I cant believe this year is ending in less than ten hours. This has by far been the best year in my life, and so much has happend. So here it goes, this years summary!
Life Events• Moving to California
This time last year, I was sitting in my room crying because I was about to fly across the ocean, through multiple times zones and leave my familly and boyfriend for six whole months. Let me just tell you this, I am not the traveling type. Until I was 14 I couldnt sleep at another persons house because I would miss home so much. When I'm on holiday, seven days in another country is the max limit for me and then I just cant stand it any longer. So when my friend asked me if I wanted to come along and study in Santa Barbara for a semester, I was surprised when I said yes (and I still cant believe that I did it). I guess I was bored out of my mind, I had been working for a year since graduating and wanted to try something new.
So we went. I had never been anywhere without my parents before, but as soon as I stepped on the plane I felt calm and even excited. Living and studying in California taught me SO MUCH. It was the first time I had to take care of myself, the first time I lived by myself (well, I lived with my friend, but lets say without adults). The weather was amazing, I loved our apartment, the school was very professional and I did a lot of fun things. I can safely say that when I came back home, I was an entirely different person. • Getting into Graphic Design
Another great thing about my time in Santa Barbara was that I got to try out all the classes I was curious about. I had decided that I would try them all out, and then choose the field I liked the most for my University studies back home. I tried Graphic Design, 3D Animation and traditional Art. I fell in love with the Graphic Design class, loved the software and realised that I had real talent. On the 16th of April, I applied for the Graphic Design and Communications program back in Sweden.• I got my license!
When I came back home from California, there was one thing I knew I had to do which had been nagging in my head during the whole semester. Getting your drivers license in Sweden is incredibly hard compared to many other countries, I had already experiences this once. The day before I left for America I did my practical test and failed, which meant that I had to re-do the theoretical and the practial test. So when I got back home I studied for two months straight, and finally suceeded. Best day of my life!• Starting my Bachelors in another City
Not a lot of people can say that they moved twice during one year right? But I certainly did. The Graphic Design and Communications programme I got accepted to was located in a city three hours away from my hometown. So I packed my bags again and drove off. I cant even begin to tell you what an absolute DREAM it has been here since I started! I love the programme and I have met so many nice people. This was also the first time i lived completely
by myself, but ever since Cali, it felt like no big deal.
In a way, I've done more artistic things than any other year. I've spent every minute in school this year drawing, designing, painting, modeling or animating. It has been very experimental and I have tried a lot of new things. Though I havent been very active here, a lot of things have been going on artwise. These four last months, when I moved away and started living by myself, I've had a lot more spare time which has resulted in more art. I dont know if you've noticed, but I see a clear improvement during these months. I've felt more motivated, less self-conscious and more curious. I wrote down a few New years-resolution regarding my art and I thought I'd post them!• Start doing Commissions
This absolutely TERRIFIES me, but its something I've always wanted. I though I'd start with chibis to get the hang of it and then maybe develop it. If anyone has any advice or beginner guides, please tell me!• Try Livestreaming or uploading Speedpaintings
I tried this once but couldnt figure it out, but I'll get more into it this year!• Save up for Copics
In Cali there was a huge art supplies store, and they sold copics. I've only ever stumbled across prisma markers here, which I didnt really like, but I just loved the Copic sketch ones! I only bought four, but I want mooore!• Become more Involved in the deviantART/Art-community
In groups, rps, forums, make new friends, skype, anything!
• Beauty, Style, Body and Soul
Gah the confusion. Since I've been through so much personality-wise this year, my personal style has been very vague. But now I'm starting to settle in a french 60s-kinda style which I really like. Make up has stayed the same, flicked eyeliner and coral lipgloss! I started working out when I moved for Univeristy because the local gym had the. best. deal. ever. I've exercised 3-4 times a week and I'm lovin it! I do a lot of yoga and lifting weights. This is something I plan to continue with in 2014 because I feel so much better doing it.
• Song of the year - The 1975 - Girls
• Movie of the year - Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• TV Series of the year - The Vampire Diaries (watched s1-3 during finals week....)
• Game of the year - Rayman: Origins for PS3
• Book of the year - Steve Jobs - The Biography by Walter Isaacs
• Food of the year - Pulled pork
I'm super excited about 2014 and I hope that you are too! Thanks for all the support!