Hello old friend

I will admit I forgot that I had this blog. I think I got tired of writing it and removed the link to it on my website (replacing it with an image-only tumblr blog) and thus purged it from my mind. It wasn’t till I got a notification today that I got a new follower that I even remembered that I use to write in here.

A lot has changed since my last entry. A LOT. I feel like a completely different person from the one who wrote those earlier posts. I had a very rough to start to 2013, but I think it’s helped me grow immensely.

Ash’s Crazy Employment Timeline of 2013 (with a few other significant events)

  • Was laid off from Tecra right after getting back from Christmas break
  • Started working at Jamba Juice to make rent while looking for work
  • Was offered (and of course immediately accepted) a part-time freelance job at HCB Health from an old T3 coworker
  • Entered the T3 SXSW Hackathon with TC Schiller and Jared Hettinger and won third place
  • Continued to do good work at HCB, far past the projected four week scope, and went from part-time to full-time (still freelance)
  • Quit Jamba Juice
  • Began working as a project employee graphic designer at Spiceworks during my evenings and weekends
  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Started attending Austin Sports & Social Club Sportfit classes (an outdoor social exercise class)
  • After 8 months as a freelancer, was finally offered a full-time salaried position at HCB as a Junior Production Artist
  • Quit Spiceworks freelance work to focus my energy on HCB

And that was just 2013! I actually just finished doing my taxes yesterday and let me tell you, having to input 5 different tax forms is a pain. Is it sad that I’m super excited for the 2014 tax year because I’m now salaried and thus may actually get a tax refund for once? I hope I don’t jinx it.

I moved in with a coworker this January and absolutely adore Hyde Park and how close it is to work. I don’t have to get gas for my car nearly as often as I used to. I also enjoy having a roomie that I can actually talk to. Living alone was great and helped me learn more about myself, but now it’s just nice to have some company.

Anyway, this is merely an update post. I hope to write a post soon on my experience at HCB Health and how I’ve learned a CRAZY amount of new things with their guidance. I’m slowly working towards redesigning my website and making it responsive (and by “slowly” I mean “at the pace with which a glacier moves”). Once that’s rolled out, this blog will most likely get a little face-lift too.

Hope you readers out there (all what, two of you?) are doing well.

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