Jun. 13, 2008 at 4:42pm
Here's what's happening in my world
I set up this blog here on FeedTacoma to post the Happy Friday Newsletter but once I got accustomed to reading the other posts here I realized it just didn't fit the format. HFC has too many topics for just one post and I feel like a attention hog when I post them all sequentially. Also, since I have been doing so many side projects lately, the newsletter sort of fell off the edge of my list of things to do. I hope next month I will have a new plan for making the newsletter work on the website and here on the blog for the entire Tacoma universe to enjoy.
For now you just get the "Angie Section" because its been a while and I have a lot to report.
First I need to plug my music stuff because its been taking a backseat for FAR too long:
Next weekend I have three shows. I'm singing at Embellish Multispace Salon during Art Walk on Thursday, at Summerfest in Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood on Saturday afternoon and at McCabes downtown Tacoma with Deborah Page Sunday evening.
For details visit my myspace music page: http://www.myspace.com/angelajossyband
OK, now that we've got the commercial break out of the way, I want to tell you what I've been up to. While in search of my ideal full time position I've been staying busy with the following activities:
* In-house web person for Kill Rock Stars record label (www.Thaomusic.com)
* Weekly management of the Weekly Volcano website (www.weeklyvolcano.com)
* Entertainment coordinator for Glassroots Festival (www.tacoma-art.com) and 6th Avenue Farmers Market (www.6thAveFarmersMarket.com)
* Assistant festival coordinator for Tacoma Classic Weekend (http://www.tacomaclassic.com/)
* Freelance writer for Seattle Sound Magazine (http://www.seattlesoundmag.com/) and The Business Examiner (http://www.businessexaminer.com/)
* Music workshop coordinator for Happy Friday Club (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/happyfriday/)
* Airport drop-off and pick-up driver
* Various graphic design and web projects (http://www.embellishtacoma.com)
I've also been writing some new songs and plotting world domination so its been a wonderful and busy period in my life. This time of unemployment has been a real eye opener for me. It caused me to really look at my life, my abilities and my dreams. I feel like life rushes by so quickly that sometimes we lose sight of who we are and what we want to accomplish. Since I'm not able to hide behind a desk and spend every moment working for someone else's dream anymore I have confront my own state of affairs. Its time to look at that list of things I want to accomplish in my lifetime and start working on checking off a few items.
Even though I'm not entirely sure what my end goal is, I feel like all these little projects I'm a part of are bringing me into contact with new people, new ideas and new opportunities. It's been very interesting and exciting.
Even though I go through stretches of time where I'm completely engaged, I'm still quite available to for graphic design jobs, websites, writing, event coordinating and whatever else comes my way.
I'd like to go to back to school but I've yet to figure out a way to make that work. It's interesting that there are programs to help with education costs and books but there is no program that covers household expenses while you're in school. I could get my degree but my daughter and I would have to live in a cardboard box to do it. Hmmm. There seems to be a disconnect there. If I ever win the lottery, the first thing I'm going to do is buy a building and set up free housing for single moms while they get their degrees.
Before I close here, I want to express just how VERY grateful I am for the community here in Tacoma because without the support they have shown me I may not have been able to do practical things like keep the cell phone company and the landlord happy.
And I also want to give a shout out to anyone who wants to trade lawn maintenance for my graphic design or website skills because my lawnmower is MIA and the grass WON'T STOP GROWING!!
Happy Friday everybody!