Happy 2014 / 25 in my 25th

The last few months of 2013 brought lots of big changes for me – new job, different living arrangements, a break-up and a wake-up as well, I suppose! Things have been crazy to say the least, but now that the first week of 2014 has passed, I figured it might be time to revisit my 25 by 25 and get cracking! Upon reviewing the list, I realized that some of these things just aren’t going to happen by the end of April, due to time, financial and circumstantial constraints. Instead, I’ve decided to make it a list of 25 things to do in my 25th year. Some things remain unchanged but some required a little tweaking!

  • go on an overseas adventure (10 years between trips is way too long!)
    As much as I’d still love to travel this year, the fact that I’m paying double the rent I used to is probably going to severely impact this – I’d love to plan a holiday though – a solo holiday. It may not happen this year, but it definitely will next! So… revised goal:
    plan a solo holiday
  • do SOMETHING with the multiple small rectangular blank canvases I purchased in 2010
  • complete the first year of my diploma
    With one month to go and 24 assignments to complete, this isn’t looking promising. However, I’m going to keep at it until the deadline and then re-evaluate what the best study options are for me. Revised goal:
    new study may only be undertaken if a solid study plan is in place
  • get another tattoo
  • exercise regularly for an extended period of time
    I’m trialling a new gym starting tomorrow, hopefully its proximity to work will help me stay dedicated.
  • make a voluntary contribution to my super fund
    This, I can do. Not right now, but I will soon – it’s time to start considering my future.
  • teach myself to mend the bag of clothes that need mending
    I hope to do this still, even if I have to wait for my mum to visit and teach me.
  • learn to make jewellery
  • revamp my wardrobe
  • try a healthy detox
  • see a movie alone
  • start blogging again
    I have, albeit half-heartedly. Would like to commit to it further by implementing an editorial calendar for myself and posting about my life a bit more, to keep my friends & family (particularly back in Adelaide) updated.
  • fall in love with my day job
    With my new job, I’m confident this is happening – I will dedicate a post to it soon.
  • take an art class
  • attend a networking event
    There are a few coming up in Brisbane, I’ll be sure to post about it when I attend.
  • have a picnic
  • carry something large on my bicycle
    I don’t know if I count as something large (overindulged during the festive season!) so this one is still pending.
  • host a murder mystery dinner
  • find a solution for our lack of dining table
  • have some photos printed
  • learn how to brew the perfect tea
  • utilise my lynda.com membership
  • go on a family outing
    Revised goal:
    take Vince somewhere
  • do something with the things I’ve been cutting out of magazines
  • conquer a fear

Let’s do this!

I hope everyone else is excited for all the potential that 2014 holds!

Date Posted January 12, 2014    Comments 1    Categories  Personal

Cyber Monday Sales

It’s not too late to take advantage of some awesome sales! The below sites even ship to Australia, so we don’t miss out.

Kara West | Cyber Monday Sales

Image via 360 Marketing & Events, on Flickr

Although Fab‘s sale for Cyber Monday has actually concluded, but their giving spirit continues with 20% of everything sitewide! Grab yourself some goodies from their wide array of beautifully designed products.

Re-stock your print collateral through MOO – they currently have a mean 25% off all of their products.

The ladies from A Beautiful Mess are offering 25% off all of their e-courses all this week Snap a couple of courses up at these bargain prices!

YouWorkForThem have hundreds of fabulous fonts on sale – definitely worth a browse to stock up your font library with quality typographic options.

Brisbane-based Black Milk Clothing have 30% off selected items, rush over there before they sell out!

Learn some fresh creative skills with up to $20 off of Skillshare classes.

Now, please excuse me while I work some of these awesome steals into my budget…

Interior Obsession

Anyone who follows my Pinterest may have noticed the incessant examples of lovely interiors I’ve been pinning lately. I’m currently searching for a new apartment where I will be living alone for the first time in my life! Slightly scary, but incredibly exciting because I will be able to have everything set out and decorated the way that I want and my own inclusive and functional space.

I love looking at how people have adorned their small spaces, especially when they give the illusion of a larger space! Very clever. Below are some spaces I am currently drawing inspiration from, click through to view the larger version and repin them (if you wish!).

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I am hoping to find a cute, older-style, inner-city place that I can then deck out with some nice new furniture (on a budget!!). I envisage timber floors, lots of homely touches, like pillows & rugs, bright & vibrant colours, and lots of art arranged around the walls. It would be nice to be settled in before Christmas as well!

What is currently inspiring you? Do you know of any good interior/DIY resources? Have you dealt with moving into a smaller place before?

Eno Henze

Eno Henze

I have fallen in love with Berlin-based artist/scenographer/designer Eno Henze‘s gorgeous laser drawings. Aren’t they hypnotically beautiful? I can’t stop staring at them. I would love to see a piece in person!

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Friday Ferris Wheel… weekly roundup

KentLyons :: London Design Agency and Branding Consultancy

Image via KentLyons

Each Friday, I’ll post a weekly roundup of things I’ve found online that I’d like to share! Here’s the first installation…

♥ I often wonder if it’s possible to really have it all. As a woman today it is tough feeling like we’re pulled in so many different directions – career, family, what we want to do, what society thinks we should do… Sarah Wilson writes that maybe this would be possible, well, if she had a wife…

HausWitch has become my new go-to blog for ideas about decorating and home-prettifying on a budget.

♥ Absolutely adored Illy’s Like a Version medley on Triple J – covering the likes of Silverchair, Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly and Flume – it gave me goosebumps and I now have it on high rotation!

♥ Cassie from the Veda House came up with a series of much more interesting questions to ask new clients to get to know them and their business on a deeper basis.

Dolla dolls bill y’all – how do you handle your money? Isn’t it funny how some things we pay for, others we wouldn’t dream of?!

♥ I have a feeling that understanding the power of setting a schedule as opposed to setting deadlines, is really going to help me achieve my goals.

♥ I’m in love with Jaymee’s simple yet homely interior, what a beautiful peek into her home.

Date Posted November 15, 2013    Comments 0    Categories  Sharing

Containerval & Eat Street Markets

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Inner-city north Brisbanites have an exciting new option to occupy the end of their weeks – Eat Street Markets at Northshore, Hamilton Wharf. – just a few kilometres north of Brisbane CBD.

Eat Street‘ is a wonderment of the senses. From aromatic international cuisines and vibrant textiles, to the enchanting sights and sounds of our live performers, Hamilton Wharf plays host to Brisbane’s newest and most interactive market experience, every Friday and Saturday evening (4pm til 10pm), from Friday, November 8, 2013.

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Currently, there are a bunch of pop-up shops, art galleries and performance spaces in shipping containers as part of the Containerval Festival.

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Mike and I attended on Friday night, but only for the last hour and a bit – there was so much to see that we are definitely going back next weekend! Such an interesting idea and great use of space in this up & coming neighbourhood – the whole area will be bustling in a couple of years. I absolutely adored the porcelain wares in Erin Lightfoot‘s pop-up shop, displaying her new range of bright, geometry-inspired cups, vases and jewellery. I also have to mention the delicious potato slinks (“it’s like chips on a stick!”) and the delectable strawberries & cream ice cream at Lick. Can’t wait to go back and explore (& eat!) some more!

Date Posted November 10, 2013    Comments 0    Categories  Places

25 by 25

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I’ve decided to publish this list publicly to make myself more accountable in completing it. What is 25 by 25? Simply put, a list of 25 things I would like to do by the time I turn 25.

By the time I have spent a quarter of a century living, I hope to do the following (in no particular order):

  • go on an overseas adventure (10 years between trips is way too long!)
  • do SOMETHING with the multiple small rectangular blank canvases I purchased in 2010
  • complete the first year of my diploma
  • get another tattoo
  • exercise regularly for an extended period of time
  • make a voluntary contribution to my super fund
  • teach myself to mend the bag of clothes that need mending
  • learn to make jewellery
  • revamp my wardrobe
  • try a healthy detox
  • see a movie alone
  • start blogging again
  • fall in love with my day job
  • take an art class
  • attend a networking event
  • have a picnic
  • carry something large on my bicycle
  • host a murder mystery dinner
  • find a solution for our lack of dining table
  • have some photos printed
  • learn how to brew the perfect tea
  • utilise my lynda.com membership
  • go on a family outing
  • do something with the things I’ve been cutting out of magazines
  • conquer a fear

I guess I better get cracking because my 25th birthday (not sure if I like saying that yet!) is only 179 days away, if my calculations are correct! Of course, I will post here to elaborate as I tick things off my list.

What are your current goals? Have you given yourself a deadline?

Date Posted October 31, 2013    Comments 1    Categories  Personal