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Birthday and Job Update

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 31, 2016, 5:33 PM


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I have been incredibly lacking in anything art, aside from a few measly Inktober doodles. 

I've been slowly pegging away at my sketchbook commission and a large, traditional illustration commission for another client (1 of 2). My job, as nice as the income has been with supporting my family, has continued its downward spiral of toxicity. I've had issues on and off with this position and while I've been able to brave through them and move on, it's getting harder and harder and the toll it's taking is noticeable.
I'm always exhausted. When I'm home away from work I rarely have the energy to do anything, which is not a healthy stance to be in. Overall, I think it's finally time I bow out.

Artwork is something I have a few hours here and there only on Thursdays and Fridays, which is hardly time at all. My job is challenging, which I love. But, while it's a stressful position, if you don't have the support from superiors and you and your coworkers always feel a level of scrutiny, the stress increases drastically and makes it an often unpleasant work environment.

I always look forward to my birthday, and even my job has managed to sap away my excitement and prevented me from enjoying it. We typically have an on-call shift once a week. Due to our shortage of employees (from regular high turnover that seems to go unnoticed) we were asked about changing to a weekly on-call rotation. There was a resounding 'no' from all of the employees. Well, too bad. Despite asking and being told no one would be interested, we were put on a weekly rotation. This means that outside of your regular work, you are on-call every day for a week. Screw your personal time. Screw your plans and family. For that week, they're sending the message that work comes first. My week? It started the Saturday prior to and continues through and past my birthday. Screw your birthday, you're on-call and can't have plans in case a call comes up. AHHGH!

Anyway, touching base to see how everyone is and to reconnect a little of my fading sanity. 
I haven't even mentioned the new kitten we got back in April because of work life. I'll have to post about that in another journal. 

Love you all. Thank you for the support I still see here and there.



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Julie Martinez
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I graduated up at CSU with a Wildlife Biology bachelor's degree. I worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and now work with animal services for my home city.

As cliche as it may sound, I love the outdoors, especially to view wildlife and travel to watch birds. I enjoy camping and getting out on the water to swim or water ski. In my downtime from life's challenges I like to sit back and listen to some music with my significant other, Jeff (:iconjanus486:), or scribbling art of some form...or eating poppy-seed muffins in the corner.

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I have a lot of oddly shaped wood pieces and will be making wood burnings to sell. 

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AnsticeWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for Watch!
LuisMonterieArt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just had to say I love love looooove your style!! Everything is so beautiful and adorable <3
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birthdays Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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greensam Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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