Well I made it back from my travels in one piece, which is always nice, and now it’s time to actually start job-hunting properly *tiny sigh*. In order to delay this for as long as possible I’ve been doodle-tastic – designing cards, setting up shop on Etsy, organising market stalls and also uploading some work to zazzle and redbubble. Man, it takes up a lot of time . To be honest it’s a nice way of indulging in something I like without feeling too guilty (it’s entrepreneurial innit) and it might just keep me sane once I get back on the treadmill too (the work treadmill that is, not the other sort, I’m still working off a lot of ice-cream. Damn you Ben and Jerry and your delicious, cellulite inducing desserts ).
So, if you feel like making people look at stuff-they- can -get- you- for- christmas on the internet, experiencing the outcome of summertime hypo-mania by-proxy, or just analysing the extent to which people will go to avoid doing anything sensible, then go and hang out at the slightly rustic (eg. just about holding together) http://www.doonesdrawingroom.co.uk
Anyway, I’m going to make myself finish some application letters now, no doubt I’ll have some musings to share about the whole process along the way.
In the meantime, peace x
So it’s good day/bad day here, but the good days are starting to win out. Phew. I’m still doing the meditation thing, which has calmed me down a bit, and tuning out my brain with what I suppose is a kind of white noise. Since I never know if I’m going to spend my hours crackling with energy or kind of burned out, exercising has been an erratic endeavour…so mostly I run (shuffle-jog-wheeze) to the supermarket 🙂 I must look to be a very hungry individual indeed.
To occupy the rest of my time I’ve been doodling again, finally getting some sleep (huzzah) and, to prevent a hysterical spiral of ‘oh what have I done’ horrors, turning my mind to possible ways of making a living once I’m well again.
Working for yourself seems to be a smart road to travel if you are of a mentally- interesting disposition, since it means you can, within reason, dictate your own hours and terms and potentially work from home (as long as you’ve got some support in case of the occasional brain-burp- could get messy otherwise).
Here are ’10 ways to ditch your job and work for yourself’ courtesy of Entrepreneur.com
The wisest place to start is by playing to your strengths, if your strengths happen to involve mathematical wizardry and a love of spreadsheets you could probably become a freelance book-keeeper; I am rubbish at maths so this won’t feature in any of my plans, but you get the gist.
If you happen to have a passion for the things you’re good at, well, all the better, although if you make it your career it’s still ‘work’ as Forbes’ and this could well chip away at your passion after a while…
Good at arts-and-crafts-y stuff? Champion knitter? Then you already have money-making potential. Etsy is the obvious place to market your goods. You can check out their seller guidance here. For what not-to-do (and a tiny mean chuckle) you might want to also check out Regretsy…the baker’s equivalent is Cake Wrecks which has the power to make me cry laughing-tears.
Having said all that, I’m not sure how much of the above is going to apply to me… although I’m definitely a qualified cake-wrecker & a potential regrets-er. I’ll keep thinking. And occasionally twitching.
Posted in Bipolar, brain-burp, Jobs, June Challenge, money
Tagged 'Being Bipolar', art versus life, bipolar, brain burp, cake, cake wrecks, careers, Depression, etsy, hypomania, JOBS, Mental Health, mixed state, self-employment, workhouse
No idea where this week went. I’m still working on a song, don’t fret (hah) I’ve progressed from lyric writing to finally getting my guitar out. The moment I sat down with it I remembered how very dreadful I am at making guitar sounds. Or, if you look at it another way, how amazing I am at making dreadful guitar sounds. Either way I’m not being faux-modest here, I’ve got horribly bendy fingers so struggle to hold down the strings properly, then, when I sort that out by swearing at my hand a lot, my left arm starts to seize up. Oh and I can only play one rhythm.
I swear this is the hardest challenge so far.
Anyway, if I can keep the song short I might just get through all the chords & lyrics in one go before my fingers begin to face backwards and my elbow snaps. I will be recording a snippet as proof of my labours and to provide you with some delightful entertainment (and by the way it’s not meant to be funny. If you laugh a fairy will die. Of death.)
It’s fair to say that at this juncture I’m not certain that this challenge is proving to be good for my mental health. On the other hand it kept me occupied enough to stop me ranting over Channel 4 documentary ‘Being Bipolar’ for too long on Wednesday night. I started to review it here, but never made it past a draft because in the midst of letting off steam I had an idea for a rhyme. Fickle eh. Luckily for you I’m not going to revive that nearly-post now because I’ve got chords to practice, instead I shall point you in the direction of The Huffington Post’s Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh and blogger Tom Copping who have both written detailed reviews nailing a lot of the things I didn’t like about the programme. Phew. Glad it wasn’t just me.
Happy Friday x
Posted in Arts, Awareness, Bipolar, Challenge 3, March, Mental Health
Tagged 'Being Bipolar', awareness, bipolar, guitars, Mental Health, music, songwriting, television