i do not know why i was born here or today or in this century.
i 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.
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.)
-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.
-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…?
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:
- i want to explore a lifestyle & career of writing, blogging, freelancing using the power of words, stories as a communication tool.
- 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 😦
- 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.
I just thought about a ‘hamburger.’ (This is my favourite food by the way, how about you?)
Okay back to the subject of the post.
I want to portray what I mean by ‘interdisciplinary.’
I like hamburgers because it tastes great. Why? Because when all of the ‘elements’ are placed together, with the combined different spices and flavours, it tastes ‘whole’ and of course delicious!
So I’m trying to be ‘syncretic‘ with various fields, disciplines, skills that can be attributed to an ‘architect.’
I aim to relate to an architect that has many, diverse, skills, disciplines and knowledge to create an ‘all-rounded’ burger with different elements to help create new and deep solutions to the ever-changing and interconnected society and even world.
Does that makes sense?
^ first draft