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Career Purchases


In 2014

“I recently purchased an iMac to use for work in my career field at home. Due to being out of a steady job, I haven’t been able to use the same resources I have had at my disposal to make my production speed faster (like it was). Obviously the effect of that is that any work I do is slower – up until now. This wasn’t an easy purchase to make for me. I have a very hard time spending large amounts of money at once, so I just kept telling myself that I’d get one when I had a job again. However, being in the process of building up my portfolio again made me realized how much I needed a suitable machine for my work. My laptop is a great computer mind you but it is an everyday computer suitable for managing my daily social media, gaming, documents, and so on. For web development, it really fell short compared to the iMac.

It was hard – and I mean it – to decide if I wanted to spend the money right now or wait months if not more to buy it. I felt very unsure about it but when I went to the store and started looking around I fell in love with the perfect computer for what I do. I just couldn’t say no, because honestly it was more of an investment than a purchase. Especially because financing instead of paying it all at once became an option I hadn’t thought of.”


The reason I write this though is that since then I have invested in other career purchases since and I have found that not only is it good for your new business or your new job but it also helps with your confidence in what you do. As those of us start our careers we are often faced with speed bumps that make us rethink our choices both good and bad.

When you make these purchasing choices for your career be it a new computer, a new program, a portfolio website, or classes you are investing in yourself. You are saying that this is what you want to do and you will make it. I have known many of my former classmates that have gone though those same thoughts I had in 2014. They weighed out the pros and cons of these purchases Рas well as determining if the money was there to be spent Рfor months like I did. All said it was the best decision they made for their careers when they invested in one of Рor all Рof these things like I have.

So all in all, if you are like me and still just starting out invest in yourself and your career when you have the means! It could be the best decision you could make for yourself.


Weekend Welcome 01: 1000 Islands and The Hamilton House

The Weekend Welcome is a series of posts dedicated to sharing photos from my assorted weekend adventures. I spend a lot of time with friends and family on the weekends and we usually end up with good photos and stories to tell. Enjoy!

A couple weekends ago I visited the Thousand Islands with my family. This was a very important trip to take for me because I was too young to remember the last time I was there, as well as it being important to get some perspective by spending time with my close knit family. Nothing says reality check more than going somewhere new. I also visited the Genesee Country Museum for their Celtic Festival with my best friend and her mom. My best friend and I ventured around the museum where she showed me her favorite houses, the absolute favorite being the Hamilton House.


Art Journaling and Scrapbooking

Now I know that there is a (somewhat) stigma about scrapbooking for many people. I have even been guilty of labeling it as a “grandma craft” myself, however, I think that that should change (

For years all of my photos were stored digitally and I never ever printed them. Yet, when I finished college for the most part, I found myself flipping through the hundreds of photos I had accumulated over those three years. I wanted so badly to do something with them, to document my favorite moments captured on film. I remembered I had done scrapbooking as a kid, so I opened up powerpoint and started making a digital scrapbook. It all snowballed from there.


It wasn’t without experimentation though. I have to date 2 smashbooks, 1 photo album, 1 chipboard scrapbook, 1 digital scrapbook, and 1 journal. Each one of them has their perks. The smashbooks are a perfect form of traditional scrapbooking for me because they are so free form and come with all the pretty paper already in place. I use them to document great days. Be it with clippings and business cards or actual photos.

My journal is my daily art journal. I write, add photos, sketch, write out my ideas, and pretty much put everything in it that inspires me on a daily basis.

The chipboard scrapbook is a five dollar project of mine. I use it to add document my hobby of photography and iphonography.

Oh and before I forget, you should read the posts about scrapbooking and other photo projects on A Beautiful Mess. They are a great source of inspiration for projects. Because of their posts and their Project Life Sunshine set, I just bought my first project life album to add to my collection.

Remember that point I was talking about earlier about the stigma changing? Well, I think that in the way our lives are now when we take photos with our phones and other devices almost daily, scrapbooking them is a great way to store them away from the digital world. We shouldn’t be shy about printing photos anymore. The digital world is great, but you can loose photos so easily in the digital realm. Computer crashes being the most common offender in losing photos. Printing them is the safest way to go for those precious moments that you don’t want to lose.

I love creating things with the photos I have taken, so you may see more of this on here. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

There are never guarantees in this life

It has been a busy few months with lots of ups and downs. First off, I got laid off from my job at the web service company I worked for, had to close up the apartment, and move back to my parents house. Luckily, a month of moving is almost over and unemployment is sorted. A new adventure has to begin soon, yes?

one of my friends at the coffee shop use to make these lattes for me before work. He came up with a unique drink too, not just the "no"

one of my friends at the coffee shop use to make these lattes for me before work. He came up with a unique drink too, not just the “no”

What I find is the hardest thing to face in times like this is the simple fact that there are no guarantees. You can never be certain that something is yours forever. Loss is a required path (or more so a detour) in life, otherwise, you will never know what it feels like to be happy. It fills us with fear, that simple thought. Fear of change. Instead of thinking of the fear though, think of the now. Think of your job, your home – be it a rental or one you own. Think of family or friends, or both of course. Think of the person that has your heart in their hands, the one that holds you close even when you don’t think you need them too. Think of you, the beautiful person that you are! Enjoy your life and good memories, because you don’t know when something will change. Change is an ever constant in this life, embrace it!

All my best, my lovely readers.