FFXIV: catch all

Yeah, I'm still definitely at the "overwhelmed" step.
I basically don't do any gathering or crafting, save that I send my retainers out on gathering quests, because they can come back with some pretty valuable materials for the AH.
Still don't have a character of high enough level to get me past Ishguard, though. Tried going back to Red Mage... died. Sigh.

I've been maining Red Mage lately so let me know if you have any specific questions. I also made the mistake of attempting the level 60 job quest while wearing level 50 gear, so hopefully you aren't doing the same. But I also found some of those instanced duties to be kind of obtuse, and didn't care of them overall.