Monday, 15 January 2018

Ramblings On A Gloomy Day

As I am typing it is a bit of a gloomy old Saturday.

Grey skies, cloudly, rain, thunder, lightening, tee shirt, Bonds trackies, comfortable but not fashionable slippers, propped up pillows and a little bit of Tame Impala.

Look at me go listening to something different!!

I recently was in Hobart, spending time with some of my friends and it was hot and sunny and there was sunshine and warmth and more sun and it was your typical Australian summer!  There was even a pool in the home we were staying in and I don't think I have smiled so much in my life!  Definitely a water baby through and through and I want to start swimming again.

And now I'm home typing away, creating a blog post which probably won't have any rhyme or reason to it.

I have a busy week ahead of me, one which I'm looking forward to yet am a bit anxious about.  I'm going to be a tutor at a music summer school and it was something I wasn't planning on doing but as I have nothing else planned for the week, I'd much rather take the opportunity to do this instead of sitting at home.

2017 was my last year of playing clarinet within the Symphonic Band I used to be in but I said I was always open to the option of me tutoring as it is one of the most rewarding aspects of music.  It also makes me realise that I doubt I'll ever be a teacher but for the intense week that this week will be, I am looking forward to it!

I know I'm going to be absolutely buggered when I get back each day and will definitely been in Granny Emma phase going to bed early and just getting all of the zzz's!!

I will be publishing a post about my little trip down to Hobart.  I'm not anticipating on it being a huge post and originally wanted to have a little video to go with it but I clearly am not a videographer yet and so that idea will have to wait for another time.

Speaking of videos...  I am making one where I get a seconds worth of footage from each day and then making them into monthly videos.  I did this for the duration of my design course and wanted to do a monthly thing in 2018.  Not sure if they'll make it to YouTube or here but we'll see what happens at the end/start of each month!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Friday, 12 January 2018

The Year That Was 2017

This week has been one for the years.

The New Year:  What I Hope To Achieve In 2018 on Monday, A Little Look At The Music I Loved In 2017 on Wednesday and today we're throwing it back to 2017 again.  But this time we're going into more depth, but hopefully not so much but more than just music this time!

So get comfy, grab a drink and some nibbles if you want

2017 was a year where for the first time I had no intention of studying.  I went from primary school to high school to college to university and graduated and that was that.  It was weird not having to enrol again, not having clean my desk space, laptop, computer and phone ready for the new learning year.  I was free to do whatever.

I had said towards the end of my degree in 2016 that I was going to take the gap year I never had in 2017.  No I wasn't going to be able to travel the world, ah how nice that would have been but money says otherwise!

When you're at university, you love when you can be at home.  Studies get difficult and consuming and days off from that are bliss and you make the most of them.  I was looking forward to spending time at home and doing absolutely nothing.  I'd be doing housework and that because that's what you do in a family household but there would be no studying, not stress over assignments.  And I was so keen for this.

Well.  Did that get old.  And did that get old F A S T!  I think maybe a fortnight into my gap year when everyone went back to work, I started to get bored.  Housework would be all done before lunchtime and it left me with an afternoon free to do whatever I pleased.  Sims, YouTube, blogs, it was great.  But it got so old and I didn't say this to anyone because I didn't want to hear the "I told you so"...

I will say that the free time, was amazing for my blog and my creativity.  For the first half of the year I was so happy with the content I was producing, I was sticking to a schedule and even more so I was happy that I wasn't doing nothing.  My blog gave me something to do and while nothing went viral or crazy like that I was loving life creating content for my blog!

Sure I had a bit of a hiatus for a good portion of the year but we'll get to that soon...

I was able to go down to Hobart twice this year and had a blast!  Many of my close music friends moved down to study and it has been so strange not seeing them on a weekly basis!  But it was so nice to go down south, crash a rival bands rehearsal, hang out with some of my favourites, eat some insanely good food and see some cool sights!  Keen for another Hobart trip very soon :) :) :)

Job hunting in 2017 was fun.  Not.  Ugh it was such a roller coaster and I"m still going to keep positive about it all because positivity is better than negativity!  Granted it does suck and you're allowed to cry when you get the worst cold in years and then get a call that you didn't get the job.

A few times before the second half of the year started, the topic of studying would pop up in conversation.  Going back to UTAS to do Honours next years, or going to another state to study a Masters of Interior Architecture.  Doing the Bachelor Degree again but this time do Architecture, do a business course, go to the Conservatorium of Music and study Music, study to become a teacher.  So many ideas were being thrown about but design was what I wanted to do in some way or another.  So I went to an information session on a design course and the rest is history.

The second half of 2017 was my change in the same direction.  It annoyed people but I thrived and enjoyed every minute of it!  I was able to be creative again, push myself creatively, meet new people, and I also wouldn't be at home all the time so bonus all round!  This year I will be studying a Diploma of Graphic Design and I can't express how excited I am for this.  If I am able I would love to show you what I am creating like I did while I was at university!

When I was back studying it was a good test of how I'd go with the schedule I was sticking with.  I do want to give myself some credit, because usually I have been so bad with schedules and consistency but not this time!  Sure there were some blips and then a major one but we are going to focus on the good!

And then something called a Scratch Disk happened.  I had never heard of this before and freaked because I couldn't use Photoshop on my laptop and let the stress go to my head.  The course I was doing was my number one priority and my blog came after that so when I was able to get my laptop and computer situation sorted, my blog drifted to the side as I was not using the schools computers and not my laptop.  It was weird and looking back on it now I just needed to clear space on my laptop and things would have been great but my head made it a bigger issue than what it was!  I am rolling my eyes at my past self, I can assure you.

In my hiatus from blogging, I did go back into blogger and have a look around and read blogs but never had the urge to start posting again.  In my drafts I have three posts, that are waiting for photos and to be posted and I haven't done any of this.  Two of the posts you will probably see some time later this year but I think I have well and truly missed the Instagram Diary & Monthly Roundup post!  It wasn't that I didn't love blogging, my heart just wasn't all there to start up again and so I put everything to the course that I was doing.

Do I regret stopping blogging during 2017?  Yeah sure I do in some instances.  It is the longest period that I've been away from my blog but on the other hand I was able to absolutely go head first into my course and for that, I can live with my lil hiatus.

Is this sounding dramatic?  Probably hahah moving on!

Music.  This happened again.  2017 was an interesting year for music.

Initially I wasn't going to be returning to the music program that I play with but ended up coming back to try and finish a university course.  The year was full of broken reeds, squeaks, laughs, the greatest people, wonderful music, sadly no university course but what can you do?!  Nationals at Easter was an experience and a half and still to this day I don't know how our performance didn't come to a crashing halt.

For a long time, I have known that my time within the music program was coming to an end.  I was ignoring this was goodness knows how long but 2017 was a good indicator that it was time to call it my last year as a player in the program and retire.  I knew this wouldn't go down well with everyone for a whole range of reasons but it was one of those decisions I had to make for me and not take it to heart what everyone was saying.  A good time for life experience music was this year!

All in all 2017 was another year of ups and downs.  I don't think anyone will ever have a year full of positivity, I just don't think it's possible and I also don't think I'd want to have a year which is all sunshine and roses.  The drama with music was a crappy time but was something I needed to do for me.  ME.  I am being selfish how dare me!

Anyway, that was a little bit of my 2017.  I'll look back on it fondly but I am all about 2018 now!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Little Look At The Music I Loved In 2017

I use Spotify usually on the daily.  I love music - Spotify has the music.  You have a very happy Emma!

I have spent the majority of my live having music as a huge and dominant part of it, playing the clarinet and other instruments since primary school, jumping around on pillows and pretending they were surfboards while listening to The Beach Boys when I was small, to now dancing around my room maybe with a hairbrush as a microphone (you'll never know if this is true or not) now as a young adult, music is pretty important to me.

Music gets you through a lot of what life can throw at you, the good and the bad.  Feeling festive?  Be merry with some carols!  Received the best news?  Jump around to a boppy tune!  Feeling down and wallowing in self pity and being dramatic?  Get a good ballad and lip sync or belt out those lyrics.  Music can get you though all those times.

I remember when I was studying at university and how stressed I'd be and I would go and find a playlist on Spotify or something I had on album and press play and a bit of that assignment stress would melt away.  Music is great like that!

If someone were to ask me what my favourite genre of music was, I would honestly struggle.  I don't listen to one specific genre and like a bit of everything.  I say a bit of everything but there are certain operatic pieces which I physically can't listen to and still get the shakes thinking of a specific piece!

Near the end of 2017, Spotify gave their users an insight into what they had listened to in the year that was, it was Your 2017 Wrapped and I remembered seeing mine back in 2014 and was more than keen to see what my 2017 was like!

I have been listening to Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Katy Perry for a good while now and they are some of my favourite artists but we have to talk about Niall Horan and Peking Duk quickly.

Niall was my favourite from One Direction and I was so keen to hear his solo album and it did not disappiont!  I was driving back from a fair with mum and we were listening to Flicker and she was all praise, so you know you have a winner there!

And Peking Duk.  Ah these guys.  They create cracker of a tune after cracker of a tune and I am still a tad salty that I didn't get a tickets to the Falls Festival because they brought Tasmania into the New Year and that would have just been EPIC!  They featured twice in my Top Songs on Spotify and Stranger was also won Song Of The Year at the ARIAS last year and I was so happy about this!

Now Ed Sheeran is a legend.  I stopped everything when his newest album came out and it was at the time one of the first albums where I thoroughly enjoyed every song.  Sadly I am not going to any of his concerts when he comes to Australia this year but I got to see him a few years ago and I can listen to his album from home without getting a sore butt from the stadium seats!

Little Mix and Katy Perry!  Absolute babes and many hours were spent dancing and exercising I might add to their albums!  Power is such a tune and oh how I wish I had the same vocals as Perrie Edwards...!

Something I mentioned in my previous post of some goals I have for 2018 was to discover new music.  I am 100% that person who can listen to a song or artists over and over and over and over again and not get sick of it.  Now I am no way sick of any of these artists but there is no harm in discovering new artists.

So if you have any favourites yourself or any new suggestions for me to give a listen to, let me know in the comments because you know I will go straight out and see what they have!!

Are there any goals that you have for 2018?

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

PS!  Come and say hello!!! :) x

Monday, 8 January 2018

The New Year: What I Hope To Achieve In 2018

With the New Year brings those pesky resolutions.

I'm still a fan of the ones I set for myself last year if I'm honest.  They weren't even resolutions, they were goals which were totally realistic and achievable.  You can check out the post for it here so see them if you haven't already or want some inspiration for some yourself!

I can say happily that I did a good job working on the actually realistic ones I jotted down near the end of the post:

  • Grow more as a person  ✓
  • Become more confident  ✓
  • Try new things  ✓
  • Actually learn to drive  ✓
  • Be more creative  ✓
  • Learn more skills for the future  ✓
  • Be happy  ✓

All through the year I have been making good use of these goals and I'm keen to bring these into 2018!  Although watch out on the roads because ya girl is fingers crossed going to be one step closer to getting her licence!!

While I'm not the biggest resolution person because I feel like they just highlight everything you "failed" in the previous year and to be honest that isn't all that positive, so I like to look at them as goals.  I also don't know if that made sense at all but we'll roll with it!

So some goals I have for 2018:

  • Make my bed everyday
  • Read more books
  • Draw more
  • Cook more and push myself in the kitchen
  • Discover new music
  • Organise the blog folder I have on my laptop
  • Find exercise that works for me
  • Be more positive
  • Not use my phone when I'm meant to be sleeping

I'll probably think of more as the year rolls along and I think it's find to add as there isn't anything wrong with adding in more goals for the year!  And you would have seen that these are more personal goals as opposed to blog goals.  I'm not about numbers and statistics and my content is about quality over quantity.  I do want to keep up with some kind of schedule but if life gets in the way, or if I need to take a break and re-focus that is what I will do!  I want my blog to be something that I'm proud of and not an area where I'll change the topic of conversation if someone brings it up!

Are there any goals that you have for 2018?

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

PS!  Come and say hello!!! :) x

Friday, 5 January 2018

A Refresh & Little More About Me

The following phrase is something you would have heard countless times.

New Year, New Me.

This isn't a post about how I'm a whole new person than what I was from 2017, far from it.  Something which is new and has happened in the New Year is the appearance of my lovely little blog!

It was only in March last year that I gave my blog a little makeover.  I found a template which I adore and changed my header and it was definitely a New Year, New Blog moment.  I loved how my blog looked and felt so proud that I'd managed to do something tech related without messing it up in spectacular fashion!

Fast forward to when I took a hiatus from blogging and I was no longer feeling the appearance of my blog.  The bones of my blog I still love but I just wanted something fresh for 2018.

And so a few cosmetic tweaks were made and it is just so refreshing!  It is such a minimal change but something that is all you need!

To add to these little changes that have happened here on emmadaisy, my About Emma and Get In Touch pages have also had a little tweak!

Hope you get the chance to have a look at the new pages and have a look around!  Let me know what you think and if there is anything you would like to see here on emmadaisy :)  I always reply to comments so pop any questions or suggestions in a comment!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

PS!  Come and say hello!!! :) x