So finally, I managed to get off my burnt-out ass and write this journal. I know its been many months of no uploaded art and little to almost none activity from me. I know a few of you have noticed my absence and wondered about my whereabouts and how I'm doing. So hopefully this will cover all the stuff that has happened.
First and foremost, I am NOT severely sick or injured. I am alright with the exception of occasional sleep deprivation, high stress levels and lack of physical exercise. It's not very good, but once the whole ordeal is over I can recuperate.
2. Uncle and raising a child
Only a few people already knew about this, but I may as well make it public. Since roughly about 6 months ago I have become an uncle to the sweetest little baby girl ever!
Now, you probably wonder what that has to do with my long absence? Well, I can't really go into any details since its very personal. But to cut this short, my sister has been left to raise her child 95% of the time while her husband is away the exact same amount of time. And its been very, very hard on her, especially right after her pregnancy. So for the last 5 months, or so, I have been helping her out, almost daily, with taking care of the child(basically being like an extra parent to it). And let me tell you, raising a little baby is a fulltime job. A job that I didn't plan for(or even want...). But family's gotta stick out for each other and,at that time, I had the most time to spare.
In addition, my sister planned to move out of her home into a new one, closer to her new job. So its been chaotic with finding and purchasing a new house while selling the old one. That didn't affect me very much in the beginning. But once some arrangements had been made, the old house had to fixed up for sale and furniture had to be moved to another location. So its been pretty hectic too.
3. Back to school...
Last year, I finished my university studies in Information and Network Engineering. Got my diploma and everything. In the meantime, I had some small part time jobs. But I have been thinking a lot if this is something I can work with as long term job. Even though I think coding is fun, I couldn't see myself working with it as a real job. Nor did I originally plan for it. See, the reason I took an IT education was only because I didn't have very grand grades in high school. So I had only a few options when it came to university. But with a bachelors degree I am now eligible for more education options. So I decided to take an additional education in becoming a teacher in math. Why a math teacher? Well, right now there is great lack of teachers in Sweden. So if I could become one I would have a safe job with pretty decent wage that is fun to do. A job as a software engineer would probably be pretty stressful and the competition for those jobs is murder. I already started in January and has been working my way up. I even have an internship on a local school very close to me as a part of the education that has kept me busy. But boy is it a lot of fun.
Thankfully this education only lasts for 1.5 years so it wont be all too time consuming unlike my previous IT education.
4. My return?
So, that is pretty much what's been going on with my life. Work, work, work and more work. Everything else had been put to the side for the past several months. But fear not, it won't last for much longer. At the end of May my sister will move in with her husband in their new home. Then my work as uncle will be done. My internship will have ended. My overall studies will still carry over into summer but nothing too overwhelming for me to handle. So at that point, I will be resuming my life back to the way it was before. And finally start doing art again. I have tons of stuff in mind, both pony and non-pony art. I'm not going to spoil anything, but I will say this: Its going to involve your guys OC's and other characters. Why? Because I missed you all so much!
. And a lot of you even went out of your way to try to contact me out of concern. It truly warms my cold heart and fills me with glee! I cannot wait to draw stuff for you guys again and, hopefully, make you smile too!