I had heard about the 100 day project last year & even followed along with several other bloggers/influencers as they progressed through the 100 days.
Elle Luna is an artist who hosts the project once a year. Basically you choose a project and create it every day for 100 days. So by the end of the 100 days you would have 100 pieces. The best part is that it doesn't even have to be a piece of art. It could be 100 days of self portraits, short stories, stretching, or even pep talks (so much love for that one!)
I've chosen to do 100 days of water color, plants, and embroidery. Combining those concepts each day & hopefully ending with 100 5x7 pieces of art!
I'll be posting every Sunday with an update of how the week is going and what I've made so far!
This past week my mom & I attended a few days of Art Journaling the Magic Retreat at Walt Disney World. It. Was. AWESOME. We absolutely adore Tangie Baxter & Mindy Lacefield. The demos were awesome. The swag was INSANE. And we can not wait for next year's retreat. Seriously. Be prepared for a ton of photos.
Me & my mama!
We sketched the Tangled bathrooms right near the entrance and painted them a little while later during lunch & dinner. Possibly my favorite page from my journal.
We sketched INSIDE It's A Small World. It was probably the most difficult with it being so dark. But I love my little Israel girl so much (bottom right corner).
All of the ladies on Mine Train!
Sketched the castle during Wishes & Once Upon a Time & painted at home. My other favorite journal page. Haha.
Daily Challenge card!
And my very first ever embroidered ear hat. Swooning so hard over here.
I'll keep updating with new art journal pages on my Disney Instagram @devinraegoestodisney. Follow along for all things Mickey Mouse and sparkly! :)
Currently loving: jds & new glasses & weekday Disney adventures
Currently creating: new content & watercolor paintings & new art journal entries & my brand
Currently reading: everything Pinterest has to offer on embroidery and succulents
Currently drinking: all of the coffee & tea
Currently planning: three day weekends & trips to Universal Studios (passes are coming our way!) & new adventures
Currently dreaming: of trips to Hawaii & Tokyo & Paris
Currently loving: jds // my one little word //all things runDisney
Currently recovering: from the #PrincessHalf!
Currently listening to: this on repeat
Currently organizing: my craft supplies // morning routines
Currently making: all of my one little word prompts
Currently drinking: all of the diet coke
We went to visit the manatees yesterday & happened to be there for their 30th season anniversary.
The weather was perfect. The manatees were plentiful. The camera batteries were low & survived.
It was such a peaceful Saturday with my best friend. ❤
We finally got to the festival this past weekend! So much love for this event and all of the artists who were there. It was rainy & chilly which made for a perfect, crowd free day.
We started out with lunch naturally. Poutine from Le Cellier in Canada. Oh. My. Yum. We may have also gotten a whiskey flight. And a dessert or two. ;)
And then made our way back to Future World. We stopped and chatted a bit with Jackie Huang and bought some small postcards of her artwork to have signed. Day made 2 hours in.
One of the coolest parts of the festival was the giant paint by number. You get a small tub of Gillden paint with your number on it (I got pink of course) and a brush. It was too cool and I basically wish I could have taken the whole thing home with me. The best part was when we left later that night and the whole thing was almost complete.
This cutie ;)
Those colors. major swooning happening over here.
I took pictures of the trash bins and the cast member laughed at me. I explained that I just had too.
AP check-in at Innovations East. This was super neat. We got an email a few weeks back telling us about reserved seating for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. I jumped all over that. More a little later in this post. Also in Innovations East you'll find Animation Academy! We drew Mickey of course and I was seriously missing an eraser.
The Odyssey Festival Showplace held several seminars throughout the weekend. I totally lucked out with the Photography 101: Lighting and Perspective seminar led by Tom Smutny. The timing was so perfect and I was a super happy lady.
Broadway! Kerry Butler & Kevin Massey performed several songs from Beauty & the Beast, Tarzan, Newsies, and Aladdin. Totally worth it with the reserved AP seating. We didn't have to wait in line or anything.
And all too soon our day at Epcot was over. So.... we went to Magic Kingdom to get our pirate side on. ;)
Currently loving: this app, this man, this year, this life.
Currently reading: this book (again)
Currently listening to: this album (so much love for it)
Currently organizing: copious amounts of clothing - it's amazing what a smaller closet does to a girl
Currently making: Valentine's presents for him
Currently drinking: cold brew coffee from Starbucks
I'm calling it A Year of Gatherings.
Documenting one second. Everyday. For one year. It just sounds so daunting.
But I'm really doing it! I'm really loving it. 1SE makes it so EASY. It's making me so happy to go back and watch the little snaps from the day. I can't wait to share it with all of you guys at the end of each month. It's going to be a simple and fun way to document and incorporate my one little word (gather) into my everyday.
I'm so very excited for 2017 & my new One Little Word! I'm using this post as a jumping point for my documenting & will share my January layouts later this month! :)
Word // gather
Definition // come together; assemble or accumulate//bring together and take in from scattered places or sources
My Reason Why // I really want to document the people, places, and things in my life this year. Where I gather, who I gather with, and what I gather. I wanted to invite more opportunities to celebrate these gatherings & to fully enjoy them this year. This word has been floating around in my mind for a few months now & it felt like the perfect fit for this season of my life.
Quotation // "gather up all your scattered dreams & build the life you love..." -unknown (if you know, please tell me!)
Invitation // This year I want to invite more opportunities to gather with the people that I love. To be more aware of these gatherings & really live in the moment whether it's big or small.
Let Go // Let go of my current morning routine// Let go of my indecisiveness//Let go of my fears//Let go & Let God
Note to Self // Call to me & I will answer you. -Jeremiah 3:33
I am so very excited for 2017 & all of these new gatherings, adventures, & blessings. I can't wait to share them with you in this space.
Swoon. Major plant envy going on over here.
We started another year off with a low key trip to Bok Tower Gardens & it was the best. I think I may love these pictures more than the ones from last year. I live for these little adventures & time spent together. Bring it 2017. We are ready.
Summer was spent exploring. And this particular Sunday was spent at Riverwalk. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed walking by the river and being outside and hunting for Pokemon. Because everyone and their mother is playing Pokemon (please don't tell my mom about it....). I'd go for sure again, maybe when it's sweater weather or if I bring a bathing suit to play at the splash pad. ;)
I honestly never thought I would come here. I can't imagine why now. This place is so beautiful and they even have this stuff called "snow". It's very cold and pretty to look at. I came up here to spend ten wonderfully chilly days with my aunt and uncle and their three bigs. We're planning on skiing in a few days, but for now we are content on napping, lounging, and eating all of the snacks.
So so much love for this place. Bring on the adventure. We're ready.
Ten little things that I am loving this month:
#1 - Ariah in the Cinderella (I'm pretty sure that's the right princess) dress that I got at Walt Disney World when I was six.
#2 - My go to snack at Epcot. I ended up there on a random Tuesday afternoon after work a few weeks ago. It was a much needed solo trip where I wasn't in charge of sixty children.
#3 - Another Disney one! The new Disney Springs has a ton of beautiful walls, doors, and gates that provide beautiful backdrops. Everything is adorable and I get trigger happy. I really want to try out my film camera and see what happens.
#4 - My Elephant Pants! These are insanely comfortable and I really love how vibrant the color is.
#5 - The way my clothes are fitting right now. I've slimmed down a bit since the summer has started and am feeling pretty confident with myself. I'm hoping to start taking yoga or beginner ballet classes this fall.
#6 - My garden!!! It deserves every exclamation mark. I'm super proud of it and a little bit surprised that's it's doing as well as it is. It's my happy place.
#7 - I got a new lens! I worked really hard and saved and budgeted. I'm really happy that I was able to get it before a birthday party that I shot. Hooray upgrades!
#8 - Pinterest has been super inspiring lately. It's helped me plan my garden and learn how to better care for my plants too.
#9 - This bathroom "selfie". The only way I get pictures of myself at work is when I take them myself. Bathroom mirrors, self-timers, and the classic selfie basically sum it up.
#10 - This app! It takes your image and makes it look like a water colored painting. I prefer using images that have a lot of clean lines and detail. But the softer, more blurred pictures are just as stunning.
I took a lot of pictures when my mom and I went to Dapper Day this past March. And last year I dropped the ball majorly on documenting our adventure. Actually, thinking about it now, I have no idea where those pictures are.... Don't tell my mom. Anyway, I wanted to be able to get the story down but also not spend so much time doing it. Don't get me wrong, I love to scrapbook! But there were so many pictures that it was a little intimidating. And I wanted something to look at right now! So here's my story: I was on Instagram one night and a company called Nowvel messaged me about their new photo book app that they were launching. So of course I followed them right away and got a free credit for my first album! Naturally it just had to be Dapper Day! When the app officially launched I got right to it. The entire process was insanely easy and I had the book in my hands in no time at all. I was shocked at how quickly they got it to me! I really loved everything about it and I'm working on my second book now (as soon as I find last year's Dapper Day pictures). I also love that the pictures are 8x8 inches and the paper is super thick & sturdy!
To see all of this year's Dapper Day pictures check out my previous post!
Happy Dapper Day! My mom and I attended the Spring Dapper Day event at Magic Kingdom this past Saturday. We had a blast! Here are some of the pictures that I just couldn't wait to show you.
I set my camera on one of the benches on the Liberty Square Riverboat and used the self timer for this one. We waited and waited so that we would be the last people off of the boat and have a clear shot!
Those balloons are actually really difficult to keep hold of. The balloon holding cast member told us that in 1994 someone let go of all of the balloons on purpose and was fired. If you need help with the math that's 90 balloons times $10 a pop. Yikes.
Cinderella's Wishing Well was FINALLY open to the public again. I just adore it.
Okay, so here's a funny story. Both my mother and I just about had our feet fall off. We went to first aid and loaded up on band-aids, then went to find some new shoes. That's why you see me where purple flats and not my super sparkly flats. They were just not broken in enough yet.
Let's just say that we are super excited for the Fall Dapper Day event this coming October. So. So. So. Excited.
Yes. I am turning twenty-two this month. No. I do not need you to comment on how young I am.
Many of my friends or people I have to deal with day to day are in their thirties. And I am constantly reminded of my age. However, I am TWENTY-TWO. And the reminder of my age is typically in a derogatory way. I know that I am more mature than your average twenty-two year old these days. I am focused on my work, I never go out and party (I'd rather go to Disney World & always do), I don't drink, I'm not a video game junkie, and I find it hard to have a conversation with people around my age. We just don't "click". And because of this I've put myself in a position where I befriend like minded people in their thirties. It causes me to feel inadequate because I haven't had this or that life experience yet. It most likely wouldn't bother me as much if those like minded thirty year old's didn't brandish my age like a knife and try to use it against me. Should I be sorry that I've only been alive for so many years? Absolutely not. And honestly it says more about the maturity of the people that I'm around who feel the constant need to bring it up and throw it in my face like a weapon. Having met thousand of people at varying ages I've decided that there are some who are bitter about growing older and not feeling as valid or that they can't "pull something off" because of their age. What a load of crap. Stinky, smelly, crappy crap. It makes me sad for those people and even more hurt because they feel the need to inflict their insecurities, knowingly or not, on today's young adults.
I am a young adult. I am enjoying the freedom of traveling, having my own plans, and doing things my way. I am learning and growing every single day. And those who feel that they are older and wiser should be sharing all of their learned knowledge, not belittling others for not knowing just yet. I'm not going to punish myself for not knowing how to do something before I've learned to do it. So you probably shouldn't try to punish me either.
Reading:The Dollanganger series by V. C. Andrews (again....)
Wearing: A thrifted yellow raincoat. I know that it's vintage and originally from Bergdorf. Hunting it down on the Internet to learn more about the designer. No such luck yet.
Dreaming: Fresh starts. Fresh air. Lots of sunshine.
Traveling: Orlando for Dapper Day and the Flower & Garden Festival. Planning an upcoming trip to Disneyland, California. I just can't even believe it.
Capturing: Myself. Seeing myself through others eyes. And also trying to not judge myself based on the overly critical eyes. Accepting fair criticism.
Obsessing: Pink walls, tropical plants, and the new Cinderella movie!
Listening: I'll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday (because obviously I enjoy torturing myself)
Dying: My hair! Hello gorgeous, fresh overhaul! I'm so ready.
Losing: My cell phone. My mind. My car keys. Daily.
It’s March. Already. I just didn't see that one coming. You know how calendars lie. But it really is here and that means that in twenty three days I will be twenty two. And that is pretty weird. Anyway…. I've decided that in honor of my twenty second birthday I will finish twenty two tasks before the big day. They are completely random and some are even adventures. So, here we go!
1. Finish 22 layouts
2. Photo shoot for a special family at Magic Kingdom
3. Dapper Day and totally strutting my stuff (more on my outfit next week!)
4. Run 22 miles (not super thrilled about this one)
5. Drink 22 cups of coffee
6. 22nd Annual Flower & Garden Festival
7. Reestablish my garden
8. Find a new local bakery that I super yummy
9. Finish Gossip Girl on Netflix
10. MAJOR closet overhaul
11. Do something that is completely outside of my comfort zone
12. Sign up for my fist half-marathon
13. Walk 10,000+ steps every day and track them with my Fitbit
14. Read a book everyday
15. Take a break
16. Learn to deal with difficult people
17. Create an inspirational room (work & home)
18. Join a worship team (possibly at a new church!)
19. 22 days of yoga and keep it up after
20. Visit 5 new places pinned on my Wanderer board
21. Find myself, wherever she ran away to
22. Wake up an hour earlier and start a new morning tradition to be done everyday
I find that as I go through my average day I interact with more than 100 people. And in those 100 people I can't even think of more than 3 that I actually have a meaningful conversation with. "Hi, how are you? Good" Que walk away. And that's it. Nothing more is discussed. That is until this past Wednesday when one of my eight year old students came into the classroom and sat right down next to me. She asked me how my day was going and I answered and asked her in return. Then she asked me what my most favorite part of the day was. It took me about two minutes to figure that one out myself. And then I answered her with something about a project I'm working on. And she sat there and listened and responded and asked more questions. It was the first time in a long time that I was actively engaged in conversation with someone who wasn't too busy or just doesn't have the time or that wasn't climbing up the walls and needed to be talked off of the ledge (mostly four year old's, but there are a few adults too). Anyway, it makes me think of how people are so consumed in their own little worlds that they don't take the time to really open their eyes and see what the people around them are dealing with. They overlook and assume that they know everything that's going on in your life when they don't even bother to ask in the first place. But out of all of the conversations that I have had this week, the one with the eight year old is the only one that I can remember having any real meaning to me.
Signing off to go find some new friends on the internet and in the real world.
Four months post Hawaii and my tan is officially gone. Sad face. But it's been a blast going through all of the pictures and being able to have all of those memories flooding back. It really was one of the best experiences ever. So, finally I've had a chance to get some of these down on paper and start the process of creating my Hawaii story to share! I am really loving the story kits from Ali Edwards right now. Several of those products were used in these two layouts. I'm kind of leaning towards a more photo driven, simple type of story telling for this album just because the pictures speak for themselves. I'm so excited about this and can't wait to see how it all turns out!
This is my third year participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word class. I've found that my words come very easily to me and seem to have a theme. In 2013 I choose "be". While it seemed easy at first I soon learned that just being content or just being focused was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. It actually felt like having twelve words instead of one because each month felt like a new word or a new challenge. In the end it all worked out. There were a lot of new things happening in my small corner of the world. In 2014 the word "joy" just kinda stuck. It fit nicely with "be" and helped me continue fitting "be" into my life where I could. Just be joyful. While that may have been the mantra it really wasn't all that easy. Yet again I managed to choose a word that wasn't simple and was multifaceted in ways I didn't even think possible. But that word was perfect for my 2014. I went on business trip to NYC (first time ever!) and had a really amazing experience and got to hang out with my awesome co-workers and make lots of new friends. I flew up to Idaho to photograph my aunt's beautiful birth of sweet Benaiah. Pure joy. I planned the biggest trip of my life and then actually made it happen. I was able to go to Hawaii for THREE weeks and have the best time ever. Once again, pure joy. On second thought, maybe my word should have been "travel". Inserts giggles here. And while there were plenty of less than joyful moments, the year ended pretty well. I'm hoping that 2015 will be filled with just as many surprises and because of that I choose "celebrate". This is the year of new business adventures. This is the year where I step outside of my element. This is the year when I explore the place I've lived for the past eighteen years like a tourist. This is the year that I will run my first ever half-marathon (I still can't even believe that one....). This is the year when I will be soooo planty that I may need to create a new Instagram account just for documenting it all. This is the year that I will go to California. This is the year that I celebrate everything. This is the year that I will start making my dreams come true. It's a year worth celebrating. And I intend to document it all.
Chances are that when you completely run out of ink in your printer you will be several days behind in your December Daily. And honestly? That. Is. O. K. It really is. I'd rather live the story than be anxious about recording the story. I just finished up Ali Edwards Lens of Joy class and she talked about that several times.
Here's a quick look at my cover page. I wanted to keep it simple and clean. I'm excited to see how the rest of the month evolves!
This past Saturday my mother and I went to a local popup vintage barn sale. Don't let the title fool you. It has twinkle lights, loads of mirrors, and I've found a natural bokeh in many of my pictures. Adore? Oh, yes. Also, all of the super cute vintage holiday items! If there's anywhere I want to visit to gain some inspiration it's Lucky Day's Barn Sale! I just want to hang beautiful lights everywhere now! And buy a ton of mirrors! And pretty things!
EEEK. Looking through all of my pictures makes me want to go back. NOW. Alas, I am here in the dreaded sunshine state. Where we have first class beaches, famous amusement parks, and yummy sea food. Darn. Anyways...we are still talking about the very beginning of the trip. Making ourselves at home. Finding our favorite spots. Starting a new routine. We only had a car for the first week and we made the most of it. One of our first trips (besides Walmart, because you know we like to eat.) was the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. It was stunning. Ariah and I busted tail to climb all two miles of it. The lighthouse itself was small and I'm not sure if it would have been something to do again if that had been all. But the view? Stunning. I'd hike it everyday to see that. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. You're standing on a mountain, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water that I don't think I can describe. The first word to come to mind is blue. The first picture shows the exact blue I'm talking about. A deep, mysterious blue that I wish I could put on canvas. To replicate onto everything I own. The second word was small. I had never felt so small. Not insignificant. Just small. It was very overwhelming and I wish that everyone could experience something so beautiful.
Monday's are hard for a lot of people. For me it feels like a fresh start, a new week, a different day. But today's Monday was different. It was actually kind of horrible. Really. Horrible. And when I've been feeling horrible lately I try to take a step back and think of all of the things I am grateful for. I should do this all of the time, but somehow I forget. I felt the need to hop on here and put it all down though. As a reminder? A form of accountability? I have NO idea. It just feels right.
1. I got to spend the entire Sunday with my dad.
2. I am able to even think about applying to a new college.
3. Five cups of coffee. F. I. V. E.
4. Copious amounts of reading material.
5. Hillsong Young & Free on repeat.
6. Looking through my Hawaii pictures and planning my next post (and trip! Is it March yet???)
7. Small moments of clarity. Isaiah 43:2
8. Being able to explore my home town & adventure whenever I feel the need.
9. I'm grateful that no one reads this blog yet. My own little piece of the internet.
10. My new lens. It's a 40mm pancake lens and this thing is a thousand times better than the 50mm 1.8. I. Adore. It.
Let's make this a weekly occurrence. Sharing that grateful heart.
I was truly blessed to be able to go to HAWAII for almost three weeks last month. I met my aunt & uncle, their five children, and my grandparents on the island of O'ahu. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and had the best time ever. These pictures are beautiful, blurry, and shot with lots of love. They only show bits & pieces of the very first day or so. Again I am so thankful to my aunt and uncle for letting me come and spend that time with them.
A few weeks ago I went on a business trip to New York. It was my very first time and I absolutely adored the city. On Friday we arrived and spent the afternoon walking around the city and visiting our sister locations. Saturday and Sunday were all day training sessions. Basically three days of hardcore exercise and non-stop shutter action. Here are a ton of pictures from all over the city!
Very excited to be able to start Project Life next week. I've decided that instead of being six months behind I'll just start it on the 10th of June. It will document all of my summer camp adventures and continue on into the school year. If you don't know what Project Life is you can check it out here. I love the Midnight Edition which is the one that I am ordering on Monday! So while I wait for my beautiful album to arrive I will take pictures and make sure to document pretty much everything (at least the cool stuff). I can't wait!
Last week I purchased a few small cacti plants and I stopped and bought a few small plants yesterday. I'm hoping to fill my room with beautiful plants to liven up the place a little and help it feel more cozy. I can't paint the room and that makes it pretty tough to make the space mine with it's current nursery theme. That's how it was when I moved in. So. By controlling other elements in the room I might be able to beat that adorable boarder with it's elephants, giraffes, and turtles. Well, maybe.
I absolutely adore these little thumbtacks from Target. So. Cute. I thought that I would hop on here and share a few of my little scrap/journaling treasures. I like to use tons of embellishments and texture. It makes the page more fun!
See that whale tape dispenser? Yeah I know. So cool looking. ; )
It has been a beautiful, rainy, crafting kind of Friday. Between catching up on all of those 90's tv shows, going to get some BBQ, and working on my One Little Word album I am beat. ; )
Just kidding. But it does feels like I've done a lot of work even though there's not too much to share.
Here's the cover of my OLW (One Little Word) album. Very simple and vintage looking.
And here are a few pages and embellishments that I've been favoring lately.
And how could I forget pictures from lunch!
The strawberry lemonade was amazing and the chicken was so good that I forgot to take a picture!
This past weekend was pretty relaxed. I bought a lovely album for my One Little Word project. I'll be sharing more on that in the next few days. And got a surprise mani and pedi. Oh. SO. Lovely. Not too many pictures but I thought that I would share a random one from my millions of snapshots. We'll see about a more meaty post this evening or tomorrow! ; )
This is a lovely office window in Ybor. I absolutely adore this building. Hence the many shots of the same window that riddle both my film and dSLR and my iPhone.
This past weekend we went up to Jacksonville for a Krav Maga seminar. Yeah, I know. We're cool. It wasn't as intense as that certification had been, but it definitely kicked my but. I've got a ton of pictures from the drive up and not so many of the seminar. Oh well. But I can show you some pictures of when I went to the hotel pool (for about 30 minutes due to the fact that the water was freezing!), stopped at the beach for all of five seconds (BOO!), and then did a ton of driving. Below are the pictures from my iPhone and I'll post again with the pictures from my dSLR.
These pictures are from February and March. Two BIG months for me. I moved (again) and turned twenty. I am finally out of my teens and made my first big furniture purchase. It's the beautiful, antique dresser pictured bellow. Very excited about having another fresh start to purge and focus on what I really need to function. I took all of these at the vintage store where I purchased the dresser. They recently had to close because their building sold (BOO). I am very excited that I payed $150 less than the original asking price.
A few weeks ago my friend Lucy and I went to Plant City to explore the antique stores. By the time that we actually got there though they were ll closed! But, we still had a great time and ended up doing a fun and spontaneous photo-shoot. Here are some of the pics we got.
While on that trip my car happened to break down. Which was fine. I got right in there with my heels and dressed up self and got it all worked out. It was actually pretty funny. I'm pretty sure that we both saw that one coming!
On a side note: my summer camp has been killer! We've been making awesome crafts and going on tons of fun field trips. Starting next week I'll start to share some of our adventure outings and stellar craft projects.
Holy mother of long months. May drug on FOREVER. I started classes at HCC on May 14th. About 4 weeks ago. In those 4 weeks I have managed to overheat my car SIX times and fill up my tank twice in one week. About $150 in gas so far. The online classes are the worst though. I would rather drive three hours than endure three minutes of that. My teachers are all nice though and very accommodating. My American Sign Language teacher is awesome. She is my favorite for sure.
I'm currently typing this in a random 24 hour Starbucks. You had to see that coming, right? The reason I'm here long enough to type this whole thing out is because my car started to overheat on the way here. GAH. Well. On a lighter note, I really am enjoying school. When traffic isn't too horrible the drive is quite pleasant. It's my 1 hour of peace in the whole day. : )
So. I'm off to surf the Internet and catch up on some left over work from today. Wish me luck!
I officially register for my summer classes THIS Wednesday. I'm so excited (and ready)! I took the year off to figure out what I wanted to major in and take a much needed break. So glad that I did that. It was really nice to just focus on work and being a "grown up" (whatever that means...). Like I said though. I. AM. READY.
No really. I am. I didn't sleep at all last night. I layed there in my bed, starring at the ceiling. I finally just gave up around 2:30am and got ready for my day. I HAD to go to Starbucks and get my coffee fix or I'd be like the walking dead right now. I spent most of the morning watching Cake Boss on Netflix. My brain feels fried and I still have to function for at least 12 more hours.
"You can do it, Devin!"
No.... I think that I am this close (measuring with fingers) to passing out. So, Diet Coke to the rescue!
Oh, Lord. I really AM running on caffeine.
Well, here's a song to jump start your Saturday with. Enjoy! :)
I have submitted all of the applications (as far as I know) that I need to for college! FINALLY. I am so excited about it too. I also found out that I am eligible for a few grants and loans. Which is awesome because I'm footing the bill for everything except tuition. I know it doesn't sound like there's a lot left to pay for, but when books are around $150 EACH it makes you want to cringe a bit. I sure did. I'm going up to the school today to talk to a financial advisor about possibly becoming eligible for more grants (the free to me money). I took a year off after I graduated and I am so glad that I did. It gave me time to work and be a grown up. It also gave me time to figure out what I wanted to go to school for. I had no idea when I graduated that I would be interested in sigh language. So, I'll be going into this head first knowing exactly what I want to do. I'll be majoring in Sign Language Interpretation at Hillsborough Community College. However, my classes will be spread out between 3 different campus'. You can see now why I need more grants. Gas is a pain in the butt as it is. After I graduate HCC, I plan on transferring over to USF to major in Child Psychology and minor in Sigh Language. One day I hope to operate my own martial arts school and I am hoping to help as many people as possible, including special needs.
The HCC campus that I picked as my home base is the one in Plant City. I get to drive through the historic part of town at least 3 times a week. I'm thrilled. It's so pretty there!
I keep telling people, "don't grow up, it's a trap". I've always been "grown up", at least on the inside. You know, I was born at 30 and all that. But really, people, if I could go back and live a little during high school, I wouldn't mind it one bit.
I made this piece the other day using a piece of die cut scrapbook paper. I had used the paper as a stencil for another project and didn't want the whole $1.50 to go to waste. ; )
It has a lot going on, but the message is clear.
The Huger Games movie comes out on my birthday
I've read the series and was very impressed. They are super quick reads too.
Check out the trailer!
I've been feeling out of place lately. As though I'm not really here nor there.
I have also been very restless. I can't seem to go to bed earlier than 11pm or wake up later than 3am. I mean, REALLY? From 7am on to 9pm I am go, go, go. Not that I mind that, however it's easier to function well on more than four hours of sleep.
Basically, I run on caffeine. Whether it be coffee or diet coke or even tea.
I might just need a vacation. What I really need is to move out of my parents house. Things have been kinda tense around there for a year or so. My "goal" (I use this term loosely) is to move out my parents place this coming summer. If that's going to happen or not is up in the air. I've considered many different options as well. Renting an apartment, renting a room, having roommates. You name it, I've already considered it. I feel as though the idea of "moving out" has consumed my mind.
But I also feel that moving out is a necessary part of finding myself. Figuring out who I am as a person. The freedom to have my own home and decorate how I please.
I know that my moving out won't change much. But I know that I will feel lighter and possibly be able to come out of this "shell" more. It's kinda hard with the parental's breathing down your neck.
I just want to go to school, teach martial arts, and paint. Is that too much to ask, people?
So, this year I decided to do the Week in the Life scrapbook project by Ali Edwards. It's a crazy, week long, adventure where you take pictures of everything. Save everything. Write about everything. Basically, keeping track of your whole life for seven days and then making a scrapbook about it. At the end of the week I didn't know if I had anything left to take pictures of. I have tons of bits and pieces of paper.
I created a sketch that I want to put in there too. It's a brightly colored camera.
I've made a few of them and played with different colors. This one happens to be one of my favorites.
Eventually, I plan on taking this design and using it to create a stamp. (Eventually really means this weekend.)
This week I decided to purge my room of anything that has gone untouched for the past few months.
I am not exactly sure what has possessed me, but I have this urge to get it done. NOW.
My final goal is to cut back on about %70 of all of this freakin' crap in here.
So far, so good. I'm about %2 done.
Considering that it is only Tuesday I'd say that I'm off to a great start.
I'm going to try my best to not get distracted by all of the awesome stuff I find.
Or taking random pictures with my phone like the one above... Dr. Pepper is the only thing that's keepin' me going.
If anyone needs extra stuff, please just call.
(483)-468-2727 or (I've)-GOT-CRAP
Keep in mind that the "number" listed is not real.
SO. DON'T. CALL. IT.
I made it up.
Have a great week! : )
My art journal has not been touched since May.
Well, now that I have my top ten reasons down I can't really use those excuses anymore. Maybe number eight should be addressed first though... That might be a good idea. : )
Well, this is week two of my summer camp. So far it has been great! We have gone on many fun field trips, have learned how to properly kick butt, and made tons of adorable arts & crafts. I have decided that it is totally worth it to invest money in glue sticks (even though they dry out faster than a glue bottle would). They are easier for the kids to handle while they are crafting. So, Walmart, here I come! Also, it is way easier to distribute glue sticks and clean them up afterward. Stamp of Approval. YES!
I have not really posted in a while and I guess that some people must actually look at the site (seeing as how I am getting complaints for my lack of posts). Well...in my defense it has been a long, hard, testing year and I know that it's only June. Between working, graduation and just trying to keep my head above the water I haven't really had a lot of time on the computer. So this is my update for now and I will put something worth reading up later this evening.
Karate kid. Be prepaired world, because I'm about to kick your butt.
I have a really hard time falling asleep at night. It. Sucks. : (
So, this is me saying "Goodnight moon"
Even though I will still be up for a few more hours after I post this.
Here's a song in case you guys can't fall asleep either. : )
It's actually called Goodnight Moon, it's by Go Radio.
I freaking love Starbucks. I believe that it may be the best thing EVER!
Here are five reasons why (as if I even need one):
1. Coffee is AWESOME. You can never have too much coffee, no matter what time of day it is, how much you have already had or any other lame excuse not to get it.
2. I LOVE caffeine (it helps with headaches...*wink*wink*)
3. It's only $5 per cup. How cheap is that for one whole day of happiness...hyperness...(you can choose for yourself.)
4. They custom make it. You could get a Venti Strawberries and Creme frap with 2 shots of toffee nut and chocolate chips (this taste like captin crunch berries by the way...but some people don't like it.I am NOT one of THOSE people.)
5. Um...do I even need a reason? NO. It is just FREAKING AWESOME.
It is SO awesome that my five year old sister drinks it. I have PROOF! (see below)
Explanation of blurry pictures: Result of too much sugar, too quickly, and excessive energy.
Gotta love it. : )
I have recently started creating fiber art. Basicaly you have your materials and out them together in a way that means something to you. You use different fabrics or natural elements to put your memory together. The best part? No one knows what it is! Only if you told them. I have made five. The first one was a little more involved than the rest but I think that it came out pretty well .
Well, it appears that April Fools is not just one day long. It lasts for the WHOLE MONTH. I know it. I have PROOF. But, anyway there is a song that my friend shared with me and I am going to share it with you!
Here are the lyrics:
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again
In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome
All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome
God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome
I am so blessed by God and this song totally proves it. So, LISTEN UP! : )
I guess it doesn't really have anything to do with luck at all.
I just went to two different vintage shops in Brandon and found another camera to satisfy my camera fetish. : ) So far I have three, yeah I know...whop de do, but I am super excited about it!
The first one i got was a Canon T50, it is a lot more modern than the other two. The second camera is a Target Brownie Six-20. I L-O-V-E it! I am still trying to figure out how to open it though. YouTube to the rescue. Lastly, I aquired a Perfex Fifty Five. I know nothing about it except the fact that it looks freaking awesome. It is pictured above. You want to know the best part of the whole thing? I only paid $15 for it.
SCORE! : )
12:00 AM-Go to bed
4:45 AM- Wake up (you have to be sleep deprived for the EEG test)
4:50 AM- Fell back asleep
8:00 AM- Running late...not surprising.
8:30 AM- Finally left the house (the appointment started at 9)
9:00 AM- Not even close to the neurology office...
9:33 AM- Someone (Mom) took a wrong turn. : P
10:00 AM- One hour late, but we made it.
10:15 AM- The EEG tech. put this goopy crap in my hair that was supposed to keep the wires on my head.
10:23 AM- The current thought running through my head at this time was along the lines of "wow, this really sucks..."
10:35 AM- So, she puts this strobe light in front of my face and tells me not to open my eyes or blink...? I didn't even understand what she was talking about I was just over it. Not to mention that watching the light through closed eyelids was like a rainbow exploding two inches from my face. :(
11:00 AM- Finally done with the EEG test and back in the waiting room for the follow up to the previous appointment.
11:30 AM- THEY FINALLY LET US BACK IN TO SEE THE DOCTOR!
11:40 AM- They increased my meds. It took all that time just to do that? Really?
12:00 PM- On our way home so that I can wash my hair before work...
12:45 PM- At this point I had been washing my hair for a good twenty minutes...
1:00 PM- Forty-Five minutes to get to work, so I gave up (don't get me wrong, I totally got it all out, I just didn't have enough time to make it pretty.)
1:35 PM- Eating my lunch at work waiting for the time to come so that we can gather the children from school.
1:36 PM- "Is it nap time yet?"
So, basically, I start off everyday exactly the same. Running behind! I just can not seem to get myself out of the door. Oh, I'm everyones sunshine in the morning. ; )
Then I tread off to my dreaded A.P. Psych class, followed by French II, and ending my delightful morning with a whopping dose of TRIG!
I mean really this is THE life.
Well, really it kind of sucks. At least the first three periods. Just saying.
BUT, 4th-7th are like OMGOSH! Can you say lunch and three art classes in a row! I LOVE IT!
Alas, all good things must come to an end. So, to finish up my school day I have English. Not that horrible of a class, but there are only four girls out of twenty-five. I mean you have got to see the immaturity level of that class. Even if you don't know who is in it. Twenty-One senior boys filled with their cocky idiocy.
Around 3:06-3:15ish, I arrive at WORK! : ) I, personally, love it. Even though it may seem stressful working with 22 rowdy kids for a few hours, it's still great knowing that I have the chance to change their lives and help them use their character traits to the best of their ability.
Oh, I'm sorry...maybe I should tell you where I work so that this actually makes a little more sense. : ) I teach martial arts at Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Center and I work mainly with the after school program. So, aside from helping third graders with their homework, (Which is ridiculous! Have you seen what those kids come home with? I have never seen some of that math in my entire life!) I also teach them how to be better people. Which can be very hard sometimes because 1.) every kid is completely different! 2.) they are crazy! : ) 3.) Just because it is!
After hanging out at at Taekwon-Do for multiple hours, I am finally kicked out of the building to return to the place where I reside. THEN I...go to bed. A day in the life of me is very exhausting...even if it may not seem like it from reading this post!
But that is pretty much it, from Monday-Friday.
The weekends...PSH. Now that deserves a whole other post on its own!
Made you look. Dork.