Tag: career

Life Update, Blog Agenda

I think every once in awhile, I just need to do one of these so ya’ll know I’m alive. I know I just spewed out a post a few days ago, and I do have a few more in the works. So I’ll talk a little bit about the plan there. I feel like every so often I just wanna talk about what’s new with me. I try not to do these too often, as my old blog was over-filled with crap like that.

Work’s been keeping me as busy as a bee since summer, which is fantastic. I completed my first year doing underclass photography and other things like sports, dances, commencements, and communions which meant I could finally move on to senior photography. I can’t tell you  how much I’ve learned in a month’s span – it’s insane. I learned so much about lighting, posing, settings, and just straight up human interaction. It’s been a blast. Moving on from the factory made, cookie cutter school photography to a full on senior studio session has been a real eye opener and a game changer! I loved my job to start with, but this summer – fall, I’ve felt like a REAL photographer and I couldn’t be happier. While fall was in full swing, my schedule had been pretty hectic so off course I fell off the grid a little. With all that going on, Grizz and I haven’t even done much in the way of wedding planning. We’ve got some time since we’re shooting for June 2017, but still we’ve gotta get a move on with that.

But all the while, I’d have ideas for blogs buzzing in my brain. Anytime I came up with an idea I saved a draft of it so I would remember what it was.

Now I have a few things queued up for when our winter break comes into play.

I’ve been meaning to do another CD review since I got the latest from Breaking Benjamin, I’ve talked a little bit about doing a photo tour of my desk and possibly my dresser. I don’t know if people would be more interested in a room tour or apartment tour altogether, but I think I could do that instead. I haven’t really decided there, because we’d have to do some cleaning. Maybe at least a room tour? I don’t know.

Then there was  the time Grizz and I made coasters using yard sale floppy disks and little rubber feet. That’s pretty much all there is to it, but I figured I’d share some photos.
Then, I really want to do a wig collection post, but I figured I’d do that after Christmas, in case I get any more wigs as a gift.

Also, awhile back I talked about a D&D inspired photo project. I still really want to do that but I think it’s gonna take a lot of work and I probably won’t do anything with it until Spring since I need some good weather. Maybe a couple of them could be done in the winter. At any rate, that process is going to take a while.

On another note, Grizz has been wanting to make a cooking channel on YouTube, so I think we’re going to work on that as well. And of course I’ll be posting them up on here.

On top of all that, we’re gonna be moving. Our lease is up at the end of January, and we decided that it’s time to move out on our own now that we’re engaged. We really want to have our own place and our own life, so we’ll be looking hard core pretty soon.

So that’s pretty much what’s going on and that’s the plan for future posts. I’ll have a little bit of downtime to work on a few projects, and that’s what I’ll do.

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Wardrobe Changes, Adulting, and Other Life Things

After falling off the grid for awhile, I feel like I should talk about things again. I’ve been feeling pretty good the last few days, as if everything is falling into place. Apart from getting engaged (super exciting!) I’m just feeling really comfortable.

Work is going really well. I’ve even been less nervous about it lately. It only took a year…
I haven’t done much on the side in the way of photography. To be honest I’ve been trying to re-evaluate what I really want to focus on in that regard. I thought it would be really great to get into photographing fashion and cosplay, but lately I’ve been feeling really content with what I’m doing right now. I’m not sure I’m ready to do anything else just yet.  I guess I’m just so busy with my day job that I have a hard time committing to other clients on the side. I don’t think that’s such a bad thing, since I like my day job a lot. I don’t know that I’ll love it forever, and if I do stop loving it maybe that will be when I should start pushing for more. You know?
I do dislike the business casual dress. I’d been feeling, like, super uncomfortable in so many of the clothes I bought for this job when I found out I was hired. I stuck with a lot of polo shirts, or button down shirts and none of them felt very me.
Now that I’ve been working there for almost a year now, I’ve been getting more of a feel for what I can wear. I ended up going shopping with Tara yesterday and I picked up a lot of nice shirts that have a boho flair to them that are perfect for work. I feel like I’m ready to walk in tomorrow with a nice fresh wardrobe that fits my personality better. I’m really happy about it!  I got some pants too, and they’re boring big girl office job pants, but I don’t care about that.
I even went shoe shopping. I dragged James along with me for that adventure, since he needed sandals for the summer. Payless had their BOGO sale going on, so I made quite a haul. I hate shoe shopping, I know I’ve mentioned that I don’t shoe. But in this case, I really needed to shoe. Here’s how I handle shoes… it’s unlike most girls that are interested in the fashion world:
I don’t have a pair of shoes to match every outfit. I don’t have a separate closet that houses about a billion dozen and a half different pairs of shoes. I HATE shoe shopping. I have a type of shoe for every occasion and that’s the end of that. Although I probably have more shoes that go with specific costumes than I’m willing to admit, that’s cosplay for ya. But that’s besides the point. The point is, when I buy a pair of shoes, I’m super picky because I know it has to go with everything I own and it has to last a long time. Unfortunately, I started to realize that all of the types of shoes I have needed to be replaced. So, that’s why I walked out of Payless with 5 pairs of shoes. I needed new sandals, new everyday shoes, new dress shoes, and new work shoes. Plus I wanted a pair of gym shoes as well. Because I want to get serious about working out and I’m having knee problems so I figured something with a nice padding might help.  If you want to see a haul post, I can do that but to be honest I find shoes to be quite a bore. Actually, I’m a little amazed I talked about them for so long… Next subject! (But see, what a little wardrobe update can do for your mood sometimes!)

I’m pretty proud of myself though. Before going and buying all that stuff, I did get rid of clothes I don’t wear anymore. I’ve been trying to get better about stuff like that, cleaning and what not. I’m lazy, so I hate doing it all. But I feel so much more accomplished and even less anxious when I do it.

I think that’s all the updates I have for now. Back to the sporadic postings after this…

Although seriously, I have a few ideas. I have a cool and geeky DIY coaster thing to show you, and I’ve been thinking about posting my wig collection too. Plus, I’ve joined a book club so I’m toying with the idea of talking about books as well. I haven’t decided about that but stay tuned for the other stuff.

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Well this post is going to be a little different than what I’ve been doing.  But I’m just in an okay place right now and I want to share.

If you ever read my old blogs you’d see that I was kind of in a slump. I hated my job, I was discouraged about ever making enough money to move out with my boyfriend. I wasn’t sure I was cut out for my career path (website design) so I irrationally decided I was going to become an elementary school teacher until I finally realized that all I ever wanted to do was be a photographer. Hell I was even discouraged that I would never be able to leave my crappy customer service job because it’s all I’ve done for the past 4 or 5 years and I feel like I might fail at anything else.

While not much has changed… I’m 25. I’m still at that same crappy customer service job (it’s been about 6 years) and I live with my parents.  I’ve got a lot going on over the next few months that I just feel really good about. For instance, I’m finally getting a promotion. This time a couple years ago I was feeling like I was being passed over for a crew trainer promotion left and right. People who got their training from me would get promoted while I got nothing. I would watch the floor while the managers had a meeting with nothing more than a thank you. Now that they’re in a tight spot for managers, they’ve been asking me. So I’m getting promoted to crew trainer and then we’ll see about management. Seeing as I’m moving out in the near future, I could really use the money. So I’ve decided to stay at my job for a little while longer. Eventually I’ll move on to something in my field, I really hope, but for now I’ll at least be doing something different and that makes me feel a lot better about my job.

I feel like I’m making pretty great strides in my photography also. I’ve been shooting the roller derby bouts for James’s sister’s team which has been awesome. I’m not making anything  but I feel like having the experience is going to be helpful. I’ve also been helping my friends with their sparring group by designing the logo and shooting practices for them.  I’ve been feeling really great about the work I do for my mom’s vacation pictures, and the portraits I did for my sister’s graduation and my future roomie’s new dress.  All these projects have given me something to do outside of work, and something I can hopefully show to future clients.

And lastly as I mentioned a few times I am finally moving out of my parent’s house.  My co-worker, Tara, needs to move closer to work and really needed a roommate. I suggested moving out with James and me because we could split the rent even more and we would still only need two bedrooms. James recently got a job in his field (yay!) but is not feeling comfortable moving out until he knows he will be stable. So for now it’s just Tara and I. And maybe after a year or two we’ll be able to move out on our own! This process has been exciting and terrifying at the same time. While I think I should be okay with all the raises I should be getting soon I’ve been having major anxieties about being on my own. But I’m still going to try and push through because it’s time for me to start being on my own.

All these things have given me a fresh perspective on my life and it feels so great. I still feel kind of unstable once in awhile, but I am able to work through it most of the time.  So, cheers to all the changes in my life right now!

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Career-Related Updates

So, my last post was more of an introduction for those who may have just recently stumbled upon this blog. But this post will be more of an update for any previous followers of my old blog.

There’s still not a lot going on here but I did want to talk about my most recent excitement…

I volunteered at a roller derby event as an assistant photographer. I don’t think words can possibly express how exciting it was for me. It was volunteer work and all, so I didn’t get paid for it. But it’s my name on something, you know.  I just feel like it’s a step in the right direction for me.

It was difficult, getting the action shots and dealing with the fact that the flash couldn’t keep up. The hours spent on post process.

But man, was it worth it to get that text saying the team loved my photos! I’ll be shooting for them again so there’s more to add to my portfolio.

Also, I’ve been shooting for a fencing group that my friends have started. They’re hoping to find a place to practice and actually compete one day so it feels kind of cool to be part of something.

I’m really hoping one day these things help me break into photography.  Fingers crossed, anyway.

So that’s what’s been going on here.


Just A Quick Update

Just a little follow-up to my post about possibly pursuing a career in teaching.

I don’t think I was thinking clearly about that. I feel like I was just panicking because I didn’t know what to do with my life and decided to try something I think I would be decent at.
But I don’t think it would truly make me happy.
What I wanted to do when I grow up when I was in 8th grade was become a photographer. And my high school didn’t have a photography class when I was going there. That’s seriously when I switched to web design.
I often wonder where I’d be if my high school had that opportunity for me. I’m gonna study photography. I know it’s hard to get into, but I’ll hate myself if I don’t try.

So that’s my decision.
P.S. I’m writing this on my Nexus 7!!

Well, That Happened.

So I knew that I haven’t been feeling web design as much anymore. I liked it a lot when I first learned how to make a website in high school but what I’ve really discovered is that it’s a huge pain in the butt and I simply don’t like it anymore.

Now that I’ve finished that and have been seriously considering jobs in that field I’m realizing that this career is pretty much a “feast or famine” sort of deal. When I’m actually making websites I would be rolling in the dough but when I’m not doing anything I won’t be making anything. It’s not something I can support my self with. Also, it’s not really easy to get into anyway.

With that in mind I’ve been thinking about other options. But I don’t have a back-up plan. I kind of figured I’d be doing that, and that’s it. Not having a back-up plan sucks because now I don’t know what to do. I don’t really know HOW to do anything else. The only thing I’ve ever done in high school was Kid’s Club. I’m good with children. How can I use that? Well, after talking with my parents, my boyfriend, a couple friends, I think I know what to do now.

I’ll have to go back to school again, but I want to be a teacher.

I was worried because I feel like I’m starting over and it’s too late for me. But if my dad can start a new career track, then so can I.
Besides, if all goes according to plan I’ll be a teacher before I’m 30 so I’ll still be young enough to be a fun teacher that all the kids love. ^_^

So there you have it. A new start.
I’m feeling kind of good about it.  Now to look into what I need to do.
♥Jessi Michelle