Between the last time I posted and now, there’s been quite a few new life updates. New things can be good, but new things can also cause a lot of stress. A lot of new things have been happening lately, and I figured it would make for a good post!
A week or two ago, I had to say goodbye to my old car. I’ve owned it for a little more than five years, and it’s done its duty of getting me to many far away places. My Mazda3 has been with me since March 2015, back when I was still studying at NJIT (bleh) as a Digital Design major.
It’s been rear ended by an old lady, and it survived my horrible commute to BCC when I was studying dental hygiene for two years. After that, it reliably took me back and forth to my job with the terrible Russian dentist as well as the horrendous corporate dentistry company in Bayonne, New Jersey, all of which took at least an hour and a half (one way) to travel.
Rush hour traffic every morning and evening with the NYC commuters, the potholes and manholes. My car was pretty solid for the five years I owned it. It was also very very red, and made it a cinch to find in crowded parking lots.
Of course, everything ages eventually, and at the five year mark, the Mazda had over 190,000 miles on it. Not only that, but it started to develop bigger problems that required a lot more money to fix. At this point, it was hard for me to see how it was still worth fixing and spending such money for my old car.
At some point, it started dying on me while it was parked in the driveway, and even when the gear was in drive. I started getting nightmares that my car would die in the middle of the highway or a busy road and kill me, and that’s when I decided that we had to part ways.
I ended up leasing a 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback in blue! I think it’s super cute and drives well. This was my first time getting a car from a dealership, so the entire process was new and stressful. My mom was with me and was able to negotiate for the monthly lease payment to be a couple dollars less, plus give me two free car washes and one tire rotation. I’m really not good at negotiation, and I’d probably just reluctantly agree to what they say without trying to make them budge.
Close to sealing the deal with my new car, I was sent to speak to a guy in the finance department and I ended up getting persuaded into buying an extra protection plan for the car. It supposedly covers certain scratches up to a certain size, tire punctures, and a damage waiver of up to $5,000. Do I really need those? I have no clue, but I was just so afraid because it’s a lease … I don’t know what will happen in the next three years!
Anyway, here’s to having a new car and not having to worry that it will die on me while I drive. The only thing I worry is that my work hours are going to get cut this coming Fall due to my school schedule. By next Fall, I’ll probably be enrolled at a four year uni, so I imagine I would barely be able to work at all! I’m fortunate to have my boyfriend backing me up and offering to help me make my monthly payments, but I really don’t want to rely on him if I can help it.
New Job Protocols
I haven’t gone to work yet, but will return on July 30. I was supposed to start work this Friday, the 10th, but I managed to ask my boss to delay it for a few more weeks. PHEW!
The office apparently has implemented a few extra things so that we can resume working and hopefully not contract the virus. This includes face shields, KN-95 masks, and high suction air filters. I also bought disposable caps (looks like transparent shower caps) to wear while at work, and my boss will reimburse me for that.
I’m relieved to hear about the extra things my boss bought for us to work in, but there’s always still a degree of worry in me because I just don’t trust people.
Potential New Part Time Job
It’s possible I may end up taking another part time dental hygiene job in August. As much as I dislike working in my field, I recognize that my finances now are extremely tight. I’ll need to work as much as I can before school arrives and I make less money. Due to COVID-19, a lot of dental hygienists ended up retiring permanently from the field (I wish I was one of them), so there’s been a lot of job openings for hygienists.
I’ve yet to hear back from my coworker who recruited me for this position, so we shall see! It would be okay not to end up getting the job, but I’d also hate myself because I know I need the money. I’ve never blamed and got angry at myself more for choosing such a field as this until the pandemic happened. It may not be the absolutely worst job to work right now, but it’s definitely one of the top on the list that would be considered “the most dangerous”.
New Shop Merch
For my shop, I decided to go ahead and outsource a few of my artwork to a local print shop to make bookmarks!! I used my five fast food designs and I’m honestly super happy with the finished product! Likewise, I went ahead and ordered gold tassels and corner punchers to round the corners (only for people who want it rounded).
I also went and ordered more vinyl stickers, which should be arriving within this week or the next! After that, I’ll get ready to photograph them and plan for a shop update. Announcements will be made on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook account!
New Business Experiment – Kinda?
This topic is actually tied in a little with the “New Shop Merch” but I decided to give a separate title of its own! I’m on my way to creating my very first Kickstarter to make my very first set of enamel pins!! It’s such an exciting and scary venture but I’ve been wanting to expand and make more types of merchandise like this. What’s really great is that with the help of KS backers, I can make this a reality.
Currently, I’m in the process of researching how I want to make my Kickstarter, as well as reaching out to pin manufacturers in China and getting quotes for the designs. This is another stressful thing for me because obviously I don’t want to screw anything up!
Thanks for reading my blog as always! Until next time! ♡