At least from me. I may finally be done traversing some really major rough patches and very time-consuming ordeals.
So much has changed over the past few years! I just started my drivers license (which to you Americans probably sound ridiculous but let me tell you, it costs an arm and a leg here so it's not something you want to pay for unless you really need it) and got a new job! Actually I've gotten two new jobs within the span of 4 months. I also got married 3 years ago if anyone happened to miss that announcement, and moved into a house last year with my husband. Lastly we got a cat, which I'm super surprised at myself for, because I always thought I couldn't stand to have cats as pets, but Frigga is adorable as anything I still want a dog though... maybe next year!
Work related things
First I started working for a really old boss of mine at a catering company. Honest work (damn hard work, my joints have been absolutely killing me). Two months ago though, I got contacted my an international recruiter who thought I'd be a good candidate for a position at a major Internationally-based American marketing company here in their European department as their Print Production Manager for their clients up here in the Nordic region. I'll be starting the 1st of September!
I can't believe I got picked for something like this. My whole career throughout has been a constant up-hill struggle to earn enough credit within my field as a Graphic Designer for people to just glance in my direction. People just don't hire anyone with less than 8-10 years of experience any more, so you guys can probably imagine my surprise when they decided to put me on a 6-month trial contract despite production management not being my main focus these years.
Anyway, back in January I decided that 2014 was meant to be a game-changing year for me and it definitely has been so far. I hope that with the credit of such a large company behind me, I'll eventually be considered eligible by the packaging pharmaceutical industry - which is where I truly want to be, though that's a story for the future for now
Art related things
The single most stressful ordeal for me these past 4 years have been the fact that I've never had a permanent contract, but with a little luck and a lot more hard work, I will have earned that by February next year, and that means that a little more of the pressure is off which will actually allow me to do more art - primarily draw some Age of Heroes, sprinkled with various fanarts of series and comics that I like along with a little bit of calligraphy if I ever dare to show it here on DA
I went to Japan with my husband on our late honeymoon two years ago and had calligraphy lessons there by a very stern old man (he had the sweetest wife though). It really prompted me to learn more about it, and now I actually have the tools to practice it.
Anyways, it's been a long time DA. I'm glad to be back as much as my life permits it.