Crochet of 2014

Here’s my big crochet post for all the things I made in 2014!


Going away elephant

Going Away elephant

I made this for a friend, Stef, who was moving away at the end of April. She loves elephants!
Graduation bear

Graduation Bear

I made two of these for two friends who graduated in mid-May. I don’t have a picture of the second bear which is a shame!

The rest are under here; there’s 19 more!

New Job (and Stuff)!

So last June, I started a new job! It’s near my house and the schedule is pretty flexible so I’m pretty happy about those two things. I’m part of a marketing team for a Nigerian medical care company called Me Cure and we’re mostly doing social marketing and e-commerce. I’m learning a lot about marketing and how to use social media as marketing, and I do some design work for the company too. I have great coworkers who are warm and welcoming and it’s a pretty great work environment.

But design-wise, it’s almost nil, so I kicked my butt into gear and created a podcast with one of my good friends Sowmya! We’re called the We’re The Worst (Sarcasm Implied) podcast, and we have two episodes as of this moment! We just goof around and record a podcast! It’s really fun, and it’s helping me out of my creativity block. It’s also one of my resolutions so I’m extra glad that we got to do this!

Here are some of the designs I made for the podcast.

2015 Resolutions

So from yesterday’s post, I’ll do this year’s resolutions first.

So, I’ve added these resolutions from last year, which are:

  • At least 1 unassisted pull up
  • 10 min mile

And these are slightly changed, but still kind of from last year’s list:

  • Read at least 27 books – So I’ve decided every year I’ll try and read my age number in books, so I’ll be 27 this year, and I want to try to read 27 books!
  • Inspiration! Blogging? Podcast? Vlogging? – This is literally the way I have it down, and it’s edited from “Blog more” from last year. I added podcast and vlogging from last year because I felt like those require more creativity than just surfing for creative inspiration. I also wanted an excuse to learn new skills, like audio and video editing. I actually have started a podcast already, but I’ll make (yet another) separate post about it. For now, I’ll add that I want to blog at least twice a week so I’ll have over 100 posts this year by the end of the year.

And these are entirely new goals:

  • Cook more – I hate and suck at cooking, but I want to try to make a new recipe every week and hopefully I’ll gain some skills that way.
  • Hike every other week – My friend Julie and I hiked a little bit at the end of the year, and we said we’d try and do this for the entirety of this year.
  • Greece! – Technically not a goal, just something that I am definitely going to do and I wanted on my resolution list. Ever since I went to Europe after my senior year of high school, my mom has been reminding me that she wants us to go to Greece together as soon as I got a real job. And, lo-and-behold, I have a real job, so we get to go at the end of this year!

And those are my resolutions for this year. I want to update soon, so there might be more than 2 blog posts this week! Carmen out!

The Rest of My 2014

Phew! Summarizing a year is something that’s really hard to do, especially when one of your resolutions was to blog more. …Oops! I came back and didn’t like the old theme, so I changed it again. New year, new layout!

It’s another long post, so under the cut, I talk about my resolutions from 2014, my various trips, and what I’ve learned.

Why Do I Blog?

The 2nd Zero to Hero assignment was to add a widget to the sidebar explaining the blog, so I did. And the 3rd Zero to Hero question is: “What was on your mind when you decided to start a blog?” It’s really a great question.

The reason I started this blog in particular was mainly to share my love of all things design, cute, and fandom-y. I wanted to share things I thought deserved recognition, and while I’m obviously not the first website to catch wind of this amazing thing, it deserves to have as much coverage as possible, which is where I would like to come in.

However, I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a journal or blog of some kind. I think keeping a record of what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, and your likes and dislikes is important. I love reflecting back on what I did on a specific day, how I felt, what I liked, who I was with, etc. It’s good to air out your feelings every once in a while, with complete strangers, or even with close online friends, because sometimes, it’s better to get advice and comfort from someone through the internet than in person. Sometimes, it’s just what you need. I think social media is great in terms of sharing things with your friends, but I think being able to hash out your thoughts, without character or word constraints, is important.

I actually met my best friend online. I know her best as her screen name, but her name in real life is Jade. I honestly don’t know what I would have done in college without her. She was my rock; I knew she would always be there for me. We’ve drifted apart over the years; we both have significant others now, lives got in the way, but I know if I texted or called her (especially if I called, she knows I hate doing that) she would be 100% there for me. And I would do the same.