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  • Writer's pictureCherise Adams

The Great Unknown Isn't So Bad

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, and a lot has happened within that time. I’ve graduated, gotten a new job, moved to a new town with my significant other, and have finally adapted to full-time work life. Now, sitting in a bathtub with white wine by candlelight, I feel like I can finally keep my head together enough to put all of these things into words.

I will start by saying full time work life isn't what I expected it to be. I accepted a great position with a great company making good money. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I only get to be available for about four hours a day for fun, artistic ventures, and overall life exploration. My weekends are now my only safe haven, and I pay even more attention to how I spend those 48 hours: with just enough fun balanced with just enough sleep.

Living in a new place with no roommates has been a big adjustment for both Dylan and I, but I think we’ve done an amazing job at it. Our place is just small enough to never feel alone but also big enough to give each other room to breathe. Our neighborhood is woody and quiet, and we live steps away from the fitness center so I always have a reason to guilt myself into going to the gym. More than anything, I get to wake up next to my best friend, and that in itself is invaluable to me.

My biggest worry in taking on my full time position was that I wouldn’t have enough time to be creative, but one thing I’ve noticed is that I feel even more creative now than I have in a really long time! I’m drafting out full concepts, I’m visualizing my work more vividly than ever, and I’ve found myself being even more ambitious as I find my best way to fit my art into the little cracks of freedom my job allots me. It’s rigorous, it’s frustrating, but I love it. I’m always hungry for more artistic work because that’s all I can do throughout my 9-5 hours. I haven’t been so inspired in years.

Leaving the life I knew as a student was uncomfortable. It’s still uncomfortable, and frustrating, and sometimes sad. But some things like friendship, love, and passion don’t change with every new turn of life. Like they say, “somethings change and others stay the same.” I’m so blessed to have the most wonderful constant elements a girl could ever ask for: love, support, and friendship. With a sturdy foundation underneath me I ventured into the great unknown, and I’m having a hell of a time.

So what does this mean for you, faithful reader? This means that you can expect more creative work, more thoughtful work, and (hopefully) more blog posts. Maybe not all from the bathtub, but you never know…

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