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Hi everyone! Feeling good this week as well.

This week I've finished a portrait commission for a friend, kept working on the miniature production and started the first digital illustration for my anime Patreon. A total of 17 paid hours and 19 spent on unpaid projects.

But especially this week has been very good regarding my habits.
I've managed to reduce my non-productive idling time (facebook, games, IG, porn) to just 10 hours from the usual 25 or more. Instead, 40 hours of my free time have been dedicated to exercising outdoors (increased my calisthenics workout), helping Dad with garage renovation (I set up all the new furniture we ordered, now everything is in place, porch is empty again), meetings with friends and baking (gathered some acorns on my hike and tried an acorn cake recipe).

A Chrome extension called SiteBlock has helped me a lot with self-control. I wasn't aware of how many times I used to open Facebook/IG and the rest of pages, or how unconsciously I did it.
I've been very harsh on myself. I tend to work well when responding to someone else, so I kinda dissociated myself and I let my "employee half" do, without questioning, the work that my "boss half" had decided (not sure if that makes sense).

Also I've had a lot less headaches these last 4 days.
Regarding weight loss I did well during the week and got to 80,7 kg on Friday (again at 81,5 though). My aim is 72 in March.

Goals for this week:

- Mantain the productive hobby time. Consolidate the habit.
- Spend more time actually working (about 25 hours divided between my two paid projects and about 25 more on investing/other unpaid projects).
- Stick to the timetable I did last week (It'll be easier now that the commission and other holiday stuff is finished).

See you next Monday!
 

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Hi guys!

It's been a bit of a turbulent week. Not especially busy but with a couple things that drained my energy a bit, a bit of anxiety throughout the week.

Basically:

About my usual hour tracking,
40 hours of work, of which actually 10 have been real, paid work (producing molds of the Tower). About 15 hours planning, tidying up or conditioning the workspace, 5 with a painting for the art contest, about 5 with other FL projects, and 5 (+ 8 yesterday) applying for a job offer that popped up in one of the important art schools in BCN.
This job appliance drained a lot of my energy. I had a suspicion of something weird going on (appliants that didn't have proper technical knowledge, contradictory messages in the instructions that employers gave us...). Anyway I wasn't selected but a very proficient girl with technical knowledge will probably be. So I'm glad that the selection process is just based on skill and to have been wrong about those weird feelings.
Edit: this girl just text me about weird stuff happening in the job interviews as well (very short, looked rigged). Not my problem anymore though, but I feel bad for it.

Also a thread I started here at the forum got a lot of attention, some comments that were a bit harsh, mocking or unrespectful. But I'm happy for some contributors that helped with useful comments in the right direction, and more important I got what I needed (release/share some info about a project that was weighting me down) . Waiting for the replies, reading some of them, drained a lot of my energy though. That's why I didn't answer further.

Anyway, not much else!
About 10 unproductive hours on FB/etc, which is a good mark. But I was turning the siteblock off a lot during the week. Need to be working on that.

And today I've updated my KS backers about the current state of the Tower, so all good.
And I've gone down to 80,6 kg!

See you next week!
 
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Hi!

40 hours of work this week, (17 with FL product, 6 with FL project 2, 6 with my investing club, 5 planning and cleaning and 5 with my slowlane job (a job interview).

Happy that the FL project is halfway through production. Some problems have arisen with moulds but I hope being able to produce the 8 copies that have been ordered without having to redo the moulds.

Lots of anxiety , headache and tiredness this week.
The job interview was rigged. I started to talk to another candidate and the more we speak the more weird stuff we discover. It's taken a lot of my energy, all the week talking about it with family, with this girl, I even dreamed of it.

I went hiking 2 days in a row and my plantar fascitis has come back so no sport in a week or two until the pain recedes. Also due to anxiety I've overeaten and I'm back at 82 kg.

I did a coaching session with my investing club and they suggested me to focus. So I'm trying to just concentrate on finishing the FL project delivery at the moment.

And not much else really. Still with anxiety and headache in Sunday afternoon.
 
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Hi!

Here again. Worked less hours this week but I feel it's been more productive.
Good things of this week: Finished the production of the resin Towers. All the 80ish pieces are cast. They'll need a great deal of polishing and re-sculpting though, that might take me several weeks. I was calculating the same sanding/filling time as my usual resin trophies, but the amount of work will be more similar to the realistic rubber knives commission I did last year (an insanely huge time leech). First and last time casting miniatures, spikes and complicated pieces for sure.
Also did a great deal of work with my investing club: been looking for and analyzing house flipping opportinities, selected four of them, and I've set up a meeting tomorrow morning with an estate agent to visit the first one . The idea is to lead/manage my first house flipping operation, with other club members participating economically in the investment and with advice from the club mentors.
I'm trying to focus right now: instead of opening up so many new projects/FL ideas, I'll just go for developing the miniature business and the house flipping aspect of the investing club. The immediate concerns still are finishing and delivering the Tower sets and the goat sculpture, and getting a teacher job after that.

Bad things: I had the 2 longest and worst headaches i've had in years. Like a very, very f*cked up hangover. They lasted a full day each, one of them coupled with strong, day-long anxiety as well, for which pills did absolutely nothing. I had the other one on a day-long hike with some friends, so at least I was a bit distracted from it.

Hope this week goes well!

:)
 

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Hi everyone!!!

A very busy and productive week, lots of good things have happened.

1. A big gig with a whiskey company (sculpture stands for a limited edition). I was contacted by the father of a friend on Monday, and on Friday I had the project ready. The whiskey company loved the designs. So that'll probably mean I'll get to make 50-100 sculptures, maybe more. I was able to budget without constraints. So far it's my biggest small-figure-production gig (about 5000-10.000€).

2. I've started my way with house flipping! Still nervous about it. Bought a small flat in a nearby city for 45.000 (52k with taxes and other expenses). It needs full renovation but it was really cheap. I had been looking at it for some weeks, visiting it with a couple renovation companies, etc. All the numbers add up, I had to just overcome my fears and take action.
I won't be able to start renovation in 3-6 months though due to personal work, but the further I look into the renovation processes, the easier I find them (a lot has to do with the same materials and tools I use when making scenery for theatre or molding/casting sculptures. So I'll probably get a company to do the electrical/piping renovation, to avoid risks and keep up with regulations, but I'll take care of the rest for myself. That'll cut down the costs from 25k to 18-16k, maybe less.
In any case, first I need to finish my current commissions one by one. I also need to get some more cash (my accounts will be left at zero after the purchase).

I'm thinking either renting it at 500/month (high demand on the area), selling it (probably I'd be able to sell for 100-120k eventually) or even go live there for a while.
 
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Hi!
Not much else to share, still everything's going good! More nervous about the home purchase as it gets closer.
I've kept working on the alien sculpture for the whiskey company, polishing the miniatures from the Tower project, and worked a bit on the goat sculpture. And I've been learning A LOT about plumbing and electricity. I'll probably do all the pipings myself. Saw some friends in the weekend, everything's cool. Migraines have been under control as well, maybe just one day of strong headache, other days it's been milder.

About 48 hours dedicated to "work", including investing, formation, my sculpture commissions and the FL project.
 

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Hi! About 35 h of work.
A small 3 day teaching substitution at the high school, that also triggered a 2 day long anxiety attack. I've been having palpitations during last months at random times, especially in the evenings, on the days I feel like I've not worked enough. Last 2 weeks and my eyelid has been twitching as well. (I drink no coffee and no caffeinated beverages).

Anyway, due to my flexibility I've been the schools's "last-minute resort" for a couple years, and every time they ask, it is for me to start the very next day. But since last year I've often had to turn them down to focus in finishing my commissions, and every time I do, family feels disappointed bc "I don't want to get a job".
So the proposal came after one of the days i "didn't work enough". Also both my KS backers and my clients were waiting for an update so I felt extra guilty.
So I accepted the 3 day job at the school both for my family to stop bothering me, and for the school to know they can still count on me, and to punish myself for slacking/force myself to work harder. But I felt that both accepting and declining would make someone disappointed (either family and school if I declined, or clients if I accepted), and as soon I accepted, I had a very strong thought that I didn't want that, that I didn't want to go there and meet my students and teachers again.
Even though I know all the students and have a good relationship with them (even a particular group started screaming and cheering when they saw me, like when a rockstar appears in the concert), and I usually consider myself good teacher, I felt weak most of the time, as if I wasn't able to sustain the mask, the position of authority, and, on the inside, I just was waiting for it to be the leaving time.
I tried to hide it and just carry on as normal, and I more or less succeeded for the 3 days it lasted.

But I've been thinking about why this happened, because, when I thought about life goals, teaching and helping kids and teenagers was one of the few things that has always fulfilled me from a global perspective, that I like and I'm good at.
Maybe it's the lack of social contact during these isolation months, or the shifting from physical to virtual learning spaces. They also grow up very fast during these years and with all the face masks, voice and appearance changes, some new students, some classes felt very different from a year ago.

On another note, also both the downward trend in TSLA (which I was positioned into) and the fear of missing out on the crypto wave bc I got my money buried in the estate purchase, had their part in the anxiety attack.

And as a cherry to the cake, seeing my anxiety attack triggered another one on my Dad, who then wanted to blame me for the heart attack he thought he could have had.

So that's it. Not the best of the weeks. I'm now trying to get to work again, yesterday I did like 10 hours on the whisky holder commission, and today I want to update this client and move on to keep sanding and fixing the pieces from the Kickstarter. And i've sold all my stocks to free mental space, and will try to focus all my investing time on the flat renovation (I have the kitchen finally figured out! I'm designing the electrical circuits now.) My investing club advisors have helped me in refocusing as well on the flat.

So that's it!
 
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Hi!
37 hours of work this week.

Kickstarter pieces are all finished! Maybe I'll do some super small corrections, but they're 99% finished.
So now I just need to find a good way of packaging them to avoid damage. I'm thinking wrapping them in bubble wrap and putting them in some hard plastic containers, individual for each piece. And everything in a standard cardboard box.

Other things:
The alien sculpture project has been cancelled. Turns out they didn't calculate correctly the shipping costs from the beginning. We explored alternatives that didn't weigh so much, but they increased the cost by 20-30%, so there was no margin for profit from their part, as they were planning to sell them for 200, I was charging initially 120+VAT, and shipping and packaging were close to 50-100.
(I thought it was like a gift/promotional product of sorts, no profit intended, but anyway.)
They'll pay me for all the hours I've worked, so it's been a good gig in the end. And actually the project cancellation has taken a lot of weight from my shoulders, as they didn't have an exact idea of what they wanted and the project was getting more and more complicated on the run (they were asking me and the label designer to do some art direction/ marketing choices for the overall campaign, asking us to manage everything related to the package making companies, stuff that wasn't really our job).
Also I ended up leading some legal stuff against the public art school that I applied for (we found out the job offer was fake as they already had a candidate, but needed a way to make it look legal). I ended up being the contact between the syndicate and the group of appliers. I just told them to continue by themselves. One less thing to worry about, dealing with all this was an energy drainer.
Still some migraines and palpitations throughout the week, but the alien cancellation, saying no that legal stuff, and finishing the KS pieces, have taken a lot of pressure from me.
I have been having trouble mantaining a consistent workweek, especially on weekends.
I also have been ignoring completely my exercise/healthy habits for several weeks, so now that I'm mentally more free, I'll try to reprise them.

Not much else this week!
 
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Hi!

No post last week. I didn't have an especially good week. Some social events scheduled that generated me some anxiety, and I was very out of focus. Got to play Minecraft again with no self-control, so I ended up wasting most of the week and just working for ten hours total or so.

This week has been much better. Same anxiety, but went again to working 40 hours, spent mostly on looking for packaging alternatives and shipping prices for the Kickstarter products (I don't know what I'm doing wrong but the process is becoming eternal).
Also started a new sculpture (I wanted to participate in an art contest, I had dropped the idea but I retook it) -not sure if it should count as work as I did it just to let out some anxiety- and a lot of time was spent with the flat investment.

It turns out it has an important structural problem (aluminosis), very common in flats built in spain during the 60s.
I can solve it for my flat, spending 10-15k extra in reinforcing the joists, but probably it'll mean future problems with the whole building and me having to lead the reinforcement fund soliciting process (all other families in the building are very poor and mostly immigrant so unfamiliar with government and bureaucracy).

So I have lowered my offer a bit.

Also I've reprised my weight loss process! From 83,7 kg 2 weeks ago (my all-time high) I'm between 81,7 and 82,6 now.

And I've reprised the goat sculture, as I'm not sure if it'll finally be presented next month or not. I've been a couple months without working on it and without communication with the clients, there are just a few details left but, if restrictions are lifted, they might be expecting to show it at some inauguration event soon. So I want to finish it as soon as possible.
 

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Another week, another recap post.

25 hours worked this week. I managed to do the first two shippings to the backers, but preparing the next ones overwhelmed me. I also didn't have the strength to meet any friends or exercise, and I was eating like 3 bowls of cereal a day to calm the anxiety. Luckily I haven't put on any weight.

I managed to do the detatchable pillows for the wearer/dancer of the goat sculpture with a sewing machine, and started smoothing out the space where the dancer will fit (that space will be rubber- coated so the styrofoam doesn't break apart).

Some friends asked me for a small "geganto" figure as a birthday present for their kid, but I've told them I'm closing the beast making business.

Overall I don't feel very well. The goat sculpture should be delivered in a month, there's a ton of work pending the miniatures also should be delivered as soon as possible... Still some drawings are pending for the whiskey client, still they haven't paid me, also there's a 30 figure commission for mid-april, that sculpture contest as well, and the flat purchase is taking me a lot of energy as well. On top of everything, my mother just broke her arm so I have to take care both of the house and of grandma (which she did), and she'll take 3 weeks to heal, the same weeks I'm having my peak of work stress. I've been feeling overwhelmed and very tired for several months, and lately thoughts of being worthless and having no future come to me. Also have been thinking a lot about friendships I've lost, how I don't have a partner, kids or a home for myself, and about people I don't see anymore. And when someone asks "how's it going" I really don't want to answer...
The sincere answer would be "I'm f*ing exhausted of everything, I just want all of this to end". But also I don't want to give that impression to people so I end up locking myself at home.
 
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Not much to say this week.
about 45 hr of work, prepared a couple packages (a full day spent on each) and sent one of them to Canada (hope customs won't put any problem with it), worked on the goat another day, and spent five evenings and a full day working on a sculpture for the Figurativas art contest.
Also prepared the setup and bought the materials for a commission of resin dragon statues I do every yearfor my school.

As good news:
This commission of dragon statues will be made using last year's design and mold, so no new sculpting work. Just 32 figures that need to be cast again and painted.

Good news as well from the flat renovation: the structural reinforcement will cost about 9-10k instead of the 15k that I was thinking about.

Apart from that, it's been a pretty shitty week.
 

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Hi!

34 hours of work this week.

Finished a couple pending things: some more affordable sculpture designs for the whiskey company project that was cancelled, also fixed and repackaged one of the Kickstarter shippings that had broken, and spent a full day tidying up my workshop to avoid problems with my family.
Started casting the dragon figures (16 done of the total 32), and updated my investing club and asked for advice about the flat purchase (I'm going to finally purchase it at 40k, it's 2.500€ more than I intended to pay but I don't want to pressure the seller anymore, I just want to move on and start thinking about the renovation). Also worked a bit (less than previous week) on the sculpture for the Figurativas art contest.

I've messed up a bit my sleep schedule these last holiday four days, and I've played too much minecraft, but overall ve felt better than the previous week. Also went hiking on tuesday with my friend.
 

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