I've been going through a lot of life changes lately, and thought it was time for an update. You all have been along with me for the ride, and I appreciate that so much. I've been able to operate Fully Spun full time for two years, and I am so grateful for that opportunity. Unfortunately, it aligned with a pandemic that altered life for everyone and that we are still continuing to experience. This has caused a shift in how everyone has to approach their survival and made the last few years even more challenging that life normally would be.
I moved, and I'm moving again. You all are familiar with the fact that I was looking for a new place in April. The rental market in Richmond was, and still seems to be, insane and really competitive. Being self-employed and having a relatively low income just meant that in most of these cases I simply wasn't chosen from the pool of applicants. I also missed out on a couple of homes because I wasn't there first, even missing one by a few hours. That said, I decided to move back to my hometown and find a place to rent with my best friend. I moved to Raleigh, NC in May, but haven't been able to move again yet into a permanent home. My mom has been gracious enough to let me stay with her, and I've been making it work. Sleeping, working, and dyeing out of my bedroom. I've been enjoying being close to my family and my best friend. It is making the challenge of this transition easier to bear.
I got a second job. I didn't publicize it, but I had to go back to working part time in January of this year, and transitioned to full time in that role at the beginning of June. I'm still looking for a full time position that I plan to stay and progress my career in, but I had to have a steady income that would at minimum cover most of my bills. I've been juggling a lot, and as the world is changing and survival is becoming harder, yarn sales that were already slow due to the pandemic have gotten even slower.
The Kickstarter has been kickstartering. Talk about best laid plans! From starting the Kickstarter to having a concussion a week later, being out of commission for 60 days, supply chain delays (I know) and writing this experiencing post-concussion symptoms right now, none of this is going to plan. I am so grateful for your patience and support. You all helped me get immediate care after my concussion, be able to move, and above all be able to make my yarn dyer dreams come true! In case you missed it, I had a live with my mill earlier this week, and it is so fun to see them coming together! You can check out Part 1 and Part 2 on their Instagram page. The yarn will be released this fall, and I'm excited for the colorways new and original, and what you all will end up making with them!
This is 30. I've got a few months left of my Saturn Return and it really feels like life hasn't gotten any easier, but all my coping skills have been getting used and refined through this process. It feels funny to rattle off the list of things that society tells you should be 'resolved' at this age and aren't, and to realize that life is just beginning and I'm in a big transition into a new stage across all aspects of my life. All at once! This post is more in depth than usual and a little rambly, but you all are a big part of my community and literally the reason I've made it this far. Cheers to you, cheers to 30, and cheers to what's coming next! Time to go play with some color.