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What’s New: Autumn 2019

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted much about what’s been going in my personal life, so I thought I’d share some big life updates with you guys.

My biggest news this year is that I’m leaving my current job at PlayStation. This is my last week there. I’ve been a web designer for PlayStation for almost three years now, and it’s been a dream job. But as much as I loved my time there, I’m ready to make a transition to a new career: teaching.

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them I’m going to go back to school to get my teaching credential, but teaching has always been a dream of mine too. I took California’s “teacher test” after I graduated from college (over 10 years ago now!), but then I never pursued my teaching credential as I went into writing and nanny work and, eventually, web design.

This means that I’ll be going back to school to get my credential next year. I’ve already started a tutoring job to start working with students, and it feels so rewarding. For some reason, working with kids just lets me be myself in a way no other job has. I can’t wait to have my own classroom someday — ideally middle school or high school English or history, but I’m still exploring my options. =)

Here’s what else I’ve been up to lately…

Books

In my down time, I’ve been reading some great books. My favorite lately has been Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It describes introversion in a way that just made me (an introvert) feel so understood. It also describes why our American society became so extroverted, and how everyday things like open office spaces, brainstorming meetings at work, and teachers who force class participation can be really stressful to introverts. I also loved reading about introverts’ unique strengths, and how we can modify our lives to ensure we get the down time we need in a noisy world.

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it — even if you’re an extrovert, you’ll have a much better understanding of other temperaments! Here is the author’s Ted Talk if you want to learn a little more about her insights into introversion.

TV

When it comes to TV, my favorite new show is Carnival Row. A new show on Amazon Prime, it’s set in a fantasy version of Victorian London, with Orlando Bloom playing a brooding constable and Cara Delevingne playing a fiery faerie. They have a love-hate relationship and a very romantic past. Something about that dash of romance combined with the unique fantasy world feels like I’m getting swept up in a really good book. The only thing that would make it better would be watching it on a rainy day…

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Carnival Row

Games

D1IOd0BWsAAiX5T.jpg I haven’t had as much time for gaming lately, but Istarted Control when it came out. So far, it’s amazing. The weird world this game showcases is something I’m dying to know more about, to the point where I read every single codex entry.


And finally, I will leave you with this picture of my kitten Gilly, who is no longer a kitten. She just turned one year old, and her favorite hobby is rearranging my clothes all over the hallway floor for some reason. Having a cat is the best.

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Gilly

What are you guys up to these days? I’d love to catch up in the comments. =)

— Ashley

7 thoughts on “What’s New: Autumn 2019”

  1. Good luck with your new career path.

    I’m still working with Massively Overpowered, and I did branch out a bit and sell a article on my experiences living on the autism spectrum to a medical website. Good to flesh out the portfolio, I guess.

    Gaming-wise, I’m replaying Mass Effect: Andromeda for the third time, and also I’m now playing Secret World Legends over Discord with a friend one night a week. It’s a nice opportunity to chat with her.

    Also still playing D&D and working on my homebrew RPG, Wyrd Street. I’ve done two early playtests with my friends, both of which went well. The only feedback I got from the last one is that everyone had fun and wants to play more. I’m now working on adding more classes. First up is Dreamer, the premise of which is basically “you’re a bookworm who uses the power of their imagination to rewrite reality and make the world a better place.”

    You’re not the first person I’ve seen mention Carnival Row. It sounds very interesting, but I don’t have Amazon Prime ATM, so I’m not sure when I’ll get to see it. For my part my favourite thing to watch right now is the Dark Crystal show on Netflix.

    1. It’s nice to hear from you! Oh I haven’t watched Dark Crystal, but might check it out now. Sounds like you’ve been having fun with D&D. That’s so cool about your game too! I’d love to hear more about it sometime.

  2. Having a cat IS the best :D Teaching is what I originally went to school for. I also think about going back that route sometimes. Good luck with this new career direction! Have you been playing Gears 5? I’ve been enjoying it so far.

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