2015. I have waited for 2015 for a long time. 40 years as a matter of fact. I’m not sure why, but I always though it would be an awesome year. I get to witness 11.11.15 & 11.15.15 & I already saw 01.01.15, 01.05.15, 5.11.15 & 05.15.15. These are all some variation of a very special day to me. One of these numbers is my lucky number. How could this year turn out to be anything but amazing? So far it hasn’t disappointed.
March 2015, T & I managed to once again find ourselves in Burbank, CA attending what has been billed as the last Xena Con ever. Creation Ent. contract was up and no one wanted to renew. Understandable. We had the best time! So relaxed and so much fun. The Burbank Marriott is awesome. Highly recommended. Great service and very clean. We made so many friends this year. The fans are carrying on the tradition next year with a Xenite Retreat in the California mountains. Here’s some info if you are interested. http://xeniteretreat.com We really want to go.
(Xena Cosplayers at Xena Con 2015. Photo Copyright 2015 Jen Tucker)
After Xena Con and listening to so many of the stars talk about following their dreams and the amazing things that Xena has done in people’s lives I felt even more certain I needed to leave my old job behind and really give my art career another shot. But how?
(Xena Cosplayers hang outside for photos during Xena Con 2015. Copyright 2015 Jen Tucker)
I had researched jobs and even sent out numerous applications and had heard absolutely nothing back. I needed a part-time job with benefits (yeah, right!) or a full-time job in something creative or art related.
After a particularly shocking annual review by the newly appointed chair, I immediately went to the job sites again. Low & behold, the art museum was hiring part-time WITH benefits! I couldn’t believe my eyes! This was exactly what I had been looking for!
I applied, was called for an interview and was hired in a matter of two or three weeks. I cried tears of joy.
Needless to say, I am now on the path to renewing my work on my art and will be submitting new work to my top 5 choices to work for in 3 to 4 months and every 3 months thereafter.
I am serious. I am going to do this.
(“Mother of Dragons” in progress)
Getting used to having a J-O-B 2 days a week and scheduling myself 3 to 4 days a week for my freelance work has been interesting. I’ve had panic dreams about authority figures coming down on me for being late or not showing up or not getting things done. The first two weeks the night before my work day at my new job I would have stress dreams and panic attacks all night. I had a small sense of guilt for a while. T has helped so much with all that. She’s so supportive. She’s amazing.
2015 has been awesome so far. I imagine it will be all year. I mean, after all, it goes out with a bang in December when the new Star Wars movie premieres. Happy 2015, everyone!