Welcome 2018!

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…

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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.

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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.

Iron-Minion

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!

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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.

Books

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.

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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,

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