On Hiatus!

Hello Loyal Imperfected Readers!

I am so sorry for my lengthy absence. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I’ve been on hiatus for quite some time. I regret to say that Imperfected isn’t coming back quite yet, but I hope to return with new articles sometime in early 2017.

I did want to offer some explanation, however.

2016 hit my little family with a number of very unexpected life events, some amazing and some not-so-amazing.

The Good: Early in the year, I got to train with my number 1 retouching industry role model, Pratik Naik, and shortly afterward start retouching for him as part of his studio, Solstice Retouch! (Such an amazing experience and I’m so honored to be working with him!)

A few months later, I was lucky enough to get engaged to the love of my life! (Naturally, a dream come true.)

Engagement Ring

Hooray!

Then, in July, I was given the opportunity to give a retouching talk for Adobe in San Francisco. (Thank you Adobe! This was also one of my life goals.)

Further, throughout 2016, I’ve had more work than I’ve ever had in any year of my career to date…by a staggering amount. (Great news, but it’s been an adjustment with lots of overtime.)

All of these things made 2016 one of the best years of my life!

However, 2016 was also one of the most difficult years of my life.

The Bad: Early in the year, I very badly injured my foot, ankle, and primary retouching hand. I had limited mobility and substantially slowed work capabilities for almost 2 months. Once healed, things were good for a few months, but I was re-balancing work after a noticeable change in booking frequency on top of celebrating the very good things I already mentioned. Then, about a week after we got engaged at the end of May, my fiancĂ© and I found out that our dog had cancer. (We ultimately had to say goodbye to her a few weeks ago after she put up a very brave 6 month fight.) We then had a death in my fiancĂ©’s family mid-summer. We had a brief reprieve before I fell very ill for 2+ more months near the beginning of August, where I was in and out of the ER several times. Of course, after that I had a lot to catch up on with work and the rest of life with really no time to write for quite a while. It was the beginning of October by the time I was well. Then, we got to mid-November with both our dog and the holidays to address. We’d barely gotten through Thanksgiving when we were asked to vacate our house because our landlord wants to sell. So, since then, we’ve been house-hunting…However, we’ve found a new house we love already so there’s some good news finally!

New office

Where the magic will happen starting in 2017

(To bring the year full circle, though this really doesn’t impact whether or not I can write…a few days ago I re-injured my foot from last January because evidently it never healed correctly. This truly completes our cycle of 2016 bad luck, which I think is actually verging on funny. Really 2016?)

So, in any case, it truly was the best of times and worst of times for us this year. As you can see, there has legitimately been very little time for me to write, much as I’ve wanted to. I still have my folder full of articles to edit and ideas to research and write up and I really do hope to be back at it soon! I will be moving to a new house at the very beginning of January (still in the SF Bay Area) and while I will probably still be flooded with work (and that now on top of trying to plan an imminent wedding), my hope is that I will also have time in there somewhere for Imperfected and my wonderful readers.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! I wish the best to you and your families for the coming year!

Kitten at Christmas

One final update: Navi is the kitten who came to live with us this year! As we celebrate her first Christmas, we all wish you Happy Holidays from our family to yours!