Everything has been a bit crazy recently, but I've finally found a few minutes to write a new journal.
So the biggest piece of news on the life front is I'm going to be getting my own apartment. I've been living with my parents for over 2 years after finishing uni, and I'm at the point that I need to move out and have some space of my own.
I've now been employed for over 9 months and said I'd like to be seriously looking for a place by my birthday (this Saturday), and definitely moved out before I hit the 12 month mark. So I recently stepped up my search and today came across a small flat with a reasonable rent (for the area) which is about 8 minutes from my parent's house.
Whilst not 100% perfect, it seems a good place to start so I've just applied to move in. If all goes to plan, I'll get the keys just before xmas. I can then get everything ready and look at actually living there at the start of the year.
It all seems a bit scary right now, especially when looking at the costs add up as I have to buy furniture and appliances. But ultimately I think it will be the right decision and dramatically reduce my stress loads.
That being said, I think the next few weeks are going to be a bit on the hectic side as I fit in shopping, packing and sorting out bills and utilities, all whilst still at work and with Christmas in the middle.
Other Life News
Other parts of life are also going OK. Things have been a bit busier than I would have liked, but hopefully over the next few months things will change.
Work has been going pretty steady. Some weeks are busier than others, but the range of tasks that get thrown my way keep me on my toes and I enjoy learning new things.
As normal, Scouting seems to be sucking up a great deal of my free time. I can't say that has been a positive thing - my last two down periods were both brought on by the stress related to volunteering, so I am determined to cut back on how much this is ruling my life. On the positive side, I've actually been presented with an award for all the work I've done both with my group and in the County. It's great to get some recognistion for the work I've done, but it does seem a little like bad timing.
In the remainder of my free time I've been playing games (mainly Minecraft) and binge-watching tv shows like Orange is the New Black
My lack of enthusiasm seems to be ever growing when it comes to emotes. From time to time I get a small spark of inspiration, but it always seems to die out before I can get anything down on screen.
I will however be making an emote pretty soon as I've committed to creating an entry for this year's advent calendar. I just hope to find an idea pretty soon
Though talking of the advent calendar, I really suggest you check it out. There are some awesome pieces this year and CubicInsanity
is doing a great job running it.
Emote Secret Santa
The emote secret santa is in full swing and I look forward to seeing the presents as they come in. Taking into account that I will be moving a couple of days after the deadline, it is vitally important that all the gifts get completed on time.
If you are having any problems, please let me know asap so I can try and work out alternative arrangements in the limited free time I have available.
The big piece of news going around dA recently is the new logo. Personally, my opinion is 'Meh'. I can't say it screams 'deviantART' at me, and I'm sad to lose yet another connection to the version of the site I joined.
Whilst I can see why they did it, I find it difficult to see it in a positive light as its just another reminder of how much things have changed (and not necessarily for the best). There isn't a day that goes by where I don't miss the old style dA. The communities seemed stronger, the art more impressive and a real sense of passion could be found in every corner of the site.
That said, dA is free to do what they like and I've long passed the days where I'd make a big fuss over something which I can ultimately ignore along with countless over changes.
This journal has gone on far longer than I expected - I guess that's a sign I shouldn't store things off and then try and fit them into a single journal.
If I don't speak to you all before, have a great Christmas and Holiday season and all the best for the new year.