I titled this post, Meet the Real Sami because I would like to talk with you about my life in general and where I am headed. For those if you who have been around for a while, you know that I am a first time college student (meaning I am in my early 20’s) and I am young and haven’t yet decided on my career aspirations. Some people out there haven’t really taken me seriously in the scrapbooking community because I am so young, and really I don’t blame them. I understand where they are coming from because young people are different to say the least! LOL
Lately, I haven’t really talked about the important things going on so I wanted to fill you in a bit on what has been happening in my inner world.
This is very long winded so if you would like to skip on down to the giveaway, feel free to do so :O)
Earlier today I had my Botox treatment for migraine prevention. This was my fourth Botox treatment and the fourth one hurts just as bad as the 1st. I am writing to you from the couch, propped up on some comfy pillows LOL. Anyway, yesterday I had planned on telling you some fun and personal things, but lovely blogger had a hiccup and so I am going to rewrite it for you today.
Over the past couple of years, I have been sucked deeper and deeper into the scrapbooking world. I absolutely love everything about the scrapbook world. I love patterned paper, I love stamps, I love tools. I just love it all. I am very passionate about pretty much every aspect of design and I am completely enamored with color. I have really enjoyed my time here in the online community of scrapbooking and would like nothing better than to be here for as long as I can.
And at the same time, I have been going to college, studying things that I have absolutely no passion for. So I have been having an internal struggle to try to find the path I want to take in this life. At the same time, my migraine problems really complicated things.
Going to class and studying was hard enough for me to do when I was healthy, but it was practically impossible when I was so ill all the time. Due to my illness, having a traditional career was looking more and more impossible.
I have had to make some serious decisions. Do I continue down the straight and narrow pathway and continue with biochemistry even when I have to fight my body, or do I follow my passion and work towards a less traditional career? I have really battled with this decision. I have wanted to be a doctor since I was a child, but when it comes down to it, what I thought I had wanted isn’t really truly what I wanted after all. I think the migraines were my body’s way of trying to tell my mind what I should do all along. It is hard to let go of a dream, even if it isn’t right for you. And as I let go of the dream to pursue medicine, and as my love for scrapbooking grew, I was really only left with following my true passion.
So I began to consider a career in the paper crafting industry. But do I want to be a professional designer, a teacher, on the corporate side of things, work for another company, run my own business??? There are so many options to consider and it can be a bit overwhelming.
I became a Stampin’ UP demonstrator so that I could get my own discount, not so I could make money. I just sort of fell into the sales side of things. But as much as I love my Stampin’ UP products, I don’t want to sell it for a career. People tell me all the time how great of a salesperson I am, and I find that completely hilarious because I honestly don’t know anything about sales!! I honestly just love the Stampin’ UP products and if you stick around my blog for a while, you know that. I am not really interested in the sales side of things for a career.
Well, after much thought and consideration. I have finally decided what I want to do. And that is the reason I got the MACBOOK!! Can you guess?
I have FINALLY decided that I would like to go into graphic design!! So, let’s talk about school for a moment. . . I am two classes away from getting my bachelors degree in biochemistry and psychology. I am still taking those two classes this coming semester and I will still be graduating in December. BUT in two weeks, I am also going to be starting my studies in graphic design. I have signed up for classes at the local community college and I plan on getting an associates degree in communication graphics technology (AKA graphic design geared slightly towards the online world).
So this is where I am! Two weeks away from getting into the world of serious graphic design and I could not be happier with my decision. I feel like I finally figured out this big mystery in my life and I am excited that I am going to finally be moving toward something I feel completely passionate about. I know that a lot of people go through this same struggle to find their place and so I really felt like sharing my story.
This means something for you as my readers because I am going to be posting a little more about graphic design at times. This coming semester is going to be incredibly difficult for me because I am going to be taking classes at two different schools and rather than having only two courses, I am going to be taking a total of 5 courses which is a full time load.
This also means. . . you are stuck with me FOR GOOD! LOL I am going to be here for a long long time and I don’t plan on going anywhere! I can actually say, this blog has changed my life!
And I am absolutely in love with the teaching side of things so I will continue to share and teach through SPU.
I am excited and ready to start learning graphic design!! Can’t wait!
Whew, did you make it through that story alright? I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it (for the second time LOL).
OK ok ok finally what you have all been waiting for. . . the GIVEAWAY!!! YIPPEE!!
The giveaway for day 4 is. . . a Stampin’ UP STAMP SET!!! The set I am giving away is a clear mount (unmounted) set called Apple Blossom. This is a hostess level 3 stamp set from the new Idea Book and Catalog. Ask me how I can get you ready for a virtual catalog party today!
This card was made with the Apple Blossoms set:
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This giveaway ends on Wednesday August 18th at midnight EST.