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Big Life Changes

July 27, 2013

“I wish I had had the balls to chop off all my hair and move to Florida at your age,” said my stylist as she cut a 10 to 12-inch ponytail from the back of my head.

I’ve never considered myself a “ballsy” person. In fact, I hate that term. Why are testicles a symbol of strength? Think about it.*

But if cutting off a foot of my hair, or accepting a job in a state I haven’t even visited in years and in which I have no friends or relatives seems brave to people, I guess that’s cool. I will admit I am really nervous about this. But also really excited. I’ve been offered a full-time job making graphic an illustrated signage, a position I’ve been working toward and interviewing for in several locations lately. The location near Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the one to offer me the position, and it’s hard to say no when someone says your art work is awesome and they want to hire you because of it.

I’ve been meaning to get a new haircut for a while now. This seemed like a good reason to go ahead and do it. I liked my long hair, but it can be a mess and get caught in stuff – literally, I shut the car door on it at least once. I am donating the ponytail to Wigs 4 Kids. In high school when I cut my long hair off I sent it to Locks of Love, so I wanted to try a lesser-known charity this time.

So a week from now I’ll be headed down from Ohio to my new home to find an apartment and start my new job. Hopefully once I get settled I can still make art in my spare time. I’ve designed the Sansa piece of my Game of Thrones series, and it’s gonna be awesome. But I think it will take me a long time to sew together with all this happening.

It’s also been a while since I’ve experienced the climate. I prefer warm weather to cold, but I never thought I’d go so far south. I’ve been trying to research hurricanes with a “be prepared” mindset, and not “oh god panic panic.”

Anyone know if Florida has good craft beers?

Send me good vibes!


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