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Not gonna lie. It's been a shitty year. As the printing industry declines my day job has become more hours for less money as the company tries to cut pricing to the bone and maximize efficiency in an effort to stay open. Doing videos has already been like a second full time job and the "real job" work demands have made that so much harder this year.
    Personally, my father passed away as well as two family pets. My mother, who is quite mentally ill, has required extra care and management which further eats into my shrinking pool of free time. My sleep deficit (at my age of 50) has reached critical mass and I can't seem to function on 5 - 6 hours sleep (or less many nights) like I used to be able to do. Financial setbacks have hit pretty hard this year too, with house, car and medical issues putting a fat dent into many of my plans to subsidize some more ambitious videos.
   I am not telling you guys this to garner sympathy or make excuses. Just venting and looking forward to 2018 and praying that it is going to be a much better year for all of us. I apologize (yet again) for periodic bouts of non-communication and disorganization.
I promise it is not a case of wanting to be un-responsive or attentive to some VERY patient people, it's just that I often can't find the time in the day to get everything done.
  So...no need to post sympathetic affirmations for me here. I feel the love and it is appreciated. I will endeavor to surge into 2018 with some renewed vigor and start charting the Maxgrowth course into the future. I am re-posting this from my Journal post because many people don't subsribe, and I want as many folks as possible to understand my lack of activity from time to time this year.
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:iconfatgirl33:
fatgirl33 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is an inspiration, even moreso when considering all the other things on your plate! Wishing you a much brighter year in 2018!
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:iconbsmorpher:
bsmorpher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
here's to a great 2018! 
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:iconlonestranger:
LoneStranger Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
It still sucks having to go through that much.
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
I was just in a whiny mood...it can always be worse.
I have many blessings and I should not complain:)
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:iconlonestranger:
LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I've found every so often you have to vent.  Makes things easier.
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:iconkenjiianimeking:
KeNjIiAnImEkInG Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student General Artist
I hope 2018 is a lot better for us all
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Hell yeah, man!
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:iconkenjiianimeking:
KeNjIiAnImEkInG Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Student General Artist
Haha likewise for you too
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:iconxcuervos:
xCuervos Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes it's rough to see what's behind the curtain. You and your team are some of the best content creators out there, and are an inspiration to others. The road is hard, and even our heroes stumble. We're rooting for you, and wish you all the best!
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Thanks! I will take the well wishes:)
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:iconmustangjjz109:
MustangJJZ109 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Hopefully 2018 will be better for us all.
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
You betcha! Let's hope for the best:)
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:iconaggroh:
aggroh Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Student Writer
this year sucked, but hopefully, next year will be better.
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Fingers crossed man!
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:iconaggroh:
aggroh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Student Writer
indeed!
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:icontheshadowedtwo:
theshadowedtwo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well dang.

Sorry for the loved ones you've lost, and I hope 2018 goes much better for you.
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
thank you, on all counts:)
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:iconbobbylaurel:
BobbyLaurel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
My dear friend. This has been a shitty year. I understand you very well. Let us hope 2018 will bring good lick to all of us.
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Amen brother!
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:iconhavent-slept:
havent-slept Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
next year will be better
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
your lips to God's ears:)
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:iconslavicculturefan3:
SlavicCulturefan3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
Sorry about your dad
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
thanks buddy!
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:iconslavicculturefan3:
SlavicCulturefan3 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Of course
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:iconsolbadguy93:
SolBadGuy93 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
wow :O
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
:)
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:iconfares002:
fares002 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
cool
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:iconmaxgrowth:
maxgrowth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
yep!
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