visual journal

Toys for the new haircut!

New Years Eve day I got my hair cut. Now it's fun, spunky and remarkably versatile! Today I decided to run out to Target and get some new headbands for it but when I got there I realized I didn't want to drop $5+ on each pretty new one I got. Instead I bought a pack of three plain black ones for $3 and took them home to decorate with whatever I had around the studio... so for my "drawing of the day" I'm breaking the rules a little...but this was a really fun creative act that turned out to be quite rewarding. so :p

the three together

feather fascinator headband

detail of feathers

lacy

magazine clippings

magazine detail

feathers!

I did do a drawing yesterday and I'll put that up later tonight when I get the chance. I promise :p

The New Year: Some Goals for 2010

I hate the idea of making New Years Resolutions. The stat that I found said that 78% of people who make New Years Resolutions fail to follow through with them. The quarter that do, use tools like journaling their progress, asking their friends for support, rewarding milestones and focusing on all the benefits of achieving their goals. (Resource Link) But regardless, the idea of making goals for the upcoming year is very appealing. A new year feels like a fresh start, the chance to make changes for the betterment of your life.

With that in mind, I have made goals for this year. And I'm asking any readers I have out there for help and support. Comments, ideas, recommendations and whatever else you feel like offering, heck, just showing me numbers on Google Analytics is enough to make me happy. :p

The First goal is to start doing a drawing a day. A concept made known to me by a lovely blogger named Daisy. I attempted this last year and made it about 30 days in before I let life get the better of me. I'm hoping that by making it slightly more official, making daily updates here and getting feedback from readers, I will start making art more a part of my daily life. Currently, I'm working on covering up a journal I wrote in a year or so ago, some therapy for covering up past demons. The journal itself is beautiful with a deep dark blue slip cover and heavy cold-pressed watercolor paper. It was a joy to write in but now I think I can make something more beautiful out of it.

See! Darn Purdy!

Some Extra Credit, pages I did about a month ago:

This is the one I did today:

The Second goal is to follow the concepts in the book I'm reading at the moment called "The Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz (full book review to come when I finish it). I think Ruiz makes very valid points in this book, providing ways to destress and improve your own life, creating your own heaven. The four agreements you choose to make with yourself are:

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don't take anything personally
  3. Don't make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

Sounds so simple when it's just those four ideas written on paper but already today I have felt myself stress out about things I took personally and I made assumptions that put someone in a negative light (I asked for clarity and my assumption was wrong, I felt silly, but was really glad I made the effort to get clarification.) If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it.

Third big goal is to reconnect, get together with friends more often and build stronger friendships based on trust and good experiences. I lost touch with a lot of people over the course of the years I've been in college and it's proven to be a great disservice to me.

And last but not least, the Fourth goal is to really start working on my career. I start my new job on Monday and it's going to be amazing. The doors that it will open and the experience I will gain will be limitless. It's time to put all that hard work done at MCAD to work and start building on it.

Life is good... very good. I'm blessed with a close family that's helped me through a lot of hard times and a core group of friends that has stuck by me, I also met some amazing people last year that have welcomed me into their lives with so much joy. 2009 was a really hard year that taught me a lot about myself. I am determined to grow more this year and learn more about what I'm capable of achieving.

Happy New Year everyone! May 2010 bring you great happiness and success in all your endeavors!