I used to blog - did you know that? I started blogging when I was in the middle of switching careers and wasn’t completely sure what was next … “What am I doing with my life?” was definitely a frequent statement at this point. Have you been there before? I like to think the best of us have been.
Let me start a little further back to what brought me to my mid-career crisis.
Back in the mid 00s I went to design school, well schools (it was a joint program where I split my time between York University and Sheridan College) in Toronto, Ontario. I lived, breathed, and studied everything design for four long years. I loved design school but did not LOVE sitting behind the computer doing graphic design until all hours of the night. I loved researching, and brainstorming, and making, and trying, but was never happy with my final product, which often exhausted me. Looking back, I think I was just really hard on myself (which I still often am) but all those years ago and being so “in” it I didn't really see it that way… I simply just thought that I wasn't good enough.
Once I graduated and received my Honours Bachelor Degree in Design, I decided I needed to escape and remove myself from the computer (and design world). So I moved to Brisbane, Australia to study to become a teacher. Teaching was always a natural thing for me (probably because I have four younger sisters) and I loved kids and thought they were funny. The year I lived in Australia was the best year of my life. (Australia is my happy place). Not only did I escape the Canadian winters and (in a way) reality, I also met my now husband there (that will be another story but you can read a little bit about it here).
A year later, I came back a lot more tanned, in love, and a certified teacher. I began teaching kindergarten in Toronto but that lasted only about three years. I loved doing arts and crafts with the kiddos and making the bulletin boards look pretty but my heart wasn't there. I needed out. I missed the design world but I was lost. I didn't want to become a graphic designer, so what else could I do? What now? This is what led me to begin blogging. I blogged for a couple years and then stopped when life got busy - I was now working as a full-time freelance prop and craft stylist and I was happy!
ANYWAYS - here I am now (still a full-time freelance prop and craft stylist), two years since I stopped blogging, ready to make time to share my world - my feels with all of you! (I hope it’s not just my sisters reading this). This is a wordy post and I am more a visual person so generally my posts will be more visual than word heavy.
What to expect: each Monday I will post about what I am loving that week. Anything from an inspiring Instagram account (that you MUST follow), to what I’m pinning (follow me) and I am visually inspired by, some of my creative crushs, mini (kids) style - I LOVE children fashion, recipes (both healthy and definitely not healthy), DIYs (that I have created or ones that I wish I created) and much more.
People often say I have such a cool job (and I do think it is pretty awesome) but it is not always as glamorous as it seems. I will also try to share some monthly recaps of what I’ve been up to (both the good and the crazy).
The organized-everything-has-a-place-me is a little bit bothered by starting in March (WEEK 12 of the year)… but I didn’t start WEEK 1 (I was still down under in my happy place in January)… so this is what it will have to be. Better to start now then never. Right?
I hope you enjoy my visual rambles. Let me know what you want to see more of.