Saturday, May 13, 2017

05.13.17 - Many months later...and I'm full of seasonal allergies

It's been a few months since my previous post. @__@; Whoops! 

Seasonal allergies are almost deadly this year. Normally, I don't get really bad allergies. When the time comes, I usually get a mildly itchy nose and eyes. But they don't bother me much. I don't count last year since I didn't feel it much because of my lung infection. Too busy worrying about that :P

This year though, it's absolutely terrible. My mom gets seasonal allergies quite bad, but this year it seems worse. She says she's had trouble breathing and etc. Actually, me too. This year my allergies are REALLY bad. Some days I can't breathe and feel like I'm getting my lung infection again. One night I had a hard time breathing and coughed so hard all night I lost my voice and my throat was swollen. :( 

You would think that with all the rain we've had this year it wouldn't be so bad...

Work. @__@; So our manager "C", has been with us for a few months. I thought having a manager would work well with us. It would help the supervisors not be so stressed out. They even hired new supervisors! ...Boy were we wrong. Me and J (the one that was temporary manager) seem to be stressing out even more. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

03.02.17 - The saga of changing my lightbulbs and more :P

One of the lightbulbs (ceiling) in my room is out. Originally, it was a domed fixture but because of how difficult it is to change this lightbulb, I took off the fixture so it's just two naked bulbs. Anyway, changing my lightbulbs is really difficult. I have really high ceilings and I'm absolutely positively afraid of heights. Plus, the lights are in the middle of the room and my bed gets in the way of the ladder. So, unless you're Dhalsim from Street Fighter; it's really difficult to change my lightbulbs. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

01.10.16 - 2017, what now?

2016 has come and gone. Now I'm trying to be optimistic and move on to new things.

Since my subscriptions have stopped, I haven't been doing much and it feels strange. I would come home from work and just sit there and contemplate what to do. But the next thing I realize, it's like 6 hours later and I still haven't done anything. I've been watching Youtube videos and every now and then I would watch CSI on DVD. But, I honestly feel very empty.

I had planned on doing a daily comic but honestly I've lost a lot of motivation to do a lot of things. Maybe I'm still sad that my subscription failed the last year or something, I don't know. Nothing's really gotten me excited. Even planning (aka decorating) in my planner doesn't bring me much joy. I look at all the empty space and I'm like... I don't know what to do now.

I'm used to being busy all the time. 

Maybe once I'm over this... slump (?); I can do things I want to do. Design new stickers, do that daily (maybe weekly) comic, whip out a new collection for my store. 

1. Don't drink so much coffee @__@;
2. Draw more
3. Sleep more (not just 3 hours of sleep a night @__@; )
4. Write more (stories, journals, blogs, etc whatever. I miss writing)
5. Be more creative
6. Don't be so stressed
7. Don't be so angry [I think this was mostly because of work stress because I've calmed down a lot since the last few months]
8. Spend less 
9. De-Clutter

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

11.15.16 - Black Friday Preparations

Oh my! Where to even begin? When I came back to work from my vacation, the Sup 1 position was dumped on someone else. I wasn't mad that it was given to a newer supervisor, but HOW she got it. When they bugged me about being Sup 1; they told me I had to do ALL THESE THINGS, which I did and that was a year ago. Then, they just gave it to the other supervisor, no questions asked. She didn't have to do any of that stuff. I, admit, I was extremely pissed about it. But, I'm over it... mostly.

As I was working my first day back from vacation; I was working in Audit (I'm a backup for that department) and the opener for my department was getting really mad. So mad, that she turned in a voluntary quit to our store manager...DIRECTLY to him. There was a part where you had to write down why you were leaving (if you wanted to). She went on a long tangent about all the things that have been going on. Basically: Not enough supervisors, no manager, no working equipment, no cashiers.

So, we're losing another supervisor. Her last day is day after Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

11.01.16 - Update on Life

Since I can't sleep, I thought I would do an update on my life. 

It's been quite awhile since I've made a post. I think the last time I did was in August. 

Let's start with innocent+twisted Alchemy. I started my store in 2009, it's been 7 years! I can't believe it. But the last two years have been extreme lows in my business. I started my monthly subscription in 2013 and it was a huge hit until this year. This year, I kept losing my subscribers. I changed the format and increased/decreased [for some it was an increase in price and for some it was a decrease in price since I had different price ranges/sizes; now it's just one size and one price]. But when that happened, half of them unsubscribed. But it didn't stop there, I kept losing 10 a month. I used to have over 120 subscribers and now I'm down to 20. I had been mentally debating with myself for months and months and finally decided to stop it in January (December 2016 will be the last one). I must say this was a huge blow because it made me so depressed. I did everything I could to keep it up, but it didn't work.

The last two years also, I tried releasing collections and hoped they would sell and they have failed. My most current collection, I only sold a sample set of. I'm not blaming anyone but myself. Maybe if I had more of a social media presence it would help and etc. But I also know that we are on hard times, financially. Right now, I'm still debating on if I should close completely or not. I'm just really depressed at the thought... 

When my external hard drive crashed, I felt like it was a sign. To either, start over or give up. I decided to start over. I tried to be positive about everything. I had a sale and sold most of my stock, My boyfriend said, "See? That's good. It means people are still interested." I also had all these ideas about trying to have a bigger social media presence. I was going to try and do sponsorships and etc. 

Then, life happened. My full-time job. I'm a supervisor at a big electronics store (a private company). My department is the biggest (Customer Service); but we're short on staff. One of the supervisors quit suddenly. He had told us he was helping his grandparents; but it turned out he quit because he found another job. To be fully staffed [supervisors], we need 10 supervisors; with him we had 6. Then, the Return's Department Supervisors [also, my department] took a leave of absence for a few months. So we had to move one of our supervisors to that section. 

My manager was like: Don't worry! We're going to move up two of our cashiers to be temporary supervisors. BUT!!! One of them is extremely incompetent and the other cashier became a backup for the Audit Department. We are also, short cashiers. The one that was incompetent also quit without notice. 

As that was happening, our manager quit. And it was like my whole department fell apart when they heard about my manager's last day. Then all the managers in the store kept pushing me to become "Sup 1". [I'm Sup 2; 2nd in charge of the department; but we don't have a Sup 1]. In fact, the whole store has bothered me about it. 

I was given extra duties. I had to attend meetings I didn't normally do. I received all the manager emails, etc. 

Maybe this is another sign for me to give up on innocent+twisted Alchemy. It's almost holiday season. The assistant store manager is helping me with many things. Right now, I'm on vacation. And from what one of the supervisors has told me; my department has seriously fallen into shambles. 

There's also some other things going on in my personal life that involves my Dad and it's just...this is too much. 

And the only thing, (is this sad or what?) that's making me happy are planners. Decorating planners, etc. It's strange but... it just makes me happy. My friend and I have started our own planner sticker businesses. Mine is here --> innocent+twisted Designs and hers is here --> StickiMix

Even though we haven't sold anything yet, we have a lot of fun doing it. Right now, I'm in the process of doing custom chibi stickers. I literally had the idea a few days ago and I was trying to figure out how long it takes from pencil and paper to the finished product. 

Now that I have a lot of time on my hands, I've been working on "Plan with Me" videos too. I just uploaded two and I'm working on one right now. [I plan/decorate as the days go by; not all at once]. I decided it'd be more interesting to watch if there was a voiceover but I don't have a microphone. I'm planning on getting one tomorrow. 

I know this post is extremely depressing but, this is how my life has been like. I go back to work on Friday and I need to get my butt and all of my department into holiday season mode. Because Black Friday is only in a few weeks and we don't have enough supervisors, no manager, and not enough cashiers. I like being overly prepared. It's better to be overly prepared than not. 

I know I say this ALLL the time, but I'm going to try to blog more. Maybe some sticker haul posts or whatever... I don't know. I'll figure it out :) Thank you for reading/listening to me whine and complain.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

WEEK IN REVIEW: 08.22.16 - 08.28.16

   PLANNERSMAMBI Happy Planner
STICKERS: Mostly from PopFizzPaper [from the August Mystery Kit: Crystal Cave which you can buy here!], and a few stickers from StationeryHeavenCo

I know it's been awhile. I haven't posted because my schedule drastically changed (I used to open most days and recently closed most days instead), my external hard drive was corrupted and lost about 60% of my files, and I've just been tired because of the change of schedule. Plus, it's been super busy at work. So when I come home, I'm exhausted.

Enough about that. Lets go on with my boring week.

Monday, July 25, 2016

WEEK IN REVIEW: 07.18.16 - 07.24-16

STICKERS: Mostly from the Sticky Station, a few from CreatingandCo, and MAMBI
PEN: Papermate Flair in Magenta

Monday, July 18, 2016

WEEK IN REVIEW: 07.10.16 - 07.16.16

 PLANNERSVan der Spek (Standard size),  MAMBI Happy Planner
INSERTS: (Personal Sized) Sewmuchcrafting W04P Vertical
STICKERS: Mostly from CreatingandCo, some of my own, and from MAMBI
PEN: Papermate Flair in Lime Green
Awhile ago, when I first got into planners, I used colored pens. Then, for the past few years I've been using black. I thought I would start using colored pens again. Something that would go with the sticker kits ;P

Monday, July 11, 2016

WEEK IN REVIEW: 07.03.16 - 07.09.16

 PLANNERSVan der Spek (Standard size), LV PMMAMBI Happy Planner
INSERTS: (Personal Sized) Sewmuchcrafting W04P Vertical
STICKERS: Mostly from HelloPetitePaperCo and some from: ObsessedwithCute, itsplanningtime, PrettyonPaper and some of my own. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

WEEK IN REVIEW: 06.19.16 - 07.03.16

   PLANNERSVan der Spek (Standard size), LV PM, MAMBI Happy Planner
INSERTS: (Personal Sized) Sewmuchcrafting W04P Vertical, WO2P (pocket)