Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Things Coming Up

I have so many things that are coming up very quickly. It's almost as if time is flying by me and I'm not even realizing it.

Important Events Coming Up:
8/16: Fancy Military Dinner
8/23: Moving Day!
8/25: Sister's Birthday
8/30: Concert
9/6: Mother's birthday
9/21-23: Dollism USA

I feel like I'm missing something in there (and I probably am) but the next few weeks will be packed .Gonna go crazy

Better busy than idle I guess

Monday, August 11, 2014

Video Games

I've been playing a lot of video games lately. I know I probably shouldn't because the big move is next week, but the instant "high" I get while playing them is too hard to resist.

The two big games I've been playing lately are:
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I also started playing Don't Starve again last night. God that game is so good but so so frustrating!

In the last play through last night I was doing so great as Wickerbottom.
I had my base set up, I was near beefalo, I had a thermal stone and I had enough food to last me the winter. Then Hounds came and I couldn't make it to the Beefalo in time. Ugh. I lasted 26 days.

Today I will try and reach day 30. That is my goal.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Of Things That Need Reminding

Things that I need to remind myself:

  1. Break out of your comfort zone. Try not to do stuff you are used to doing. Try something different, be it a new technique or a new subject matter
  2. Keep drawing even if you think it looks bad
  3. If you are feeling unmotivated on a certain piece, take a break, work on something else then come back
  4. If your hand starts to hurt, stop and let it rest. Creating is definitely fun but don't hurt yourself or you might not be able to create anymore.
  5. Look for inspiration in everything. There is beauty everywhere
  6. Take pictures. Use them in your art. Use them as your inspiration. (No only will you get better at taking pictures, you will have references to help you with your art)
  7. Don't let others get you down
  8. Although getting critiqued is scary, it will help you in the long run (as long as it's constructive critique)
  9. The key to becoming better at things is practice. Want to become a better writer? Practice writing and read others works. Want to become a better artist? Practice and observe others.
  10. Don't compare yourself to other artists and  let yourself feel bad. The amazing artwork that you see took a lot of practice and time to do. They "arted" until they could art no more (for that day anyway.) Just because you think you aren't as good as them, does not mean you aren't good in your own way or that you will get better one day.
  11. Sketch a lot. People, places, things, ideas, whatever. Just do it.
  12. Focus on improving. Be happy that you have created something and look for ways to do it better next time.
  13. Every step is a step forward
  14. Whatever you do, don't give up. Keep going. Don't get discouraged 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bringing Back Creativity: Wreck This Journal (Fill This Page With Circles)

I've mentioned before that I've been trying to get out of the artistic rut that I've been in over the last few years. I bought this back in 2011 but didn't really do anything with it (and the stuff that I did end up doing were not very good) 

So in attempt to spark some creativity back into my life I pulled this journal out and started working on it. Here's one of the "challenges" that I did. Circles. Many many circles. This took me about 2 days because I had to wait for the paint and markers to dry before continuing. 

I've also been trying to journal again as well (which you can see in the background.)

Basically, you can tell that I've been putting off packing for my move. I do have to say that I've definitely been inspired though. 

My Attempts at Writing Haiku

Here are my attempts
At writing some fun Haiku.
Hope you enjoy them

Think of all the things
That were never said out loud.
How disappointing.

Work is something done
Almost every single day.
Slave away, make cash.

Fantasy is life
Only lived in thoughts and dreams
Don't you forget it

God work sucks today
I wish I was at Warped Tour
To see Jordan play

Agave nectar
Is nature's great sweetener
Try it in your tea

Cows only produce
Milk for their calves not for you
Go vegan today

Animal Testing
Is unnecessary see
Save our friends from harm

Do not support zoos
Let animals live their lives
Without you prying

Stop killing our friends
Animals should live safely
Free from human harm

Cow's milk is not yours
It is not your mother's milk
Please do not drink it.

There is a reason
Why people are allergic
To dairy. Go learn.

It didn't take too long 
They were all written today.
I'm sorry they suck

Monday, July 28, 2014

Of New Beginnings (Well, Mostly...)

Here's to my billionth attempt at keeping a semi-regular blog afloat.

A place to keep my thoughts.
A place to practice my writing skills, which I have let slip over the last couple of years.
A place that I won't be tempted to just reblog things.
A place for original content.

I mostly just need to do more creative things and not be complacent in a life that is the same day in and day out.

I need to read more
I need to write more
I need to draw more
I need to paint more

I need to live more.

Here is to the start of new beginnings
Here is to the start of great things
Here is to the start of a new me

I've changed so much over the course of the last few months. My dietary habits have changed pretty drastically as I've given up all animal products. My family and partner have been very supportive and I've lost about 25 lbs since going vegan almost 3 months ago. I feel better. While weight loss is a plus, it was not the reason for me going vegan. Before going vegan, I was basically a vegetarian but becoming lactose intolerant gave me the final push I needed to cut everything out. I also honestly love animals so I don't want to give any money to an industry that hurts any kind of animal. I figured if I get sad seeing dead animals on the side of the road, if I get sad seeing a leather couch, if I get sad seeing a wounded geese, it seemed hypocritical of me to be eating/using animal products.

Since I moved out on my own, I'm no longer obsessed with the number on the scale. I find myself being a more loving person. A better person. When I was living with my family, I was unhappy with myself because I was "never skinny enough" even at my lightest weight. After moving out to my own apartment I realized how toxic my environment had been, especially when I was living with my dad and my sister. I avoided mainstream media, I stopped reading magazines. I focused on loving myself. Tumblr played a huge role with helping me learn that my self worth is not related to my weight. My body is mine and mine alone. Tumblr also helped point out the other problematic views that I didn't even realize was wrong (though I do realize now.)

I'd like to the think that I'm always changing. My views will change as I get more information. My goal is to broaden my horizons and keep reading others points of view. I don't want to be closed minded like my dad. I don't want to be ignorant.

Here's my billionth attempt at keeping a semi-regular blog afloat. New doors are always opening in my life and I hope to be able to blog about them. We'll see where this adventure will take me.