Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Year Later

The last I wrote I was resigning from my job to go to greener pastures. Like they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. At first I was thrilled. More money, less stress, no drama.

Then things grew stale. The BossLady wouldn't let me do much on my own, I didn't know a lot about the new industry in and when I did learn enough to operate independently I was bored. There was no travel, no problems to solve, nothing new to create. I sat there each day growing more and more despondent with my position. Stick it out three years I told myself. Each day I wanted more and more to quit and just animate or draw. Something more creative and challenging.

Then about 11 months into the job my boss called me into her office. That's usually an indicator of either great news, or terrible news. In my case it was the latter.

Thanks to budget cuts and a lack of money generally in the new industry I was asked to take a buyout package.

I was not so much shocked as annoyed. I promptly started applying to new jobs and moved out of my new apartment.

Back home now, with no job, is a strange position to be in. A year ago I was flying back and forth to Atlanta, planning new strategies and launching a flagship product. Now I'm sitting in Starbucks trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my life while trying not to get sucked into the temptation to simply do nothing.

I started a tumblr, to motivate me to actually produce something each day. Originally I had planned on animating something new each week but so far all I've produced is half a walk cycle. The motivation isn't there so I'm turning to social media to help me remember that this isn't some long extended vacation but rather an opportunity to explore something new.