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A Year of Kindness, Forgiveness and MakingYour Time Count

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Jessica

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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


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

 


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


Healing Flowers

The events of last week weigh on my heart.  So many dead.  So many injured.  So much fear and anger.  I’ve gone back and forth about writing something here, but the video below decided me.

 

Le Petit Journal‘s interview with this boy and his father brightened my day…well, after it made me cry a bit.  You see, I hadn’t really been able to process all that had happened.  Shootings and explosions in Paris, car bombings in Beirut, and so many others…Then there was all the backlash. Normally good, kind people calling for U.S. soldiers to go in there and “slit their throats”, calls to deny aid to refugees hoping to escape the very kind of people committing these atrocities, and the weight got heavier.

Paris PeaceThe boy’s fear lives in me.  “They might have guns, but we have flowers,” the boy’s father said.  He’s right,  the bad guys might have bombs and guns, but those flowers and candles show that love is stronger.  Even after all the death and destruction, love prevails.  Citizens of Paris still stand up with signs that declare they are “Not Afraid”.  Government officials may want to deny Syrian refugees asylum, but citizen’s voices across social media shout a different message.  The world is still a dark and dangerous place, but not completely.

“Flowers and candles are here to protect us,” just as the little boy says.  They remind us of those taken in these tragedies, inspire us to let go of at least a little fear, and, along with a father comforting his son, brighten the world a little.  My heart needed reminding.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Wordy Thursday

My first time through college, I took a class called “Aesthetes and Decadents”, and it was all about turn of the century literature. I always  think of Oscar Wilde when I think of that class, and an unforgettable trip to visit his tombstone in Paris.
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Jessica


Wordy Thursday

If you could have a superpower what would it be?  Invisibility?  Reading minds?  Granting wishes?  Flight?  Oh yeah, baby, give me wings.  However,  if I could have my way, please do something cool like let me turn them into a tattoo when I don’t need them.  Please and thank you.
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Jessica


Wordy Thursday

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With Halloween just a couple of days away, I thought I’d confess one of my greatest fears.  Amanda Palmer refers to the “Fraud Police” in her book The Art of Asking.  You know, the people who will eventually figure out you have no idea what you’re doing and call you out for it…yeah, I can relate.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


These Are Definitely The Droids You’re Looking For

So, how may of you out there have just decided to let J.J. Abrams take all your money?  Because, after this trailer, I was ready to just go ahead and pre-order my tickets for Star Wars:The Force Awakens.  The only thing stopping me is not knowing the release date of the Sherlock Christmas Special.  Yes, I admit it.  One of the only things stopping me from making sure I’m one of the first people to see Star Wars Episode VII is making sure I see Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and cast decked out and working their Sherlock-y magic in 1890’s London.  However, getting a glimpse of R2-D2 made my fingers itchy for pre-ordering those tickets.  (He always was my favorite.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Life by Design

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Sunshine & Daisies

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Life has taken a new and exciting direction for me, which means there’s a whirlwind of activity, but it is all of the good variety.  Lots of scary changes, good-scary not bad-scary.  I’ve started an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Full Sail University, and while I’m only two months in to the three year long program, I absolutely love it.  The best part of each day is the time I spend working toward earning this degree.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all sunshine and daisies.

Full-Time Job + Full-Time School =
Tired & Stressed, but Blissful, Jessica

Perks

One of the really nice things about Full Sail University, other than the accelerated program, great professors, and programming that just makes me super-happy, is that my tuition includes a MacBook Pro. Until that arrived the other day, I didn’t realize how much I’d missed having a laptop that I can use to type on while I’m doing something like watching Sense 8 on Netflix.  (I knew I should have bought  the keyboard for my iPad.)  That means that you’re more likely to see more posts from me, since I apparently associate blogging with relaxing and my home office with, well, work.

You may also see a few vlogs, maybe? I learned how to use iMovie.  How did I not know how cool this was?  I may

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have gone a little overboard with a video assignment for a class, but I could do cross dissolves and background music and titles.  It was pretty awesome.  The hardest part was recording enough video of me not looking or sounding stupid.  Also, the waiting for it to upload.  I got a little impatient when I didn’t see results right away and clicked the button a bunch of times.  I may have slowed things down a tad (or two hours).  What can I say it is a learning process.

You may also notice my blog take on a decidedly design-y trend because…well…I mentioned I was studying Graphic Design right?  There are also a few people in my life who have expressed an interest in seeing some of the things I’ve done as assignments so far, so I may post some of that stuff here too.

DON’T PANIC!  Geek stuff isn’t going away!  As a matter of fact, I’m going to my first ComiCon on Saturday.  I promise, I will be taking a lot of pictures, and I will be sharing…stuff. I don’t know what, because I’ve never been to a ComiCon before.  There is no going halfway though, I am dressing up, and getting into the swing of things.

So, to sum up, went back go school, got a new laptop, writing more stuff while watching cool stuff, and going to my first ever ComiCon.  Basically, creating my life the way I want it to be.  Life by design.

‘Til next time,

Jessica