“Life is very long.” -T.S. Elliot.

“..Not the first person to say it, certainly not the first person to think it. But he’s given credit for it because he bothered to write it down. So if you say it, you have to say his name after it. “Life is very long.” – T.S. Eliot. Absolutely god damn right..” – August: Osage County

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If you’ve been keeping up with me; I’ve been dipping my toes into a couple different artistic pools lately. I’m kind of trying to find something that I’m good at and enjoy doing so I can make a hobby out of it. I’m working on my fourth scarf (pink/grey/white/black) and a few posts ago, I had shown off the 52-week money boxes that I made for my mom and I.

SO, since then, a co-worker had asked if I’d be able to put together some sort of baby shower card holder box type thing. I figured, might as well! Funny thing is, I didn’t realize how challenging it’d be in comparison to other little projects I’ve done. The only inspiration I had to go with was that the mother is expecting a girl and a photo of a chair they’d purchased for the room. Initially, I assumed it’d be a little boy given the blue and orange (right?) but man was I wrong! I think it turned out pretty good though and an added a touch of little girl with the flowers brought it together but we’ll see tomorrow when I bring it to work!

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It didn’t take too terribly long to make but I worked with materials that I wasn’t used to and had a couple mishaps trying to figure out how to bond one material to another. All is well though. I think it looks pretty good and it is made for it’s intended use. My co-worker asked that it be dual purpose so the expecting couple can use it somehow in their nursery and I think I did just that. Check out the finished project here and give me some feedback.

In other news – My mom and I went to a few movies this past Saturday. They were the exact definition of polar opposite. I’m not going to give too much of a run down because I’ve never been good as summarizing movies or books or even my day but here’s the gist..

We first went to “August: Osage County” and the best word to describe it would be phenomenal! It was such a true, raw, and moving film that it could be relatable to so many different people on so many different levels. I was surprised to find out come Sunday night that they had very few Golden Globe nominations and weren’t even given the honor of winning. Regardless, it was by far one of the best movies that I’ve seen in a long time. I only wish that I would have read the book prior to seeing the movie but it’ll be added to my bucket list.

On the other side of the spectrum was the film “Her.” Now, I get it, I do. I understand the movie but it was torture to sit though, my God. The first half of the movie – I was engaged and waiting for something to happen but after that, it was just plain painful. And to top it off, a Golden Globe win? Excuse me, but what the fuck? Who in their right mind was elected to nominate this year? The best movie got zilch and the worst was praised? Give me a break.

Thirsty Thursday.

Thirsty for water. The second day of the new year kind of feels just the same as the Thursday before. It usually does, doesn’t it?

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Twenty-fourteen is going to be the year that I find myself. To be truly happy, to enjoy the smallest of things. I don’t want to dwell on the problems and issues of the day. I’m not going to hide things in a little corner under my bed until I burst but I’m done sweating the small stuff. If other people want to lead miserable lives, than so be it.  Let them. I’ve done it long enough and I can tell you that it’s far from anything to be proud of.

I want to dive into the creative crevices of my brain and pull out dusty old junk that’s been laying around. Bring it back to life again. I want to rediscover hobbies and try ones that I’ve been just dreaming about.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to open a box of crazy but I simply am looking to be wholly and contently happy with where I am and what I’ve accomplished.

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For far too long many of us including myself beat ourselves up over the most trivial of things. I struggle with the fact on an often basis that I didn’t go back to school after obtaining my Associates Degree. I also obsess over the very obvious issue visible to the human eye. I’ve let things like this make me unhappy. I let it alter the quality of my life that I’ve been living or lack thereof. I don’t go places because I don’t want people to stare. I limit myself to enjoy concerts or art museums or anything else because of the judgmental whispers.Even though the below things might not be relatable or even connect from dot to dot, they are the beginning of my New Years “Goals.”

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Blog & Write & Write & Blog. Be honest, dive deep, and to not be afraid of anything. Blog every day, any time of the day. Blog about nothing or about everything. Just as long as it’s about something.

Crochet/Sew. This doesn’t need to be considered a thing of the past. Contrary to my first goal, this will help me disconnect which I think we all need to work on before we don’t know how to do anything without a computer of some kind.

Go Places. Get a passport. Travel. Get out of here.  Drive. See new things. It won’t be far and it  might not seem exciting but I’m going to make the most of it.

 Photography. I’d like to think that I can see things that others can’t and I  might just go ahead and continue believing that. Regardless, I’m going to use my eyes and the camera lens to remember the memories that haven’t yet happened.

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Stop And Smell The Hollyhocks. I don’t know about you but every day goes faster and faster than the day before. It might not happen every day or every week but an important goals is to appreciate everything as much as possible and take time to breathe in the air around me. 

And Lastly..For Now..

Decide And Deal With It. I’m going to make decisions I’ve been sitting on for three or more years. I’m going to make them and I’m going to stick to them.

Just like you (I hope), there are so many other things I’d like to accomplish and achieve throughout the year and the rest of my life but those will come.

Today, do something. Do something that makes you happy or proud. Do something that boosts your self-confidence. Do something that makes you feel as intelligent as you know you are. Each and every one of us needs to prove to ourselves that we are awesome before anyone else will believe it.

Here’s to you!