Hey everyone my apologies for being away for so long. If you have been keeping up with my social media you'll probably know that it's been a crazy year so far for me.
There has been lots of moving, I took on a massive 6 month commission, I made a book (it did well but I had problems with the printer), I was hit with the tax hammer/book issue combo, I was saved by the support of all of you, there has been so many other things and just bad luck. I've been trying to take a step back from everything these past couple of years for mental health reasons. I have moved back to Victoria and I am starting over and am now in the process of figuring out how to distribute my energy in the best way for my career and my brain.
I wanted to let you know what my plans are in the upcoming months cause I feel like you all deserve to know. You have been so supportive. I am going to be spending the next few months getting my store back up and running. I've spent two years racking my brain trying to figure out how I will do so without falling apart again. I simply couldn't handle the traffic of my last store, it was a great problem to have but I was not equipped with the tools to deal with it and felt like I was in a box filling with water until I drowned. I had Lopi (my partner) helping me and so we were living off of my income only. Having Lopi working for me made our relationship into a work relationship and everything else was lost. All we talked about was work, there was not time for friends or family. I eventually lost the drive to make new things, take photos, promote products, etc.. There was no balance. That is not happening again.
This time I am going to be hiring a distributer for my work. I will be creating all sorts of new products (more pins, apparel, stickers, books, and hopefully eventually figurines). I am researching different manufacturers so I can start creating custom products that aren't usually seen at conventions with the goal to eventually grow a brand. After a lot of pondering I felt most passionate about this avenue. I am very inspired by companies like LazyOaf, Valfre, Sugarbones, OMOCAT, etc. I would love to some day work my way to that level. Until then I am taking my time and doing it right.
I hope to have a new store up and running this fall with loads of new products and I will be rereleasing Fragments: Vol.1.
I have plans to eventually pick YouTube back up, but for now I am taking it one day at a time. Thank you for being so amazing and supportive in the meantime. This as been a pretty rocky stage of my life and it's trickier to navigate when others are watching. I am humbled everyday by the support and good vibes you give me and I will do my best to make you proud!