Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Gloomy Thursday Catch Up

As the title says, it's a Thursday and it is pretty gloomy, but quite cosy.  The sky is grey, it's raining and I just wish I could stay in bed all day but that wouldn't be all that productive!

I've just also made myself an iced chocolate/coffee drink...  I don't get my logic sometimes hahah

For the past two weeks I've stayed home on Thursday.  Normally, I'd go into uni work for a bit then leave to go to Launceston College and practice a friends composition and then I'd stay in town and grab some food before my music rehearsal in the afternoon.  Last week I had every intention of going in on Thursday but life and university had other plans!

We're always told to back up our work and have multiple copies of our work so if something happens and we lose things, we'll have a backup.  So on Wednesday last week, I planned on backing up all my stuff.  After a few times of trying to back everything up, shit hit the fan.  My hard drive crashed, finder wasn't responding then everything on my desktop disappeared.  And my stress levels went through the roof.  I didn't want to wake anyone up because it was close to 1am, so I was googling trying to find out what happened and how to fix it and nothing was working and I was freaking out to the max!  Insert Emma crying.

However, the perks of having the best fambalam and an older and amazing brother who is brilliant with computers, is that they don't mind if a crying Emma wakes them up and asks for help.  I seriously love my family.  I then stayed up and talked with mum for a bit to calm down and just have a nice 1am chat and decided to stay home on Thursday.  So sent my friend Claire a message asking if we could miss tomorrows rehearsal.  My head was all over the place and just needed a day to get back down to earth and sort out all the laptop issues!

And it was so weird being home on a Thursday.  Since being at uni, I've gone in even if I don't have class so I can go to my rehearsal in the afternoon and it was just so weird!  That day was all over the place, so I'm pretty glad I decided to stay home!

University has been interesting.  Stressful and interesting.  We had a formative presentation on Monday and man all I really wish I could have is a stress-free few days before I have any form of presentations.  I'm not asking for much hahaha I use a program called ArchiCAD to build everything and it's great, really cool program but I have a love hate relationship with it.  I'm not a pro at the program and half the time, I'm winging it but story settings, they are the most painful thing.  And story settings coupled with a multi-split level building is a downright nightmare.  I wanted to fix my story settings, because in the long run this would be an extremely helpful and smart thing to do.  Goes to change story settings.  ENTIRE FILE GOES CRAZY AND EVERYTHING MOVES AND GOES TO WRONG HEIGHTS AND I NEARLY STARTED CRYING AGAIN.

So I went to sleep and decided to tackle it the next day.  Took me over 48 hours to fix everything and I was not happy.  Sure I was happy that I'd solved (90%) the problems but I wasn't happy that I'd spend such a long amount of time in one site and I had a heap of work to do elsewhere.  On Saturday, I stayed up til 4am (Sunday morning) working and then woke up a few hours later and just worked my butt off!  I got so much work done but still need to draw 8 details which I am not looking forward too!

The formative assessment with pretty well.  I was meant to be presenting third but the two girls before me didn't come to class so I got to present first!  YAY!  The way the presentations were run were weird, if I'm honest.  Two people would be presenting at the same time and we were meant to present for five minutes in front of our tutor and another academic staff member, and then they would give us five minutes feedback.  Then our tutor and the other staff member would swap over to the other person presenting and then the rest of the class would come over to my presentation and then I'd talk to them about my design for five minutes and then we'd have five minutes to discuss things.  I think.  I still have no idea how it was meant to go.  Nothing really kept to time and some people had more time with out tutor and the other guy who came, and some had the minimum ten minute session and it was just all over the place!

I found my feedback had both positives and negatives to it.  My concept is exposed so I was told to push that more instead of taking a more subdued route.  Which is a perfectly reasonable thing to ask but I've just got to find that balance between pushing the limits and being sensible because I don't want to alienate any of the jurors because that wouldn't end well!

And now I am just working away on assignments.  I'll sit in my room and put YouTube videos on in the background or some music and try and get some quality work done!  I've been watching videos from my subscriptions but I've always been binge watching Let's Play videos from Deligracy.  I do love The Sims and as I can't play it myself because assignments suck, the next best thing is watching someone else play it!  I'm currently watching her Barbie series and I am loving it!

Also SCREAM QUEENS IS BACK!!!!  I loved the first season and watched Episode 2 while I was having lunch today and I am so keen for the rest of the season!!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Friday, 16 September 2016

A Work In Progress by Connor Franta

I love the internet.  I love books.  I love Connor Franta.  I love A Work In Progress.

Connor was one of the first people that I subscribed to on YouTube and it's been amazing seeing how far he's come over the years!  When he first announced he was releasing a memoir, I was over the moon.  I love how creative Connor it, he can talk about the most simple of topics and make it sound like poetry, and I knew the actual physical thing would look incredible.  I was really slow in buying the book but it was so worth the wait.

In 212 pages, Connor shares stories from his life, and when I finished reading everything I felt like I understood Connor a little bit better.  There are parts which will make you chuckle, parts which will make your cheeks hurt from smiling, and there are chapters which will inspire you, and other parts which will really make you think hard.  How Connor writes is just amazing, you really feel like he's just talking to you over a cup of coffee.  His words flow effortlessly and no matter chapter, I was hooked and just wanted to keep reading and turning that page.

Also, and probably one of my favourite things about the book was how it felt.  I think Connor thought of everything and having a book which wasn't the stereotypical smooth texture was a big plus for me!  I don't know, I'm not weird I promise!  It just felt really nice!!!

I loved the entire book but here are some chapters that I especially adored were Letters From My Parents, Creativity, Coffee, and Where I Find Happiness.  There were so many points in the book where I sat back and was going "wow just wow" and I'd stop where I was at and go to tell mum what I'd just read!  Mum knows a bit about Connor now hahaha

If you don't know who Connor Franta is, please, please go and check out his channel or pick up a copy of A Work In Progress.  He also has a pretty neat Instagram too! 

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Day On Thursday - Snapchat Fun & Music [08.09.16}

I did a post not that long ago which was a day in the life and really enjoyed it so here is another on!  Except all the photos are from what I posted on Snapchat. ENJOY!

I tried to be enthusiastic on Thursday.  It was going to be a busy day ahead and the amount of work I needed to do was insane so positive thinking right from the get go!  Overall I am trying to live a more positive life.  Negativity is just so draining and I know I won't be able to get away from it all but from the bits that I can, I will! 

I embraced the warm weather and wore a light shirt from Just Jeans.  I absolutely love this shirt, even though people reckon I'm wearing a pyjama top!  My jeans are my usual jeans that I practically LIVE in whenever I leave the house!  They're from Jeans West and I have pretty much worn these jeans for the majority of year...  Even when it was super cold and I should have been wearing full length jeans, I just love these so much!  And my grey Converse on the feet!  I've had these for years, probably over five years and I recently started wearing them again instead of them just chilling in my bedroom!

You'd think that with me having a desk all year I'd be used to having to walk up the 56 steps every time I'm at university...  NOPE!  That last set of steps, ah man FEELING THE BURNNNNNN!

I'm not one for having a full face of makeup but I did love how filter looked!  Although what I didn't love was when one of the architects walked past and I'm there having fun with the filters....  Talk about slightly awkward.

I had competitions coming up later up on the weekend and do you think I could play all the music...?  Nope.  Bar 84 of The Cowboys, literally feel like my fingers are going to break!  Ended up switching between listening to the music I was going to be performing on Saturday and then going through my Tunes playlist on Spotify!  Ellie Goulding is a babe, 100% babe!

This report on rooms for sleeping...  Oh my goodness.  I definitely enjoyed this report compared to the chemicals one but still, some of the reading was very heavy!  I have always be interested in psychology and knowing in more depth how colour and design can affect humans is definitely going to influence how I design in the future!

I needed to go to Launceston College in the early afternoon to practice a friends composition and I'm not the type of person who is late.  I knew what time I needed to be at the college by and I was planning on walking in because why not?  Nice day, nice walk, bit of fresh air - seems like a fab idea.  Well.  I thought I needed to put songs into a playlist on my phone for when I was walking.  I then nearly crashed into a group of masters architect students who were coming back with their lunch..  Thought I'd let them come through the door first.  Last two guys clearly had the same idea as me and there was that awkward "oh you go, no you go" conversation happened.  I went through the door.  Said thanks then nearly headbutted a bee.

Remember what I said about it being a nice day?  Yeah looks were very deceiving.  It was SO WINDY!!  I walked along the river and was getting blown about like I was paper!!  And then I look at the time and saw that I had three minutes to get across town.. Ahhhhh not going to happen!

I have been out of college for five years and this year I have spent so much time there!  I had to get a visitors pass and left the office to go to the music department and was basically there when I realised I had left my clarinet in the office.  Can we just take a moment to think about the exercise I have done today?  Little awkward conversation at the office when I got my clarinet back but I finally got to the music department to work on my friends composition!!

I ended up staying in the music department and say in one of their little practice rooms for the next hour or so until my another music rehearsal.  I went over the music we'd be playing on Saturday and really pushed myself with the solo I'd have to do.  I wanted to be able to play it in one breath so it was seamless but that meant a lot of breath control and I knew my nerves would kick in at the competitions so I had to focus!  And also play around with the filters on Snapchat because the lighting was fab and I'm also really good at procrastinating!!

At the afternoon rehearsal, I was so happy with how my solo went!  My conductor stopped the piece to get everyone "soak in what they just heard" and then made me to the solo again.  No pressure.....  I ended up getting the giggles at the end because my conductor help the pause for a long time and I ran out of air!!

And this is where the snaps stopped!  I got home, had some dinner, worked on my report and went to sleep!  Such a fun evening......

I'm being more active on Snapchat so if you want to see what I get up to feel free to add me!  I'm over at emmurray514 ;) you won't regret it because I can be rly funny sometimes! 

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Losing Motivation & 7 Ways To Get It Back

There are going to be points where we just lose motivation.  Motivation to study, motivation to do exercise, motivation to clean the house, sometimes we're just don't have the motivation to complete tasks.

Right now, I have no motivation to complete a report.  I am in my final semester at university and my motivation levels have been at an all time low.  Due to a combination of things, my mood hasn't been the best lately either and I just wish final semester was going to go for a little bit longer so we have more time to do everything!

Losing motivation absolutely sucks to be perfectly blunt.  It can strike at anytime and it's such a horrible feeling.  You can have people telling you to snap out of it but really that doesn't help a lot of the time ad so you're just in this little rut and finding a way out can be oh so difficult!

These tips are kind of around finding motivation to study and finished assignments, but they could be related to finding motivation in other forms as well!

Ask for help, don't do it alone:  Even if the assignment is an individual one, ask someone for their opinion.  Whether it is a family member, someone you go to school with or someone you work with, ask them and see what they think.  Having a fresh and an opinion from someone who has never seen the task before could give you that little spark you need!

Break it down:  If you're feeling overwhelmed with a task, break it down and see what it's asking you to do.  You may have already done this right at the beginning when the assignment was first given out but you wouldn't believe the amount of clarity I've gotten from going back and re-reading an assignment!  Then break down what the task is asking you to do.  I've found that it's better to tackle things in smaller amounts instead of jumping in head first and getting completely frazzled.

Try something new:   Have a look at the task from a different perspective or try a different study method.  For my studio unit, I prominently use a program called ArchiCAD and whenever I'm getting nowhere and my motivation is low, I'll print out the plans and go back to the good pen and paper and physically draw and work things out that way.  In a recent studio assignment, I was stuck with a floor plan and was getting nowhere on ArchiCAD (also the actual building was confusing AF!) so I printed out the plans and sections, laid them out on front of me and was able to make sense of them and come up with a design!

Take a break:  Sometimes you just need to step away from the task for a little while and do something else.  Could be working on another assignment, doing some chores or housework, doing some exercise, just something which allows you to take a break from the assignment.  Going outside, getting some fresh air and having the sun on my skin especially, has really been putting me back into a good mood.  It can get so stuffy inside and just simply going outside can do you so much good!  Just if you're in Australia right now, watch out for magpies and plovers because it's Spring and they're getting a little violent!!

Think how you'll feel after the task:  Looking at the end picture really helps me to get motivated.  I'm graduating at the end of the year and if that isn't enough reason to get back and work through assignment then I don't know what is!  Even just think how you'll feel when you hand the assignment in!

Music:  Oh music, how I would be lost without you!  I love music, think everyone knows this and I am usually always listening to music.  Putting on music that makes me happy, gets me moving and puts me in a good mood, is always a good start for me to get motivated again!  I recently did a post called Five Songs For The Morning and although I said these were songs I play in the morning to get up and ready, I will listen to them at anytime of the day!  Find some funky tunes that you love, pop them in a playlist and press play whenever you need that little pick me up!

Look at motivational quotes:  As Harry Styles once said:  simple, but effective.  Words are so powerful and can really have an influence on how you are feeling.  I will sometimes, when I'm in need of a pick me up, go to Pinterest and search for motivational quotes and yes some can be cheesy but sometimes cheesy is just what you need.  One that I really love, is something that I have really had to remind myself quite a bit recently:
It's a bad day, not a bad life.
Yes, there can are going to be rough patches.  That's just how life goes.  But like it says above:  It's a bad day, not a bad life!

So there are 7 tips that you could use to help get your motivation back!  I really need to use these more often but I hope you're going to be able to find these useful whenever you are lacking a little bit of motivation!

If you have any other ways of getting your motivation back, please let me know in a comment - you never know who might read it and who it might help!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Monday, 5 September 2016

August Instagram Diary & Roundup

August was a very interesting month.

I think to say it was a good month for life experience in general, would be very accurate.

I was lucky enough to go to Sydney for some music competitions in August!  I had never been to Sydney before so understandably was pretty excited, although I wasn't too pleased with having to take someones milk in my suitcase!  Studying design, we've been told so much about the Sydney Opera House and also Sydney Harbour Bridge, so being able to see them - it was AWESOME!

Other than university, music has taken up a lot of my time.  Next weekend on I have Australian National Championships and to say I'm nervous is an understatement.   Because I'm "old" I couldn't play in the Junior D-Grade which was an under 19 section but I was quite happy about this because it meant I'd be able to focus all my energy towards A-Grade.  Well, look who got subbed in as a permit player....?  ME!  I was so happy, so incredibly happy when I was told I'd be playing in D-Grade haha!

I'm not worried about D-Grade because I can play the pieces, but I really just wanted to concentrate on A-Grade.  We're playing four pieces and probably are going to be on stage for over half an hour and the pieces that we are playing are heavy on clarinet.  I seriously feel like composers are really hard on clarinets!  I get that we're the violins or the band but come on, we don't have an unlimited air supply!

I also have two solo.  One is so incredible exposed and I've only just got the rhythm under my fingers!  Talk about taking it to the line!  I'm now trying to decide whether to do the solo with in just one breath or take a breath somewhere, I still haven't figured out where to take a breath!  I've listened to how others have played it but I'm just going to have to play around with some variations!


~ Just silly mochas ~ Nippy Saturday mornings ~ Feet of a sleepy student ~ Graffiti art love ~
~ Bar 84 of The Cowboys ~ Standard Friday ~ And home sweet home ~ Photogenic noot noot squad ~
~ Sydney Opera House ~ Sydney Harbour Bridge ~ Me in a cup ~ Manly Beach ~ 


I'm going to work on my studio project, and hope that I'm able to get a bit of work done before my class which is in two hours!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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