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I've really settled into my new job, my new apartment, and my new schedule pretty well. It's not been easy. I'm not someone that takes to change very quickly, or very easily, and in the span of a year it felt like my entire life was pulled out from under my feet and I was expected to catch myself. My sister needed a room mate- so I moved out. I needed another job to pay the bills- so I found one. I ended up having to sacrifice my daily roleplaying with my best friend and my daily workouts at the gym and at home. For the first few weeks I was exhausted, barely dragging my feet by the end of the day. At one point my boss (from my first job) felt that I was pushing myself too hard so he cut my hours back. Now my schedule is pretty clunky and I can't really depend on any set hours or a steady paycheck from the first job. Some days I work three hours, some days I only work one. It depends on how busy we get. Still, I pick up shifts that I can pick up which normally means I come in early to prep again. I didn't mind prepping at all, in fact I prefer it to working through lunch.

My second job has finally settled in on me. I'm not an expert, by any means. Sadly I end up bugging my co-workers to help me with this and that more often than not. However, I do feel at peace there. The owner is a strong Christian man who shares my values and my views. My co-workers are all the very same way. I can be myself, I can express my faith, and I know I won't be reprimanded or fired for it as I had in previous job situations. We have Christian music playing in the store so no matter how busy things get or how stressful things are, there's always a song playing in the back that I need to hear. Even when it's 98 degrees, humid, and I have a line of customers I feel at peace there. My shift partner is such a gentle, quiet soul that's always smiling and always pulling his weight and then some. We take turns buying each other coffee and  we work fantastically together. I can't wait till I'm more versed in the products and procedure so I can pull more weight around. My big boss man is a strong individual who, frankly, intimidates me with his confidence. However, he's like the daddy of the business. You respect him, you fear letting him down, and you know he'll be there for you. He's given me rides home several times and he's always wanting a hug.

On top of it all, the customers really are starting to like me. Some know me by name and have come in bragging about me to my boss. I've helped people find the right product for their animals, I've learned a bit about their lives, and I try checking up on how things are going for them. I never thought I'd feel so at ease at a job. I'm still very sad that I can't see my dlf most days but for an hour or two online. She's a huge part of my life and without her I would honestly have gone insane by now. However, she's super supportive and I honestly look forward to the weekends for a chance to hang out and rp with her. She'll be coming down next month to spend time with us and I cannot wait.

All in all, I'm blessed. Money is always tight, my schedule is exhausting, and I've given up a routine that I enjoyed but I'm blessed. I find myself smiling and walking with my head up at work now. I am motivated to eat better, to reach out more, and the whole thing has brought me closer to God. I've even found the strength to do artwork again and there's minimal discomfort. Some days are better than others but I'm learning to be patient and appreciate what I have rather than complaining about how I'm not improving fast enough. Sometimes God's blessings take very strange forms, but he's always faithful. I have a good life. I have wonderful friends, a loving family, and a job that I care about as much as it cares about me.

Doing art...
No Requests by SweetDukeNo Commissions by SweetDukeTrades - Friends Only by SweetDukeCollaborations - Friends Only by SweetDuke

Adoptables?
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You can purchase adoptables done by me on this alternate account. My rules and guidelines still apply and the content is very random.

Just because...
:bulletwhite:"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
C.S. Lewis
:bulletwhite:"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C.S. Lewis
:bulletwhite:"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us."
C.S. Lewis
:bulletwhite: "If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
C.S. Lewis
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"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."
C.S. Lewis
:bulletwhite: "What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it."
C.S. Lewis

Commissions & Trades I'm waiting on:
Some of these are pretty recent but there are a few that are slowly gathering dust. I'm leaving them up as a reminder to myself (and hopefully the other artists involved).

:bulletblue: Two character full body lineart from :iconhoneyroastedferrets: - My end of the trade is complete as of September 14, 2009
:bulletblue: Five Chibis from :iconmalisjuju: - Paid on December 29,2012 | 1/5 received |

Latest ParaChiMar Artwork:
Maeth and Lir by Exclaimed


Legacy of Para group on DA!
:iconbluekillerdonkey: and myself decided it's about time we start up a group for ParaChiMar: The Legacy of Para. For those interested this group is pretty much just a good place to dump all of our LoP artwork, trades, commissions, and fanart into. I've also made a small stamp collection to celebrate. Check us out. :3
:iconlegacyofpara:


My buddies & Artistic Icons:
:iconbluekillerdonkey: :iconbladegunsniper: :icondaffupanda: :iconsaimain: :iconiduck: :iconaroca: :iconwinterfalcon: :iconmissgizmo: :iconexclaimed: :iconmarkmybirds:


Clubs
:iconsuikoden-club:

Religion & Politics:
Love is by ThalionKoi Yaoi Yuri Free Gallery Stamp by ThalionKoi Day of Dialogue Stamp by ThalionKoi Creation Science Evangelism stamp by ThalionKoi Genesis Series Stamp by ThalionKoi Project 180 Stamp by ThalionKoi Young Earth Creationist Stamp by ThalionKoi One Man, One Woman Stamp by ThalionKoi No Matter How Small Stamp by Mistress-Blood Rush Limbaugh Stamp by JoyWillCome Sexual Morality Stamp by kolidescope George Stamp by Mistress-Blood Vegans eating forests Stamp by MichaelDebevec Glenn Beck Stamp by JoyWillCome Constitution fan by Ramen27 :creationism stamp: by latino-stock TEA Party stamp by Conservatoons Can't Find God... by levite Beck Homework stamp by Conservatoons Only God Defines Marriage Stamp by PsalmSeven Anti-Exhibitionism Stamp by cjade Live like a Narnian by Mike-the-cat Non-religion Love -- 100th stamp by RebiValeska Fruits of the Triforce - STAMP by TheGreenDragonGirl Let's Collect Evidence by RebiValeska God-doesn't-degrade-women by RebiValeska Logical Belief by RebiValeska I support this bible verse +1 by RebiValeska Yeah. There is a difference. by RebiValeska Please Everybody Stamp by Mirz123 America Stamp by l8 The Rainbow is God's Covenant - Stamp by Starrceline Not Hate - Stamp by Starrceline Stamp - Let's get this straight by stefanbauwens God's NOT Dead Stamp by ThalionKoi

"Fandoms"
Legolas stamp by purgatori Oregon State Stamp by nascarstones Skillet Stamp by Skillet-Panheads Toby Mac stamp by Gezusfreek Final Fantasy IX by darkdisciple-stamps Suikoden V FAN v.1 by KuRumi-FlameSamurai Suikoden Tierkreis Stamp by Masanohashi ::Suikoden III Stampage:: by xloki-arisux Soul Silver Stamp by Riiarei Avatar stamp by Jeff2psyco unhappy zuko stamp by LunaticStar Zuko by Spazzly .:Smile Toothless:. by OxAmy .:Narnia stamp 12:. by dannyphantom300 Suikoden :: Nanami Shake by vikifanatic Suikoden :: Riou Oil Wipe by vikifanatic Merlin Stamp by britt1913 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion by AquaFugit Soul Eater - Kid Stamp by CometTheMicroraptor Voyage Of The Dawn Treader by azianwolfdoll Disney Simba Stamp by TwilightProwler Disney Simba, Timon + Pumba Stamp by TwilightProwler Digimon Animated Stamp 005 by hanakt Digimon Animated Stamp 002 by hanakt Tangled - Alone at Last by Vilyanea Zelda Royal Crest Stamp PLZ by Master-Ziggy The Legend of Zelda stamp by Strange-little-cat Kid Icarus Uprising Stamp by laprasking LinkxZelda Stamp by HystericDesigns ZidanexGarnet Stamp by DrDoomy Science is the study of God's creation - Stamp by Starrceline Not Hate - Stamp by Starrceline Stamp - Let's get this straight by stefanbauwens
Role Playing
Character Stamp by Arpie :thumb122651810: RP Stamp by vidramidra

Random
OH DON PIANO STAMP by SuperSpongeNova deviantART not deviantPORN by Zeiphex Clean Art FTW by sugarpoultry Stamp Req : Ouuuuuh by wLadyB91

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Phoacce-Cell5 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Also, your webcam is hilarious xD
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Phoacce-Cell5 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the watch! :highfive:
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basakward Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for watching!  Sorry it has taken me this long to say so.
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Tigryph Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries! You do fantastic artwork. :3
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caleb-ander Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thx for the fav+fav 
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ExaltGod Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thank you so much for the watch! :dance:
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Reenama Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
reenama.deviantart.com/art/jou… The sketch of your Vilhelm, hope you'll like it :)
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PapayaPirate Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
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sofia-1989 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thanks for the fave! X3
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Tigryph Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! There's not enough Alucard love out there. :3 It looks fantastic.
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