Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had a happy and fun-filled New Year celebration! It’s been bitterly cold, and I’ve been nursing a cold too, but it’s a new start so I’m kicking this year off right!
I don’t have much in the way of opinion or content this week. Like I mentioned, I’ve had a pretty nasty cold for the past couple days. Right now it’s in the phase where I mostly feel better, but that last bit of a cough and soreness won’t shake. It’s that frustrating time where you’re still too fatigued to do any heavy work, but feel good enough that you feel guilty for not working. So I’m going to write a quick update on what’s going on in my life for those I haven’t spoken to in a while.
I also want to share with you all my new Facebook page I made over Christmas. It’s where I’m going to be posting all my blog posts and YouTube videos from here on out, so please give it a like if you want to keep seeing those on your Facebook timeline. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and I finally took the plunge!
As for what I’ve been up to lately, I’m still in school. For those who don’t know, I’m going to Conestoga College part-time and taking online classes through them. I’m taking a post-graduate program called Social Media Marketing and my online courses are for Graphic Design – Software Applications. The marketing classes are much more fun and interesting than I thought marketing would ever be! I was nervous that I would be in way over my head, but I found them easy to understand and my professors were both very cool people in addition to being good teachers. This semester I’m taking Internet Marketing and Social Media Applications and Measurements. I’m a bit nervous that the measurements one might get pretty tricky, but I am ready for the challenge!
As for graphic design, this program is very focused on teaching you how to use specific applications. Most of my classes have been dedicated to a single program, such as Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. There are also classes on design principles and the technical side of things, such as the ever fascinating Ensuring Professional Printing Results. This semester is for Adobe Photoshop 1 and Developing a Graphic Design Portfolio. I’m rather excited for the one about portfolios, since that is possibly the most important this for a designer to have, and I haven’t a clue how to compile one. It will also be fun to practice again at Photoshop.
As I am taking two part time programs at once, I’m going to focus on doing them the best I can instead of taking on a part time position. Perhaps in the summer, when I’m finishing up, I will feel more confident taking on more, but I think the winter is a bit too bleak of a season to be pushing my depression that much.
As for YouTube and this blog, they are both still going as strong as ever! I think I’ve nailed down the schedule pretty nicely now, so you should be seeing new videos every Friday and blog posts every Sunday from here on out. School may muddle that schedule a bit, depending on the demand, but I hope to be able to stay consistent this year.
Honestly, that about it in my life right now. Nick is doing well, still working at ExactEarth. Bear is also well, and loving all the snow! After a busy couple months and a rather expensive holiday season, we don’t have any big plans coming up. No trips, no events, just recovering and taking a couple weekends for ourselves. It seemed as though ever since September, we have been going from one thing to the next. Between moving, my return to school, the crazy weather, trips home on the weekend, and general life upkeep, it’s been a wild end to 2017. We look forward to the usual slump of January (with the exception of my birthday, of course!).
One thing I would like to throw out there is I am looking for book recommendations! I’ve started my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year and set the bar at 52 books again. If you’ve got a novel or self-help book you loved, please tell me about it! Also, if you’ve got any suggestions of blog posts or videos you’d like to see me make/write/do, please comment them and I’ll give it a think! Other than that, later days!