I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive! So tell me what mortal needs my protection, Great Ancestors, you just say the word and I'm there! - Mushu.
Channeling my inner Disney aside, I am indeed alive. I am SO SORRY for not posting in a while and for not making anything in a while! Hopefully sometime this week that will change!
So I owe you a life update. Things have definitely changed around here! So, for starters, May 5 was my last day of my job - I quit! As you may or may not know, I have been in school to change careers, and it was time for me to move on to an internship in my field. But before that - I needed surgery. May 10 was my surgery, and recovery has gone AMAZINGLY! I feel 800 times better than I did. And so far, my health issues have tapered off, which is always a great sign. Hopefully it stays this way!
Secondly, now that I am doing internship stuff and not working, I have more free time - or, I was supposed to! Who knew that this whole internship + school + teaching myself a second programming language + keeping up with chores thing wouldn't actually give me as much time as I thought (though if I'm being honest, I spent a few weeks catching up on various video games I've put off for the last couple years...because who wouldn't?). It has been really rewarding, though....even if I can't always tell (learning computer programming is hard, yo). My husband has been encouraging me to do programming problems daily, as well as keeping up with school. It has been quite the steep learning curve.
Said curve has actually kinda put me in a bit of a slump. Creatively and just..generally? I enjoy programming, I find it cathartic. But since it's somewhat like drinking from a fire hose, it can be mentally exhausting! And if I don't understand something, it's about 10,000 times worse because I beat myself up until I do understand it. And transitioning over to working-but-not-really has been hard for me, as I am someone who is quite independent and likes to feel like I'm "contributing." My internship hasn't actually started yet, so at the moment I feel sort of listless and like I'm not contributing towards...well, anything. I just sit at home all day and read homework assignments and chapters and write made-up programming assignments and just.......kinda do chores otherwise. It's a big difference between being on the go and always having work to do and money coming into my bank account (I miss the money!). I thought it would be super epic sweet to have time between work and switching careers, but I feel sorta directionless at the moment. Not was I was expecting....So it has been an...adjustment.
With any luck, though, that will change soon. And a friend of mine is hopefully coming up this week (TBD, I think we're getting a cold, and it would be rude to spread germs). We have plans to make bath bombs, maybe a soap or two, and some other fun things like maybe salves, lotion, whatever! Definitely bath bombs, though! :D I am very excited. I have all the ingredients and I've been DYING to try them out for a long time, but for whatever reason, the major life upheaval just totally crushed my motivation. My mojo went poof. It has been sad. I've been watching everyone else make stuff, and I have been missing it...but just couldn't quite clear the funk that is keeping me from making things.
Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have something awesome to show you all! Thanks for hanging in there with me anyway! <3 Until next time - I am off to do more homework!
PS - Happy 4th!! We hope you enjoy the fireworks, that your pets are all safe, and you enjoy the wonderful time with family and friends in celebration of 'Murica's birthday!
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.