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I’ve Been Accepted!!!

The other day I received a large envelope from the Fashion Institute of Technology!  I am so happy to say I was accepted into the accelerated one year associates fashion design program!  My hard work paid off! 🙂

I really didn’t expect to receive notice so soon as they mentioned that acceptance statuses would typically be sent out in April – May.  Now that I know I’ve been accepted, all the worrying has set in – have I saved enough money to be jobless for at least 1 year?  will I even find a job upon graduation?  Can I handle being back in school and redoing the whole internship (aka slave labor) experience all over again?  Will I be able to cut back on spending after 3+ years of financial freedom?

I don’t know 😦

All I know is that if I didn’t at least try, I’d be stuck in a career path that never felt right for me and I’d be miserable that I wasted so many years doing something that made me feel bad about myself.

Right now I have to just focus on the awesome sense of achievement of going through the grueling FIT portfolio process for the second time.  (I began my application 8 years ago but found it too daunting so I went to business school instead…)  Time to apply for scholarships to see if I can earn some free money…

Enough about school..here’s an avocado plant update:

This guy is on his 3rd round of pruning.. hes a bit of a twiggy runt compared to avocado plant #2 but he seems to be growing regardless.

avocado plant pruned progress

Avocado #2: the leggy monster

Every pruning has backfired on me so far, but I’ve cut him down to 5″ and hes still growing a new leader..amazing.  I’m hoping that the approaching spring weather will produce some nice bushy leaves

pruning leggy avocado plant

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Avocado Plant Pruning Success

avocado plant pruning results

1 month progress since pruning my avocado plant.

I’ve been very busy lately with work stress, trying to juggle 2 classes at FIT and making feeble attempts at working on my portfolio.  Amidst the chaos, strangely, I always manage to find time to obsessively check on the progress of my plants.  (They are my babies!!)

I had originally tried pruning my avocado plant since it was experiencing stunted growth for several months.  I cut off the top buds right above the highest leaf node (cut at the internodes) et Voila!! A brand new bud grew at the node.

A lot of  info sources suggest pruning indoor avocado plants to encourage a bushy plant, but few explain how its done.  Through some research, I’ve gathered that in order to ensure branching (and not just growing a new stem from the stump), one must cut stem at the internode, approximately 1/2″ from the top most node you’d like to keep.  I tried this pruning theory with a second Avocado plant with the same success.

Node & Internode terminology explained here! – for some reason the most thorough content always comes from cannabis growing forums…

Avocado plant progress aside, work has picked up significantly and I find myself thrown into the client facing role that I’ve dreaded from the start.  It gives me so much anxiety as I do not feel confident as a public speaker and I don’t think on my feet well either.  Work is making me miserable as it highlights all the flaws/weaknesses that I perceive of myself and I have a hard time motivating myself to get simple tasks done.  Instead of energizing me, work makes me feel like an inadequate/lazy human being.

On the flip side, classes have been good.  They aren’t easy, and I’m not an expert but illustrating and sewing garments comes far more naturally to me.  I love the solitary aspect of it, and I love the ease of having some natural talent in these subjects.  I still can’t be sure if ‘designing’ will be my downfall, but some core value of fashion are still drawing me in.

Designing and finding inspiration has thus far been the most challenging part for me.  Sometimes I question my competence as a ‘passionate’ fashion student as I’m not constantly in that designing mindset or swoon over all the latest runway shows.  Rather, I enjoy well fitting clothes, personal style, and the process of creating a 3D garment from flat pattern pieces.

More fashion updates to come as I use my christmas break to bang out as much of the portfolio as possible.  The Feb 1st deadline will be here in no time at all.

 

My Windowsill Garden – The Avocado Plant Project

indoor city garden

Pineapple plant, ginger, grass, spoon jade succulent, aloe, jade succulent, avocado and bamboo plant

There is something very satisfying about successfully germinating and then being able to see your plant grow and flourish in front of your eyes.  A plant grown from kitchen scraps is especially gratifying as I have spent $0 and almost no effort on my fun little project. That’s why for the past 6 months, I’ve been trying to avocado trees, pineapple plants, ginger and some random succulents by my East facing kitchen window.  I know East isn’t ideal for optimal sunshine, but anything is better than North right?

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It is a known fact that I love avocados.  I shun and silently judge those who don’t enjoy avocados the way I do.  Currently, my favorite way to eat avocado is spread on toast with some Vegemite on top. yum.  Anyway,  instead of tossing my avocado seeds like most folks, I’ve begun to clean them off, stick little toothpicks in them and suspend them over a glass of water.  For anyone whose tried this method of starting the tree, it is a very slow and unrewarding process.  1 out of 4 seeds never sprout for me…which makes it even more exciting when they do sprout!

indoor avocado plant

freshly transplanted from water to soil

indoor avocado plant pruned

Attempted to prune by trimming top leaves

This guy took 6 months to get to this stage, and hes only about 5″ tall.  I haven’t seen any visible growth in about a month, so I repotted him in some cactus soil and decided to try pruning.  I keep reading articles about ‘pruning’ or ‘pinching off’ the top leaves to encourage growth and bushiness, but directions are always really vague.  I was too puss to cut off the stem so I opted to snip off the top leaves.  So far nothing has changed…but stay tuned.