While browsing some of my favorite blogs I came across a post (by Creature Comforts) recommending a website called MINTED. You can design or order some really interesting, pretty, and unique wedding annoucments, personal stationary, and baby announcements.
While I don't really have use for those, I was hoping to be able to order business cards for networking during NeoCon. Does anyone know of a website that makes awesome business cards for a decent price? (I know there is Microsoft Office Online which will print you around 500 cards for free - but they put their name on the back and I would prefer not to have that.)
So thanks to one of my favorite blogs Creature Comforts I found a pair of flats that I love! They can be found on Esty and are made by ExtraSeed. And the best part? They are custom made for you, eco-friendly (made of hemp), vegan friendly (the soles are recycled tire rubber and interior is vinyl leather), and are only $38.00 + shipping. Amazing + cute!
Currently it is 2am and I have a 7am wake up call. BUT I am disregarding that because I cant sleep - even though I spent an hour trying.
SO, I though: What a great time to update my blog!!! ^_^
Currently I am stoked about the portfolio cover I just ordered from fastportfolio.com ... it is from Pina Zagaro and is made of bamboo. Although its a bit pricey for a recent college grad ($136.00 if you want your own) I see it as and investment towards future employment (crossing my fingers).
On Saturday I got the opportunity to attend a workshop to learn the 3D modeling program Google SketchUp courtesy of IIDA. Not only is this program super user friendly and easy to pick up, it's also very fast and very fun! I could sing it's praises all day! It doesn't render quite nearly as well as Revit or AutoCAD but APPARENTLY there is a plug in or add on of some sort to improve that feature. If you know anything about that - let me know! :) Here is a little something I did while playing with the program during the workshop:
Here's a little look at the project that has been consuming my life for the last month and will continue to do so until it's due, on April 30, 2010. I am redesigning the Knapp's Building of Downtown Lansing into a Hotel and fine dining restaurant.
Tonight I have been thinking a lot about who I am. What kind of person am I? What do others see of me? DO I have any real opinions of my own, or am I just mimicking what I have heard other more educated people say? I'd like to think that I have my own mind, my own take on things, my own personality. I'd like to think I have some qualities that make me uniquely myself. The more I think about it the more I realize how much I let others influence me. I don't think that is always a bad thing, because others help you learn and grow into a more knowledgeable person. I guess I am just concern that I am letting others define me - instead of being my own person. I want to make my own decisions, state my own opinions, and in general not have to rely on others for a stance on ..well anything! Politics, art, pop culture, music, fashion ....
I guess what I am saying is even though I am a pretty extroverted person, it doesn't always mean I have confidence in myself. And I regret that. I guess I want to change and believe more in myself and not let others talk me down to a point where I am convinced I am wrong and they are right.
I looked up some quotes on the matter. I literally typed in "quotes on defining yourself". Heres what popped up:
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself. ~Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~William Shakespeare
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he ca
nnot keep. ~Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1750
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. ~Homer
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. ~Johann von Goethe
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. ~Friedrich Nietzsche