And Now For Something Completely Different // 1

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It's been nearly a year now since I began a series of major life changes...a breakup, living solo in a new apartment, exceeding a weight loss goal, moving to a new state, love and heartbreak, moving back to Texas, and pretty soon...possibly moving to yet another new state!  I'm finding myself.  It's been stressful, and difficult, and there have been many tears and fears...but it's also been liberating and it's pushing me in the right direction and I'm happy for it!

I'll be spending the first full week of July in Columbia, Missouri (one of the coolest places ever!)...eating pizza at Shakespeare's, making Pizelle's with one of the funnest women on the planet, exploring nature, and enjoying a highly planned at-home film festival with a fellow cinephile.  When I get back...I'll be saving everything I make for a month or so...and then I'm hoping to make a move there!  We'll see!  I'm nervous and afraid...as change often makes me...but I'm pushing myself and I want to experience new places.  I don't know yet where I belong.

After coming home from Montana to very bleak employment opportunities, I've been making money where I can...working for my stepdad and mom, pet-sitting, and re-opening my etsy shop.  I'm surprised by how much success I'm having with pet-sitting!  I'm not making a full-time living with it, but it's definitely giving me confidence in my ability to expand on it and possibly turn it into something I do full-time in the future!  I spent nearly the whole month of June with a sweet rambunctious pup at a lake house...feeding resident birds and squirrels...all while catching up on movies and a bit of reading!  Not to mention...the perfect opportunity for photography and art projects!  I'll have to get a full time job when I move to Columbia...but once I get caught up on bills, have more success with my online businesses (more on that in the future), and can free up the time needed for pet-sitting..I'll give it another go!

In the meantime...I'm enjoying what I'm doing.  Life right now is full of stress over bills for the most part, but I'm doing my best to enjoy each day as it comes....because knowing this journey is taking me somewhere great is what makes me most excited.  I'm in charge of my future.  I get to choose what that looks like.  I can see it....and I'm going for it.

Now For Something Completely Different (inspired by Monty Python of course) is a new feature I think I'll continue with...something more personal...thoughts or life updates...or just whatever I feel like sharing at the time...it could literally be ANYTHING...thus the reason for the title.

Shop Far Out Scout // Badges, Magnets, & Stickers!

Earlier this month, I decided to re-launch my Etsy shop!  Previously under the name "Oh Rocky", the Far Out Scout shop is currently stocked with my pop culture inspired illustration magnets, badges, and stickers!

I will regularly be introducing new products over time, including nature inspired illustration items, and eventually...zines!  I'm still working on how to put those together myself, and the learning process has been a ton of fun.  So go visit the Far Out Scout shop, and have a look around!

Anything in particular you'd like to see turned into a design?  Leave a comment to let me know! :)

Far Out Scout // Life Changes

It's been nearly a year since my last blog post...and so much has changed!  First of all, for readers new and old, welcome to my re-branded blog: Far Out Scout (previously Lady Serpentine)!  With all of the changes that have happened over the past year and feeling like a completely different person...giving myself a new blog identity just felt like the right thing to do.  Alright!  So let's get to the exciting stuff!  What's changed over the past year, and what have I been up to?  Read on my friends!

Weight Loss

I'll share an entire post on this in the near future, including how much I lost and how I did it...but yeah!!!  I feel so much better physically and am so much more confident in myself!

Living Solo

In July, I made the decision to become single again, to move into my own space, and to become more independent.  It was the best decision I've made for myself in a very long time, and one of the most important.  It forced me to change my spending habits, to be self sufficient, and to spend time exploring ideas for what I'd like to do for myself in the future.  It's exactly what I needed and it led me to making more of the changes I knew would make me happy...including the following:

From Texas to Montana

I reconnected with someone very special to me, and I'm so happy!  After a visit in Montana and much consideration...I decided that taking the leap and moving to Montana felt right...both for the experience of living in a new place and for seeing how well he and I would get along being together before deciding if I'd be staying more permanently.  I've been here for almost four weeks now, and I absolutely love it here!  I've been meeting new people, I went snowshoeing for the first time a few days ago, I LOVE my job, and I get to ride my bike to and from work (almost) every day!

I feel on top of the world right now, and am so happy with all of the big life changes I've made and all that I've accomplished!  Cheers!

***An Update// May 6th, 2018***

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Hello friends!  Much has changed again since writing this post...and more change to come.  I'd like to keep private the details of my reasons behind coming back to Texas, but I'm happy, healthy, and looking forward to making my future a happy one.

There is so much to be said about embarking on life changing adventures such as moving to a new state or starting a brand new job, but today I just wanted to share this pretty photo...the last photo taken from my time spent in Montana.  

For now, I'll be enjoying the warmer climate, photographing the wildlife, and spending much needed time with family before I decide what to do next!  Cheers!