What I’m currently up to:
Been thinking about this step for a long time, but now I finally did it – I transitioned from my old domain (pyuric.ro – “pyuric” has been my nickname for 24+ years) to a new one (cristinachipurici.ro – my full name).
After almost two years of experimenting as an employee for various companies, I went back to freelancing and founded some new projects. I missed working with small, creative teams (especially those in the music industry) and I missed being in charge with my schedule. Now I’m working twice as much as before, earning almost nothing compared to when I was employed, but the personal satisfaction is uncomparable.
Been trying to cut down the time spent on social networks. This came after I counted the hours spent on Facebook in September (using Rescue Time app): 28 hours in one month. Those are only from the laptop’s browser, I didn’t even count the hours spent on mobile. Yes, that means less than an hour per day, it doesn’t seem that harmful when you put it like that, but it’s shocking when you add them up. I calculated and it would be around two weeks per year – that’s huge! I can’t completely eliminate the time spent on such networks, as my job depends on them, but I’m trying to efficientize it.
I’ll let you know how that works out. It didn’t work out, my time spent on Facebook increased dramatically following the huge Romanian street protests.
Continued to run as much as I can, despite the long winter and its below freezing temperatures. For 2017 I’m planning a running season filled with trail competitions.
Doing my best to support this wonderful guy in his goal of helping people change their lives through sports.
In the last quarter of 2017 I published interviews with people I admire. It started as a series of articles about how hard certain jobs really are – especially those that might seem easy to others. Something between the LifeHacker’s “How I work” and The Art of Manliness’ “So you want my job?“. Despite their extremely-hard-to-digest form (very long interviews – almost 10.000 words, lacking visual support), the interviews received unexpected positive feedback – from the thousands of readers that devoured each interview, spending a huge amount of time reading them, to the incredible offline reactions. Took a break for a few months, but will start the interview series again soon.
Still in a conflict regarding the advertising policy for this blog. I prefer to be involved only in long-term partnerships, with brands that want to do innovative and meaningful campaigns, instead of one-time-only plain advertising campaigns. However, in the same time, it’s frustrating to see the huge amount of money that’s being poured down the drain, on “meh” campaigns with superficial bloggers.
Taking a short what it feels like a neverending break from travelling, in the attempt to save money for my first trip to Japan. It will also be my first time outside Europe (stepping on the Asian part of Istanbul doesn’t count, right?). Hopefully, it will happen sometime next year (2017) 2018.
* page last updated in February 2017 / inspired by Derek Sivers‘ NowNowNow.com project.