Hi everyone! After lots of work, I can happily announce that last week I submitted the final assignment for my graphic design course, and now I can let myself have free time again.
This has been a stressful time, but I’m happy I decided to invest in that course because I’ve learned so much, gained so much more confidence and I feel so much more like a designer now! Now I need to keep going, practise my skills, build a portfolio and continue working on designs, branding and more for my online shop.
After submitting the last project, I was so exhausted that I felt sick. I think I had pushed myself a bit beyond my limit, not allowing myself to relax, and working almost nonstop. I did go to bed but had difficulty sleeping. My stress levels were through the roof and it took me almost a week to recover! The rest of the week was 100% dedicated to relaxing the brain, having no obligations and just do what I felt like doing. I went for walks, fiddled with the new block editing function in WordPress (full site editing) and played some concertina. That’s it. On the Friday I felt somewhat normal and went to the gym as usual.
I started looking into full site editing because after an update, the theme I’m using on this blog crashed. Lots of my customisations were gone, although I’m using a child theme and a plugin for styling! I’ve had some bad experiences with paid themes and developers who stop updating their themes, and when this happened I thought I’d try the new “build your own theme with blocks” thing to see if I can build something of my own on top of a standard WordPress theme. I’m not there yet with something that suits this blog, but I’ll get there!
I said “no obligations” but I was convinced by the new competition admin in the camera club to go out and try to get some photos together for a competition we’re having. The deadline had been extended to Saturday afternoon, so I went out in pouring rain on Saturday morning (the competition has a rain theme). I have bad experiences with lenses and rain, which I may talk about another time – but my macro lens is supposed to be water tight if you use it with the right camera (like mine, which even has an underwater mode!). And I’m all for challenging myself these days, so why not? People who passed by must have thought I was crazy, but who cares? It was fun taking the photos. I like them, but they are probably quite useless for a competition. I still sent this first one, along with two others. With more time and no deadlines, I’ll try to take this kind of photo again, maybe wrap up the gear in a plastic bag and use the zoom lens to get closer.
Another rain photo, taken earlier in the week:
During the week, before the weather went bad, I got some more cheerful photos.
So now with all the time on my hands after finishing the course, what do I do? Most of all, I’m learning to live like normal people, who work and then in the evening they do something else! It’s wonderful but it’s difficult to get back to it. On Monday I was extremely restless and didn’t know what to do – but now I’m more settled. It’s wonderful to be able to create a sort of routine.
From this week I go to the gym twice a week – I’ll work hard now to get stronger and more fit and hopefully I can get back to running in the spring. My goal is to start after St Patrick’s day. Talking of which – if you know me, you also know that when my life slows down, I want to write again. And if you’ve been here a while, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about my knee injury, training, and all that on this blog. But I want to keep this a photography blog of sorts, so later this week (that’s the plan at least) I’m reopening my old blog to document and share all about that. It will be like an accountability tool for myself but also to talk about reaching goals, whether fitness or music or else, creating good and healthy habits, and my progress with it. I know some of you will like it. This blog here will remain in place as it is for my photos and sharing places in Ireland!
Linking with Denyse Whelan’s Wednesday words and pics.