A new direction
I made a decision to apply to study a degree in Communication Design with Swinburne Online.
I am very interested in this course because it covers many modern design techniques and photography (!). I had to submit a design portfolio with different works I had created and explain my communication and design objective, which was an interesting task. I also had to include a personal statement that gives them an idea if this degree is right for you (I hope they think so). I am a little nervous about it, because I have not studied since 2010 (wow).
I know that this will be a good opportunity for me and give me direction and solid goals. Even if I am not approved for this degree, I am going to find another one (such as Internet Communications that I had started in 2010). For many years I have been floating and not really sure where I was heading. I like to think that this is the start of a new phase that has many wonderful opportunities.
On March 11, I turned 28. It wasn’t all doomy and gloomy, but it did feel strange. Yesterday I thought I was only a teen, and now I am inching towards 30.
I think the most important thing that I realised is; I don’t have to act my age, I only have to be myself. My age does not define who I am or dictate how I should live.
Inspired by a blog post that Sarah posted and the Youtube #DearMe campaign (in celebration of International Women’s Day) I have made this post to give advice to my younger self (and maybe even take something away for my future self).
New Theme (Orca)
Hello again! I recently took my site offline for a few days while I changed the theme and made changes to many of the pages throughout the site.
The theme is awesome. It is called Orca, created by EckoThemes and purchased via Themeforest. I love that it is very spacious and ‘clean lined’. I wanted a design that was new, fresh and squeaky clean. I had intended to create a theme of my own the next time I wanted a change… maybe after this one.
Random creative things I want to do (at some point)
I love creative things. This is a list of random creative & crafty projects that I want to do (at some point).
- Write/Illustrate my owl children’s book (I have this about 80% complete)
- Design/Illustrate a mood journal to use to track moods (an actual paper journal)
- Have my own designs printed onto stationery (notebooks, stickers, pens, cards, etc.)
- Have my own designs printed as wrapping paper, fabric and sticky tape
- Make a handmade & hand bound journal from recycled materials
- Carve my own stamps (inking stamps) OR have my own designs made into stamps
- Purchase or hire a badge maker and make my own designs into badges/buttons/pins (there is a heart shaped badge maker that screams awesome!)
- Try needle felting and make some cute toys/creations
- Make felt creations of some of my own designs (hand sew)
Whimsical Joy Studios
In December I purchased an adorable book and owl calendar created by the very talented Joy of Whimsical Joy.
Claire sent me some adorable gifts for Christmas
this last year. So many notebooks and pretty things. I feel mean to the other gifts, but I absolutely adore the mini macarons in a jar necklace. It is just so awesome!
Bye Bye 2014!
A new year is almost here and that brings 2014 to a close. This year was a strange one. I lost two animals (Tigger & Flapper), started free hosting again, created two new blogs (Cute Magic & Why Blue) and tried not to push myself mentally.
In 2015 I would like to:
- Make a plan for the future
- Seek support for mental health
- Finish children’s book
- Relearn website design
- Make a theme for my blog
- Exercise & eat better
- Stop drinking as much soda/pop
- Stop smoking as much
Dad and I will be playing our annual game of cricket in the afternoon (when it cools down). We have been playing this for so long (16+ years I think). Today I was thinking it will be really sad when one day he is not here to play it with me. I am lucky that he is, especially after he had cancer twice.
I hope 2015 will be a great year for everyone.
I hope everyone had a really nice Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family, friends or however you chose. If you exchange gifts, I hope you got some lovely presents!
It was a nice day for me, spent with mum and dad. I received a TV for my bedroom along with wireless headphones so I can spend time gaming in my room on my PS3. I also got an owl calendar, some notebooks and a cute owl money box.
I mentioned briefly in my last entry that I had moved hosts, and I wanted to talk about it a little more.
In November I purchased a dedicated server. Before this I had two VPS accounts. One for friends and the other for Giraffe Host. At the time I thought it was ideal to have the two accounts. However, when the VPS for Giraffe Host started to increase ram usage and start to have a lot of issues, I knew I had to make a decision. I contacted my host, Wired Tree and I was able to have a special deal where I could have an awesome dedicated server for just $10 extra of what I was paying for the two VPS accounts. It made absolute sense to do it. Everything has been running well so far!
In my post when I introduced Giraffe Host, I said that I did not want to make the mistake of “upgrading when isn’t necessary” this does not fall under that category. It falls into the upgrading when it makes sense.
I can notice a big difference with website speed and I really feel much more comfortable having a dedicated server, because I know what accounts I am hosting and it is not being shared by any unknown parties. I also love the fact that I know the server I have is good, and I can share that with other people with free hosting.
I have had people say to me that I should charge for hosting. I have tried it before and I just… I feel weird about it. I want it to be a fun thing, and be able to help like minded people in some way. I can understand the logic that there should be some revenue that keeps everything cycling.
Maybe I will sell cupcakes. No. I would probably just eat them all.