Choosing a university is one of the biggest and most significant decisions that many of us will make in our entire lives. As such, it needs to be made with the appropriate care and attention. Not only are there over 150 universities within the UK itself, there are also overseas institutions that you can apply to.
It might be a bit of a cliche’, to write year overviews and all that but considering that I haven’t been looking after this corner here as well as I have in the past, I thought it would be worth doing it, even if only to remind myself of all the good things that happened in 2017. While a lot of people complain that it’s been a horrible year, I honestly think that I can’t complain too much – sure, there have been challenges but when isn’t life challenging?
This overview also comes a bit late (January is well underway) but I have been working without days off for a few weeks… after being ill. UGH! Better late than never, that’s what I would say.
2017 has been a very eventful year… I managed to get a lot of things done and I’m happy with what I see when I look back. So, what have been these amazing things that I’ve accomplished last year? Here’s a list, that’s not exhaustive but comprises the main highlights.
- left full-time employment – due to my health and after last year’s burnout, the thought of corporate life induces mild ptsd symptoms in me.
- been the poorest as a result – but I’ve learned to live with less and spend my time and energy on more creative endeavours.
- stopped taking anti-depressants – I’m poor but happier!
- got into several group shows – been showing my work all over London and in New York.
- got my first solo show – and it was fairly successful, as many friends came and it was a lot of fun
- met amazing artists – that I can now consider friends.
- went streaking with a friend down Millenium Bridge on a warm Summer night – don’t ask, but it was a lot of fun
- found love – after kissing a few frogs after my separation and divorce, I think I have finally found the most caring and supportive partner one can ever ask for
- became a stepmum – said partner came with a readymade family and they’re super cool!
- worked on very interesting projects – one of the good things about working as a freelancer is the opportunity to work on several different things, which has provided me with more knowledge and more skills
- turned 40 – damn, I’m old
- still cancer free – possibly the most important item on this list!
2018 promises to be an equally eventful year, and there are a few things that I’m looking forward to:
- my solo show in Berlin – my efforts to go international are paying off and managed to organise a show that will happen next month
- spending time with A – we have a lot of fun stuff planned for the coming year, including a holiday back home in Portugal with the children
- blog some more – I miss blogging and I want to do at least one post per month, mostly to support my practice
- spend less time on social media – it’s a great vehicle to connect with likeminded people and to promote my art but considering what has been happening in general plus the level of censorship artists face (I’ll have to write about the silly episode I was part of), going back to self publishing is the way to go
- no shopping – not having lots of money means less shopping and I’d like to do a year of no shopping, as I still have enough clothes and shoes that fit me to last me a few years
- continue decluttering – I’ve posted about decluttering a lot in the past few years, I know. It seems that it just never ends but I’m seriously letting go of a lot of things, to make more space for art materials, etc.
- continue creating and improving my art – an ongoing project for the rest of my life, I suppose!
- continue cancer free – not a lot that I can do towards this goal except take my meds and keep an eye on how I feel but it’s nonetheless something to look forward to
I’m sure that a lot more could be said but I don’t want to bore my readers too much.
Some of the clothes I’m wearing in this post have been courtesy of Simply Be – the jeans and the long black shirt. I’m actually loving my new jeans and I think they fit rather nicely on my butt – no one wants ill fitting jeans, right?
Many thanks to A for taking the outfit photos – in true blogger’s boyfriend fashion!
It’s hard to pick just one favourite movie character but when asked, Divine does come to mind. Just who is Divine, anyway? Divine was the stage name of Harris Glenn Milstead, made famous by John Waters’ films, such as “Pink Flamingos” or “Hairspray”, to name but a few.
Why the appeal? Divine is a funny drag queen in killer makeup and totally camp – which are all winners in my book.
Chill Money asked what I would do with an unlimited supply of money for a day if I was my favourite movie character… so here goes!
– I’d buy myself a few pairs of cha cha heels in black because good girls don’t wear cha cha heels!
– Buy a pink trailer and move to Phoenix, Maryland
PS: Check out the cool infographic after the jump and read some interesting facts on money and cinema.
Real innovation is hard to achieve – organisations around the world spend millions dynamising innovation programmes. New business ideas are needed and hard to come by and everyone is always looking for the next big thing. But, sometimes there are brilliant lightbulb moments: what if you could have toast, delivered by drone, to your desk? That’s the latest innovation brought to us by toasttv.co.uk with their new start-up venture. Their idea is revolutionary – imagine how many toast breaks you would avoid in the office? Bosses around the world would be overjoyed about this, as it would mean an increase in productivity from their employees, with fewer breaks needed. Next step, reducing toilet breaks! Think about that one…
Move over Amazon, and your drone deliveries, toast by drone is where it’s at!
But seriously, this is only a spoof. Well done Toast TV for a very fun campaign!
Sleeping is one of my favourite activities, although I don’t seem to get a lot of quality sleep. I have found throughout the years that are a few things that will help me feel a bit better.
- Change your sheets and pyjamas often – nothing like the feeling of clean sheets to help you have a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid electronic devices – or at least install apps that will diminish the blue light on your screens such as Twilight for your phone or f.lux for your computer.
- Change your pillows often – to avoid allergies and dust mites accumulating.
- Avoid spending time in your bedroom when not sleeping – it’s a tough one for me, though as I end up sitting around watching Netflix on my bed.
- Nap if you must but not for long – go for power naps of 20 minutes instead to feel refreshed.
- Get the best mattress you can afford – this is possibly the best money you’ll ever spend in your life. Be it a mattress for adjustable beds, memory foam, or springs, you need to find what works best for you.
- Avoid thinking about work or problems before sleep – or insomnia and anxiety might occur.
- Do some light exercise before bed – yoga or something that will relax your body.
- Take a hot bath – since I started taking a bath in the evenings instead of showering in the morning, I feel much more relaxed when I go to bed.
- Meditate – there are some great free apps out there to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day.
- Avoid drinking alcohol – I have been avoiding drinking the odd glass of wine, particularly on school nights as I have noticed that it affects the quality of my sleep. There is a reason why this happens.
- Avoid drinking too many fluids before bedtime – or you’ll be getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I keep making this same mistake!
- Find the best positions for you – it is important to pay attention to your spine, to avoid pain and waking up feeling refreshed. The following video has quite a few good tips:
PS: extra points to anyone who knows which song the title came from
PSS: this post has been made in collaboration with Adjustablebeds.co.uk, words and opinions my own.