Do Stuff Recap Week 3

Monday: It’s not really a “do stuff”, because all the action took place almost two months ago, but Monday was results day. I may not have the piece of paper in my hand yet, but I can call myself a qualified designer and start signing B.Sc after my name. Since second year I’ve said my goal was to finish with a QCA of at least 3.0, which I managed, pretty comfortably.

Tuesday: I finished my video and entered for the Dyson award (Already covered here)

Wednesday: I spent most of the day obsessively checking the Dyson site and getting progressively more worried that my project wasn’t up yet. Especially when projects that have to have been entered after me (the videos had been posted in the last few hours) were up. It did eventually happen.

Thursday: I spent about four hours straightening my hair. I don’t straighten my hair, there is a reason I don’t straighten my hair. It doesn’t like it, I don’t like it, but apparently ironing makes my hair more respectable. Actually, respectable isn’t the word that was used, “acceptable” is. Like it being straight somehow makes it not blue. The worst part is it’s stuck flat until I wash it again.

Friday: Dun Dun Dun, Masters interview (the reason for the hair ironing). I blanked after the word hello, which definitely made a great impression. I then followed it up with a bunch of rambling tangents during which I described myself as stubborn, controlling and over-ambitious. And no, he didn’t ask for weaknesses. Though, oddly, I’m left with the impression that I’ve got this one.

Saturday: The roads will never be safe again, I booked my driver theory test. Something that I was going to have done before my 18th birthday so that I could get driving lessons as a present. Better four years late than never.

Sunday: Can writing this count as something ? I mean there’s a new series of Suits to be watched, I can only do so much

Dyson Entry

I did it! More than a week off the deadline too. I am now a Dyson entrant, my project should be up on the site by tomorrow (I’ll put a link here once it’s live) . Or see the part I’m most proud of below. I have very little experience with video editing, let alone when I have nothing to edit. Using the images I had and several Youtube tutorials on motion graphics, I’ve managed to piece together a 60 second clip. Excuse me while I go add “Proficient in Adobe After Effects” to my CV.

P.S. I had no idea uploading to Youtube took so long, that bitch took the best part of six hours to get online

A Word on Rejection

 

Dedication was never something I was good at, and unsurprisingly I’ve broken the chain by week two. I spent the start of this week being mopey, and therefore not “doing stuff”. Frankly, for the first 21 years of my life, I experienced very little rejection. I get things that I want, almost all the time. This past month however, has felt like a final destination movie, where rejection realises what I’ve been getting away with. The idea that no one is jumping at the chance to hire me has been very difficult for me to come to terms with.

It’s wrong to say that my life is a mess, because a mess requires things. My life is more like a big, empty, white room and as much as people would like to tell you how exciting and freeing that is, it’s not. It’s empty, it’s not going anywhere and I don’t like it. I am contributing nothing to the world or anyone in it right now and it’s not a comfortable place to be. I just need someone to tell me, “THIS, this is what you do now” and honestly, regardless of what it was I would be happier than I am doing nothing.

Friday: I decided to get my head out of my ass and do what I always do in times of disorganised crisis, I made a calendar. Something about the sharpies, post-its and colour co-ordination soothes me.

Saturday: I finally applied for the masters program I’ve been talking about since last November. A back up plan that is fast becoming plan A. Provided I get it of course, something I really wouldn’t of considered up until a few weeks ago.

Sunday: I’ve been playing around with a couple of different online print services and I want to do a post on all of them during the week, for the time being I’ve settled on Redbubble, a link to which has been added to the side menu under “Shop”.

#do-over

I don’t  like micro-posts, and that’s what a daily would be, because as interesting as I may think I am, my life is very slow-paced and routine (for now)

So, Sunday nights, #dostuff will be posted in a sort of “week in review” format. Enough to keep me on track with the whole “no zero days” attitude, but without asking people to click a link every goddamn day to two lines of text that are just rephrases of “Look at this pretty picture I made”

To business, this is week two of my life as a very bored graduate

Monday: I rejoined the world of the barely fit a went for my first run since August. I think I nearly died and my legs hurt for three days afterwards, but the the views were good and I remembered how fun it is to obsessively track progress on Runkeeper and Fitocracy.

Tuesday: I put my newly acquired stick-man-waving capabilities to use, along with some also newly acquired After Effects motion graphics skills and started a video for my entry to this years Dyson award.

Wednesday: I applied for my first big girl job. Well, graduate programme, but they needed a CV and everything!

Thursday: I finished my print portfolio for interviews. 24 pages succinctly illustrating why I’m fantastic. It, along with my CV are available on request.

Friday: I won’t lie to you, I binged OITNB. I’m so happy to have Red back in my life. Also, How hot is Ruby Rose?

Saturday: See above.

Sunday: I left the house and saw people who weren’t in my immediate family for the first time since I came home from college. I went to Lidl and it’s making my weekly highlights.

Truly living the dream.

Do Stuff

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Welcome those of you now joining me through the Facebook page. Incidentally, it’s much harder to write these when you know people are going to see that you wrote it. I like a “Dance like nobody’s watching” approach to blogging.

The page was started under the suggestion (instruction) of my new New Zealand based life coach, who had to listen to me have a Skype breakdown about how my life has no direction and I have less than €10 in my bank account. My wise woman on the other side of the world told me I’ll be fine as long as I “do stuff”, which is what I intend to do. Precisely one “stuff” everyday. And lo, my new daily hashtag project was born.

#dostuff

Because if you put a pound sign in front of something you have to do it.