Today is not just the total solar eclipse🌑, or my 6 month anniversary of moving to Vienna 🎉 but also….***drum roll*** officially my first day here as an Austrian citizen! If that’s not a reason to celebrate, i don’t know what it! Schnitzels are on me but bring your own beer please! XD
I may have encountered various delays, terrible bureaucracy but i’m so thankful for the incredible support i received from my family and so, things are finally looking brighter! In the beginning of April, i will be moving to another apartment, still haven’t found one but staying positive it will work out! It’s not that easy to find good roommates, who don’t smoke, are not party animals and enjoy a clean house! Hopefully i can find something where i can stay for at least a year so i can have my peace of mind that i won’t need to move again so soon.
How has the eclipse treated you? Supposedly it will bring a lot of changes…hopefully all good! Take care and lot’s of virtual hugs from me 🐻
Last week was my birthday, on the 20th of January i turned 30! 🎉 Yeah i know, it’s crazy, i feel like 20 still… I have no idea how a whole decade went by so fast. My best friend from Greece came for a visit, so my birthday was a week-long fest, including endless walks all around Vienna, lots of beer, Schnapps, a Sacher-Torte from my lovely roommates and no time to update this blog! 😇
I know that since my move to Vienna i haven’t been posting a lot… I have been shooting a lot but i’m going through a weird period of not liking my work and feeling the need to re-evaluate many things. A change of scenery comes with many changes that i had not anticipated…
I wanted to say that i’m sorry for not being online a lot, it’s not only my blog that i have neglected but all other social media as well. I will try my best to re-focus and organize my time so i can start posting on a more regular basis and of course not miss your posts. I’ll slap myself in the face if i have to but i’ll make this work! 😛
Sending you my best wishes from a cold and awaiting snowfall Vienna,
Only a few hours left for 2014 to end and i can say that it was a very intense and interesting year. Last year i made a list of goals for the first time in my life, i had no idea how i was going to realize them, one year later, i can look back and be amazed that i made 9 out of the 10 goals happen! 😀
Move out of my parents house (obviously number 1 priority)
Move to Austria and find a job or win the Lottery so i can stay 6 months in Austria and 6 in Greece ( A girl can dream)
Get a drivers license so i can have the freedom to roam around wherever i want
Support and promote my work more
Manage my time better = Work harder
Take more photos (so i can start making more posts again)
Make more videos
Kick some ass!!! 🙂
I think it’s safe to say that 2014 was a great year for me, i put a lot of hard work into it and it paid off. Here i am now, writing from Vienna, one year ago i could never imagine how this could ever happen…
So let’s see some of 2014’s highlights
Self-published my first book in January 2014. “Visions” is a collection of 140+ nature related photos taken between 2006-2013.
I finally bought a smartphone and made an Instagram account! A real highlight, i know…haha! 😛
Learned a lot about social media and marketing and actually found out that it’s a field that interests me a lot and brings me joy.
My crowdfunding campaign “Art Sale for a New Life” got 101% funded, thanks to all the lovely supporters out there! ♥♥♥ It was a real success and i’m so proud of that!
Moved to Vienna, Austria!!! Yay!!! 😀 😀 😀
Discovered a new and more confident side of myself. Austria seems to be the right place for me! Sorry Greece, never felt comfortable in your arms…
For 2015, i don’t feel the need to make a list of goals. The big change of scenery has been made and the road is paved for me to follow my natural evolution. I’m ready for new experiences, new views, new knowledge and i will try to express this fresh outlook through my art. 2015 is going to be quite interesting, i can tell you that 😉
I wish you all a beautiful transition to the New Year!!! Make 2015 what you want it to be!!! 🍀
Thank you for being with me on this amazing ride ♥♥♥
P.s. Snowy photos are coming up!!! ❄❄❄ I was away for a few days on a visit to my relatives in upper Austria and i finally got to see snow!!! I love snow!!! You can see my happy face in the photo 😀 😀 😀
Here i am again, i know my absence was too long and i’m really sorry for that. Reason is, i just moved to a new neighborhood in Vienna. My previous residence was only temporary and i had to move out by the end of October. The stress i was under was really big cause it seemed impossible to find something affordable, with roommates that we would get along and in such a short period of time. It literally happened the very last day…just when i was ready to give up and think that maybe Vienna was not meant to be. Now i’m staying in a really big but also super affordable apartment with 2 really cool and creative roommates, in the center of the city, still close to nature and the river, what more could i ask for? 😀
It’s now time to focus on my blog, my photography and reconnect with all the friends that i missed dearly. Thank you all for staying with me and being patient with my prolonged disappearances!
I’m really sorry for being absent these past few days, i know i still owe you a part II of the Paradise on Earth post. Truth is i’ve been so busy running the Art Sale and trying to find new ways to promote it, networking, meeting new people on Twitter, Facebook and DeviantArt. I’m exhausted but also going crazy from all the happiness!!! Did you know, we have already reached 88%??? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Thank you all for getting on board and joining me on this adventure. I cannot wait to start sharing my updates from Austria and just imagine all the new photos i could take there 😀 And snow!!! I’ll finally take photos with SNOW!!! Aaaah, i’m already too excited!!! I want to get up and dance!!! (I already did actually, several times 😀 ) Well, maybe if we reach 100% i’ll make a happy dance video…hehehe… I really hope you are all excited about this too cause it’s with your help that i managed to get so far 😉
Oh and i’ve already received the hardboard envelopes i ordered so i can safely ship out your lovely signed prints 😀 Did you claim your print yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Less than 3 days are left my friends!!! If you would like a print or my e-book or both, act now 😀 Even 1$ is more than welcome! Get yourself the Artist Supporter perk, join the official V-Light supporter team and see your name displayed in a unique artwork featuring the names of all the contributors! That way i’ll always have you with me and you’ll always have a place in my heart and in my home 😀
Well, since the campaign was ending in less than 2 days and i have already reached 75% of my goal, which makes me incredibly happy, i have decided to extend the campaign for one more week and do some special offers.
I genuinely want to share my art with people and i think this is a great opportunity for you to get a signed print from me. I lowered the prices to hopefully make them more affordable to all of you. I really do want you to have a nice print in your hands, something that will remind you your participation in this adventure with me 🙂
Please spread the news about this special offer! Tell your friends about it, maybe if they were thinking to get a print, they will be more motivated to do so now.
This is a final offer, the campaign will end in August 21st. There won’t be any more extensions.
It is an offer that will not be repeated! So act NOW! 😀
Only 4 days left for the campaign to end and we have reached 72%! I couldn’t be happier and i feel so grateful for all your support! 😀 I think it’s still possible to reach 100%, so that IndieGogo doesn’t keep 9%. If the goal is reached the fee is only 4%. Sharing and contributing even 1$ is still very much appreciated. The number of contributors is more important than what they contribute for the campaign to stay high in the trending list. And i do need a lot of names so i can make a cool artwork as promised, featuring the names of all the contributors. So please do not hesitate to contribute even 1$ and get the Artist Supporter perk 🙂
I’m also editing the photos for the Paradise on Earth – Part II post…If you haven’t seen Part I, check it out now: Paradise on Earth – Part I
One year and 11,400 hits later, it’s finally my first anniversary on wordpress 😀 Yay! I started this blog, in the midst of frustration as i was suddenly forced to go back in living with my parents, unemployed and with a ton of free time. It was one of the best decisions i ever made and i don’t know why i didn’t do this earlier…
My first posts, were mainly a selection of older photos that i thought were good enough to be still displayed. Being trapped in this tiny village of 500 people, i only had a few opportunities, to visit other places and shoot new stuff but you guys still supported my posts, with very thoughtful comments and made me look forward showing you any new stuff.
Some of you have been following me since the very beginning, some of you are recent followers. It doesn’t really matter, i’m very grateful to all of you who decided that my blog was worth your precious time. Thank you!
I am also very happy to have met some people on this platform, that i can truly call my friends. Thank you all for your support and for believing in me! I wish we could meet one day in “real life” as well…
With my move to Vienna, many things will change. I’ll have new stuff to post more daily, you’ll get to see many new places, see my photography evolve and i hope you’ll enjoy being a part of this adventure 😀
There are only 6 days left for my art sale crowd-funding campaign to end, so any kind of support is still very much appreciated: igg.me/at/VlightArtSale
The best way to close this post, i think is, a top 10 of my most viewed posts 😉 Enjoy:
We just passed the mid point of the campaign and we are currently at 61% of the funding goal. Say what? 🙂 I know, i’m amazed and feeling truly blessed for actually achieving so much in a little more than 2 weeks. I couldn’t make it without your help and I want you to know that i’ll forever be grateful for that.
With 14 days to go and still 39% to cover, i’m positive it can be done. They say, if it doesn’t happen it was because you didn’t want it bad enough. I want it bad enough, i never wanted something so bad and with your support we can make it happen.
Please share the campaign with your friends, let’s use the power of social media, if you have a blog and think my campaign deserves a shoutout please do so 🙂 Add your personal touch when you share the campaign link, it’s more likely that people will respond to it if you tell them why this might be worth their precious time…
Also if you have an IndieGogo account or wouldn’t mind creating one, your comments on the campaign page can significantly help for two reasons. Strangers are most likely to contribute when they can read the opinion of other contributors and Indiegogo ranks campaigns with comments higher on the trending list, making them easier to be discovered.
Until now all the contributors should have received a personal e-mail with a link to download my e-book and for those who claimed a print perk as well, a question about which print they want. Some of you have not responded yet, in case you didn’t get that e-mail please let me know. The sooner you tell me your choices, i can make a list and go to print all the photos together after the campaign ends so you can get your prints faster.
Thank you once more for supporting my dream and showing me that anything is possible 🙂