”work” ”purpose” – i need to go soon

i do not know why i was born here or today or in this century.

feel something. something that is pushing me to head somewhere, a direction. but where?

is time not on my side? why do i feel a sense of urgency? is this typical for ‘millennials?’

i am thinking to leave my paid work in a couple of months and to find other good work to do.

non-for-profit organisations sounds good. i want to take on work that ties with larger, interdisciplinary fields & scopes – issues/things that ties with social, community, environmental, economic, political(oh no) stuff.

-ordinary girl steps, reacts, grapples, raises her voice, listens & asks, documents, ‘philosophizes’ (not a word but you know what i mean) about the world.

  • i go with no business/organisation/team name. no leader. no heirarchy. people chip/fund me to do work in their country – i come to listen and support them.

-i help with their work in exchange to sleep/accomodate in their home and free food is taken care of for me – which means i won’t stay in one place for a prolong period of time. i will walk, ride bikes, walk and walk like a nomad/backpacker in foreign environments/countries – is this not living?

^ i should pack my backpack soon.

and then go.

^06/03

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ABCs & learning the basics of ‘blogging’

sighh. helloo

breathed in & out…

this is harder than i envisioned. i wanted a space to freely share my thoughts on architecture based on my experiences and update you on what is happening after i graduated.

i have been attending training for my first paid job *mini celebration at a small architecture and film business called Architel TV.

today is a saturday, my first f-r-e-eeeee weekend and a day i am mentally free from society’s committments.

IN THIS POST, i wanted to let you know that i have borrowed books on ‘blogging’ & how-to’s in learning about WordPress. I guess or ideally, I would like to use the time I have off to breatheee AND build up skills in ‘writing’ or ‘blogging.’

The Quick Expert’s Guide to Writing a Blog – for teens (doesn’t mean I can’t use it)

  • definition: a blog is any website to be updated regularly (i failed already).
  • ask yourself why start a blog?
  • ‘log’/record… a personal online scrapbook
  • connect with other ppl with similar interests
  • creative outlet- space you can build, personalise, own, vent stress/relax- i call it a                hobbie!

What’s your blogging style?

-mastermind – specialist subject/s

-diarist – sharing DETAILS of life – online journal, likes/dislikes

-mystery blogger – online personality, an invented name (ooo interestingg)

-columnist – strong feelings about politics/social issues…

-service/help hub – INTERACTIVE – ask readers for advice & invite them send qns/problems to answer in future posts

i think i situate with the first two options + the last two…

How to earn o-ka-ne? (japanese word for ‘money)

-Google Adsense

-Amazon Associates (get a small percentage/commission of sale after a buyer clicks on certain link)

-Ask on blog directly – donate buttons/tip jars (hmm…something to consider…)

 

What’s the difference – blog, website….

  • website: collection of pgs with links + info
  • blog: website that has UPDATES in reverse chronological order eg.wordpress!
  • micro-blog: blog with SMALLER lengths of info eg. twitter/tumblr
  • social network: INTERCONNECTED ppl who follow each other’s updates

 

Copyright issues, SEO & stuff

  • Free pics – Morguefile, Creative Commons
  • Or DIY – take own photos & record audio
  • SEO – text over pics, meta tags, think of synonyms/phrases for words, RSS feed

ideas for posts:

  • lists – top 5/10
  • revisit past archives/repost & re-introduce/reflect
  • to the future – what will world be in… hopes & dreams
  • reaction post – link to other blogs – agree/disagree
  • travelogue – pics and vids
  • add quotes – or of your own… hmm
  • your fav blogs – links & whyyyy?

 

  • social blogging:
  • comment on other blogs
  • exchange guest posts with another blogger/interview each other
  • group blogging? invite a regular guest – huffintonpost?
  • use social network to SHARE LINKS eg. fb – create a pg linked to account & ppl can             see in their timeline. twitter – widget – not only blogposts but THOUGHTS on sidebar
  • sharing tools – google +, digg, delicious

is there anything you would like to add?

and that is my notes from the book i just finished reading – an hour spent!

hmm, do any of you set a schedule for blogging? should i try this?

 

notes:

  • i am thinking of creating a series to help you learn about blogging & using wordpress while i learn too.
  • refer to: stumbleupon

-i have read posts where architecture blogs participate to write on a topic – architects are from across the world to connect together – i forgot the tag name… but this is good for us to contribute!! eg. questions, ‘      ‘ wednesday, use widgets… go on: memes/blog hops, simply linked/mister linky & blog awards

#blogginglife, #sidehustle, #writingskills, #writtencommunication

millennial thinking – living in a economically challenging society …

okay, i am a little bit angry.

i just got some thoughts out to my mum at the dining table before.

it was to do with ‘money.’ haha not funny okay?!

leading up to this day, i was penalised and as a result “paid” money for my fines – car parking, cars, cars, cars.

i then was able to focus on this angry to think of a plan, an alternative plan.

i call it: The NOMAD

ze alternative ‘nomad’ plan:

  • negotiate current work hours to 10am to 4pm or work 4 hours at office and 3 or 4 hours AT HOME
  • build up a ‘side-hustle’ – freelance business, to build up a service/product to earn income over time (passive income?!)
  • sell my car – DITCH driving and walk nomad style(yeah!), take public transport instead of ‘owning’ a car (a big asset which costs a lot of money to have- insurance, annual registration fees etc.)

notes:

-my mum wants me to live at home with her (i will save a lot of money, thank you mum). i’m also considering building a small/’tiny’ home out of shipping containers as my own studio/office

^ i can imagine myself travelling and being out & about (haha ‘nomad’) but when i’m home, my mum’s home is my home.

^what if i have a partner and want to settle down? hmm probably not – again SAVING $$

  • how long before i start applying these? i am trying to think realistically – if i work at different places/jobs for 3-4 years, i can have some money to do things i want (live/work overseas?!) this is what i call the SAFE income – working hard to save for the initial coming streams of money.

difficulties:

-i will rely on people – driving favours(carpool though!)

-difficult to get around outside my local community area

  • being a ‘nomad,’ i will also USE up a lot of the time walking, taking slower modes of transport – time will be used up (hmm….)

what about you? do i sound crazy for having this plan…?

#alternativeliving, #economicsin21stcentury, #millennialstruggles, #thenextgeneration, #thestateoftheworld

UPDATE on almost 1 year after graduating architecture:

i have some optimistic news for me and soon-to-be out of graduates of architecture.

there is certainly different careers in architecture – ah, i’m so lucky to be born in the 21st century/millennial/gen y (or whatever you want to call it) and to live in melbourne’s ‘eclectic’ design & architectural landscape!

okay, here come the news.

so, i still will be volunteering (climate change work finishes in early may)…

on the other 3 days of the week, i will be a trainee producer at Architel. And… YES, it is a PAID job (mini celebration dance woot-woot)

you are probably thinking FINALLYYYY right? (i will write a post sharing to you on what happened after graduating… both good and bad things unfortunately & fortunately).

i’ll be in training for the next two weeks (i know that i will work with the company for a while – it’s my first change of SAVING UP money & learning about cash flow, maybe tax & all of that)

yepp, ARCHITECTURE + FILM = what a combo!

so the plan is to work with this small film business for half a year (could change, maybe even up to six or nine months – don’t know)… also am thinking of working with a broadcasting tv show on architecture (second half of year…?) – suggested me to speak to the person who runs the show (referrals/links/networks are so important when finding work – one of my GOLDEN RULES for you!)

^ featured image – State Library of Victoria (shadows, tonal contrast, vintage aesthetic – subdued)

g’day & chao, i have something to share

2017 was a bit sloppy. i wanted to blog well about architecture & my experiences but i lacked consistency and motivation to write.

i know i need to edit this after writing.

this new year, i have a drive to get this up & running again because:

  1. i want to explore a lifestyle & career of writing, blogging, freelancing using the power of words, stories as a communication tool.
  2. i want to see how ‘passive income’ works (it would be great if i could make a little bit of money so i can feel a little bit secure financially). i am turning 24 later this year and i have yet to have a proper/formal/professional paid job 😦
  3. experiential prototyping & reflections – 4 years of learning about architecture is a lot! architecture now is interconnected with other experiences of my life – i have a gazillion of synapses in my brain that connects links with architecture to film, to environmental sustainability & philosophy and so on… (i need to get it down because my brain gets tired & hot from the information storage!)

like i said, i have to re-write this again some other time.

i made the move to switch from google blogger to wordpress, hoping that a cleaner, more intuitive interface will help me write consistently, well and honestly.

cheers for growth in 2018 & i will see you in the comments – i want to build a community of graduates, students of architecture, design/architecture/interdisciplinary professionals to engage, talk about, dialogue about architecture, your experiences and in connection with the world.

from a vietnamese-australian milennial girl who lives in melbourne (very privileged to live here!), who graduated, who is volunteering, and writing about these experiences in hopes of something to build, branch out, create connections, allow conversations, something to evolve out of it.  

j-nguyen

17/01/18, 8:01pm

 

#blogginglife, #graduatearchitect, #interdisciplinaryarchitecture, #millennialstruggles

school didn’t teach me about money so i will teach myself

aside from my move from blogger to wordpress (hence, i haven’t touched up on the design & look – need to do very soon)… i will aim to write to you on ‘money’ matters.

i could read and save and store the information for myself or i could share it (& earn a little bit of money from ads on my blog – which i will look into and mention in another post about my prototype to explore passive income).

in past posts, i have talked about my interests beyond architecture and the interconnections of the disciplines with other fields of thinking in society. what i haven’t mentioned is other areas in my life other than trying to ‘be’ career-minded is my spiritual/religious, social, mental and financial life.

my prototypes for this year includes ways to make income. recently, i went to my local library and carried home books on some things like how young adults can save money or money & life lessons no one told us about or working at home/part-time.

so the things i share will be like a journal entry. it’s better than me reading this for self-gain. i hope you gain something for yourself too. i hope it will be short, sharp & to the point (yell at me if i start to blabber which i often do because it’s my personality & i am horrible at it).

first book i just finished:

The Teen Money Manual by Kara McGuire

-idea of ‘being your own boss’ – the term entrepreneur coins this phrase as starting a business. apparently all entrepreneurs have what’s called ‘ZOG’ – a sense of excitement, anticipation & energy. zest + courage, self motivation, optimism, training oneself to see solutions, not just problems & grit – sticking with things over long term unil one masters them.

-investing: how can one turn $20 & GROW it over some time to make more…?

-getting advice: financial/money mentor – do you have one? i have someone in mind.

i will talk more about this ^ very soon.

this is like a trial post & proof to remind myself that i will continue building on this knowledge & mindset for this new year to aim to make some money for my parents to see! (that is also for another post on millennials thinking on money versus baby boomers).

getting back to reading now, chaoo.

j-nguyen

 

 

#economicsin21stcentury, #graduatelife, #learningaboutmoney, #millennialstruggles

Designers/architects as local community leaders

G’day & Chao. Greetings,

I don’t know why but the thought of ‘blogging’ or ‘writing’ on this platform was not on my mind lately. II’ve been going out in life in different branches and have not kept in mind about the ‘reflection’ process…

I wanted to talk about my current involvement with a young adult committee group in my local community, Brimbank Youth Ambassadors (BYA).

Now, just coming out of university with a worldview revolving around design and the built environment, I was flabbergasted with the notion of the authority of ‘young adults & the community.‘ In architecture school, I was told that we could be ‘designers’ or ‘architects’ who have the power of designing spaces for society to use/inhabit. BYA brought be a new perspective – a perspective that any young adult can be a ‘designer’ (beyond designing spaces) – a collaborative and interdisciplinary voice to make community better, thus improving our prospect of flourishing in local community and society.

Sidetracking a little, a little before my graduation ceremony, I have looked in community work/activities and saw BYA advertised in my local library but I didn’t apply because I thought I lacked ‘leadership’ skills like public speaking etcetera…

http://brimbankyouth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BYAbnw-300×225.jpg

I’ve attended two meetings so far and I feel like I can breathe a little more, have my mind opened a little more and I can hear myself a little more.

Now to give you a little behind the scenes, this is a bit strange (like all things life are strange). I wanted to connect and join with an ‘interfaith/intercultural’ group with young people who want to explore this area. I contacted the number who ran this group in my suburb but told me the lack of interest caused the group to end. She then referred me to another group (young adults – still good) and I turned up to their meetings.

I am trying to say that I would not have the courage to sign up for this in the first place without the chat I had with the ‘Youths Officer.’ (no online form, no interview/CV hand-in I had to do). Amazingly, I thought this would be the opportunity for me to grow – I am still working at my local council. Being involved with this BYA group means I get to witness and experience the processes, principles and structures of ‘local government.’

What is BYA?
Group of young people in Brimbank who have a voice, who cares, who wants change in community!

Keywords/phrases I’m picking up…





^ Brainstorming session with my group:
1. From our experience, answer: Why should we give a voice to young people in Brimbank?

I forgot exactly what I wrote but it had something to do with valuing multiculturalism, having a space to talk about personal/social issues in community and social justice.

2. Categorised notes under umbrella headings/themes: 



^ Cleaned up the brainstorming & notes to form a model that BYA can implement and follow as our guiding principles when we get out there and make change!
Note:
Something interesting I found when we were sharing our ideas and writing them down was the ‘kind’ of language we used to describe it. It wasn’t much about the BIG words like accountability, equity or agency, it was the VERBS:
– provide
– facilitate
– advocate
– ensure
– prevent
– be…
This is still new to be but it sounds like activism… local politics… 


How can this be implemented in my alternative architecture career?

At university, we looked at big projects. We took them on on a large/top down approach – I mean architecture/design industry knowledge and then pushing down to micro scale. 

Working with local community with ‘young adult’ issues made me think that the role of architect/designers should start from a manageable and smaller range- starting from our family, neighbours, local community then engage outwards to our bigger and broader society. What do you think?

I want people to understand the language we are speaking – so shouldn’t we engage the community with issues we CARE about first – personal-community-level-understanding and advocacy and not push design solutions that are too TECHNICAL to understand. 


Next steps…

I don’t have a plan of how long I will stay with the BYA group but I think I will stay with them in 2018 too. Maybe I can touch on ‘environmental/climate change’ issues young adults can be involved in (social media strategies/events) or… broaden out of architecture and work with themes of social issues of cultural identity and expression, mental wellbeing …


i’ll remind myself to write soon,

see you in december.

j-nguyen