{Photo Journal} Little Blue House

This Little Blue House is locate on the Golden Lane in the complex of Prague Castle. It is very cute little street with lots of interesting little houses from 16th century. This one got my attention right away. This little street is very charming and I so want to go back there.

Ania Archer Photography, Little Blue House

Ania Archer Photography, Little Blue

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{Random Facts from My Life} Business Card

Few weeks ago I shared with you my new website Happy Critter Photography. I finally decided on the final look of my business card. How do you like it?

Happy Critter Photography, Business Card

Design by Ania Archer

{Random Facts From My Life…} New Projects and Art and Money Guide Review

Hi everyone,

I’m working on a new project! Well I work on new projects all the time. If you ask why is that? I will tell you. For the last year I’ve been trying to figure out what I love to do and at the same time allows me to be location independent. My husband and I love traveling and it is our plan for next few years to travel and work all across the world. It is not easy for someone like me, who has so many ideas and would love to do everything I enjoy. Unfortunately, it is imposible, at least  not until I learn how to do all at the same time. And for now I should start step by step, one project at a time. To do so  I’m going to put in use my last years Christmas gift.
For Christmas my husband bought me the Unconventional Guide to Art and Money Thriving as an artist without selling out by Chris Guillebeau. This e-book is a great source of amazing information about how to start and how to make your art business much better. It  tells you step by step what to do, where to start and where to move on very clearly and explanatory.  You will learn the strategy to start your business and all the tactics you have to put into life to create your business. This guide also contains interviews with artists who made their art business work for them. It is a great guide not only for people who struggle with internet and with social media, but also it is an amazing resource of information about branding, marketing, and pricing. I recommend it to everyone who wants to start their online art business but doesn’t know what to do and how to do it.
Enjoy your weekend!

 

Unconventional Guide to Art and Money


Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen

I follow Daily Prompts by WordPress.com for some writing inspiration. I have to admit that finding subjects to write about is very hard for me and when I saw Monday’s prompt I just new that this is something I want to share with everyone.

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

I remember day when I was about 16, I was watching movie about woman working with dolphins – don’t really remember what movie that was, but I cried. I didn’t cry because something bad happen to the dolphin or to the woman, or to anyone else in that movie. I cried because I thought that I will never work with dolphins, I will never work with any kind of animals. In Poland there are no dolphins, in the Polish Baltic Sea live rare harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) which are one of six species of porpoise. It is one of the smallest marine mammals. That day I realized that I will stay forever in Poland working at 9 to 5 job leading boring life. I thought that my dreams about travel all over the world, working with animals or just seeing all those beautiful critters will never come true.

Few years latter I had to decide where to go to college? What I want to do? All those life decisions that will take me closer to my dream or to the life I don’t want. And I’m pretty happy with most of my decisions. All of them brought me here. I live in the United States, where I traveled all around already. I finished Biology at the Gdansk University – where I had an amazing time learning all about animal physiology, behavior, ecology and etc., I worked with animals, and what makes me the happiest is that I had a chance to see up close dolphins and belugas. My dreams came true. And now I’m applying for an internship in an wild animal sanctuary – I’m so excited about this.  I also traveled around Europe and now I can take my husband to learn and see Old World and share with him the same experiences I had when traveling in the United States.

My life doesn’t look like I imagined when I was 16, and I learned one thing if you really want something with hard work it might happen. My dreams changed a little bit since I was 16 but I know that one day I can get where I want to be and do what I want to do.

What about you? When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

Sea World Belugas

Sea World Dolphins

{Random Facts From My Life} Packing

On Monday we (me and my husband) are leaving to Europe for 5,5 month. I’m so excited and just can’t wait to jump on the plane and take the 20 hours or so flight to Prague, Czech Republic, where we start our adventure.

I started packing in my head about a week ago. I  always pack few days before leaving because I usually forget stuff if I pack up last minute. Realizing that I’m missing something when I reach my destination or on the way there always makes me feel frustrated. I packed hundreds time in my life but this time it was really hard for me to decide what I will really need and what is not necessity while we are traveling.

To make our trip easier we have decided we are packing only in carry-ons. Well easier said than done. Winter time in Poland (where we are going to spend most of our time in Europe,) is not so fun. As Wikipedia states: “Winters are rather cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and −6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.” These are average temperatures which don’t really show how cold it gets on the coldest days. I’m really lucky that I left behind most of my winter clothes back at my mom’s home. Since I knew it doesn’t get that cold in California I felt pretty good about leaving it in there just in case, even though I swore I will never go back to Poland during winter. Never say never!

Here is what I’m packing into.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

My favorite Levi’s, leather carry-on suitcase and my camera Lowepro backpack.

One sure thing is that before we get to my mom’s we will be in Prague for almost 5 days. It means that I won’t get my winter clothes until we get to Ciechanów, my hometown. Definitely, I have to take warm clothes with me for those few days, which will take away space I could use for my favorite clothes. At this point I don’t remember what exactly I have back at home. I brought back with me my every day clothes since I could wear them in here. I also donated some of my clothes when I was at home last year because I thought I will never need them anymore. I’m only sure that I left warm winter jacket and winter boots which is all I would need if I would go straight to my mom’s. But in this case I need both some warm clothes that will keep me warm for the first 5 days but also I need to bring some clothes for any possible situation.

I had to make some serious decisions. I know guys probably think I’m overreacting and that I need pair of jeans, few t-shirts, sweater or a jacket, and some workout clothes (if they work out). But it is not so easy for us girls. I need to bring with me a dress just incase some fancy party we might be invited. I already know that probably we will go for one of the New Years Eve parties, which are pretty fancy in Poland. I also need dressy clothes for the events/parties my mom is going to take us – I already marked 2 Christmas Parties on my calendar. I used to work at Club Atelier in Sopot where I love to spend time, as much as I love Atelier I love hanging out at Rock Cafe in Gdańsk. My friends still hang out at those 2 places so I definitely need some appropriate wear to fit in. Of course I will need work out clothes. So like you can see it is not so easy to decide what to take and fit it in a carry-on.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Here are most of my electronics. In addition to this I will have my point and shoot small camera, extra memory card, and some more cords that I didn’t include in this picture because those items where in use at that time.

It is time for clothes and other items.
Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Well it was definitely to much to fit in my suitcase so to make it happen I replaced my Nike running shoes for my Vibram Five Fingers – that are perfect for working out. I had to also put away in my closet one of warm sweaters, but I have one really warm one that I will have on me while traveling.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

In summary I’m taking with me: 2 pairs of jeans (one of them I’m going to wear), 2 dresses, joga pants, 3 pair of shoes (ballerina shoes, five fingers, and boots – which I will probably leave behind in Prague – it is definitely time to get ride of these pair), 2 sweaters, 5 undershirts, 5 blouses, 4 belts (1 I’m going to wear), rain coat, black long sweater (I’m going to wear or carry it with me depending on the weather on Monday), and of course enough underwear and socks for first 7 days. I also packed up toiletries and some accessories. I think I did good. I still had enough room to pack up 2 books that I wanted to take with me.

Oh and I forgot that Sheepy is going with us as well. She has her new winter coat with a hoodie on and just waits to get on the plane.Ania Archer Blog, Sheepy

Oh that was a longer post than I expected when I started writing it. If you want to know more about my adventures, whereabouts and if you want to see more of my pictures follow me on facebook.

{Random Facts From My Life} Sisterly Love Award

I was nominated by Poojycat for Sisterly Love Award. I want to thank her for this fun nomination.

Here are the rules:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 10 questions.

3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.

4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post:

Ania Archer Blog, sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award

Here are my answers for the questions:

1. What is your favorite color? It’s a toughie, I love almost all colors, some more than others. I don’t want to discriminate any of the colors that exist because I love them all. But if you made me to decide my top 3 are: Indigo, Turquoise, Emerald.

2. Your Favorite animal? This one is even harder. I love animals. I can’t imagine my life without them. I’m like Elmyra from Looney Tunes. Everyone who knows me in person will agree.

3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink? I would say it is Mint Lemonade. It is so refreshing, perfect for hot summer days.

4. Facebook or Twitter? I go with Facebook for various reasons, but the most important is because it allows me to stay in touch with my friends and family back at home and all my friends I made while traveling.

5. Your favorite pattern? I don’t think I have one, but if I had to choose it would be paisley because it reminds me my childhood.

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? That one is easy: Giving, but I also enjoy getting cute personalized tiny souvenirs.

7. Your favorite number? I will say 4, 7, 8, and 13. 4 and 7 because it is my birthday, 8 – I’m not sure but I think it is because that was my number in junior high. 13 because I used to live in an apartment #13 for almost 18 years.

8. Your favorite day of the week? At this moment I don’t have one. Working every day of the week for last few years didn’t allow me to enjoy any special day of the week. It will probably change over next few months.

9. Your favorite flower? I love lots of different flowers, but I’m always sentimental when I see forget-me-nots. They are so cute.

10. What is your passion? My family, without them I wouldn’t be who I am and they always motivate me to reach for my goals. And of course Photography and Colors, Nature, Travel, and other things.

I nominate following bloggers:

{Random Facts From My Life} Time to say Goodbye and Hello

I’m catching up with everything today. On Wednesday was my last day at my both jobs: Wedding Planning and Dog Walking. It was time to say goodbye to everyone and move out from San Diego before our big 6 months long European trip. We are staying in Woodland Hills for now till the November 26th when we are flying to Europe, to be more specific to Prague, Czech Republic.  After few days of exploring this beautiful city we will head out to Poland to my homeland.

It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone. To all my friends I made over last 2,5 years living in San Diego. Everyone is so special to me. It was also so hard to say goodbye to all my puppy clients who helped me a lot to get through the hardest time of my life and didn’t even knew about it. Animals are so therapeutic. All of them were playful and so loving (I think I will have to create post and introduce all the special critters).

Last 2 days I spent unpacking and storing our belongings as well as getting ready for our road trip. I’m so glad that we love to be minimalistic and don’t have that much.

The picture below was taken from our window in the house we are staying for now. I definitely can’t complain about view. Beautiful sunsets everyday. I’m loving it.

Ania Archer Photography, Sunset

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