Post-pandemic Tia (is it safe to say ‘post’ yet?) has been surprising me quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve mentally aged ten years in the past two and a half, having had to deal with the pandemic and all its effects on, not only my mental health but also those of my children and husband. Or maybe it’s just an early on-set mid-life crisis. But post-pandemic Tia is done waiting. She is done waiting to fulfil her dreams. She is done waiting for the right circumstances. She is done waiting for the proverbial stars to align before following her creative passions. She is done…and ready. Ready to step out of her ocean-like comfort zone. Ready to take huge risks, which believe me, is terrifying in a situation such as mine, where I am a co-breadwinner with two children under the age of ten, who both demand more care than the average neurotypical child.
I am ready to bring my body and mind into harmony. Because for years, even though I was doing work I thoroughly enjoyed, with awesome colleagues who have dragged me through the times I may have enjoyed it less, there was always a voice at the back of my mind saying this isn’t you. For years I’ve been stifling the creative being in me, shoving all her thoughts, hopes, and yearnings to the deepest recesses of my soul, my mind regurgitating deadly mantras such as: play it safe, don’t rock the boat, and an income is all that matters. For years that was enough and acceptable. But this older, post-pandemic me has had enough of letting her creative self come last. My body has been physically letting me know that this mindset is no longer o.k., and has been making it exponentially harder to ignore how I really feel.
So, as of October 2022, I will no longer be an IT Consultant. I am looking for flexible, preferably remote work that will allow me to primarily continue with my creative ventures, whilst still being able to keep the lights on, so to speak.
I am terrified and excited at the same time and it’s WONDERFUL. So stay tuned, because there is surely much more to come. If you’re curious as to what I’ve been up to, check out my portfolio at tsvgraphicscom.wordpress.com/