This month, because I am a risk taker and definitely not a recluse 😌 I decided to open my home up to random strangers… Yes, I signed up for airbnb and already had my first two guests within the first week.
Aaaaaand I am done. It’s not that it was horrible, but there is something about taking care of others’ needs that just doesn’t suit me. Changing bed linen, keeping the apartment spotless at all times, making sure they were comfortable, staying dressed in shared spaces … was all very exhausting. I also dug a little deeper and as it turns out, it might be illegal. So I am done.
I met some good people, learnt a lot about the wonders of baking soda and bleach, made some cash and spent even know, all to learn that I could never be a caretaker.
Baaah.. on to the next adventure
Full disclosure: I have never participated in a marathon of any distance ever in my life. Now that is not to say that i haven’t wanted to, or that I never will. I have, however, for the last few years always managed to snag one of the marathon packs, they are a surprisingly good source for workout gear and swanky water bottles. The only drawback is having strangers ask you about the experience and not having any believably answers.
This year for the Kigali Peace Marathon, I didn’t even bother with the facade, I quite simply opted out. This was only because I underestimated the number of queries I would be receiving over the next few days. You see, it has been some time now since I started allowing people to believe (falsely) that I have a more than average interest in physical fitness. What it really amounts to, is me waking up at 5 in the morning 4 to 5 times a week to walk for an hour as a counter measure for my cookie problem. But no one really wants to hear that, so instead, I decided to put together a few possible
excuses answers for any more askers.
I am currently reading Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Work Week on Audible and so far, I have been pleasantly surprised. I will confess that I was expecting another cliche ‘you can do it if you just believe’ sort of book which is why I opted for the audio version over the paperback. Now I find myself seriously considering getting the hard copy as well just so I can refer to it from time to time.. but, that goes against some of the principles in the book.
Anyway, the book had me thinking about passive revenue streams and it can’t really hurt to try. I considered the number of times, I have wished I could have a particular quote poster, or drawing on a t-shirt and not been able to find it. What if I could actually make those things I wanted to see (in the hope that I am not the only one) and have another company take on the responsibility of producing and fulfilling the orders.
So I find myself, on a Sunday afternoon, working on batman t-shirt designs. Beats watching tv and throwing the day away.
My friend Amy is leaving Kigali after 2 months working with AEC in supporting young African tech entrepreneurs. I could have got her a gift like a decent human being, but no, I took the starving artist route out and made her a drawing instead. aaaaaaah joy.
First post of 2016 and it is March. *sigh.
It has been a crazy last few months and I fear I have neglected my art. So much has changed, and yet so little is different. Part of that included a sad attempt (on my part) at being more outgoing and sharing my life a little. I can now say that it is all overrated – only because I failed so miserably. aaaaaAnd (I know, you can’t start sentences with conjunctions, still…) perhaps there is some truth to ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, so I am going back to what works for me.
The next few months will be dedicated to experiments in editorial illustrations and commercial art. I am hoping to see improvement in style, and time spent on each drawing. Part of the process is going to involve scouring wordpress for some stories to illustrate.
Here’s to a new chapter.
Our friend Jan is visiting and Kim has been just a tiny bit distracted.