Song and Doodle #71

I'm pretty much head over heels in love with Wild Child's new album. Its everything I'm looking for in new music! If you haven't tracked though it then DO, like asap! My favorite track is Sinking Ship. Its hauntingly beautiful. I love how catchy it is and how heartbreakingly romantic it is. The lyric "always here and now" is my favorite. Its been sticking with me for days and I love it! I'm hoping to see these guys live this spring if I can't muster up the money and courage to face a crowd. Listen, listen and let me know what you think! 
"Feel like wasting time with you
See the rising tide
Know it's only a matter of time
See the rising tide
So blue"

Fit Girl Challenge

I don't know why but I'm a sucker for anything advertised on instagram. I know its silly but gets me every time. I recently stumbled upon Fit Girl. At first I wasn't too sold on the idea, it seemed like a pretty penny for just an ebook. BUT the more I looked into the more I liked it. I like the idea of having a healthy lifestyle. My lifestyle right now is AWFUL. I don't exercise and eat all kinda of crap. So a lil' guide that can help me develop good habits sounded perfect!

I know that its not going to be easy and will take a while, but I'm real excited just to try. I need a little bit more organization and positivity in my life! If I have any success I'll make sure to update it here! Do you have any tips and trick that help you keep a healthy life? I'd love to hear about them!

January Art Journal!

Phew behind again! I'm super in love with how Januarys art journal turned out. I've been doing a lot more illustrations. Which has been very good practice! I've been posting a lot of my lil' illustrations on to my instagram before putting them in a journal spread. I've really been trying to improve on my "style" and my art journaling has been the perfect way to practice! Now I just need to keep up on my blog posts! 

Lovely Things: Gifties for ME!

Every year for Valentines Day I always buy myself a little gift. Mostly cause its a good excuse to treat myself with out feeling guilty. Which is silly, its my money why do I feel so bad spending it? But maybe thats good that I have some self control and don't always spend every penny I get. Anyways, I've been looking on the interwebs for some lovely girly things for myself and I wanted so share some of my findings! Do you have any Valentines traditions? I usually try to buy all my girl friends something, in true Galentines fashion. Valentines is a good time for us ladies to look out for each other and show a little love!
First off you can't have Valentines with out lovely under things. I really adore this dainty star bralette from Love Street!
This watermelon brush holder is just too cute! Found in Ollanani Etsy!
Most of the soap and lotion I use is unscented or all natural so it has a very earthy smell. For Christmas I got a little Soap and Glory gift set and it smelled soooooo goood!! Plus the name is just too good! 
I'm a huge lippie fan and I've been eyeballing this one from Lime Crime for a while now. 
 Last but not least some lovely lotion bars from Made On. I love this ladies products and I love anything jasmine scented!

List of Thoughts + LINKS!

List of Thoughts as of Late: 
1- Oh boy January was not a good blogging month for me! This weather has really got me down. All I want to do is binge watch tv and eat pizza. 
2- BUT I've kick started myself into being productive! This weekend I've got caught up on all my mail and got most of my art journal for last month up to date!
3- I'm completely in love with Sylvan Esso's new song Parad(w/m)E. Its super catchy and I can't wait for their new album to come out! 
4- February always makes me feel like a lame single pringle. Which is silly and nonsensical, but happens every year! 
5- I've been catching up on all my favorite podcasts lately. I really enjoyed THIS 99% Invisible episode. They lady interviewed is just adorable and I feel like the way I watch movies will forever be changed! 
6- After much debating I signed up for Grid Zine Fest again. I'm terribly nervous and excited all rolled into one. I still have lots of time to get some new stuff together so I'm looking forward to getting my creative pants on! 
7-THIS post about Little Paris Beekeeping has me itching to runaway and live among bees somewhere. Or maybe its just my lingering ache for spring and sunshine. 
8- I'm not even a summer girl all that much, I'm just tired of being cold!! 
9- Every year for Valentines I always by myself a gift. THIS skirt love letter pattern is quickly climbing up on the must have list! I just wish skirts didn't make me look so dumpy. 
10- Last but not least THESE rabbits got me feelin the feels. I can't imagine how overwhelming seeing one of these in real life would be! 

Here's to hopin I get a hang of this bloggin thing again! Cheers. 

December Art Journal!

Oh man I'm really loving my bookshelf of all my art journals. All different styles and stages of my life. I'm excited for a new year of new journals! I hope I can keep on documenting my life in a beautiful way! I can't wait until its been like 10 years and I can go back remember all the things I forgot happened! 

2017 Recap: The Year of Being Brave

I wanted to write a post and re-cap all the cool stuff I've gotten to do this year! I really enjoy new years resolutions (which is why I started this blog in the first place, 4 years ago eep!) but coming into 2017 I just wasn't fully set on what it was I wanted to accomplish. I was mostly just trying to focus on surviving 2017 and protect my heart from all the turmoil the world was going though. So I decided to skip writing a post about it and a little bit into February it finally hit me what my resolution should be! Yes, a little late in the year I know!
My goal for 2017 was to BE BRAVE! Now usually non specific goals just don't work. Luckily I found myself using this idea as a motivator and mantra. It became my empowerment and strength to do scary things! It translated into big things (you'll read about soon!) and small things like speaking up about my political views, asking for help at the store and making a phone call. Which seem like fairly simple things, but for a social anxiety ridden introvert they were HUGE. I kept thinking 2017 was going to be encased in political shit, sexual harassment stories and the rise of racism and bigotry. (Which there was don't get me wrong) With in all that crap I found a new strength and identity as a badass strong female all thanks to my goal of being brave!

Here's a list of all the HUGE ways I was able to be brave in 2017!

ONE- Doctors. I started off the year by going to the doctors and getting some much needed anxiety medication. Mental health is really tricky to talk about sometimes and can be incredibly personal. BUT if you feel like you need it, get it! That was one of the smartest things I could have ever told myself!

TWO-  Oophorectomy. On that glorious doctor visit (the first in many, many years) my doctor found a giant cyst on my pelvic muscle. (ok so I knew it was there, but I didn't think it was anything bad!) I got it removed along with my right ovary. I had my first stay ever in a hospital! Talk about scary. I've always hated hospital and had a mini break down when they said I'd have to stay over night. Everything turned out well! Now i've this super badass scar on my belly!
(PS my one last brave thing is showing you my scar featuring a bit of muffin top! haha)

THREE- Zine Fest! I tabled at TWO different festivals last year! Even saying it now I think back and it feels very surreal. Both of them were scarier then all the doctors visits. Watching a stranger read you're personal thoughts and critique the art that you made (and kinda love) is so scary! I get butterflies and think of 10 ways my zine could be better. Its really empowering though to share some art and something personal, as scary as it might be! I was really happy I was brave enough to show up!
FOUR- Interview. I don't talk about my job much on here because I don't find it all too interesting and if I start ranting about it I might not ever stop! A strange thing about my job is that I've had it for a billion years (well it feels like that at least) I've had it for so long that I've never had to interview for a job. I got it when I was 15 and its just stuck. I decided to apply for some other jobs and I had my first interview. Which I completely bombed! Half way though I kept thinking theres no way these people will hire me, I'm giving all the wrong answers! BUT I loved the opportunity even if I ruined it! As you all know the process is very nerve wracking! Having survived the awful interview just gives me the courage to keep going after other opportunities even if I fail. I know now that its not the worst thing in the world and I can survive it!

FIVE- Bees! Oh man. I love bees (if you didn't know) I got the chance to see my neighbors hives up close! Its crazy how everything in your brain is saying "run run beeeess!" but you're almost in a trance by how beautiful they are! The most surprising thing was how loud they are. It was the coolest experience I think I've had so far in my life. I'm sure it'll be awhile before I get brave enough to mess with bees again. Its amazingly beautiful, but still scary.
SIX- Tattoo. I knew I wanted to end the year with something amazing. I wanted to take a trip but realized I was brave, but not brave enough to travel alone! (hopefully some day!) So instead I got a tattoo! You can read about it HERE. This was the perfect way to end the year. Connecting with really beautiful people and having artwork that will forever remind me of my brave year of zines, doctors, bees and tattoos!
This has been a very growing year for me. I'm so happy I have all of you along the way to share my stories too! I hope 2018 is a good one!

Happy Holla-Days!

I hope you all are having a very bright and joyous holiday season! I'm spending so much time with loved ones and my heart is so full. I've eaten way too much food and treats, but I just can't help myself! I hope happiness fills your homes!