Saturday, November 12, 2011

My (not really) New Vice

I've been hitting Pinterest pretty hard for the last few months, actually, it's been one of my favorite pass times for the better part of this year, and frankly, it's probably why I haven't started blogging again more. Because with the ease of pinning straight to a pre-categorized pinboard, I have no need to make little categories here in the form of posts. If you use Pinterest, you already know how addictive it is. Especially the iPhone app. Oh the joy I get from pinning on my phone! It's so much better a fix than Facebook or Twitter and when there are new pins: it makes my heart skip ever so slightly.

So, here's what I love about it for the average person: It's a great way to remember all the semi-useful things we learn about on the internet. The type of bar soap someone recommended that would normally fall out of your head the moment it was digested, let's say. Or a flower arrangement for a party, or hell, even recipes if you are a super-visual-recipe-saver-type.

For a designer: It's crack. Pure and simple. I have categories I reference all the time for work. Down to windows and door, staircases, stove vent hoods, tile layouts. You name it. Whenever I need a little inspiration or clarification on something, I can reference all the photos of completed projects I love.

Try it, I really think it's life-changing (in an inflated, internet way) and if you're there, follow me. I've added a button right on the top of my page just to make it easy. And here are a few of the things I've been pinning lately:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Return to Me

Here's the thing... Writing is pretty hard when you feel like you don't have anything to say.

I've spent the better part of two years feeling like I didn't really have anything to add, nothing to contribute. It was odd how going to school affected me and almost made me feel less human. And then... for the first time in two years, I took the summer off from school and started working part-time at a design firm and then... Like magic, I began to feel more like myself again. It was amazing, like the color was back in my cheeks.

But the pitfall is that I'm not done. I have only a few classes, but with my luck it will take another year before I can walk away with a diploma. It's a three year program but I've been trying to jam through it. Maybe it's why I felt so useless? The thing is, I thrive on work. Not school. I'm not programmed to be an adult student, I'm programmed to be a never-stop-real-world person, a worker bee.

Regardless, I'm vowing to not lose myself again. And with that, a re-newed interest in this blog.

Let's give it another shot.