This is going to be another off-topic post. Right now I have a week before classes end, but I need to check in with myself before going all-in with study. I just have not been keeping up with myself over the last couple of months. I have been keeping up with assignments, but that’s different.
There is a lot that has happened. Some of it is already logged here in previous posts, so I’ll try to avoid repeating it: although I do need to make a “Business Plan” or at least a “Site Plan” for SpectralBeads. I would have gone into it for my eCommerce class, but if I’m not planning on monetizing this in the short term, it doesn’t seem to really be a business (but rather a potential content-based portfolio).
I have a number of ideas for the site, though they might be best fleshed out using Pages instead of blog posts. That’s going to require some thought as regards site structure and topical organization, in turn. I’ve realized that I repeat myself a lot, and a good deal of that happens because I have a set number of experiences, and have not had time — at least over the last semester — to make a lot of new ones which are on-topic.
Of course, there is the fact that this entire semester had to do with money matters…and it kind of takes the wind out of a person’s sails to learn that living is so expensive that one won’t be able to have a good quality of life if one tries to survive solely off of one’s art. There’s also the fact that I’ve realized I am very much not a, “people person,” and that this severely limits my employment possibilities. At least so, if I want to be able to have a pleasant (for me) job. It seems that what is pleasant to me, must be isolating, to social people. I’m trying to get out of the sector of LIS which has to deal intensely with the public…because I don’t think it’s healthy for me to try to force myself to like people.
There’s more I could say on that, but let’s just say that I don’t like having my boundaries violated in a consistent pattern among many people I don’t know. If I knew them, I could amend the situation. But what are you supposed to do when it’s widespread, and you see each person, what, for two minutes a time at random intervals? (I have issues with the way people alter how they treat me because of assumptions they draw from my appearance. Because of these, I shouldn’t be working with the public, where all they know about me is my appearance.)
I met with a career counselor who is guiding me toward work in Information Organization…which appears relatively “natural” if I look at what I’ve been spending time doing, other than classes. (In reality, it’s likely not natural, but trained.) I am supposed to be looking at job descriptions to see what appeals and doesn’t, regardless of where those jobs are located. I also have a couple of new work-related contacts whom I might message, though there’s always the question of what to say.
I’m also drawn to think about who I am outside of a beading information resource (although I haven’t really offered my skills as such, other than in the backposts of this blog, and in the site pages I already have developed). Though I do look at that, and see, “information resource,” which at one point I intended to do as a career, while, “beading,” as a topic, modifies it. My career counselor has pointed me in this direction, as I’m likely one of the few people in the beading world with LIS skills. For me, that means I’m skilled at research and at writing…and that I also have the benefit of a paying job path.
After classes are over, I’ve got to get together my notes as to what I can do to help the beading and crafting communities, which don’t involve directly selling jewelry. I have a lot of notes…it’s just, they’re scattered. Some of them are in this semester’s course materials; some are in my career counseling files, some are in my work journal, and some are in my creativity journal.
Anyhow. I’ve got four Finals to deal with, and one assignment, due in less than a week’s time. I’m organized enough so that I know what needs to be knocked out, first…and tomorrow seems like a good time to start. Right now, I should rest.