Wow…

 

Surf Gypsy (2017)

Part of one of my last assignments – I really enjoyed this one ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Ahhh, sooo… I’ve just submitted the last assignment for my course!!

Wow!!

Three years of study – done! I can hardly believe it! It’s been such a long process and there’s beenย so manyย life changes along the way… like moving house four times, my 9-5 job constantly changing,ย going through all the sickness in the build up to the autoimmune disease diagnosis – just to name a few…. but I made it! OMG!

So now what?

Apart from deleting the 4:45am ‘wake-up to study’ alarm, I’m going to give myself a few weeks to do nothing except read and catch-up on my Netflix list lol ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s going to be a really strange feeling to not have that little voice in the back of my head telling me I should be studying!

I may post on here in those few weeks… but I also might not and you might not hear from me till later next month – I’ll see how I go.

Have a great day every one!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Heeelllooooo!! And a little health update…

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Wonder Woman – A Chrissy pressie I got off a relative who knows my penchant for trying to ‘do all the things’… Something I forgot isn’t realistic these last couple of months! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 2017! Yes I know it’s February, so the Happy New Year thing has kind of passed, buuuut, I’ve been gone for a few months and this is my first post for the new year.

How are we all? I’m… good? Yea, today is good. An awful lot has happened since my last post, there’s been some great ‘ups’ and also some pretty low ‘downs’ but right now, at this moment in time, all is pretty well.

Things are still incredibly busy with working the 9-5, trying to finish my Graphic Design course (I am sooo close!!) and, you know, life in general.

My health – the ulcerative colitis (autoimmune disease) I’ve mentioned before – is stillย something I’m learning to manage every day, but I have to say there are a lot more good days now than there used to be.

I’ve got my diet fairly well sorted for managing it with the no dairy or gluten, but I do slip (a lot) on remembering how much fructose sugars I’ve had and that can have a not-so-great effect on me… I’m also still learning which seemingly random foods outside of those general groups will take me down – the big ones right now are quinoa and green apples… who would have thought??

Stress is alsoย a bigย trigger for setting off my symptoms – and the one where the ‘Wonder Woman’ fiction comes in to play… lets just say that moving house, while trying to renovate the one you’re moving out ofย and the one you’re moving into, over the Christmas/New Year Period,ย while also coordinating a huge audit at work,ย and attempting to complete assignments, as well as doing everything you can to maintain a fairly prescribed food plan, and, you know all the other ‘life’ stuff… kind of hits all the stress buttons – at once… Can’t say those few weeks were the most fun (or healthiest) of my life… for me oooorrrrย the people around me – ekk! Buuuut, things are a bit calmer now, and I’m not yelling quite so much, so everyone is a bit happier, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, now that things have relaxed a bit, I’ll be getting back stuck into this blog. I’ve worked out a bit of a plan of what I want to post about this year so we should be back on track!

Hope you’ve all had a great start to 2017 – talk soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Online Finds

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A bit of colour for this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning ๐Ÿ™‚ How are we all today? I’m…. okay.

Not really in the mood for super long chats today, so lets jump straight in to the interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across online lately…

Creative Bloq – Kick-start your creativity with self-imposed constraints

Badass Lady Creatives [in History]: Cipe Pineles

Gala Darling – You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Inspire Others

Creative Bloq – 10 Buzzwords Every Creative Should Know

Nubby Twiglet – The Comparison Trap: Your Real Life Isn’t a Highlight Reel

Chris Guillebeau – “Don’t Have Dreams: Have Things To Do”: Mark Krause’s Long Walk Across Turkey

Penelope Trunk – Leaving Your Options Open Sets You Back

Freelance to Freedom Project – How Freelancing Has Made Me A Better Person

Jessica Hische – Non-Creepy Networking: Party Etiquette

Business Chicks – What No One Tells You About Being An Entrepreneur

Breanna Rose – Kick Those Excuses to the Kerb

Psychology for Photographers – The Fastest Way to Bankrupt Your Dream (And How to Avoid It)

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

An Honest Post on Where I’m at…

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Not where I’m at… but where I would mind being ๐Ÿ™‚

I almost quit last week. My course, this blog, trying so hard with my new ‘healthy’ way of living, and a few other things too. I’d had enough, I was tired, I didn’t want any more expectations on me. I just wanted to be left alone to maybe sleep for a week or so. I was thiiiiiis close to just giving up.

But then I saw a life coach… Now before you go rolling your eyes, yes yes, I’ve been pretty sceptical about them in the past, but someone close to me was seeing this particular coach and was finding it beneficial, and I was at a point where something needed to change I’d try just about anything. So I went along for my first catch-up and, what can I say, I haven’t quit any of the things I was on the verge of giving up. I have a new game plan and I’m working on a new way of looking at things.

The life coach asked questions and listened to me and helped me narrow down a few key actions I could take right now to make some changes that would help me out. They weren’t huge or complicated and I’ve started working through them and seeing changes already. The biggest one was putting my early morning study sessions back in my calendar. I was at a real blockage in my course, not making a lot of progress and panicking that I have to finish it this year, but the life coach turned me on to a method that Elizabeth Gilbert talks about where you don’t wait for the inspiration to do the work, you do the work and the inspiration will come. So, now, six days a week, I committed to sitting down and studying for 1 hr (I chose in the morning because that’s when my head is the most clear and can focus). Sometimes this’ll be a chore and I’ll struggle through the hour, but other times, it’ll fly by and I’ll want to stay at my desk for even longer. Either way, I’m at least now making progress. This alone has made me feel a bit better.

Sounds simple hey, and it is definitely something I could have done on my own, the same as the other actions on my new list. But I think what I got out of the life coach session the most was the validation from a complete stranger that what I’ve got going on in my life right now is a lot and no, not everyone could just ‘handle’ it all, and I shouldn’t be frustrated or disappointed that I can’t do everything. She helped me see this and narrow things down to what absolute priorities are at the moment. This is something that was difficult to see on my own, and also difficult to talk through with friends and family. The non-biased thoughts of a stranger can be quite helpful.

So, I’m not quitting this blog because I really like writing and sharing what I’m up to, but I wouldn’t be expecting multiple updates each week for awhile, and there may be weeks when I don’t post at all. I won’t have forgotten about the blog, but I’ll just have other priorities that week… and that is okay.

xxx

Online Finds

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Pic from last years October long weekend… Fingers-crossed this one is just as relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi All, How’s things? I’m not too bad at the moment. Yesterday was a pretty good day health-wise and so far today is going well too, so minimal complaints from me ๐Ÿ™‚

As we eagerly anticipate this coming long weekend, I thought I’d share a few online finds I’ve come across lately to keep your mind off the count-down till Friday afternoon lol ๐Ÿ™‚

The Art of Non-Conformity – “3 Encounters That Changed My Life”: How a Corporate Employee Gained a New Perspective through Travel

Digital Photo Secrets – Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

The New York Times – Old Masters at the Top of Their Game

Smashing Magazine – When A Thousand Words Is Worth A Picture

Creative Women’s Circle – Visual Merchandising for Markets

Sarah Lynn Design – Beginner’s Guide to Website Design: Giving Feedback

Flying Solo – Excuse Buster: Dealing with the Word ‘How’

Embracing the Divine Sensual: The Body Sacred – Starting a New Art Form? A Letter to the Beginner Dancer

New Jersey Graphic Design – So You Want to be a Graphic Designer

Rock n Roll Bride – How to be an Artist

The Wonder Forest – 5 Ways to Make Money as an Artist

Bustle – What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie

xx

A Day to Relax

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Some snaps from my Design Inspo. Scrapbooks

Ahhhh… Today was the first time… uh, I can’t even remember, where I stayed in my PJs till lunchtime.

After a stressful few weeks including throwing one of my closest friends a kitchen tea yesterday, I was pretty exhausted, so I decided to give myself the ‘day off’ today.

I slept in, had a looooong breakie with a cup of tea and Collective mag, did a bit of cooking, and then worked on my design insp. scrapbooks while catching up on my YouTube Watch Later list… It was just what I needed ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my fave’s from my YouTube session today…

Hope you’ve all had a relaxing weekend!

Online Finds

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Sunrise from where I live now… pretty darn nice hey ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi All, how are you going? Is it strange that I often start my posts like that? I think it is a little, but it also feels a little strange just jumping straight into talking… who knows whats right nowadays… annnnyway… I’ve been okay, having okay days and not so okay days with the auto-immune/IBD… yesterday wasn’t great and today is a not so good a day either, but it’s better than others… one positive is that I had planned an annual leave day today to work on some assignments so I knew I didn’t have to go in to work today, or work from home – much less stressful, and I’ve still been able to knock off a bit of study work. It’s all just a bit of a lets-see-how-it-goes at the moment…

I thought for today I’d do another round up of what I’ve been reading and checking out online lately…

J6 Design – The Principles of Design

Braid Creative – How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Collective Hub – In The Kitchen With Flour and Stone’s Nadine Ingram

Design School – Graphic Design for Print vs The Web: 15 Vital Differences You Need To Know About

Creative Bloq – Top tips for selling your designs online

Penelope Trunk – The entrepreneurship craze is over. Now what?

Creative Market – The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

The Art of Non-Conformity – The Snake in the Road

Unearthed Beauty – Self-Care for Self-Worth

Design Mom – Call It A Day: Kirsten Jackson

Creative Womens Circle – How to quit your day job

Fast Co. Design – How To Find Your Design Superpower