February is here! Which I can’t believe, January went really fast and this is a short month, so March will be here before you know it. I am officially back in school and just finished my first week, which went well. I am realizing that this spring semester is gonna go by really fast and I will be graduating in May before I know it. This month I am just getting my schedule and time management on track, that way I will be able to juggle school, blogging, and YouTube.
Goals for February
Redecorate my bedroom
Get on a consistent schedule for YouTube
Get all my readings done ahead of time
Continue to be consistent with my Blog Schedule
Clean out my closet for my spring wardrobe
It seems so long ago since I started my blog. And I was just thinking what if I was just starting a blog in 2019, what tips would I give myself? I know there are some people out there who would like to start a blog and I think it is still a good idea to start one. Yes it might seem that everyone has one but everyone also has something to offer. Here are some of my tips for starting a blog in 2019.
Build Up Social Media
Social Media and blogging go hand in hand. One thing I wish I would have done before starting my blog was build up a social media presence. This can be on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, whatever platform. Building that community and audience will help you in the long run when it comes to driving traffic to your site. People need to get to know who you are and then they will feel more inclined to checking your blog out. My suggestion would be to really be active on social media a month or more before launching your blog.
When you look on social media and the internet you see a lot of people try to be something they’re not. When you are not being your genuine self you have to always put on mask for your audience and that will get old fast. As a new blogger you will find yourself comparing yourself to other bloggers and feel like you have to show this perfect life with these perfect pictures, but you don’t. Be Authentically You!!! That’s what are audience will gravitate to. No one’s life is perfect. Be vulnerable, show who you are, be yourself, and your audience will support you 100%.
With there being so many blogs, you have to make sure you are putting out quality content. If you are putting out one amazing post a week, that will serve you better than putting out 5 ok but dull post a week. Make content that is valuable to your readers, content that will make them want read your post. If you continually put out this type of content you will build trust with your audience, and they will know that when you do put out posts it’s worth reading.
Practice Makes Perfect
Whether it’s blog pictures, writing post, or website design; the more you do it the better you will get. Think about any time you ever did something for the first time, it was probably horrible, like me learning how to drive; then the more I did it the better I got at it. You will grow through out your blogging journey. Your pictures don’t have to be perfect, you will learn as you go. You don’t need to spend money on fancy equipment either. Start with what you have first and add things as you grow. When you look back at your old post you will be amazed at your growth. Just to show you an example these are my blog pictures 3 years ago compares t now.
At the end of the day if this is something that you are thinking about doing or have a passion for, just start. It look me 3 months to debate if I even wanted to start a blog and I am so happy I did. There will be moments when you doubt yourself and want to give up but don’t, push through it. Never doubt your capabilities. What you can do is limitless!!
I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now. I wanted to explain a little about my major. This a major that is not popular and some people haven’t even heard of it, I know I didn’t. But I wanted to talk about it to shed light on it for those who might be interested in getting into the field.
What is Landscape Architecture?
“So what is Landscape Architecture?” Well it’s just how it sound, we are Architects of the Land. While regular architects design buildings we design the land surround that building. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects also know as ASLA “Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.”
I know pretty cool right! So we basically design outdoor spaces and there are many fields you can go into when it comes to Landscape architecture. Some are Urban design, public parks, residential design, stormwater management, urban and regional planning, Historic Preservation & Landscape Restoration, Commercial, Industrial, Corporate Development, and more.
Why I chose it ?
I have always been interested design. I knew I wanted to go into a field where I could express myself in some kind of design capacity. When I was little I use to sketch clothes. So naturally I thought I would go into fashion design. But then I took an Art history class in high school that also covered architecture. During that class I feel in love with architecture and seeing the beauty in building design. So that what I perused my freshman year in college. Once I started taking the classes, I just knew in my heart that wasn’t the right major for me. So I was back to the drawing board. After dropping that major I took a semester or two taking my general classes to figure out what I wanted to do next. I thought about being a business or a graphic design major, I also considered interior design which I might still get a masters in. But I saw a major online that I thought was interesting, landscape architecture. After doing some research and taking a tour at the of the landscape architecture building at my school, I was hooked! It felt right. Landscape architecture had the design aspect I was looking for but in a different way I had never thought of before. Looking back if I didn’t listen to my intuition to change my major I would have been miserable.
What are The classes like?
At the my university the classes are structured like this: You have a new studio class each semester. That studio will cover different aspects of landscape design so one semester you will be learning about regional design and the next semester you could be learning about urban design. In those studio classes we visit real sites that we go through the whole design process for. The project usually take a month and a half to finish but it depends. Some professors will give your 2 to 3 project in that semester. (I will do a separate post or video on what the design process looks like.) After you are done with the project, you present it to a group of your peers and other landscape architecture professionals.
The other classes you take are building block to help you become a well rounded landscape architect and teach you things to help with your studio projects. These classes include plant science classes , software classes like Photoshop, auto cad, sketch up. And site engineering, drawing fundamentals classes. There are also lecture classes where you learn about stromwater management and other aspects of landscape design.
Another thing I like about the major is that classes are very different and you are not just sitting hearing lectures all the time. One day you could be drawing outside, next you could be learning about plant species, or doing a site visit. Each day is different and each class is different.
That is pretty much it. A brief overview of majoring in landscape architecture. If you have any more questions feel free to comment on this post or email me personally, I would be happy to answer them!
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Some of you guys have already started back at school for the spring semester and some of you haven’t like myself. This will be my last and final semester!! It’s kind of exciting and bittersweet at the same time. And although I would love to sit here and reflect on my college experience, I still need to get through this semester, Then we can get nostalgic. So before a new semester starts I have a routine that I do to make sure I am starting the semester off to a good start.
I register for all of my classes before the previous semester ends. So In November I already knew the classes I was going to be taking in the spring. Before the spring semester I just double check and make sure my schedule is set then I will add it to my calendar, I use google calendar. Once I have added my classes to my calendar, I will add times for my other responsibilities like blogging and filming, around those classes. I will come up with a more detailed schedule once I get my syllabus for the classes, then I can add exam dates, projects, and schedule out study times.
Most of my classes don’t require textbooks because of my major (landscape architecture), but in the case where I have to take a class that require textbooks I like to go on the hunt to see if I can get the textbook for free online, in a PDF version, or I look on Amazon and try the rent it. Most of the time Amazon will have to book and I just go ahead and order it.
For my major I need supplies that other people don’t normally need. If I used all of my drafting paper and drafting dots, which is what I usually run out of, then I will order it. Also when starting a new semester I like to start with a new sketch book. The best and cheapest place to order art supplies like this is Blick Art Supplies, they have everything and ship pretty fast! If I need something ASAP I will order it from Amazon or go to my local craft store like a Micheal’s.
On my computer I will make new a folder for the new semester and new folders the classes I will be taking that semester. I will also clean up files that were not put in the right folder from the previous semester, sometimes at the end of the semester things get misplaced and messy. Organizing my computer files is very important for me because most of my work is done on a computer. I have a lot of Photoshop, Auto Cad, and Indesign files. It’s important to keep all of those things in the right place and not just saved anywhere.
Clean Up Old Papers
After I finish a semester I normally don’t go through my folders and throw away stuff I don’t need because I’m just too exhausted to after finals, projects, and long papers. So once it’s time for a new semester I just go through my folders and backpack and throw away old hand outs and stuff I will never need again. I normally will keep old quizzes and stuff like that, just to refer back to if needed.
But yeah that is pretty much it. That is how I prepare for my spring semester of school.
Today I turn 24, even though I look like I am still 16 years old! Wanted to share some lessons I have learned over the years.
Never Doubt Yourself
What you can do is limitless
Always be open to learning new things
Don’t be in a rush to grow up
Life is precious
Everything happens for a reason
Things will workout for the better
Everything is not for everybody
Celebrate the small victories
Time moves fast
Never let someone tell you what you can’t do
Family will always be there when you fall
Life is a one big journey
Don’t care what others think, DO YOU!
Have confidence in yourself
Don’t compare yourself to others
Beauty comes from within
Self love is EVERYTHING!
Do things in your own time, not when society tells you
You are stronger than you think
Always live and lead with love in your heart
I still have so much to learn but am thankful for things I have already experienced and the lessons they have taught me!