”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

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

Listen to this thought:

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

I just had a thought. A thought that was reassuring. I hope it is a good reminder for you too.

It takes time.

Do what you can. Make use of what you have. Jump at opportunities. Try and not overwhelm yourself with too many ‘doings.’

Pick a couple and do it well.

I want to try this… I want to go overseas and travel to do this… I want to buy this…

Again:

breathe in… pause. and breathe out.

Remember to rest too.

That’s what I need – a good sleep.

Have a productive week + make room for yourself to breathe and laugh,

My Life Design – Prototype 1

G’day & Chao, 👋

I recently finished the book Designing Your Life.

One of the exercises was to map out our ‘Odyssey Plan’ within a five year timeframe.

Try out the career planning exercise using their resource (pdf). It’s adaptable for everyone and every profession – so go try it out (it really makes you think about your career values & personal lifestyle!)

I’m not the type of person who makes goals or someone who can think ahead and pursue it ambitiously. But for the sake of wanting of wanting to start ‘meaningful’ work to improve society, to share my knowledge and skills, to save money and help my parents, I thought I should at least start planning and thinking of my context, my circumstances and my thoughts/ideas before ‘working’…

It’s crazy at the moment. I started this yesterday and I am overwhelmed that this map is turning into a wild, wild mess or even scrambled eggs.

Fig. 1 – Five notes to record a five year career journey plan. The authors noted to include both career-related & personal life events/needs i.e Designing your ‘life!’

Fig.2 – Close up of some of my doings & near future plans for YEAR 1.

^ If you have noticed, I named the file and the central node to be ‘Interdisciplinary Architect’ – I think that is what I want to be considered as my ‘profession/job title.’

Why interdisciplinary? I was inspired by an architect who documented his story about his ‘work’ lifestyle – he dedicated his first half of his day to his most treasured/favourite hobbies (film-making, writing, model-making) and the latter part of his day was allocated for ‘work’ measures – ringing clients, computer drawing etc.

After watching this video on his youtube channel, it was a catalyst for me to mark my status and progress of what I wanted to be identified as & what work I wanted to be involved with. After all the researching and reading about my architecture, sustainability & environmental interests – having an interdisciplinary mindset.

Sorry, this post should of been titled ‘Year 1 deeds’ (the original name can be used for the completed map which will be finished someday….)

If you’re curious about the program I used, download ‘Mindnode.’ They provide a ‘lite’ version which works well.

Do you have any questions about it? Comment your ideas & plans about your career too and let’s start sharing thoughts! Let’s have a DD (discussion dialogue) 💭 💬

It gets interesting once you share your career plans with someone. I have someone in mind. I am sure that person you share it with will give you a handful of ideas to take away. I have learnt that other people ‘know’ of some things that we don’t know & we learn from each other and vice-versa. Designing your life uses ‘design tools.’ In this case, it’s all about ‘collaboration.’ 

Brainstorming time!

Keep prototyping,

julianne (without the e!)

11/08 – first draft
12/08 – 2nd draft