What a mighty ole month May has been. It's swept by with a blink of an eye, yet I've packed so much in - the day job, coursework, blogging, taking part in online cocktail parties, meeting up with friends both old and new, making new contacts and taking part in the Screw Work Lets Play 30 Day Challenge.
Today is the day when us challengers come forward online in a closed door environment and display to the rest of the group what we've been working on. It feels a bit like a show and tell lesson at school. Some members have been really eager and have pushed themselves to the limit, posting photos and having discussions with others online on a daily basis, I have largely refrained from doing this to avoid distractions in order to get the most out of my play project. And others barely got started at all. But this was a lesson on our own behaviour and understanding how we 'tick', it was about the journey rather than the destination. For me, I've met some really great people, made new friends and on a personal level I've gone through a rewarding period where I've allowed myself to become more immersed in the world of interior design outside of my normal routine.
I gave my project the working title of 'What Makes A Home Exceptional?" And like any new project, I started off like a whirling dervish, getting all fired up and speedily driving into action before spectacularly tripping up mid-month and wondering what on earth I thought I was playing at (that's my Top Dog talking, I'm told). Despite the ups and downs, I've produced concept boards and room schemes, gained a couple of new clients I'm working with on transforming their living and dining rooms, found someone to help me with my prototype lamp and I've created my very own Interiors Manifesto. It all remains as work in progress and there's still tons of work to do but when I'm ready to show and tell here, I promise I will. It hasn't all been plain sailing, I've come up with schemes that I thought were rubbish, trying to think outside of the box has been a challenge and there's been days when the ideas have dried up completely.
Has the journey been a success? Yes, I think it has and I'd thoroughly recommend the challenge to anyone.