Bits and pieces

I’ve hinted a little bit here and there, but this month everything is official. I got a full time job that still allows me to work from home. I need to put in a set number of hours each day, but the hours themselves can be flexible. If I need to ‘catch up’ late at night or early in the morning, or on a Saturday, that’s okay. Just so long as my client is getting the time they are paying for. I have set hours each day, and don’t need to tweak things much, but on the occasion when there is a doctor’s appointment or a piano recital or something, I’m not stuck.

This job is such an incredible blessing, and I’m so grateful for it and the regular paycheck it will provide. Freelancing is fantastic, but can be so nerve wracking. Dry spells meant I was filling in a lot of the cracks with dozens and dozens of tiny Elance jobs. I can now clear those away and focus all my time and brain power on this new company. It’s doing what I love: drawing, illustrating, designing, and giving my opinionated-opinion on branding a fast-growing company.

Some logo concepts (they didn't go with any of these).

We are still hoping our other plans will work out eventually, but now we can breathe a whole lot easier while we wait — and if it doesn’t work out, we have less pressure to sort something out for E. For now, he’s an award winning ‘househusband,’ as we like to joke. And you know? I don’t mind the whole new appreciation he has for how difficult it can be to homeschool, clean, cook, and get laundry done. Our house is definitely lived in, and I’m back to pleading with neighbors and family to give us some notice before they pop over :o)

Things are good. I want to thank you all again for helping us during a really frightening period of transition, change, and medical costs. The internet can be such a lovely place, and I can hardly wait to pay it forward.

The downside maybe — though it’s a small downside, of course — is that posting will probably be far less regular. I know I’m not a shining beacon of a regular-blog-posting example as it is, but as you can probably tell already, it might get worse. I hope to be able to find my groove, because I do so enjoy this space.

I’m itching to freshen things up here, but I don’t know when I’ll be able to find the time. Last year’s Pantone colors and that overused Lobster font are wearing me out. I toyed with my Photoshop mockup of this design, just changing some colors and a few tiny graphics – it’d be an easy switch without needing to re-write a bunch of code. But we’ll see.

tweak

With that, it’s past midnight and I’ve got to get some shut eye. Do you have anything wonderful planned for Valentine’s Day? I got my few decorations up, and went shopping for some (winkity-wink-wink) new silky things with my girlfriends last Saturday. I want to do something fun for the kids though, maybe heart shaped pancakes, and some dollar store surprises?

Comments

  1. angela s says

    Yeah!!! Congratulations! Have your kids read George Muller with sonlight core one/B? With the tightness in our budget the last few months we’ve had to take to asking for specific financial blessings every week or so. It has been awesome to see the Lord answer it to the dollar. So we’re finally going to start a journal of requests and answers. I’m excited.

  2. Tina says

    Congratulations on the new job!!! I’m so glad you can work flexible hours but still be full time!! That’s wonderful! And if it makes you feel any better I read your blog in the reader so I don’t see your design that often. :)

  3. OMSH says

    I am really excited to see you illustrating again Jess. And, this job is such a gift. While I realize the current arrangement is not necessarily the plan you guys had in mind, it most definitely is working. E. is such a “steady” guy – perfect for those things that need to move along at a constant pace. And of course, you are a creative genius, so this company will be blessed to have you on board.

  4. Lora says

    Congratulations!!! What a blessing! I’m very happy for you! Being a worrywart, I can’t help but wonder, does the job provide health insurance? I hope so. To me, that is one of the most vexing issues with self employment.

  5. kirsten says

    so glad things are settling down a bit for you guys. For Heart Day we are trying to go back to our back-in-the-day tradition of making cream puffs. So easy, but they look super fancy. and I’m on the lookout for some cheapo surprises for the kids, too.

  6. Cindy T says

    Not really relevant to this post, but I tried to make your sugar cookie recipe last night (for Valentine’s cookies for my daughter’s school), but there is no leavening agent. Do you use a leavening agent?

  7. Jennifer says

    Congrats on the new job! Wonderful news~ they are very lucky to have someone as creative and talented as you working for them. I hope the transition to tweaked routines goes smoothly for your family.

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