This will be my final post on this subject. I feel like I’ve overcome the addiction! Yay! I still go to facebook, but I don’t get sucked in like I did before. I don’t spend hour upon hour staring at my news feed. I haven’t had a heated discussion in weeks.
I’ve made it to the second section of my online web development course. I can now build a very simple website in html with simple CSS. This is pretty exciting as I’ve now gone past the point of knowledge I had in college (2000). Mainly because everything from this point on is new information! I’m not quite to the point where I can build the website I want, but I’m getting there.
I’m back to painting again! It had been almost a year since I had pulled my paints and brushes out. It feels good to be creative and feel the movement of paint across the canvas. I’m still a bit rusty, as happens after not painting for that long a period of time, but it’s coming back quickly.
Yesterday, Aaron and I made a trip up north to Los Alamos to deliver more pillows and dolls to the Fuller Lodge Art Gallery. They have already sold a couple of pieces! YAY! It was a lovely drive home! We took the back road through the Jemez mountains, nothing quite like a drive through the forest to make me feel grounded. Unfortunately, we wore the wrong shoes so we couldn’t get out for a hike. Next time, for sure!
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This was supposed to be step three, but I had a little Backslide. That’s ok though, I’m only human! I’m now working on replacing my addiction with something healthier and better for my career in general. I’m taking an online course in Web Development. I actually signed up for the course over a year ago, but got sidetracked by, you guessed it! FACEBOOK! The one plus side to this sidetrack is the course was recently updated and includes much more information than I would have learned had I finished the course last year as intended.
I’m taking the class on a great site called Udemy. I’ve also taken a Reiki class on the site and I really enjoy the self paced format, not to mention the online access. I don’t have to sit in a classroom on someone else’s schedule, I pick my class time. Of course, this can be good and bad depending on how focused you may be. As in my case, it was bad and then later became a good thing! haha.
The reason I’m taking this class is to refresh my web design skills. It’s been 16 years since I graduated with my Associates in Applied Science for Computer Engineering Graphics! Obviously, things have changed quite a lot online since June 2000! I like to have control of my own websites and it makes sense as a small business owner and artist, to maintain my own web presence. Plus, it gives me something to do online, OTHER than facebooking!
It also makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. If all goes as intended, you will see some really awesome changes to my websites (I have two, one for my art and the other for my Studio business) in the near future.
Tomorrow, I will share more creativity and what I’ve been working on this week! Hint: I finished the painting I posted the progress pic of yesterday! 🙂 Stay tuned, or better yet, subscribe to my blog in the upper right hand corner! 🙂
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Tagged addiction, artist's life, backslide, creativity, facebook addiction, New Mexico artist, overcoming my facebook addiction, Udemy, web design, web development
This is the week of the special shape art pillow! I had a wild hair to make some different designs this week, so here’s number two. The spiral in the middle is hand embroidered. The custom art fabric is my own “Daisy” design. I’m really enjoying this design, it’s so bright and cheery. I plan to make the fabric available for sale very soon.
Until then, you can find this comfy, cute, Springlike art pillow in My Etsy Shop. Along with several other pillow designs.
As I’m getting back into posting regularly here on my blog, I’m looking for ideas. What would YOU like to see me blog about? So far, I’ve decided that Tuesdays and Thursdays will be “Creativity” day. In other words, on these days, I will post photos of what I’m working on during the current week.
As you can see from yesterday’s blog (and a couple of other previous posts), I’m currently working on a series of blog posts about my facebook addiction. I know I’m not the only one on the internet with this addiction! Follow my blog to see how I deal on a day to day basis. I’m using blogging as a replacement for all the time I USED to spend on facebook.
Another series I’m working on is “Living in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico”. This is a series similar to one I wrote many years ago about different day trips about one hour outside of Albuquerque. The new series will be about many places my husband and I travel around the state. I love my state and I know many people come here to vacation, so I figured it could be helpful to people looking for something to do when they visit. I guess it could be helpful to people who live here too! Believe it or not, I’ve lived here most of my life and still have places to explore in this large land mass of a state!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas you would like to see my blog about. I love getting feedback from YOU, my readers! Thank you for following my blog! 🙂
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Aaaaaand, start over! I WAS doing pretty well with staying off Facebook, then another Primary Tuesday came around. In addition to my Facebook addiction, I’m a political junkie! I keep my political stuff away from my blog and I won’t mix politics with business. Let’s just say this election season is quite exciting.
I’ve had a minor backslide but I CAUGHT myself this time, before WEEKS passed! I’m still determined to beat this crazy, lazy addiction. My step three was going to be, “Replacing the Addiction”, but I’m human and sometimes humans aren’t perfect. 😉
I won’t beat myself up over it, I will start over again tomorrow. Tomorrow I will work on replacing Facebook with an online web development course. Learning more information on setting up my website the way I want it and not just the easy, free template here on WordPress.
I spent the morning being creative. I’m working on a new pillow design that I will share with everyone here on the blog tomorrow. I ran out of stuffing and once it’s stuffed, I will share. 🙂
Today also happens to be my 9 year anniversary on WordPress! I cannot believe it’s been that long! Counting my time on Blogger, I’ve now been blogging for 15 years! Here’s to another 15! That is, if blogging is still around in 15 years, the way technology is advancing these days, who knows! I hope everyone is having a happy, happy Wednesday!