I decided too late to take note of my new (and lengthily) experiment.
Rediscover My Passions & Uncover My True Calling
A little backstory first.
Last week, Hubs and I decided that I might just have enough time to start school (for real this time). I’m excited, but also very nervous. Since having my sweet girls almost 4 years ago, I kind of got lost in motherhood. It’s quite common, but lemme tell ya, it’s hard to get out of.
I fell in love with writing when I was a child, being home-schooled in the middle of nowhere. I had no friends, except for the ones I created myself. I also had a natural talent for graphic design, hand-lettering, calligraphy, painting, and sculpting. By the time I’d met Hubs, writing had almost completely taken over my mind, or that is, until we had kids.
Fast-forward almost 4 years and I’m finally getting enough time for me again. I want to get a degree, but in what?
I wrote books to have a social life (in my head), but would I still like writing now?
Would I still enjoy graphic design? And isn’t everyone saying the market is too saturated for that?
I want to be smart, but I also want to do something that makes me happy. How horrible would it be to get a degree in something that makes money but that I hate? That’s no way to spend what precious time we still have left on earth. Right!?
So I’m on a mission
I have to find out what I still love, and what I can make a career at… I’m thinking by August.
We’re already 1 week down, and I’ll share my pictures from that at the bottom of this post and in my gallery here.
I won’t be spending time on each and every one of the passions I listed above, because not all of them relate directly to a degree, but some of them can be used in a degree. (Ex. hand-lettering, sketching, calligraphy, and painting are all often used in Graphic Design.)
The next weeks will be focusing on:
Writing For the Web (blogs, articles, etc.)
Social Media Marketing
“Writing Fiction” corresponds to the Creative Writing degree, while the other three correspond to the Media & Communications degree, and as I said, I’ve already done my Graphic Design week. I’ll be writing a separate post on that next, so I can actually focus on everything that happened that week.
I would also like to share with you some industry research I’m finding on all three degrees.
Some of you might be wondering why I chose these three degrees; Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and Media & Communications.
I have loved books since I was a child, both fiction and non-fiction, but writing fiction became near and dear to my heart, and my sanity, while being home-schooled in the middle of nowhere with no other kids around. Those connections still run deep, but since having children, getting married, and being able to get out there and have a couple of real life friends, I haven’t been able to write anymore. I have had the hardest time even writing on here, about non-fiction things, and it just stumps me as to why I am so blocked.
Maybe it’s because my mind is tired of introverting, because we don’t have to do it anymore to stay sane. Maybe I think my ideas aren’t good enough, or have all been said too many times to still resonate and carry valuable weight anymore.
Either way, writing is still one of my greatest skills, and this week I’ll be working on regaining control of my subconscious and moving that block.
My first form of action is to write one post about all of this, which is what I’m doing now, so I’m already on the right track. I’ll keep going even if I have those demeaning and negative thoughts, because they’re just thoughts.
“Even if those thoughts are from us, it doesn’t make them fact.
They are just opinions of ourselves, and we can change them.”
– Sabrina Giles
I’m not sure what I’ll write about after covering week 1 of my experiment, but I hope you decide to follow along, and don’t hesitate to chime in. Let’s converse!
Now, here are those pictures from my Graphic Design Week: