Well, here we go. Day one of using my baby as my project portfolio for my final year of my degree.
This idea formed a while back, around about a year ago, to be exact. And I finally got round to talking to Ziz at Equipe about the possibility at the beginning of this year, sat in her soon-to-be ex-front room, drinking a cuppa.
I had decided that I was finally going to do my dream of a trek for charity back in July 2010. I remember private messaging my friend on facebook, to see if she wanted to do it too. I had no reply, little did I know that she was pregnant, and once I had discovered this little bit of information, I figured her answer would be "no". I settled on Annapurna as my destination (thanks to a wonderful friend that I have still yet to meet), and knowing I wanted to do it for charity - anyone who knows me, will know that exercise is not my forte, it is my sisters - I settled on Equipe.
As I had been the person to set up the facebook page, I was in intermittent contact with the administrator, so when the opportunity came to talk to her about the fund-raising for the trek, and some other possibilities of raising money, I jumped at the chance to bounce my idea off of her. Which she loved, of course....
The thing was, I was repeating my second year, in the process of a divorce and becoming a single Mam, all whilst moving back into my parents with my children. Starting a major project, although still on my mind, was not at the forefront.
But throughout the year, I was in contact with Matt Draycott, of ZONE Glyndwr University, about the possibilities of help with funding and starting my own business - which has been my plan for about 10 years now. His guidance kick-started me into actually getting this project rolling, if we wanted a Christmas release.
My direction still waned, as I needed (most desperately) to pass my second year. Repeating again was not an option. There were too many people that would kick my ass for a start! So I came to a desicion - go to the person who did all their final projects that academic year in everything I wanted to do my final projects in. I went to Ellie.
Not only was this the right decision, it was quite possibly the best decision for the book.
Wednesday October 5 was a good day.
I met up with Ellie, and we talked shop. In our original meeting, I kind of gave her my idea - she had been warned by her boss, my lecturer, that I "was not to be distracted from university assignments". So I was part of the sounding board, and panel. And allowed to do odd things for the promotion of the facebook page, and get in touch with any contacts I may know - which is very little.
But after having my first lecture of the academic year, I have organised to do this semester's project portfolio to include A Cuppa and an Armchair *joy*
So am I doing more. I have too. Between 25 and 50% of my mark depends on this. The opportunity to get future funding for a business could depend on this. Internships could depend on this. The chances of sequels depends on this. And, most of all, raising vital funds for Equipe depends on this.
Best start getting to work.....