, no expectations and no timelines. I might come back to it in a more dedicated form at a later time....but for now, it's a nice (call it) pause.
Make no mistake, I still think this is the greatest hobby in the world - and I am a lifer when it comes to sports cards, but I get to call the pace. Right now....it's a gentle stroll.
Enjoy the weekend...enjoy the summer....talk to you all soon.