So I'm taking a small intermission from Hawaii & portrait blog posts to bring you up to speed on the present day.
I feel like I haven't done an update-y type post in a damn long time. I guess this comes with self-publishing a little bit - you get so concerned about the quality of the content, you forget that people are actually following you because they also want to know what's going on in your world.
So here's everything that's going on in the world of Carolyn right now...
Unsurprisingly, I'm still going through a real post-Hawaii blues. My skin isn't dealing with the lack of humidity (still) and all this cold weather and darkness has me wanting to hibernate inside all day, every day.
I'm struggling a lot with my energy supplies at the moment. I'm trying to pin point exactly what's going on at the moment, but I think it has to do with the fact that the sun has been hiding over the last couple of weeks and I'm feeling a bit out of sorts because of it. Hello, sun? Can you please come back now? K, thanks.
In an attempt to make myself feel better about the weather and the fact that I'm not on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I've been hiking every weekend and hanging out with some cool people.
The first time I went hiking after getting back from Hawaii I did actually almost die (maybe a hyperbole but it felt like it). My lungs were in SO MUCH PAIN and the back of my throat felt like it was being stabbed by a blade every time I breathed in. Then my asthma started...
Welcome back to cold and rainy Victoria, Carolyn!
But all is well because after my hiking adventure to Hanging Rock this past weekend, the first signs of spring are starting to show (hello wattle) and the weather will be warming up soon. I just have to survive August first.
I've also started working at a restaurant in Geelong at night just for something a little different. I know, I know, I said I would never return to hospitality after finally being able to hang up my apron last year. Truthfully, I came back from Hawaii missing it in this weird way?
I get a lot of my energy and good vibes off talking to cool people and as I work predominantly from my bedroom, sometimes it's nice to get out and meet some new people - also good networking opportunities but you know, I'm trying to not make my entire life about my business.
Speaking of business related activities, things are ticking along as per usual. I'm learning a lot of things about finance and bookkeeping at the moment thanks to tax time. Past Carolyn wasn't really good at all of this stuff so I'm now making a concerted effort to organise everything. Seeing as this is my first full financial year working on my biz, it all feels quite overwhelming. I'm definitely drowning under paperwork and getting pulled under by what feels like an endless admin to do list on top of my client work.
I've found that my creative vibes have been flowing abundantly since returning from Hawaii (I think I was actually in a perpetual state of creativity and inspiration while I was there tbh) and it's nice to be able to harness that energy into personal projects and client work.
Hopefully, the projects I'm working on will see the light of day soon...
The hardest thing about having a creative and entrepreneurial mind is that not every idea hits you at the right moment. So much stuff gets in the way of my ideas: money, work, lack of time, resources. But it's important to keep chipping away at the mould until you eventually break through - persistence is key.
Anyway, that's everything going on with me at the moment - pretty average tbh. A big thank you to my hiking buddy Brodey for taking the pictures of me! The best thing about this entire post is the fact that I'm writing it from bed this morning, but I'd still rather be working from Starbucks on the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua aves. in Waikiki.