blogger, creating stuff in Adelaide, Australia, he/him
looking to meet people passionate about their ikigai!
I’m a thirty-something, practicing minimalist and creative human and love building, drawing and creating things. I’m a former radio show host, cat lover, have two bachelors degrees in international relations and arts with a major in Japanese studies. I love capturing precious moments of gratitude on my iPhone and editing them in Darkroom. All opinions are my own.
I'm currently learning about professional photography, with the intention of buying a mirrorless camera in 2023. Currently I'm using Halide and the stock camera app on an iPhone 14 Pro and editing photos in Darkroom.
I'm currently writing a blog and expanding into the creation of digital artwork and stationary, notion templates and language tools.
Formerly produced music under the alias "Shane Cross", with various releases distributed to Spotify, Apple Music and more, plus DJ performances around Australia. Ceased this project in 2019.
Due to outstanding academic achievement, I was offered a membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society - an invitation-only society for the top 15% of college and university graduates.
Providing various administrative and professional support roles in the Ask Adelaide team within the Division of Academic and Student Engagement. Services include face-to-face, online, telephone and email support services ranging from Student Finance enquiries to enrolment assistance, facilities and events management and stakeholder engagement.
Responsible for the enumeration of official Australian government surveys, in both face-to-face and over-the-phone capacities for the collection of key data for statistical analysis. Surveys I have worked on include the Monthly Population Survey, Multi-Purpose Household Survey and Post-Census Review.
Acted as a representative and advocate for the organisation by visiting businesses within various industries. Face-to-face and often as the first point of call, I provided direct support to members and triaged issues of a complex nature in order to achieve best possible outcomes.
As a logistics operator for the 2019 Australian Federal Election in the seat of Makin, I was responsible for the handling and receiving of counted and secured ballots, their security at all times and the returning of materials after the total initial count had been completed.
As the face of Australia’s largest telecommunications provider in-store, immediate and exceptional customer service was essential in my role as the Tech Expert in the Telstra Store at Marion Shopping Centre. I provided service and sales to new and existing customers, manage customer expectations and tailored solutions to their needs in order to build advocacy. I have acted in leadership roles, managing up to ten staff at a time.
As a peer mentor, I volunteer time to support to first-year students who may be struggling with the transition to university life and engage with other arts peer mentors to facilitating experiences for students and help them find the right university services when they need them
Assisted in general administration duties, including the setup and operation of outside broadcasts (music venues, Royal Adelaide Show). Involvement in re-location to new studio premises and ongoing IT maintenance. Co-host radio show “Your Unity” on Friday nights from 8:00pm.
I completed my Arts major in Japanese studies at the end of 2020, with the goal of becoming fluent in the Japanese language within five years. I have developed a keen interest in global politics and international affairs, with a focus on geopolitical relations in East Asia. Elective subjects studied include linguistics and sociological trends, especially within Asian Studies. I conferred my double-degree at the end of 2022 with a GPA of 6.357.
Short-term study tour as part of my degree at the University of Adelaide. The course consisted of three-hour Japanese language lessons per weekday for four weeks, successfully passing with an A for the final exam and A+ for my oral exam.