I took a break after Christmas because I’d been a bit lazy with university work while I was home visiting family and I needed time to get on top of myself again. The difficult assignment I was working on (dragging myself through kicking and screaming) has now been submitted and I feel as though a weight was lifted from my shoulders and I am ready to properly begin the year… at least until tomorrow when the dawning panic ensues as I remember that I have my project to finish… but after that I’m sure all will be dandy…
This year marks my final year at university, in July I will (hopefully) graduate my degree and be thrown into the real world to properly start paving my way in life. My degree is in Motor Sports Engineering and I have a great deal of passion for it, especially for Motorbikes, and I’m very excited to begin working within the industry properly. I had a taste of this while I was on my placement and I loved it so much that I can’t wait to get back in the design office again, whether with the same company or a different one, I don’t know yet. I’m returning to university following Christmas feeling very fresh and ready to throw myself back into the work, I know where I need to pick up pace and now is the time to do it.
A couple of weeks ago, when 2018 actually started, I decided that I wanted to put my best foot forward and start the year by beginning something new for myself. Alongside my passion for engineering, I want to work more on my other love, my artwork. This is where beginning something new really comes into play. I have decided to progress this from a hobby that I occasionally do for myself, to a small business. I have created a separate business Instagram and Facebook page for the venture on which I can display my designs and be contacted directly for potential commissions. Further to this, I have ordered business cards for if I am asked about my shoes (this does happen if I wear them) and I will soon set up an Etsy store to sell them properly. Further to the canvas shoes, I want to offer painted soles (of high heels), painted high heel shoes and mounted canvas/paper artwork.
This is a big deal for me and I feel so excited to finally start something that I have wanted to do for a long time. With a little push from those close to me, I have finally stopped putting this off and it feels so good to make a start. I won’t take on too many commissions before May as I am still in University and I don’t want it to negatively impact how I perform in that aspect, but at the same time, I find working on these pieces of art so therapeutic and relaxing that I also need them in my life to help me through, I’ll go crazy without. Once I’ve finished university, I hope to pick up pace with my artwork a bit more and take on more regular commissions, but we’ll see what happens, and whether the work is even there for me. I’ve even added a page to the blog with details about this if you are interested in knowing more about it!
I’m hoping that 2018 will be an exciting year, with more opportunities and maybe even a bit more stability. While I’ve been at university, everything has felt a little up in the air. I’ve lived across multiple houses, not fully in one place and I have moved somewhere new each year. I have my fingers crossed that Dom and I both get jobs after university and I even dare to hope that they are close enough that we could live together. That would mean I can finally properly leave my parents, stop relying on them financially, and be in a stable home. This is something which, after five years of bouncing between university and my parents’, I really want. Hopefully 2018 will be the year things settle… although if either of us gets a job as trackside data engineer, that may not happen. It’s a fantastic job, but a lot of travelling, bouncing between places and not seeing a great deal outside the tracks.
Finally, I want 2018 to be a year where I try and better myself generally. I want to keep up playing Hockey, even after I finish university as I’ve really loved it and I want to make a conscious effort to read more. I have always loved reading but that’s somehow got lost since I’ve been at university and I want to change that, starting with Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust. I also want to make more of an effort with this blog to maintain a schedule and post regularly (starting now, let’s ignore the last couple of weeks…). I started this blog in February 2015 so almost 3 years ago and I haven’t kept it up for more than a few months without then taking a long break, so I’m going to try and change that this year.
I’m not really sure what this post was or even what I planned for it to be, mostly a brain dump and letting you know what’s going on in my world but either way, I hope you enjoyed it and here’s to 2018 being a good one.
Thanks for reading,