Wow, it’s been nearly a year since I last used this blog. Those who’ve read my posts in the past will recognize my “I’ve been busy” mantra and the “health issues” excuse. To say it’s been an interesting year might be a slight understatement, and I apologize in advance that this might be a rather long post, as there’s quite a lot I’d like to catch up on. I’m also currently fighting off an anxiety attack, so I’m hoping that getting some of my thoughts down on virtual paper will help ease the demons in my head.
You’re probably wondering why I’m jumping back into blogging again, and how long I’ll stick with it this time. The short answer is because it’s a class requirement, so I’ll be posting at least biweekly for the next four months or so. I am starting a Master of Library and Information Science degree through San Jose State University and will be tagging these posts with MLIS so those who only want to see what I’m doing for my classes can click on the MLIS tag in the cloud on the right, bookmark this link: http://rewondered.wordpress.com/tag/mlis or follow this RSS feed: http://rewondered.wordpress.com/tag/mlis/feed/. Of course, I also hope to use this blog more often for my business and other topics I am interested in, but more on that later.
Let’s start off with the reintroduction, as there will be those who are required to read this for our class who know nothing about me, and perhaps some of my old readers are getting a new notification from this blog but don’t remember why they subscribed to it. My name is Heather, but I also go by Wondie. Wondie is a nickname I received from a character I created in City of Heroes named One Hit Wonder. I began using this character as my DJ persona for The Cape Radio in 2004 and the name was shortened by my listeners to Wondie. My business name, Rewondered, is also based off of the One Hit Wonder name, so I tend to use Wondie as my business persona as well. You may call me either Heather or Wondie, I will answer to both.
Through Rewondered, I design and create jewelry and accessories using found objects and leftover supplies, “rewondering” them into new wearable art. I sell my designs on Etsy and at local events or craft fairs, mainly in New Hampshire. I will be at Antrim’s Home and Harvest Festival on September 13th and Hillsborough’s Schnitzelfest on September 27th. I have also been a merchant at several SCA events, and plan to return to Birka for the third year in January.
So what’s been going on this past year? My last post was in October, which isn’t too surprising considering October through January are my busiest months of the year. January through March I was working on my last regular classes for my Bachelor’s degree, one that was an accelerated version and one that I had designed myself and was probably a little bit more ambitious than it should have been. April through June I was working on my Capstone with another likely-too-ambitious project. There was a great deal of stress, but I survived, got my Bachelor’s degree, and was accepted into the MLIS program, which started this week.
School wasn’t the only thing going on, either. I’ve continued to have some health issues, but I am doing much better than I did in 2013. The big news on the health front is in March, I finally got my diagnosis of ADHD. I’ve been reading books and articles to learn more about the disorder and how to best cope with it, and realizing just how much it has impacted my entire life. I’ve tried so hard, but I’ve never lived up to my potential, I have always had some serious time-management issues, and I can’t stop chasing new ideas long enough to finish the old ones. I’m working on it, but it’s a slow process. I want to make sure that the changes I’m making are going to stick, that the ideas I’m trying are going to work for me. In the past I’ve always jumped into a big project to get reorganized and ended up completely overwhelmed, so I abandon it before I can get any use out of it. This time I’m taking it slow, using suggestions specifically for people with ADHD, and really examining all sides of my “great organization idea” before committing to it. I’m not giving myself any specific deadline it needs to be done by, so I don’t rush it and make it all fall apart, but I’m trying to get at least a little bit done on it each day. So far, so good. I’d share before and after pics, but I’m really just too embarrassed about the before state. Instead, I’ll share some pics when I’m done, and a bit about my process to get there. I’ll also share some of my experiences and suggestions for running a business and/or being a graduate student with ADHD, as I figure out what is working and what is not, now and in the future. Those posts will be tagged ADHD, so look for that in the tag cloud on the right, bookmark this link: http://rewondered.wordpress.com/tag/adhd, or follow this RSS feed: http://rewondered.wordpress.com/tag/adhd/feed/.
My husband has also been having some health issues, and has spent most of the summer fighting off almost-daily migraines. The good news is there doesn’t appear to be anything we need to be particularly concerned about (i.e. it’s not a tumor!) but the bad news is no one is really sure why he’s having them so often. The other bit of “good” news is his average pain lately has been a 5 or 6, rather than a 7 or 8, and the incidents of being actively mauled by a bear are decreasing in frequency (special thanks to Hyperbole and a Half for the pain scale reference). We’ve been taking one day at a time, and I’ve been doing most of the driving whenever we’ve had to go anywhere. This week has been better, and on Monday we celebrated our two year anniversary by going to see Guardians of the Galaxy, fitting since we met because of superheroes (he’s also a DJ for The Cape Radio, but we are both on hiatus at the moment). I admit that I have never read any of the comics, but I enjoyed the movie and would love to pick them up.
Speaking of The Cape Radio, I am leaving in the morning to attend CapeCon. This started out as a meet and greet for DJs and listeners of the station and other players of City of Heroes, first held in Chicago in 2008. I went every year through 2011, which was the first year my husband was able to go, and thus the first time we met in person. We were married a little over a year later. We were unable to go back in 2012 or 2013, and with his current health issues, he doesn’t want to risk getting a migraine on a plane or spending the entire weekend holed up in a blanket fort in a hotel room, so I am going by myself. This is part of where my anxiety issues are rearing their ugly heads. I don’t like the process of traveling by plane (the flying itself is fine, but I don’t do well in large crowds and I don’t like strangers touching me, just to name a couple of my anxiety triggers) and knowing my husband will not be there to hold my hand and remind me that everything is okay is a bit unsettling. CapeCon is being held in a different place this year, San Antonio, so even though I’ve been there several times in the past, this still has an element of the unfamiliar. Luckily, several of my close friends will be there, and I have been promised drinks, so I am sure once I get past this initial anxiety, I’ll have a good time. I am glad I will only be gone for three days, though.
So what’s next for me, Rewondered, and this blog? There’s quite a bit of reorganization in the works, everything from my studio to my website, but this process may take a couple of years. It will also take a few years for me to get my MLIS. I chose to pursue this particular Master’s degree because I’ve always had a fascination with books and libraries. My first “real” job was actually working in a library. One of the projects I was helping with was converting the card catalog to a computer system. Which probably gives you a hint about my age! I’m fascinated by the way technology has increased access to information exponentially. I’m also seeing some ways that creative solopreneurs can incorporate information science into their businesses to help them operate more efficiently, so this will likely be a major focus of my future studies. I would really like to use what I’ve learned and will learn in future classes to help other one-person creative business owners like myself, particularly Etsy Sellers and those with ADHD.
After completing my Capstone, I began plans to write a book, possibly even a series of books or reports, specifically geared toward those who want to keep their business small enough that they can handle it on their own, but successful enough that they can make a real living. I’ve been getting several nudges from the universe that I need to start writing and sharing my knowledge, so the first step will be getting this blog going again.
And I’m going to be continuing to figure out how my brain really works, and how to make it work for me.