I’m sure it’s obvious that I haven’t been around in a while. It’s been almost, what, two years now since I’ve posted? And before that, I hadn’t even been here for very long.
So, what happened?
Short story: I got really sick.
Long story: You see, I graduated university in 2014 with a bachelor’s in Anthropology. After that, I decided to go straight into grad school- and since I couldn’t work much while getting my masters, I decided to start a blog to make ends meet. I ended up deciding to quit business school (for reasons I’ll go into in a much longer post) and focus on freelance work to build my own businesses. However, not long after I started this blog I ended up going on a particular medication for my chronic depression and anxiety disorders that made me very, very sick. As in, several trips to the ER sick.After several months of barely being able to leave my bed because of my reaction to the medication, my motivation for freelancing more or less died. I was running out of my savings and I wasn’t feeling very hopeful about getting back into the swing of blogging. So I decided to try to get a ‘real’ job.
Unfortunately, as most of you still know, the job market blows. Especially for those of us somewhere between entry level and senior. I searched for a ‘real’ job for over a year. I was told that with a degree, certificates, and over 5 years of experience that I would be able to find something, but everything on the market was either just above my skill set or far below. Even when I tried to entry level jobs I was rejected for being overqualified. The middle is a hard place to be, guys.
Around May of this 2016 my depression was starting to get worse and my hope of ever finding a job was gone. I barely left my room. I just spent all day hunting for jobs and rewriting my resume. Finally my then-boyfriend sat me down and told me he couldn’t stand watching sink further and further into depression all in the name of a ‘real’ job. He encouraged me to go back into the music industry and released me from the promise I’d made him that I would stop touring when we started dating.
Nothing perks me up like the promise of travel so I reached out to some of my old contacts and unofficially relaunched Arctic Fox Consulting last summer.
So, what now?
Going back into music has given me new life. I’ve been working with new artists and loving every hectic second of it. Punk don’t pay the bills though so I’ve also been substitute teach part time to keep the lights on. That’s also where Togetherish comes in. It’s almost harder to pick back up with a blog than it is to just start a new one, but I love t’ish even though never spent much time with it. So I’m hoping I can start blogging again and regale you all with tales of working in music and traveling. Hopefully someday writing here will be able to take the place of substitute teaching as my side hustle while building Arctic Fox.
Tell me: What kind of posts do y’all want to see here?