Today I watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. We drove 2 hours from Atlanta to Birmingham so we could watch the movie at a real IMAX theatre. I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone, so all I'll say is that it give me lots of things to think about.
On the drive home, I decided to end my break away from the blog. It's been a relaxing couple of weeks not worrying about creating and posting content. In fact, I think time away has helped me more clearly think about what I want out of running this blog.
To answer that, I think it's necessary to add a layer of transparency. If you've been following Aye, Sir!, you might have some clues to the kind of person I am. But I've decided to "lay it out there" with four very important things you may not know about me.
- I'm a designer at a Fortune 25 company, working 40+ hour work weeks. I love being in the tech industry and knowing the work I do and teach on a daily basis impacts people's lives. But as much as I love it, sitting in front of a computer for 40 hours a week sometimes makes me want to spend my free time unplugged, not editing photos or writing posts.
- Every now and then, a climbing photo makes a guest appearance on my Instagram. What you don't see is how big of a part of my life it is. I am in climbing gear more days during the week than I am wearing something fashionable. However, because it's such a normal part of my life, I actually am less likely to take a photo while training or going outdoors on the weekend. Fashion and food are not my life. They are what is conveniently captured and shared.
- I'm a sucker for side projects. Most of these side projects have to do with building websites, software, or applications. I'm guaranteed to have at least one ongoing side project at all times. Exhausting, I know.
- Everyone has a sob story. Mine includes a member of our family being incapacitated. Elysia and I have been trying to alternate responsibilities so neither one of us needs to take too much time away at a single time. I am so grateful for Elysia and could not have asked for a better sister.
I have often thought about closing or quitting this and Instagram because of how time-consuming it is. I will not be doing that (at least not yet), because Aye, Sir! is my channel for self-expression. It has been a way to push myself creatively and literately. I have no aspirations for becoming a full-time blogger. My biggest motivator is testing out visual ideas in my head (the good, the bad and the silly) and perfecting my craft on my own terms.
As a resolve, I've updated the design and layout. It's not too much of a big change, but it feels like the step in the right direction as I start picking back up my camera again. Plus, the new year is coming and it always feels good to start anew.
As always, thanks for reading and following along.