“Difficult to see. Always in motion the future” – Yoda

Yoda’s words really ring true for me, especially on international Star Wars Day.

Wow, it’s been quite some time since I had time to sit down and write here, over a year actually which is crazy. It really doesn’t seem like its been that long, but with how whirlwind my life has become it makes perfect sense.

I guess I should begin with explaining what’s happened while I’ve been M.I.A. So much has changed in my life. After much hard work and some luck I am now completing my first year as student in web design. I can now proudly say that I am officially a college student which in my family is a rare feat.

While it’s been a hard year, I had some success and some failure. For example in my first semester I made it onto the Dean’s Honour roll (which was one of the proudest moments of my educational experience), this second semester was much more difficult than I had planned and while I likely won’t make the honour roll this term, I still managed to kick some ass and show that I can succeed even when overcome by work and stress. I’ve learned so much this past year, and not only about how to build a high quality website but about myself as a person and what my strengths & limitations are as a student are.

The other big news in my life, which is one of the biggest moments I’ve ever experienced is that I proposed to my longterm sweetheart Jodi back in January during our trip to Iceland. It was a magical moment in the fog of the Blue Lagoon hot springs that ended up being more perfect than I ever could have planned. Haha I was such a nervous wreck for months before I asked her and to have it all come together as perfectly as it did was something I’ll never forget. The staff was amazing and helped me in every way they could in making the moment a surprise and I couldn’t be more grateful.

So while I’ve been away for some time and I’m sure not many people still follow or read this, I hope those of you who do understand that sometimes life gets in the way and that finding time for writing isn’t as easy as it may seem. The work involved in ensuring a successful school experience has eaten up pretty much any free time I have had for the past 12 months. That being said, Now that I am done for the summer and am currently on the look out for a summer job. There will be a more active presence on here and possibly some changes (Considering upgrading so I can personalize the site and utilize those web design skills) so feel free to follow me along as I re-integrate myself into the wordpress community.

May the 4th be with you,

Mike

Feeling the Christmas spirit.

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HO HO HO!!

Love my hat? It certainly is an awesome hat. I feel like Santa Dork. But I’ll admit I have been wearing it for 3 days. :p

December has been one busy month for me so far. Work has been crazy, but I’m hitting the final stretch of the busy period as we get closer to Christmas.

I have a large family so every year I’ve always tried to be a generous guy in spirit and in giving. But with my plan to further my schooling, this Christmas I’ve had to tighten the purse strings. Though I did make sure to get something for my sisters, grandma, mom and girlfriend. I also signed up for the Reddit Secret Santa Gift exchange this year. Which so far has been an exciting and fun experience.

My match was a fellow Canadian from Montreal who was a lot like me. Since we are both aspiring designers and Star Wars fans, I sent them the Star Wars Concept Art book. I saw a lot of the actual art at the Star Wars experience exhibit a few months back. So I was excited to share this fabulous experience with giftee. My match already received their gift and they loved it. The reaction from them over what I sent was better then I expected, seeing as we are complete strangers. It certainly made my day.

While I haven’t received my gift yet, though there’s still time before the deadline passes. I’m excited to see what my match sends me and hope it’s well though out. Over all my experience so far has been quite awesome and I’ll definitely be taking part in it again next year.

Otherwise I’m not sure how often I’ll post until the Christmas rush is over. I’ve still got some shopping to finish. I get 2 days off for the holidays so I am hoping to blog Christmas Day (Expect plenty of gift/food photos). Until then I hope everyone has a safe, happy and meaningful holiday season.

Mike