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ode to yellow: a poem

13 October, 2019


 (a little bit inspired by olivia gatwood's ode to pink)

are you doing what you're told?

30 September, 2019

Throughout my day I often think about what motivates me to do things I do and why. I also find that people are always telling me that other people are telling me what to do, and there's a lot to sort through in all the messages we are getting everyday. I'm trying to find out who I'm really listening to and if this person is or ever can just be me.

And sometimes I stop in my tracks and think: "why am I doing something that takes much more effort than what I actually want to do, just because I think other people want me to do it?" I know it sounds complicated, and that's because it is, but it's in every second of my life and it cannot just be me. An easy example is walking along the sidewalk when it would be much faster just to cut through the grass to get where I want to go. But I don't want to seem weird. So I sacrifice my time and my energy to follow what some perceived audience would want me to do and it's gotten me nowhere. From small things like walking to class and big things like choosing a career. Why do we make decisions like this and how do we make them better?


24 of The Best Artists on Instagram

17 September, 2019

This is a post I should have done a long time ago because of how much time I spend looking at other people's art online. It started out small but now I follow about 300 people on my Instagram and most of them are writers or artists that I adore. Pinterest is a great source for art inspiration but Instagram especially is full of so many different people creating things that I had no idea even existed.

You don't have to be an artist to appreciate art and this a great list of people who work hard to everyday to create art and can also brighten up your feed in the process! It has really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities out there and also helped me find what styles + techniques that I like best among so many other great tips. None of these images after the first one belong to me but I have listed a few examples of my favorite pieces from each account and also linked each artist to their username. Let me know if you have already seen some of these accounts or if there are new ones that you decide to follow!

how a moodboard can help sort out your thoughts

10 September, 2019

I loving using Pinterest because it is a digital mood board with all the best part of social media (fandoms, pop culture, cool aesthetics, fashion, art) without the pressure of having followers or being liked. Physical mood boards and collages have also always made so much sense to me because they are laid out in such a visually appealing way and your eyes can jump to each part in order to get a sense of the bigger picture. So I've decided to make a physical collage of my digital pins and it's helped me sort out all my thoughts that I've been looking at online and these are few reasons to why it's been so effective.

a love letter to summertime

14 August, 2019

I stopped writing for a couple of months because I was feeling particularly uninspired and summer was what I needed to realign myself and focus again on doing the things that I really want to do. So I'm back with a lot of photography, some dreamy poetry, and a short piece about why summer has always been my favorite time of year. I've also just watched 500 Days of Summer and realize how much my last post "unbalanced love" was me predicting what that movie was going to be about before I even watched it. It changed me a little bit and I'm trying to be less of a hopeless romantic and more of a . . slightly more realistic . . . romantic. Let's go with that.


unbalanced love

16 July, 2019

Many people consider there to be more than one type of love. Love we have for friends or family, love that is romantic, love that we have for ourselves. When we love, we do so recklessly because we cannot help the way that we love. It is the fire that burns forever and fuels us. Sometimes you love people because they love you back and sometimes you love people because you know they cannot love you back. Sometimes it is unbalanced and sometimes this balance is what gets you up in the morning. I'm holding onto it anyway and trying to find my way through.

June In Poetry

08 July, 2019

As often as I journal, I write poetry. Usually it is a collection of my thoughts from journaling that I just turn into rhymes and verse, but it makes me feel really free. I don't follow too much structure or follow any type of rule and I can write life as it happens to me as I see it. I keep a record of the same things just in poetry and I like that just a couple of lines can hold so much meaning. This is the month of June in poetry, feel free to add on or write your own. 


12 Ways To Bring More Art Into Your Life

28 May, 2019

Art! Is! Everywhere!  It's your clothes, your shoes, in the websites you visit, the advertisements you see. It's on TV, on food packaging, books, the house you live in, and your mother's garden. Art is everywhere and we need it to survive. I think a lot of people take for granted how often they use their right-brain everyday and the way that it impacts our lives.

Any form of self expression is art and I want people to know how to use it to make their lives better. It's a useful skill for every person in that way that it allows us to be individuals without necessarily having to share it and prove something. It also can be a personal thing that you use to just free your mind and take more control in your life. Since it is summer, this a bit of inspiration for the upcoming warmer months and things to do when you are looking for more creativity. Here are 12 ways to bring more art into your life and take a step back without taking a step away.

a short list of things I think will make me happy if I buy them

27 April, 2019

We buy a lot of things that we don't need everyday and collectively I think it's a bit of a problem that we have so much stuff. I am constantly trying to turn over a new leaf and just be a better person and too often this involves thinking that I need to buy new things to make that happen. This post is a little bit about the myth that new things will make you happier and that participating in capitalism is the only way to achieve what you want. I'm also not going too much into detail but I know everyone often does things without considering the consequences and even when we do it's hard to break away from the cycle so this is me trying to distance myself from that a little bit.

I'm encouraging you to look at your spending habits and maybe some things you have but don't need. Think about what you hoped those things would do for your life and how you can maybe change without them or with what you already have. Will it make you happier?

How To Take Straight A+ Notes

15 April, 2019

With final exams approaching I wanted to post some advice I have for note taking that I've been collecting for a long time! I really enjoy taking notes in class and not because I always use them to study but because I consider each page to be a unique piece of art. In a page of notes I document that class period with information and stories/examples/doodles that help me remember the lecture as a whole and context surrounding it.

I know how much people love Studyblr and very very cute pages of notes with banners and adorable markers but this is a different approach. My notes have always had a very organized structure and I make use of titles, margins, etc. but don't focus on making them perfect because they only need to make sense for me. I know that method works for some people because it helps them pay attention to what they are learning about but I prefer to take down as much information as I can in a way that is informative and makes sense to me. If you have never really been into note taking and are looking for another approach, then these tips are for you!

a playlist for april

where art lives / there is art in everything

14 March, 2019

There is an art in the stagnant things like Christmas lights turned on top of a closed book on a shelf. In silverware and china plates, air conditioning and cracks in the sidewalk. Coat hangers. Candles. Magnets and cloud formations. The number of people getting coffee in this morning and the amount of time it took you to count them. The shape of ice. There is are in all these magical mundane things that are somehow man-made and perfectly eclectic at the same time.


February in Poetry

03 March, 2019

February is the shortest month of the year but definitely not the shortest entry in my diary. A lot of the time I journal but on top of that I have a little collection of those same thoughts except in verse. Basically I condense an entry into a poem and keep a separate record of my life-  in poetry. Sometimes they rhyme and I call them songs but sometimes they are just fleeting thoughts I want to remember. Usually they are inspired by things around me or other songs I hear but they are still poetry to me and February is always a good month to write.

Most days I write down these little lines that come to me or short four line poems that describe my life at the moment so it is sort of like a journal but not quite. They really don't make sense but in general I've been liking my work from this month so this a bit of a monthly wrap-up in verse. Maybe someday I'll expand on them but for now here is just a bit of ideas. There are ups and downs to life just like there are in writing but I encourage everyone to exercise that muscle!


On Creating Your Own Meaning

21 February, 2019

In one of my classes we talk endlessly about metaphors and the way that artists create pieces with meaning that sometimes people cannot see. How we can look at a photo of an empty bed and make a connection about love or loneliness even though all we see is an empty bed. It's our culture that has trained us to make these associations and to know that gifting flowers is a sign of love, and we've been conditioned to find meaning in these things that don't inherently have any, so what does that mean for us?


7 Easy Valentine's Day Cards You Can DIY!

08 February, 2019

Although Valentine's Day is pretty much a reason for florists and card companies to create more business, I've always loved the pink and red aesthetic. I love the heart shaped everything and the concept of giving gifts to the one's we love. Gifts can be small like homemade baked good or even DIY Valentine's Day cards! I used to make cards and little notes for all the time so I'm looking forward to listening to music and working on these. This is also an excuse to play with construction paper and glitter on a Friday night. Here are a few cards that are easy to make with any art supplies you have laying around that you can give to anyone who plays an important part in your life.

I found some inspiration from classic Pinterest crafts as well as anything had in my art supplies box that I haven't used in a while. These don't require any sort of artistic ability as long as you persist. If you like them or recreate something similar be sure to let me know!

Why We Only Post About The Good Things Online

26 January, 2019

I believe there is value in the things you keep for yourself. In the pictures we don't post and the stories we don't write down.

People like to talk about how much of our generation lives on the Internet and the ways we confuse what's real and what's not but I think there is so much more to that discussion than just our desire to see the best from other people. I know that we want to show everyone the best parts of ourselves and get recognition for that, prove that we belong here and get the validation we deserve before we can continue, but that doesn't mean we are hiding what we don't show.


Favorite Memories From 2018 & Resolutions for 2019 ✧・゚:*

12 January, 2019

My previous post about the new year mentions some goals that I think are really helpful in keeping my life together. They are more of overall ideas and concepts to guide goal making and now I'm going to go into my favorite memories and My Official Resolutions. This post is more specific and about my personal life goals and how I'm taking those large ideals and putting them into action!

So in 2019 we're going to be more honest and more open. I wanted to write a bit about who I want to be and how I feel and just my life right now because I'm always hesitant to write about it while it's happening (haha not really) and I'm going to be like . . . really real. I am always going to try to do better so thank you for listening. 


19 Resolutions You Should Set For Yourself This New Year

02 January, 2019

The best part about New Year's is how inspired everyone is to make resolutions to have a remarkable life all the really good jokes about it not turning out the way you expected it. I like that as a society we get together at the end of the year and both reminisce about the past and look forward to the future. It's one of the really, really good things about us.

So, when you get in that New-Year-New-Me mood, plan with these things in mind. This list is to get you on track and think about what you really want out of life as whole, before you plan the little details. Think about why you want to change your body before you go to the gym and the type of people you want to surround yourself with before you jump into saying yes to plans. When you're getting off from your holiday break, think about these things when you're goal setting and planning again for the new year. Remind yourself that every single day is an opportunity to start new.


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