The first few weeks

Not being prepared for a test is one of my nightmares, and I don’t think I could ‘wing it’ as well as Jennie did!

Jennie's Palette

The view from on of my studio window panes The view from one of my studio window panes

Did you ever have that nightmare where you haven’t studied and you have a surprise test or a presentation?

That happened to me for reals.

I missed the first two classes due to my enrollment kerfuffle. I missed finding out that I would be presenting a proposal in the second week. I was the third called up. The professor made me do it anyway, making it up on the spot.

I was mortified.

But I did ok. Then, finding out what the assignment actually was I asked to repeat it. I think I gained points for that. The second time went better. This is one of the most important classes about managing our careers as artists and I want to get the most out of it. I didn’t want to skate by, I needed a real critique of my proposal so…

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Here I go again…

My wonderfully artistic friend Jennie has been offered her dream – a Masters degree at the prestigious VCA. The catch? Full fees, no deferment possible.

If you can, please help her achieve her dream!

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Crowdfunding image, two pictures of me and two of my artwork on a grid. help me pay for university!

So I made a decision.

it was a difficult decision, I hated doing it, but as the Pozible campaign didn’t go through I decided to defer my studies until next year. I came to terms with it and did it. I watched O Week go by with sadness and started to look forward to the next year with no stress, no fundraising dramas, no worrying.

Until I found out that I wasn’t able to defer. I had to either withdraw and reapply or get my butt to class.

There was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth! oh the profanity!

I know the chances of being offered this course again, without a bachelors degree, coupled with the wonderful start to this year that I have shown already, would be slim to none. if that.

So there is nothing for it but to keep going once…

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What did you study/do at first?

I started out in an arts/science degree, wanting to focus on music performance and maths. When that combination of classes was made impossible due to prac-class clashes, I shifted to computer science. Through there, I learnt technical writing, and am also now teaching English.

I love finding out what people originally did, before their later career (famous or not!)

What did you study or do at first?

Seven celebrities who were originally graphic designers

Coffee reads – working on one’s self

A collection of blog posts, articles and tweets which caught my attention in the last week. Some may be recent, some older.

Coffee and chocolateGuidelines for change – Down to Earth

On downshifting, simplifying, focusing on things other than money, and doing stuff yourself – growing a garden, reusing and recycling. Something I keep meaning to do more of.

7 reasons you struggle with happiness – Marc and Angel Hack Life

Points 1-5 resonated strongly with me – I have a habit of letting problems lie, and not doing enough about them, hiding my feelings from myself, and putting my passions aside.

Pick one – First Today, Then Tomorrow

Being overwhelmed with choices, with things to do, projects to complete, idea overload. Solution – pick one. Must try this!

Lying to yourself – James Gowans

Saying no isn’t hard – kids do it all the time. But I’ve forgotten how to do it. A necessary skill to keep using, to keep sane, productive and avoid overload.

Don’t compare yourself to others, just get on with YOUR important work – Sustainably Creative

In comparison, you always end up lacking, losing, wanting, and then feeling bad and not doing whatever it is you want to do – not feeling good enough. This is certainly a description of me!

“When you’re feeling lost, take heart. It’s just your brain gathering the information it needs to make good decisions.” ~Josh Kaufman  via @ThinkSimpleNow

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