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Change of season

It rained earlier this week but, I didn’t see the rain. The part of town I was in didn’t get rain at all. But, I can feel the weather changing and it’s a welcome respite from the heat. There’s something about the smell in the air that tells me winter is coming. I know it sounds silly but I really feel I can smell it. The summer has been exceptionally difficult for me this year. Not just in terms of the weather but the general state of the economy and my business. So, I feel like a change in the season will bring some positive change in my life too.

Re-learning old skills

I have been toying with the idea of getting back into design. Sometimes I feel that I’ve lost all my creativity after becoming a banker. I did a lot of work back in my college days. Professional work that I even got paid for and now I feel I’m stupid for not having pursued it. At the time, almost 20 years ago, when I was just starting college, I had taken a brief course in graphics design. Coupled with my love of art, I quite successfully started a part-time career. I went on to get a diploma in photography as well. It all tied in quite well. Now, as I dust of my camera and open up Adobe, I feel a little lost. I’m having to re-learn all the skills that I had mastered once upon a time. Interestingly enough, these skills are so much more in demand these days. I know people charging $1000 dollars just to design a website and brand kit. It’s something I always loved doing and I am thinking, why not get paid for something you love doing.

A book I read: The Girl Who Lived Twice – David Lagercrantz

This is part of the Millennium series with Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist that was first written by Stieg Larsson. Lagercrantz has carried on writing the books after Larsson’s death. I was so intrigued with the series when I first read it. It’s one of the few series that I’ve carried on and when I saw a new book coming out on amazon, I just had to pre-order it. I enjoyed the book although you can totally feel the difference in writing. The first three books are amazing, the next three are good. This one was quite interesting, and I raced through the last 100 pages as will all mysteries, that’s where the action is. It’s well worth the read and I would recommend it.

Here’s a link if you’re interested (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

https://amzn.to/2VsvhxS

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