A lot has happened in the pass several months, a lot of which will have a great impact on my future here on dA. I know I have been MIA for a while, and that was attributed to studying for my NCLEX exam and focusing on my part time job as a medical assistant at an ophthalmologist office. Now that I have passed my NCLEX exam and have my license as a Registered Nurse the next logical step is to find a nursing position hopefully at a hospital close to home (and hopefully on a med-surg floor).
Anyway, the reason why I started clay crafting to begin with was because it was an outlet for artistic creativity back in my years as a freshman and sophomore in university. I didn't get a chance to take art classes in uni like I did back in high school and I was growing restless. Then when I found out that I could make a fair bit of pocket money while selling my charms, which was nice for a while, but became like a chore when I decided to sell at Artist Alley in AX. The only time I had to really prep was a month in advance and I was always in a made dash to make as many charms possible before AX started. It was no fun and I definitely lost a lot of sleep over that. It became fun again last year when I had a bit more leisure time while I was undergoing my last semester in my nursing program and undergoing preceptorship. I was planning on making more charms to sell on my etsy to help pay for bills and gas, but then my friend asked me if I would be interested in getting hired part time at a doctor's office. I accepted and so now, with the money I make, it's eliminated the need for me to make charms to sell.
There's also the added reasons that my eyesight has gotten bad as of late in which case my optometrist had to up my contact prescription and also suggested that I use a weaker prescription for reading and seeing at home. Since I now work for an ophthalmologist I have been a bit more conscientious with how I take care of my eyes. Which means I don't want to strain them as I use to when making a large number of charms. Also I don't have a formal work space as you may have seen in my pictures from my gallery on my work space. It's right dab in the middle of my dining room in plain view from the living room and kitchen and has been a source of an eye sore for my sisters, who are both neat freaks. They can tolerate it for a couple of weeks, but for a few months they get tired of seeing my mess and want me to put away my paints and clay.
Sooooooooo I don't know when I will be back to making charms again. I have a bit of an inclination to even end my dA account since I hardly ever use it anymore or even look at other people's art besides occasionally. However I have a strong feeling that if I do end my account I will one day want to see my old works in which case I wouldn't be able to if my account was gone. So I will probably leave it as is. And I am pretty sure I will get back to making charms again. It's just the inspiration just hasn't stuck in yet and in all honesty I like having a break right now and focus on my career and getting the chance to read novels I have long been putting off as well as anime and TV series that I have missed out on.
I will check my dA occasionally just to empty out my mailbox, but nowadays I find myself on tumblr much more often. If you wanna follow me my tumblr is nurse-tako.tumblr.com