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December 31, 2011

Some Reflections On 2011

Oh, 2011…you were such a bitch! I mean that in the nicest way possible.

2011 had so many ups and downs. There was as much good as there was bad. Barely any serenity, but a few moments of much needed clarity. I was able to clear up some things, but there are still some goals and issues that hang in the balance. All in all, I’ll take 2011 for what it was. Not every year is going to be a golden year, but sometimes you need an off year to remind you what the heck you want in your life in the first place.

This year, I entered the halfway mark of my graduate Program. In another year and a half, I will have an M.A. In Publications Design. I also passed Intro to Hypermedia with an A-. Not to shabby for someone who had a mental breakdown every week over coding. Typography? Hell, It’s over. I’ve grown as a designer and I’m much more comfortable  during critique sessions. I don’t take it so personal anymore, but it doesn’t ever get easy when you know that you could have done better. Its a personal thing. You always want to do your best. All in all, I’m happy with my academic achievements.

I’m still not where I want to be in terms of my day job, but hey, this is an ongoing battle. I  don’t have any elaborate goals here, and I’m not even going to list “new job” as a goal for the next year. What I will do, is make a vow to myself that I will strive to handle the challenges at work with grace and poise, and not let those challenges somehow define me. 

Tying that into my personal achievements, I’d like to get more into designing when I’m not at school. I realize that I’m definitely the kind of person who doesn’t want to come home after sitting in class all night, and design something. I love designing, but how do I not have design burn out? Perhaps a quasi goal of 2012 should be to just make one thing a week- no pressure. 

I went to Italy. I went to Key West. I went to Chincoteague. I went to Rehoboth. I went out- a lot. I think it was a great year in travel, local and otherwise! I’m proud of myself. It was my goal to visit one new country each year and so far I have. Where will 2012 take me? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely up for a new European adventure. San Fransisco, Colorado, and more Key West ( my island in the sun) are on the horizon for sure. I’m proud of myself!

My friends. My dear friends are surely the stars of 2011. My best friend got married, my other had a gorgeous little girl, and my third and I had a blast together. I bonded with some dear friends from school, like Rae over at Better than 20, and reconnected with a dear friend from high school, Nina. Because of her, I love champagne and REAL Italian food. I met a whole group of people (the CLACKERS!) who are the most supportive and fun loving group of people ever. I really hit the friend jackpot. I don’t think anyone is as lucky as me. To already have some of the best friends in the world and still be able to meet even MORE wonderful people ? Truly a rare thing. This year was a blast with my friends and I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for us. I can’t wait. No goals here- just keep loving my social life 🙂

 

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December 16, 2011

And I’m BACK!

I’m Finished With School for the Semester!

I could not take it another minute. If you are wondering why my absence has been so prolonged as of the late, its because my life was consumed with Typography, CSS and HTML. I turned in my final type assignment last week, and then returned my attention to Hypermedia. I had to build a 4 page website following the criteria of what we learned this semester. I won’t bother posting the link, because it is so bad, I don’t want anyone but my teacher seeing it. Lets just say I’m happy the shit is finished.

So what am I going to do with myself now that I’m done for the next few weeks? Well, That is something to think about. I have a lot of things I would like to do, but it isn’t possible to do everything. I have some goals that are more important that others, so it makes more sense to focus on what is achievable than to try to pack in 100 different things. I’ll have to report back once I’ve thought more. And don’t even get me started on New Year’s goals.  I may not even bother.

What I am aware of is that the new year is going to hold a lot of changes. I’ve learned quite a bit over the last few weeks,  and had a lot of “Ah-ha” moments.  The only thing I can say will definitely be in my 2011 goals is taking better care of myself from the inside out. No more letting stress levels dictate how well I feel. 

Tonight marks the first night of my school free life for the next few weeks. I can’t wait to get down and dirty in my apartment drinking wine and going on a cleaning spree. I’ll start with the office today. I haven’t had a chance to reorganize it the way I want. But I’ve started gathering some ideas. My new office still needs a few touches to make it more personal and less cluttered….

  • A proper vision board- I have the supplies, I just need to make it, for realz.
  • Better organization on my shelves- I want to move my bookshelf, and get some of the clutter of it. I hate taking space away from my built in shelve.
  • A new rug- I’ve been on the hunt for this since the dogs ruined my other fluffy one….sigh..

All that stands between me and a month of sheer joy (creating whatever the fuck I want) is a clean and organized office. I can’t wait to get started.