Monthly Roundup (January)

Monthly Roundup (January)

Hello there everyone! So I had an idea for a little series I’d like to start on this blog which is going over what things I’ve achieved, started and discovered each month. I was sat on the bus to university and thought, “Oh man, it’s already February and I’ve barely done anything” but then the more I thought about it, I actually realised I’ve accomplished a lot more than I thought and I’m sure it’s the same for you all! I think doing this will be a wonderful exercise to keep me motivated, share my journey with you all more and hopefully it will inspire you to do the same!

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2nd – 7th – Completed a university project in under a week – This was something I surprised myself with and I’m really happy with the final outcomes on the project! I wrote a previous blog post here on how I managed to achieve this much in such small time (Our projects generally last 4-5 weeks). I’m hoping my work will pay off when I receive my grade!

6th – Had an informal consultation with Nesha Designs Over the beginning of January one of my favourite blogger’s and freelancers Nesha was doing some informal skype calls to meet other aspiring freelancers and I leapt at the chance and it was such a wonderful experience! Nesha was so lovely and reaffirmed that all my plans were aligned with what I should be doing to create the path I want and it was a big confidence booster for sure!

This was also the day I officially began blogging on this very site! I’m now so happy I decided to take the leap to start, I’d been wanting to start blogging for a long time but had so many fears holding me back. It got to the point where I just thought “Y’know what, now feels right. Let’s just go for it!” and it’s already been so good for me!

8th – This was the day I met an amazing girl called Abbii after she found my blog and we’ve been e-mailing back and forth since and have already struck up a really solid friendship! I didn’t make any new friends in 2015 until June and I’ve already made an amazing one just over a week into the year so things are looking great already!

18th – Began eating healthy again – I haven’t been as good as I should have been over Christmas (I’m sure you can all relate here!) so I decided the day I return to University I’ll also share eating healthy again. Last time I weighed myself I was 10st 8lbs (148lbs) and my target is to get down to 9st 12lbs (138lbs) so let’s hope I can start losing! 🙂

27th – Got my room redecorated – I plan on doing an in depth blog post + video once my room is 100% done but most of it is finished already and it is something that has been worth every second and penny. I had severely outgrown my old room and I can’t express how amazing it feels being in such a beautiful environment. I would urge you to do the same if time and money allows it, you won’t be sorry!

29th – Got 2:1 grades on my first projects – This would equate to a “Merit” or a B which I’m happy with so far! I would of liked to get a first (A) but I’ve been told they’re incredibly rare to get within the first year. 2:1 is the next best thing you can get in your projects so I’m definitely on the right path! It also gives me something to aspire to rather than something to obsess over maintaining.

Currently reading: “Be Brave – Margie Warrell” – I’ve been reading this book for a few weeks and it has already given me so many Aha moments already! I plan to do an in depth review of it once I complete it but I would totally recommend you all checking it out if your want something inspiring to read!

Currently listening to: “College Info Geek Podcast – Thomas Frank” – I discovered Thomas Frank in my YouTube recommendations, checked out a video of his and I’ve been hooked ever since. My favourite way to consume content is via podcasts so any free-time I’ve had has been filled through this podcast and I’ve already gotten so much value 7 episodes in! If you’re a fellow college / university student or are just interested in study or business I’d totally recommend this podcast to you!

So that rounds up all the stuff I got up to in January! Writing it all down has made me realise I actually got more stuff done and started than I thought! I’m not sure if I want to go goal setting in these posts since I predict a large portion of February is just going to be me working on University work. I do want to begin enforcing a morning ritual though so if I’m going to set any goals that will be one!

How about all of you lovelies? What did you get up to in January, did you exceed your expectations or did things not go according to plan? And what do you have planned for February? 🙂

Milli 

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Making it real

Making it real

Hello there everyone! My name is Milli and welcome to my blog and my first ever blog post! I don’t see myself right now as anyone particularly talented at writing or even at graphic design but the purpose of this blog is for me to grow and become someone who is talented at those things.

This blog post ultimately right now is a snapshot and a record of how my freelance career will begin. Most of the blogs I find focused around freelancing, the owners didn’t blog about it at this point in their journeys so I feel it’s very important for me to write it and have a record at this time.

So the reason why I’m even interested in freelancing occurred a little bit before this time (January 5th) last year. At this point in my life, I was studying for an art and design diploma and had no enjoyment left in the work I was doing for the course and I had lost faith in any career choice that was ‘creative’. I was all set to drop out and shift my focus onto studying academically however, a week before christmas my brother sent me an iPad. A pretty strange link I know, but this what the thing that shifted my mindset.

For my art course we had to write a personal statement as part of our projects. I thought about what I would like to do and wrote a hypothetical personal statement about freelancing and then it clicked. I had this feeling that it was something I actually could do, and would enjoy doing. Then, along comes the iPad and it opened up the whole new world. I stumbled across freelancing blogs and was hooked. From the blogs I discovered podcasts about business, freelancing and design and I knew it was what I wanted to do, like a switch inside me had suddenly flicked.

A lot of my free time I used consuming freelancing content and it completely changed my mindset on how I approached life and school. My enjoyment for my course returned when I incorporated graphic design into my work and I got the highest grades I’d ever gotten before because I put the work in. I also applied to study a graphic design degree at my college and I’m currently studying it now and loving it!

However, despite the fact I spent so much time last year consuming freelancing content I didn’t actually do anything practical to start and this is what I want to fix this year. I had a lot of frustration because I wasn’t sure how to find clients, how to make a name for myself or just where to begin taking practical steps and it left me stagnating and not taking action. I knew it was something I wanted to do and I had the knowledge of how to create successful design and how to be professional but I didn’t know how to make it real.

2016 is the year I’m going to make it real. The past few weeks I’ve been brainstorming and I am going to begin doing two of the most important steps I can to make it real and that is: blogging and putting myself out there. I’ve had some wonderful discussions these past two weeks with designers and the feedback I’ve gotten is that I’m on the right path to making this real.

I am hoping this blog will:

  • Be a wonderful record for me to look back on
  • Help me reach out to other new freelancers
  • Help me improve my writing skills
  • Help me grow as a person and achieve my goals

Thank you so much for reading this and being a part of my journey. I will be keeping track of what I learn and sharing what I find out each step of the way!

Milli