It’s been a month and a half since I sent out my first batch of emails to interior design firms. I’ve sent out another two batches, and have made follow-up calls to over thirty places, including architectural firms and furniture fit-out companies, and so far, no luck.
Well, the luckiest I’ve been is scoring an interview with a principal interior designer of an architectural firm. The company wasn’t looking to hire, but he was kind enough to take me in for a few minutes to give me insight into the design industry here in Perth.
For some reason, I feel like time is ticking away. I know I’m young, but I feel like I’m being left behind, like I’m missing out on so much. I’m the sort of person that needs to constantly have things going for me to feel like I’m getting somewhere. I like being busy with things that I find have purpose. Things that take me a step closer to achieving my dreams.
Job-hunting does no good to one’s ego after countless rejections. I haven’t given up looking for a job. I know I’ll eventually get a job as long as I keep at it, which I will, but it’s a matter of when that matters to me. I just hope that when I finally get a job, I’ll still be sane to enjoy it.
You see, as a result of chronic inactivity, I think I’ve gone a little crazy. I was convinced two mornings ago that I should take another ceramics class to get my creative juices flowing again. So I enrolled in a clay sculpture class, and will be getting my hands dirty again in less than a week!
I haven’t been completely inactive actually. I’d like to believe that I’ve finally made exercise a part of my lifestyle now, as whenever I miss a day or two of working out, I feel forced to hit the gym. However, I feel I’ve reached a plateau (which is actually just being lenient again with my sugar intake) and I feel I’ll be taking my health and fitness routine to a whole new level very soon.
BZ and I have been on the lookout for a bigger apartment as well, you guys. We’ve seen two ones which we really like. The downside to the one in the better location is that it doesn’t come with a gym. We’ve made our negotiations, and are just waiting for the owner’s response. Hopefully, we get to move out next week already!
So that’s all that’s new in my life, really. I try my best to stay positive in spite of all the rejections I’ve gotten. After all, this is reality, isn’t it? Keeping myself busy with purposeful things is the key to my sanity. So while I wait for that one job to give me a foot in the door, I will keep my life going in other areas that I enjoy—art and fitness. ♥
I’ve been reviewing AutoCAD tutorials online (in case I get a job soon)
—my makeshift office has been a motivation.
All the lilies have bloomed. ♡
And here’s me showing off our young and growing philodenron selloum compacta:
This morning, we saw rain in Perth for the very first time this year. It’s been very hot and muggy lately, so it’s a luxury to get some cold. And since BZ was so kind to wash the balcony yesterday, we had breakfast out there this morning, enjoying the cooler breeze.
Since I got back from Norway, I’ve been working out almost every day. I didn’t gain as much as I thought I would, so it was much easier to get back into the shape I worked hard for while I was in Manila. BZ had a fit band waiting for me when I got back from Manila, and it has helped me tremendously!
Wearing the Fitbit flex has motivated me to reach 10,000 steps daily, more so to beat my Fitbit mates—BZ and his mom. It truly works for motivation! And motivation is all you need, really. It also tracks your sleep structure, and it shows you how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day. And when you add a meal plan (based on your current weight + goal weight + weeks to reach your goal weight), it shows how many calories you have left to consume. And the good thing is that the harder you work out, the more calories you can take in!
Not much new has happened. As of job-hunting, I have applied to many design places, and I’ve only gotten response from three out of eighteen companies—two of which weren’t looking. So we’ll see how this goes. ♥
Our alstroemeria flowers were all withered yesterday, so I replaced them with lilies, gerberas and carnations. I’m impressed with myself for knowing flower names—never thought I’d be this much into flowers. I’ve always loved plants, but flowers bring a different touch of life into a home, don’t you agree? None of the lilies had bloomed yesterday, so I was very surprised this morning to see that two of them had bloomed overnight. ♥
• a glimpse of my improvised office •
• Alstroemeria flowers in small jars dress up our kitchen window •
• our handsome Zanzibar Gem sits on our coffee table •
I’ve cleared our dining table and made it into my very own office. Thanks to that, the past couple of days have been very productive for me, you guys! Well, productive enough for me at least. Have yours been productive as well?
I’ve been editing and adding a few pages here on my website. My last post for example, on my interior design taste and values, is one. Its main purpose is for prospective employers who visit my about page to simply get to know my design taste—outlined.
I’ve worked on a new online portfolio page as well, where I have listed my few but lesson-filled experiences. I just finished working on a new résumé, and am waiting for someone’s feedback on it. Once that’s final, I only have cover letters left to work on, then I’m finally going to apply!
See those beautiful Alstroemeria flowers in the photos above? I got them a few days ago to give our plant-empty apartment some pop of life and color. Those jars they’re in, I got from my oldest sister in Bergen. I brought less than half (of what she gave) with me, and now I regret it.
Our outdoor plants are now being tended by BZ’s mom, and sadly, our indoor plants have passed away. RIP. On a lighter note, I went to a flower shop yesterday and brought that handsome Zanzibar Gem plant home with me. After I bought it, I learned another term for it: “The can’t-kill-me houseplant.” Let’s see how that goes!
BZ and I have started working out again as well. We tried out a boxing class at a boxing gym last Monday, and it left us sore the next day. And it left me with stinky hands, as we had to borrow training gloves at the gym. Even after I scrubbed them once, washed them thoroughly twice, and showered, they still stunk! But that won’t stop us. We might go back on Friday, if not, Monday.
We were surprised by a letterbox invitation to an event that we’re shortly going to. It’s an event in a Domayne store in West Perth, and it’ll be an evening of discounts! Let’s see if we’ll be bringing some goodies back home. ♥
Have a wonderful Wednesday night!