In the last few weeks, I've had a lot of free time. I wanted pursue something a little closer to my professional and creative aspirations, so I found a new job (!!!) and left my old one. I took some time off in between.
After I left my old office for the last time, I immediately felt uneasy. Listen - I'm VERY good at doing nothing, if given the chance. But I knew I shouldn't go down that path. As an adult (or, as I've heard from other more adult-y adults), having free time is a rare commodity. Here are the goals I set that day:
1. Start a design-only Instagram account
I've been meaning to split up my personal and design content on Instagram for a while now. What really pushed me to do it was my overarching goal to experiment and practice more. I ended up learning how to animate in After Effects, how to make cool stop-motion clips, and how to work with new media. I'm playing with more colors, too.
Having a separate platform dedicated to this made a big difference. It's kind of liberating!
So I actually only finished three books: The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood), 1984 (George Orwell), and Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell). I'm a big fan of dystopian novels and a little less keen on non-fiction...but Malcolm might be able to convince me otherwise. Now I'm working on The Design of Everyday Things (Don Norman).
If you have any book suggestions, send them my way!
I think I'm falling for the south. I went to Dallas and Knoxville (and Atlanta earlier in the year) - all for separate reasons, but I loved them each so dearly.
We can always benefit from encountering new kinds of people and culture. It's also unique to do so within a country as big as the U.S., especially in our current political climate. Gaining new perspectives is rarely a bad thing and I'm very grateful that I can afford to travel. It's been magical!
(In Tennessee, I saw the solar eclipse in its path of totality. Totally worth the 8 hour drive.)
4. Watch Game of Thrones from start to finish
Nope. I watched all ten seasons of Friends instead :)
I just wasn't in the mood for GoT.
You can't blame me, I was on a BREAK!
Tomorrow I begin my new job. I'm nervous, but fortunately I'm even more excited. Wish me luck!