Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Plans, Plans.

Hey lovers.

It was beautiful today!!! I woke up later than usual because my one class was canceled. I slept in for the first time in weeks, and stayed asleep the whole time. I woke up at about 11:30 and gosh it was a gorgeous day, I couldn't stop smiliny!!!

First things first. I got bored/I was desperately procrastinating last night during my art history paper writing, so I made this.

I splurged. Guess how much it all cost me though. 45 buckaroos. I'd like to say it's damn good for a dress, shirt, skirt, cardigan, and suspenders. Lace suspenders, at that! I've ALWAYS wanted suspenders, and I'm in this weird thing where I'm in love with plaid. I was also obsessed with gingham button down shirts but never got one. :(

So, since about a month ago when I ran into something new, I had this sort of epiphany. Basically, something was telling me that I was wasting my life, that I needed to make bigger and better plans for myself because there are so many things that I need to experience. It was a combination of things. I was always hearing stories from my customers at work, telling me about all their travels and lives that seemed to leak from movies. I was always hearing about what Christine had done, about her travels and work. I was always staring at photos of beautiful things and places, and the final brick hit me in the face almost exactly one month ago.

Since then, my head has been collecting a number of things.

I had been the worst art student ever. I felt guilty that I was getting all these great teachers and classes that Sam envied me for, and I wasn't taking advantage of it. I started seeing all of these great things someone I knew was doing and fell completely and utterly in love with these ideals... and I decided it was time. She was doing everything she loved and she was happy, she was living that life of the artist and I guess being able to see it more up close and personal made me snap.

So I took much more care in my projects. I spent so many hours outside of class working on projects (and admittedly neglected some gen. ed. studies that I shouldn't have) and really worked on everything. And for the first time in... ever... I genuinely loved art history. At least the periods I was studying.

I found a completely new appreciation for the works we were learning about and for everyone else's work around me. It feels great and I really feel like I've got that passion in my life again. And that passion that I envied every other artist for. I lost it for photography when I lost my high school dark room but even photography has picked up again a bit. Digital isn't as hands-on or fun as black and white but then again, they're both amazing in their own ways.


I've got so many plans. I'm going to California this summer with Sam to really explore our soon-to-be territory. For grad school and all that. But just to travel. Since I went back for the first time almost a year ago, I completely fell in love with travel. I love unfamiliar territory, as long as someone else is there to get lost with me. :P

That being said, there are so many other things I've started saving up for (or have budgeted to save for). I'm not blowing smoke when I say this, I'm going to visit these places.

1. California for 2 weeks with Sam
2. New York with Alex for 1 week
3. Chicago
4. Iceland?
5. London for a semester
6. Cancun in 2 years
7. Cross-country road trip next summer to CA?
8. Italy with mom and Christine in a couple of years
9. Australia/New Zealand eventually

I figure I should make it my goal to do these things within 6 years, except Australia might be much further off. Italy is in question too but my mom has always wanted to go.

Iceland is a new development. Christine G. told me that this girl has beautiful pictures of Iceland. I always had heard it was beautiful... but I saw these pictures and fell completely in love. I want to experience a hot spring!!

A cross-country trip is another thing in question. It's expensive as a mofo, especially if we take it as slow as I'd like to- visiting random places, eating in classic diners, etc... However, Christine G. mentioned a website that lists people who are open to letting cross-country explorers like us crash their couch for a night? Fantastic.

Cancun is a big trip that I'm hoping all of us will be able to take. My money situation might actually work out if I plan carefully. There's gonna be hella hostels to look up in all of these places. I can't wait though. For each place I go to, I'm going to make a goal list to check off and do every thing unique to each place. Museums, shows, and even parties ;)

I wanna be able to do this to my suitcase... cover it in travel stickers.

Money is the only issue. I need another job... how am I gonna do this with my schedule though? Classes keep me so busy, and working with my mom at her salon is exhausting enough. Sacrifices, sacrifices, yeah? Maybe I should get a seasonal job and just go completely nuts with it hah. I just have to make sure I have time for the studio (jewelry) and studying and all that grand stuff. I might just suck it up and work Fridays and Saturdays after the salon, and Sundays.

Time management. And coffee. Lots of it.

I mean I can't make my dreams come true without working ridiculously hard at it, yeah?

Aside from traveling, I want to try a lot of other things that I had never been interested in or just ignored.
1. Rock climbing 2. Sailing/Boating 3. Camping (I SUPPOSE haha now that it's not mosquito-y) 4. Day at the harbor (aquarium, port discovery, science center, dinner, shopping) 5. Day in Washington DC (soooo many things) 6. Jet skiing

It's just all very very costly.

And goals to do that I've had for a longer time? Some of these things are easier now that I've gotten older and gotten more privileges, or I will in a couple of years:
1. Costume party/masquerade party 2. Spontaneous road trip to Ocean City 3. Birthday party at a rented hall! 4. A legit red/white checkered blanket, wicker basket., juice and sandwiches picnic 5. A REALLY fantastic 3-course dinner party complete with suits and dresses ;)

We'll see how far I get with this.

I also want to pick up an accent haha. Scottish, Irish, or Australian.

Alright, I don't have any new work... I'm gonna work on my rings and stuff tomorrow, probably, or Thursday night so maybe by this Sunday I'll have something more. However here's a quick thing I decided to try out- a faux reflection.

I also found this person, Javier Pacheco on Abduzeedo with BEAUTIFUL illustrations- they're absolutely gorgeous!! This was my favorite:


I can't get over how much I love his stuff. I think I especially liked this one because the nose ring is such a great detail. Definitely check out that Abduzeedo link, it goes to his feature. There are other pictures with amazing highlights that I can't get over. I'll probably post it next time- I think I gotta get to studying.


I love the way they shine
I love the fantasy

I love to stare into eternity
Let my mind become a wave upon the sea
And then I race across the galaxy
Far away beyond reality
To a world where you care for me
-The Orion Experience

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