Today marks the first day or April, which means it's the last month of me being 27. Yes, you heard me correctly, I am turning 28 this month (on the 18th to be exact). I'm not one to complain about growing older, but 28 seems like I am entering adulthood. Well, I know I TECHNICALLY AM an adult, but 28 really is coming for me.
Over the past year, being 27, I have been happy. I started the blog, I have a job I love, friends I can't picture my life without, a wonderful family, and overall a good life, but nothing is perfect and there is always room for improvement. There have been several let downs over the past year, and I have identified some things that need to be changed, which I will be sharing with you over the course of the next year.
This month I will be setting some goals, not only for the blog, but for 28. I've decided 28 is my year, and "saying it out loud" to you means I have to stick to the changes. I am establishing and developing some great new regular posts for you, which I think you will be as excited as I am about!
Today I baked some of the most challenging and beautiful cupcakes I have ever made, which I will of course be sharing with you, and I am exhausted, but feeling inspired. Here are some things that are inspiring me today.
I am fortunate in that I DO make something pretty much everyday, but I think I need to head back to basics and create some personal projects with my hands. I think to step away from work and the blog and the computer will be good for me- and I'm not just talking the DIY and baking stuff, I mean some design work, some illustration, remind myself why I fell in love with it all to begin with. Paint? Cutout? Glue? SURE! You should also make something today.
Speaking of back to basics, I am loving some of these simplistic logos, posters and designs I am seeing on the web. Who said we have to over design. Thoughtful design. Back to basics, that's what I'm talking about.
I went to college for illustration, which I LOVE and I am think will always be my core, so when I see something like this which is so well designed, and well illustrated and thought out ... SWOON. This piece is particularly inspiring because it's EVERYTHING and so simple and well done. This piece reminds me to think outside the box and just go for it, but also that using what you know best can really surprise even yourself.
... and let us not forget baking. I baked my arse off today, and it was challenging, and frustrating, and some of my best work and some not so good, but I have to remember to continue to push myself and try new things. I am also going to try to reallllly learn about baking. Yeah, I do it, and it works (most of the time) but I'd like to study it more (a class maybe?) and get the basics down a bit more so I have more to share with ya'll! Scones is on the list of something to try, so I will be turning to Smitten Kitchen for some pointers, she's freakin' ace.
So there's what inspiring me in the start of April. April will be about getting back to basics and pushing myself. I have a few weeks until my bday, and plan on spending them setting goals, for the weeks, months and year ahead. What are some of your goals this month?