July 16, 2009

looking forward to brighter days


I came by to post because I had another one of my flashes of feeling good. It's been a long year already, full of stress about when I am going to finish college. First it was May, then it was August, and now it's December, but hopefully it's for keeps this time and things are finally winding down. I am taking two summer semesters of class, each with two courses. Tomorrow I finish the first two, and on August 13th, I am done with the other two. Then, I have to take and pass two more CLEP tests for a total of six credits. One I will take in the coming month, and another in September. I've already earned nine credits this way. And finally, this fall I will be taking a three credit independent study with my graphic novel professor from this past spring (more information on what I created last semester later!)

But soon the major hurdle will be jumped because after August 13, I will no longer be attending classes at all. Any work left will be done at home, on my own, which is a huge step. I can't believe that I have less than a month until this day. In my mind, on August 13, I am basically done. And I sort of am. I'd be free to get a real job with real hours, since I won't be in class at all. But I'm not going to do that. I'm going to go back to photography and try again to get this business off the ground. I don't need it to be a full-time wage (I don't really need it to be any wage), but it will be a full-time job until I can either make a happy living at it (unlikely, but a recent college grad does not have a huge salary to aspire to) or find a good job.

I love photography and I really loved starting my own business. It was an amazing feeling. I don't want to give up on that. I feel like if I have the time, instead of coursework constantly looming over my head, and I can budget the time well, then I will succeed more. Living in Brooklyn now, I can also try to get local shops to carry my work and go to fleas and craft fairs.

Anyway, I just thought I'd update with that information. I am starting to feel good again. I'm starting to feel hope and excitement, and I'm looking forward to brighter days.

Photo above: A Brooklyn rainbow. On or around July 4th, near home!

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