Hello there.! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season as the new year quickly approaches. I’m happy to make it back to North Carolina and catch up with the folks I grew up with. Last week I met 7 of my fellow Appalachian graphic design majors for some much needed laughter and catching-up. I also made a trip to Boone to some of my favorite college spots with my friend Meghan. While looking for lunch options in Downtown Boone we ran into a friend’s parents. Only in the South will a friend’s parents that you’ve never met treat you to lunch. The Boone Antique Mall was my favorite part of the trip where found lots of funny stuff (pictures will be on facebook).
Besides that, I’ve been catching up with Raleigh friends and visiting family in Charlotte. I did about 3 days hard family time and needless to say, that was all I could handle. It’s great being around family, but I can’t stand going to bed at 9pm, being scolded for using my phone at the table, and not leaving the house for 3 days. There’s only so much I can take. We’re lucky this year as North Carolina had its first “white christmas” in over 40 years.
I’ve also been doing a lot of reflection on the mess I find myself in school-wise. I got a less-than-glowing evaluation of my work this semester at Pratt and received the lowest grades of my college career (in all 6 years). As much as I say “grades don’t matter in grad school” they do serve as validation for the hard work you’ve done. They do matter to me, at least mentally. I want support and encouragement from my professors. I don’t feel like I have that and I don’t feel like anyone is on my side.
I don’t feel motivated I feel discouraged.
I don’t feel joy I feel depressed.
How am I supposed to do a thesis about my joy in design, when I feel discouraged? I’m going to break down my evaluation in another post, I won’t go into much detail now, so stay tuned.
I want to end on something positive. Maybe that’s what my thesis will end up being, how can I find joy in a negative situation? How can I turn something around to a positive, through design? I’ve talked about using joy as an entry point in design, so maybe this is all related.
To rolling up the sleeves
To tightening the belt
To double or nothing
To going all in
To making it look easy
To building on every win
To celebrating everything it takes to enjoy true success.
Thank you to the Grey Goose ad in this month’s GQ magazine. Your ad and product have spoken to me during this holiday season. xoxo