Sunday, 9 September 2012

Blogging or not?

I enjoy sharing what I make but am not a very active blogger these days ... since my last post I have continued 'creating' but not sharing so much. Some of this is due to laziness, other things to do etc and I have been trying to stay offline a little more than I used to! Some of the 'stuff' I have been doing is more along the art journaling lines ... scrappy, painty and a bit personal and I haven't decided whether or not to show some of those pages on here.

But in the meantime I have joined Shimelle's 'Learn Something New Each Day' online class - a little late in the day.

I 'discovered' Shimelle many years ago and love her reflective, easy style of scrapbooking/journaling. I still have the prompts/essays she wrote for a class that I took way back when - (I don't really 'do' scrapbooking, but do increasingly use photographs in journals and have developed a passion for mini albums).

I am thinking of recording the outcome on here - I'm probably going to be too lazy to do an actual physical journal page each day but might achieve a bit more blogging?

Day 1's task was to think about my 'last big adventure' ... and my first thought was studying for and getting a degree five years ago (fits well with the learning theme too). It was a first class honours and I won a prize so I did pretty well - but ... well read on.

As a by the way I have had many 'adventures' since then mostly involving new experiences, new scary opportunities, some travel, new jobs etc but the degree was the start of jumping outside my comfort zone.

But what I have really learned since then is:
1. I love being in my comfort zone
2. I don't care about money (much)
3. I value peace of mind over most other things

So ... the 'good', but extremely stressful job that I got after the degree has been abandoned; a year 'off ' just to be me has followed, and now I am looking forward to a new (part-time) job unrelated in many ways to that formal learning.

I have no regrets about the 'adventure'. I value the learning and the piece of paper that came at the end of it and I value the opportunities it has given me, and will continue to give me ... the thing that I value most though is what I have learned about me over the last few years because of it.

Finished journal 'page' is a bit weird but never mind ... it's done in a style that's not really me!


  1. Good on you for finding out what you want and living what you believe. All the best for your new job.

  2. Jacqui,
    I love your share. Miss the emails. Let's keep in touch. We have a lot of the same thoughts.

  3. What a cool post! I loved reading all about your experiences. Good luck in your new job and your page is fab! xx

    1. Thank you Chris - the new job starts today so I guess I will be 'learning' again!


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