Birthday!

Tomorrow I turn twenty-eight. Whoa.

My life at 27 has been different than I imagined it would be. Not just a little different. Different as in, Can you believe you’re holding a microphone and talking to yourself in front of strangers on a stage right now?, or Holy shit, you just met Rhea Butcher!, or People are giving you money for you art and you can’t handle it!. Awesome different.

I never in my life thought I would pursue creative arts as more than just a hobby. Never in my wildest dreams or even speculation did I consider that I would pursue stand-up comedy. I think when I was younger, I envisioned myself being an English teacher or maybe even furthering my education at this age. Now, I cannot accurately express the relief I feel that I did not pursue that path.

Some defining moments of being 27 have been:
Beginning my career as a stand-up comic. I’m less than a year in, but already peers in my community have taken a chance on booking me for their shows. It is blowing my mind that this is happening. This has been a huge turn in my life that I never saw coming; It’s also been one of the more challenging things I’ve ever pursued. I’m excited to see where it goes.
Got a killer job. Seriously, I somehow managed to land an amazing job at a relaxed tech company that encourages employee satisfaction, wellness, and flexibility. It’s so close to my house, central to my needs and places I frequent, and the compensation is insane. One day when I can get over my fear of bikes + cars on roads together, I will begin my adventure as a cyclist and bike to work.
Re-started my print shop. After a hiatus due to moving, fatigue, general life-business and juggling too many plates, I’ve restarted my Marvelous Prints shop on Etsy! Business is slowly picking up, and I’m stoked to see where it goes now that I can devote more time to helping my brand flourish.

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Some goals while I’m 28 are:

Personal:
Travel to a new country. Truthfully, this does overlap with a comedy goal because the thrill of performing in another country is motivating me to make this trip happen.
Run a marathon! I’ve been putting this off for years and I need to do it. I hate running and I hate exercise, but there are some fun, nerdy events that I think will motivate me to get through doing this thing that I can’t stand doing.
Start a Twitch account. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and as soon as I can prioritize getting a capture card, I’ll be broadcasting my squealing, jumping, shrieking gameplay for all to see.

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Creative:
Master Photoshop and Illustrator. Despite knowing my way around them, I still don’t feel wholly comfortable in either of these programs. Locking myself in for some good old boring, dedicated tutorials or classes will probably help me and save me a lot of time in the future.
Work on my illustration. It has been so long since I’ve drawn anything.
Develop my photography skills.
Develop my illustration skills.

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Comedy:
Start my own comedy show. I am stupidly excited about this idea. I’ve been dreaming about this pretty much since I stepped foot on stage for the first time, and with the support of some key local members, I’ve decided to just pull the trigger on it.
-Get booked on a festival. Since I’m still super new to the craft, this isn’t terribly important for me to accomplish since it’s such a far-fetched goal. But I have hopes that I can land a booking for even one small-ish comedy festival sometime during my 28th year.

Business:
Turn my shop into a fully-formed design business. I want to begin a legitimate self-made business before I am thirty.
Add card design to Marvelous Prints. I have so many ridiculous social card ideas that I’m excited to impliment.
Start a clothing shop. Like my ideas for cards, I have been adding clothing ideas to a master list for a long time. I hope to put this idea into production into the next year.

What I’ve learned at 27 is finally how to adult. I’ve learned how to do things I don’t want to do, but I still chip away at procrastination as perhaps my most centric flaw and it can still be a bummer sometimes. Contrastly, I’ve also learned that creativity is the key to my happiness. I can pinpoint the decline of my depression coinciding almost exactly with brandishing my skills as a new designer, artist, and performer, and it’s contributed to a monumental shift in myself as a person and how I function.

My aesthetics have changed over the course of the last year or so, but not to a degree I find myself being happy with. I find my wardrobe feeling plain and not very “me,” and I don’t find my style representing who I am. Basically, I have become lazy as hell when it comes to style. Part of this is my feminist obstinance in resistance to the beauty industry, but being honest with myself, I really just love the feeling of empowerment with a fab look. One of my goals for being freshly 28 is to re-acquaint myself with my style and figure out what my aesthetic is, and then to make it killer.

What are your plans for your next year?