Dream Dangerously & Outrageously

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Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes

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A Year of Bravery

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A Year of Kindness, Forgiveness and MakingYour Time Count

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To A Year Filled With Magic

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Magic, dreams, books, art, kisses and surprises (the good kind)…a year filled with these would definitely be a success!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 


2016 New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s Resolutions

2016 Edition

  1. Run a 5K…I still want to do it.  What do you think will help?  A running partner?  Some outside accountability?
  2. Payoff/Down debt because student loans are coming…best get the rest out of the way first.  I have a plan, I just haven’t been following it.  Time to cut the BS and do it, already!
  3. Make art for fun, not just for class!  With the graphic design program, the wonderful pleasure of drawing as a requirement for class is a regular thing.  While it never feels like work, I don’t ONLY want to draw/paint/design as work. Creation for it’s own sake is why I love it so much, and I don’t want to lose it.  Taking time every week to spend time making…stuff.
  4. Music…I still miss music.  Last year, I didn’t even come close to succeeding in my resolution to put music back in my life.  I’m going to play once a week for at least 15 minutes.  My guitar is fixed, so I have no more excuses.
  5. Don’t forget the fun!  Between a full-time job and a full-time class schedule, I can easily become engulfed in work. Taking time for myself, at least once a month, whether that’s a pedicure, a concert, a ballgame, or an evening out with my family and friends.  Staying connected to the people and things in my life who make it amazing, inspire me, and remind me why I started on this path in the first place.
  6. Spruce up the house!  Growing up in a military family, I tend to get an itch every couple of years. I either need to move or I do a bit of remodeling.  This year, I’ll just do a bit of painting and a few minor projects rather than a big remodeling project.  Still, it will scratch the itch.  Also, I have about a million little projects around the house that need to be done.
  7. Be brave, bold and less afraid.  I made a decent start on this in the second half of last year (and I have to tell you, it feels amazing), but it is time for more.  Decisions based on fear didn’t get me where I wanted to go, so it is time to do things differently.

Okay, so it took me a couple of days to get my resolutions together.  I started thinking about them a while ago, but I had all this big stuff on my resolution list.  I didn’t want to see 2016 go out with a whimper when I didn’t achieve much of what I set out to do.  I started on a lot of big stuff in 2015, and it means the next couple of years are going to be…well, busy doesn’t quite seem to cover it.

Thanks to the big goals I started  on last year, I went with fewer resolutions this year because life is crazy busy right now.  These are realistic goals I can accomplish.  They’re things I know I need to do, but I tend to forget about when the to-do list gets really long.  I’m not trying to make any crazy big changes in my life this year (except for maybe the 5k, but I REALLY want to!)  I’m making 2016 about quality of life.  Work and school always go better when I take time to take care of myself, actually life just goes better when I take care of myself. Funny how that happens.

Do you set any resolutions? What kinds of things are on your list?

Happy New Year!

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Make A Wish!

Neil Gaiman wrote several New Year’s wishes.  They’ve been shared across the internet a lot, and I want to share them with you this week. I also wanted an excuse to play with my budding Adobe Creative Cloud suite skills a little bit.  What better way than to share words than never fail to inspire me?

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Wha’s your wish for the new year?
‘Til next time,

Jessica


2015 Resolution Recap

2015 Recap

My year’s flown by, how about yours?  2015 brought lots of changes, and I’m choosing to look at the less than great changes as…opportunities.  Other changes are just true opportunities, some fell in my lap, some of them I created for myself.

Now, let’s see how I did with my resolutions for this year.

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Run a 5K. (I planned to do this last year, but didn’t quite make it…circumstances.) Didn’t happen, but I still have hope!

2. Spend 10 minutes a day training/playing with my dog. (I really want to teach him how to shut the door. I have faith!) Bwahaha…didn’t even come close. Well, the playing happened.  Definitely not the training.

3. Take 30 minutes a day to read…something. Anything. I miss reading! There was a lot of success here, not every day, but a lot of them.

4. Clean my house 15 minutes a day. Who wants to spend their days off cleaning? A little every day should prevent the worst of that. Right? Well, see…I really hate cleaning.  I’m still working on this one.

5. Write every day. No. Seriously. Write every day. 20 minutes minimum. I miss my blog. I miss my stories. I’m fixing this too. (Yes, this was on my list last year. No it didn’t work the way I’d planned. I’m giving it another go.) Epic fail…I mean E.P.I.C. I haven’t given up the ghost though.

6. Practice gratitude. Every. Single. Day. It is easy to get bogged down in the darkness of the world. There are lights all over the place. Pockets of joy and hope, but I forget to look at them. The Golden List is being reinstated. Starting January 1st, every morning I’ll make a list of the things I’m grateful for. This, I did pretty well with.

7. Join the local food co-op. Eating more veggies and cooking more were last year’s resolution. This year that continues, but with the added bonus of supporting local business and trying new things. I gave this one up before the end of January.  I’d still like to do it, but it isn’t a resolution.

8. Make more music. I don’t know. Join the church choir, play the ukulele, play the guitar, the piano. Something. I miss music. It makes me happy. I have a ukulele, and a guitar…I didn’t play them much.  I did get my guitar fixed this year though, so now I CAN plan it.  It’s a start.

9. Make good art. Stories, music, paintings. Just…make good art. (Yes, I have listened to the Neil Gaiman graduation speech. If you haven’t, you should. Or pick up the book.) Rousing success!  I even started a graphic design program.

10. Cherish and enjoy my family and friends. From video games to quiet dinners. Whatever it is. Make sure they know I love them. This is a never ending resolution. I’m not bad at this, (I don’t think) but we can all be better at ensuring the ones we love know they’re loved. I like to think I did pretty well with this one, but they are the only ones who can tell the truth on this one.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 


Ah, December 1st

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Today, my friends, promises to be a good day.  I awoke to a world covered in frost, hopefully killing all those allergy inducing plants, a work schedule telling me I have until 10:30am before work calls, and my Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar.  In the weeks since I received it for my birthday, it’s sat on my table calling my name, but I’ve managed to resist its siren call until the appointed day.  Today is that day.  December 1st.

IMG_2514No, I am not between the ages of six and fourteen.  However, my enthusiasm is undimmed. This morning, I eagerly cleared a place on my book case, released the top of the box to create a backdrop for my new Lego creations, opened that door and built…something.

IMG_2515I don’t know what it is, actually.  A speeder?  Maybe?  I have no idea.  If you have a thought, let me know, because on this one, I’m clueless. (Try and restrain your hilarity there folks.)  It doesn’t matter that I don’t know what it is, it was still fun.

What?  Will you be treated to daily pictures of the Lego creations?  Well, who would I be to deprive you of such joy.  Of course I will!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. The more I look at this thing,  the less I know what it is, except it flies…right?


I Asked the Experts

About a year ago, I wrote a post about my Comic Book Confusion.  Since I was at a loss about which comic books to read and where to start, I decide to ask an expert.  I got my opportunity at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa last month.  With so many artists and writers in attendance, and such a great program to choose from, I thought, surely I can get a couple of good recommendations from someone in the industry who should know.  Right?

I have a list.  Of course, I haven’t been able to read all the way through the list yet, but I’ve gotten enough of a start to be confident I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

Wait?  What was that?  You want to know what’s on my list? Okay, I’ll share.

The Comic Book To-Read List

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn – Yes, this was already on this list, and along with Sandman by Neil Gaiman provided the basis for the rest of the list…also I’ve been reading all of the other volumes I can get my hand on, and eagerly awaiting the next!
  2. Dream Thief by Jai Nitz – I’ve read Volume 1 and couldn’t put it down.  (I promise a full review is coming soon!)  Volume 2 is sitting on my kitchen table.  It arrived today.
  3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Weibe – I would like to say I can only read one book at a time, but I’ve already proven that I can.  I just haven’t picked this one up yet.
  4. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn – He already hit one out of the park with Saga do we really doubt?

My first Comic Con was a resounding success.  We all did a bit of amateur cosplay, fondled light sabers we could not afford, bought some amazing pieces of art, and met some fascinating people.

My one gigantic failing…not enough pictures!  Somehow I got dazzled by “geekvana” and forgot to take pictures.  Oh well, there’s always the next con.

What do you think of the list?  Would you add anything?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


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