The Birthday Girl
You know the worst thing about turning 26? No, it’s not the existential dread setting in as I am getting further and further into my “mid-twenties”. It’s not that 90% of the people I surround myself with (including my boyfriend) aren’t even 25 yet, making me feel even older. No. It’s the fact that I work at a company too small to offer health insurance, and am thus getting kicked of my family plan and have to find my own. Adulting is scary.
What I’ve Been Up To…
I know that it’s common for me to disappear for weeks at a time, but I do always find my way back. You’re probably thinking that this time isn’t any different, but alas dear reader, it is. As of a month ago, I have had a full time job. Let me further explain…
Want to Start Your Own Business?
So do I. I have become passionate about hand lettering, and get such a joy out of creating products for others. While I still love web design, I’m realizing that I want a lot more design in my career and day-to-day life. I’m currently in a really tough spot in my life and am hoping that building up this small business (even as small as it is) will help in any way it can. Here are some of the things that I’ve been learning already.
Why I’m Starting Yoga, and How it’s Helping my Creativity
I’m going to get very personal for a moment here – I suffer from anxiety and depression. I go through periods just about every day where I lose motivation, hope, and my normal positive outlook on life and the future. It’s very hard to find the will to function when all you can think is “what’s the point?”. Anyone who has had to deal with anxiety and depression can relate to the feelings that consume your whole body and eat away at your mind. As you can probably imagine, it’s pretty hard to let your creativity flow when you’re in that state.
So let’s jump forward to much more happy and positive things – because dwelling in the negative isn’t helping anyone.
Personal Project: Holiday Madness
It’s January 9th and the holidays are officially over. It’s been one month since my last project post, and I’m just now finally getting some time to post again. Part of the problem was that I didn’t want to put up any images of gifts until I had given them. The other part of the problem was that I was just extremely busy.
Never fear, lovely readers, for I am back with news from the distant past – aka December 2016. So distant, yet it feels like it was just yesterday. In this blog, I’ll be talking about all of the projects that I took on this season, and how they’ve lead me down new and different artistic paths.
Personal Project: Kiddie Corner
As you may have read in my Thankful Thirty post, my nephew turned two on Thanksgiving. The boy loves a lot of things – Choo-choos, beep-beeps, Mickey, Pokemon, and Paw Patrol, to name a few. As part of his gift, I got him a little plush Pikachu, something that we both share a love of. The second part of his gift was a drawing of him, Pikachu, and Chase from Paw Patrol. Being a two year old boy and suddenly immersed in a pool full of new toys, he hardly had the time to even look at the picture (which was to be expected), but I hope he’ll grow to appreciate said picture.
The Thankful Thirty
Today is the American holiday Thanksgiving. As an American, you better believe that I’m going to be spending time with my family and shoving my face full of mashed potatoes. Though the food is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, it’s important that we spend some time reflecting on all of the things we have to be grateful for. Too often we get consumed by the negatives and stress in not only this holiday, but life in general. I encourage you all to do your own thankful thirty, but I thought I would take this time to share mine.
Adobe After Effects: An Under Appreciated Program
Let’s be clear here – by “an under appreciated program,” I mean specifically by me. I am nothing short of an Adobe fangirl. I have spent too many hours to count playing around in Photoshop, creating logos in Illustrator, coding websites in Dreamweaver, designing page layouts in InDesign, and editing videos in Premiere. So why is it that I’m just now discovering all of the amazing and fun things you can do with After Effects? Let me take you on a journey of my past week.
A Beautiful Blog by a self-proclaimed Amazing Girl
Writing introductions is so intimidating. This is the first time you, the reader, are getting to know me. Do you know how much pressure that is? As a rambler, it’s near impossible for me to write a short and succinct, yet entertaining, introduction about myself and this blog – but that’s what I’m about to attempt to do.