What's In A Name...

So. You're all probably wondering why I have chosen AuroraGoddess for the name of this website. Am I right? Well, to know that we have to go back a couple years. To 2001 to be exact.

I didn't start out in the online world until around 2001 when I became a huge fan of Xena Warrior Princess and started searching the internet for any websites related to the show. I came a cross a forum where I registered under the name "Aurora Goddess".

I was at a loss for what to call my online persona. I couldn't come up with anything really creative; every thought I had just kept feeling stupid or boring (I don't even remember what some of the ideas I had were but none of them seemed appealing enough that I would want to be called that during my time online.) I refused to use numbers in my name because, I don't know, that didn't seem creative enough. And I wanted something unique, and memorable. And I didn't want to get a name associated with Xena because, though I loved the show, I was registering on a Xena forum and, undoubtedly 90% of the people there would go for a Xena related name. I didn't want to do that.

After throwing around ideas of things I'm interested in, I stared searching Greek Mythology because I really loved it and came across a goddess, Aurora, of the Dawn. I thought Aurora was a really pretty name and so I chose it as my name. 'Goddess' became a part of it for the simple fact that someone else had chosen just 'Aurora', and so "Aurora Goddess" stuck.

Now, nearly 8 years later, I am still known as Aurora Goddess on the web and it has become a part of me. It has a mystical, magical quality about it that I adore. I think of astronomy and astrology and fantasy and beautiful colors, the Aurora Borealis, when I think of this name. I feel it really does express who I am, at least, who I'd like to be and I can't imagine being called anything else.

So, eaisly enough, I needed to call my website by the same name...'cause Aurora Goddess is who I am!

So Who Am I....Really?

Contrary to what I might think (and wonder about sometimes), I do have a life outside of the online world, as much as the online life does seep into my other life. But they're both a part of me, really, and I'm okay with that.

First and foremost, I am a graphic artist. More of a graphic designer than an actual "artist" in the sense that I don't really draw--I can trace pretty well; I do a lot of that in Illustrator for my job--but I've never been a big drawer even while in school studying design. I took a drawing class here and there because it was required, and it was okay (I don't think I was ever spectacular at it), but it just wasn't my thing. I prefer designing to actual drawing. That's how I make that distinction.

When I was in high school, for the longest time, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, what career I wanted to have. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember and so naturally, I figured I would always turn to a degree that had, in some way, a relation to animals. I thought about being a veterinarian and being a Marine Biologist or a Zoologist. Or even an Entomologist because I just loved insects--I had been collecting and studying them, mainly butterflies, moths and dragonflies, since I was at least eight. As I went through high school, though, I realized that neither of these professions was really something that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. I loved animals--and still do very much--but I was never really into science all that much and those were all science-related fields. So, one day I ended up taking some computer classes for required credit in 11th grade and thus, it began me on my road to working with technology full-time. What got me interested in graphics was web design, and that's what started me on that path. Now, I am doing what I love to do--make design beautiful and as long as people enjoy what I do and are happy with it, then I am happy, too. That's all I really need right now.

Some other things about me:

I love photography and it is probably my biggest passion right now along with Xena Warrior Princess. I have cats and a cockatiel that I absolutely love. Traveling is also a lot of fun and I have been trying to do more of it lately, getting out of my routine of simply staying home all the time when I'm not at work, and hanging out on the computer (of which I do a lot of, I'll admit). I've been overseas a couple times now and all of those times were memorable but I am also looking forward to traveling to places a lot closer to home and seeing the sights in my state.

You will learn a bit about me and my hobbies and interests on this website--and it's the main reason why I wanted to open up AuroraGoddess.net in the first place. I wanted to display more about me than just my interest in XWP, and have fun doing it in the process!

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