Don't mind me, just posting a belated 'new year, new me' journal to get myself excited for the new year because I still feel very laidback even though I know I have so much to do! 2017 was definitely the year where I noticed that I'm surrounded by very creative people who do a lot of great work! But I also realised I'd become the type of person that worried about the minutiae of everything.
Am I doing this, that and the other right? Should I be more like them, or those, or that? 2018 I'm hoping will be the year for reigniting my passions for my hobbies and being able to do them wrong, do them differently, and do them until I don't realise I'm actually doing them. I'm kicking things off with a little no-pressure to-do list so I can keep myself up to date on where my life stands.
GET TO AUSTIN
Unfortunately studying abroad didn't work out for me - my course was very limited to where I could travel to and I didn't fall in love with any of the places. Luckily, the money I saved on going abroad and studying for a year will be instead used on RTX Austin this year! I'm very excited to see America and look around Austin, as well as hopefully meet some people I've never met in person before! (Both friends and staff!)
MAKE MY HOUSE A HOME
I've moved into a new student flat with my friend Chloe and it's looking a bit sparse right now (at least on my end). I want to add some nicely homely touches to my room in order to make it look like I'm planning on staying. I can. Commit.
GET A BIT OF CONFIDENCE AMONG ALL THE NEW-NESS
New city, new school, new people, new new new new new. I've felt like my confidence has been really stretched lately. A huge example of this was RTX London - everyone around me was a new person, apart from the staff! It did get a bit overwhelming, and I'm talking sobs-into-the-duvet-whilst-still-wearing-my-coat-and-shoes level of overwhelmed. I want to settle into all the "new" in my life so I can feel more assured in all the decisions I'm having to make (on my own). I think I might be asking for too much....
REIGNITE MY LOVE OF READING
I barely read a thing in 2017. I completely lost touch with books and essentially took a year out from reading. I don't currently live with all of my books, and the ones I do have at university are still partially packed away. I want to work harder to get myself into the rhythm of reading regularly. I think I'm going to aim to read a book a month - and at the very least that will give me a boost (and provide content for the blog I write for uni!)
REIGNITE MY LOVE OF BEING CRAFTY
I also want to find the time, however fleeting, to work on doing more crafty and creative things! I have a load of Funhaus quotes ready to be stitched and framed so I can practice on my fonts - I just need to get everything together to practice! I'd also love to provide more of an input into the RTDraws instagram (even though I technically don't draw) and the RT Creatives group I joined!
TAKE MORE INSTANT PHOTOS.
I really want to take more instant photos with my Polaroid and Instax cameras, I've really fallen in love with instant cameras and I want to go further with them! I'm deffo aiming to learn my way around the Instax ready for Austin!
'There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask, 'What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling,
What if you fly?'
- Erin Hanson
In most areas of my life, I'm extremely brave. In others, I'm learning what it is to be brave. I'm going to try and encourage that learning and I'll pour myself a hefty gin when I see the first growth spurt.
This turned out to be long, I'm very sorry.