Health update: Mole excision

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In retrospect I should have used a better camera and pushed the hair off my face. Oh well, this picture will have to do for now.

This post has been relocated to my lifestyle blog “I Found the Place”
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Tinygami business cards from Vistaprint

First I tried blurring out my contact info in the image for this blog post. . . But that made me look more than a little paranoid or like I was posting WikiLeaks style, as if I have something to hide.

Why go through the trouble of masking my contact info? Because I don’t want to be inundated with even more SPAM than I already receive, which is way too much! Lately I’ve been receiving not only SPAM emails but more and more tele-marketer SPAM phone calls on my cell phone. So I’ve decided the only way to protect myself is to not share my contact info on the web any more than absolutely necessary.

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Screenshots of the online proofs VistaPrint creates to allow you to see your order before your place it.

Rather than design just one card I did two. One with all of my contact info, the other with just my phone and website URL. I used Adobe Photoshop to create the card files after downloading the design template from VistaPrint’s website.

I used to order my business collateral from PsPrint in Oakland because I could drive over on my way to SF and pick up my orders to avoid shipping fees. What I’ve come to realize since moving to the Midwest is VistaPrint is more economical. Their purchase price may be higher at times (than PsPrint) but their shipping is considerably less expensive so it makes them the more economical company to work with.

I used VistaPrint to print my collateral for ArtPrize and was pleased with the quality of the postcards so I used them again to print my new business cards. I also chose their economy shipping which is half the price of their standard shipping. It means my order isn’t scheduled to arrive for 8 business days but that’s ok. I’m not in a hurry.

Very happy to finally be moving forward with launching Tinygami. My three month cancer scare really threw me off track for a bit. Now that the worst is behind me I’m doing my darndest to get focused and move forward!

A new year, a new blog

Change is good. That’s what I keep telling myself.

With the new year I felt it was time to create change. At the top of the list I decided to launch a new blog! While The Flirty Blog (renamed in 2014 to: I Found the Place) has had a wonderful run I came to the realization it’s now part of my past. Many of you who have followed it since 2006 know 2014 was the most brutal year of personal loss I’ve endured in a very long time. I felt anything but fun & flirty and am still dealing with a lot of stress and grief that has yet to be resolved. A divorce, the loss of two pets passing away within two months of each other, being kind of homeless for six months, and a round of health issues at the end of the year have been, to say the least, a bit much. I refuse to let any of it deter me and am focusing on the future even though some days are harder to get through than others.

You may be wondering why a new blog? Almost everyone agrees that WordPress is the best blogging platform around. It has many features that Blogspot doesn’t offer. I’ll admit after investing so many years writing and photographing for The Flirty Blog I was always afraid to make the leap to migrate to WordPress for fear of losing ranking with search engines like Google. Beginning anew gives me the perfect opportunity to launch on WordPress and grow from here.

To be honest I haven’t quite decided what direction this blog will go other than to continue documenting my day to day experience whatever that might be. You know there will be food, travel with my tiny trailer “The Glampette,” and fun. I also want to document the process as I create a new occupation for myself pursuing my lifelong dream of being a working artist, who’s able to earn a living wage.

I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens.