Something Spooky

movies + tv, paranormal

I know the Halloween holiday just passed, so I’m assuming everyone binge watched shows like Ghost Adventures, Dead Files, and got in touch with all their beasties and ghoulies. You know what they say about assuming, right? Ok, I’m HOPING you binge watched those shows because this post depends on it!

I’m super into paranormal experiences, but this season, I think we got more than we asked for! I will explain using a trifecta of coincidences… or perfectly timed happenings. *cue ghostly sounds*

• The show: I watched any number of paranormal shows this season, surrounding myself in all the spooky things, and loving every minute of it. Now, some say that just watching the show can stir things up, in the viewers home even. I’m not sure how you feel about all of that, but I believe if the time is right, and all the ingredients are there, things can happen. Which is why I always try to caution myself before watching, just in case any of the gibberish is true.

• The sensitive: I believe myself to be a sensitive of sorts. If anything, I’m at least an em-path. I do believe being an em-path though begins to blur those sensitive lines, because if you can sense others feelings and feel those feelings, there has to be some sort of sensitivity to other beings. I think having these abilities makes me a little more of a target, IF any of the rumors about paranormal shows are true. I would assume (there I go assuming again) that I am naturally more open to the spiritual realm.

• The portal: Now this is where it gets weird, so feel free to move on and not like this post. But, if you like weird shit, stay for a while! So, portals, at least in the paranormal sense, are like doorways to and from different points. Portals can exist because the elements are all just right, because someone opened it (seance, and open Ouija session), or because they’ve been there forever. Wherever they begin, they allow beings to travel to and from as they please.

What do these 3 things equal? A spooky situation!
I started feeling like there was something watching me, or at least in the room with me. No joke, I’m a grown adult and I refuse to go downstairs throughout the night, it’s even uncomfortable to go into the bathroom. I know, I’m laughing at myself too! It’s ok, go ahead! But, seriously, it’s spooky! So, I decided to take care of it, because, um, no thank you spirits! I did the following:

• Let the spirits know who’s boss – I say ‘you are not allowed in this space. this space is full of love and light.’
• Say a few words about myself, to make sure I’m protected, AND
• Buy a ton of shit on Amazon to distract myself from any spooky spirits… I mean, am I right? Amazon solves everything.

Whether you ‘believe’ or not, I think it’s always a good idea to shower yourself with love and light, everyday, to fend off the spooks or just everyday negative vibes. We all need help with those!

Stay spooky.

Leaning In

mental health

Leaning into my anxiety

What this looks like: approaching an event, topic, or person that produces nervousness, in spite of the negative feelings I know will come from the encounter.
Why it’s uncomfortable: the unknown. Wondering whether I will have the right thing to say, sound like an idiot, or make a fool of myself. Where the unknown might ignite one person, it pulls me apart. It takes a lot of energy to face my anxiety and endure what comes next.
Why it’s healthy to lean in: growth. I’ve realized recently how incredibly important it is to work through uncomfortable feelings. Navigating my way through those feelings allows me to grow mentally and continue to put tools in my toolbox. Almost every uncomfortable situation I’ve been in has a silver lining worth fighting for.

Leaning into my extroversion

What this looks like: saying ‘Yes.’ to situations involving other humans in spite of the fear within my soul.
Why it’s uncomfortable: I am an introvert through and through, being around others drains me, it doesn’t fill my cup up. It’s uncomfortable because other humans tend to make me uncomfortable. And even thinking of saying ‘Yes.’ to a lunch or brainstorm session draws up some agonizing feelings.
Why it’s healthy to lean in: positive experiences. Almost every situation I’ve said yes to, and willingly shown up to ends with some positive lessons, conversations, or events. In my opinion it’s worth the discomfort to grow as a human being.

Leaning into my positivity

What this looks like: being positive even when it seems like there isn’t anything to be positive about.
Why it’s uncomfortable: sometimes, I’m so terrified, it’s hard to be positive. Positivity is difficult to ignite when there is so much negativity in the world. And in our current situation, it seems people thrive on negativity. It’s uncomfortable because it goes against the grain.
Why it’s healthy to lean in: i never know whose listening. Someone might really need that positivity so they can lean into something they’re uncomfortable with. With positivity I can partner with the world’s good vibes in order to break down those barriers built by negativity.

All of this to say – it’s important work to be uncomfortable, and leaning into what scares me makes me uncomfortable. And, if I know where these uncomfortable feelings are coming from, I can be better prepared to learn from and work through them. Growth is important, no matter how much or how little, growth is a win that anyone can claim.

Let’s lean in.

Three-Dimensional Letters

creativity

NEW PORTFOLIO PROJECT POSTED!
I’ve begun weeding through my portfolio projects and will be going through one by one and putting special care into each one so I can get an accurate and up-to-date portfolio live, right here on my website!

Today’s project: Three-dimensional letters – below you’ll find a little bit about the project.

Completely hand-made, crafted with paper, glue, illustration board, and wood, these letters were experiments in taking a flat object into a three-dimensional world.

‘S’ | this script ‘s’ is carefully carved out of two layers of wood for added thickness. I wanted the hardness of the wood to play with the softness of the curves in the script. It definitely added a level of difficulty, but the outcome was worth it

‘H’ | choosing Helvetica was not an accident for this experiment, it resembles Jacob’s ladder form that it takes. I wanted to explore the form as a function and this piece is a fully expandable ladder.

‘Z’ | for Zed I wanted to explore shapes within shapes and a ‘Z’ can be found perfectly within a square, or a pixel, if you will. Fully expandable as well, this letter comes with its very own ‘div’ container box.

Read more to see what they ended up looking like!

5 Certified Easy Crock Pot Meals

food

I’m not sure about you, but I love a meal that takes about 5 minutes to prep and smells good all day long. For this reason, I’m unashamedly in love with my crock pot. I could put pretty much any mixture in it, and some how it turns out delicious and moist. Yep, I said moist. It’s deserved in this situation.

Before I share the recipes, I want to share the crock pot I use! I did a lot of research to find one that is the right size and does the right things. Good news! It’s available on Amazon for under $75!

The Right to Write

creativity

Hello readers and welcome back (to me and you!)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written and for that, I’m sorry. I’ve been working through a huge growth period in my life – think complete care remodel, then double it. I’ve been so thankful for the time to spend on my journey to discover who I really am, and it’s also taken a lot out of me – emotionally, mentally, and physically. Triple whammy! Speaking of whammies – I’ve been updating the blog too! So, along with the changes to my person, I thought it was time to make some changes to my presence online – I hope you like them! I’ve had some trouble committing to writing and below are four things I’ve used to help build my confidence. I hope you read on.

Bang, Bang, Bang, On the Door Baby!

music

Let’s talk about the love shack.
Not the love shack in the widely popular B-52s song (although it was the inspiration for this post!), but the love shack we all have in our souls.

Our love shack is within.
It’s where all of the types of love live within us.
The joy, bliss, happy, insane, exploding, sarcastic, quiet, loud, and even angry love (believe me, angry love exists!) So, all these different types of love are dancing and grooving in your love shack at any given moment. It’s just a big ‘ol party in there, with glitter to boot.

The Dark Red…More Like The Dark Horse

movies + tv

Today’s #mondaymood is deeply tied to the resilience and strength of ‘Sybil’ (April Billingsley) in the movie ‘The Dark Red’.

This movie was freakin’ fabulous – a show stopper for me (a horror movie addict). When selecting a horror flick on Amazon Prime Video – one never knows what they’re getting.

What Korn Looked Like In 1999

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This is a new segment I’ll be doing most Fridays. It’ll be short and sweet, which will ensure I stay with it. I’m trying to get better at writing consistently!

This Friday I’m highlighting Korn’s live concert @ Woodstock 1999.
I’m a total 90s grunge and metal junkie. It’s what I was raised on and what will forever make me feel grounded. This concert centers me, and the energy from the crowd blows me away.

If a blog were a unicorn

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I feel like there would be a lot of rainbows and glitter. Which, to be honest, would kinda rock my world.

Readers, I think it’s time to get back in the saddle, right? I mean, I’m in a saddle, on my unicorn, why wouldn’t I want to pick it back up? I’m sharing with you with a new found transparency. I’m not here to please anyone or make miracles happen, I just want to share my truth with anyone who is kind enough to hear it. Please, share if you enjoy.

In all seriousness though, if a blog were a unicorn, it’d probably have like a million users, fresh new content with that ‘new car’ scent, and cute little blogger behind the keys clacking away at their next million dollar 500 words post. Perfection.

Spoilin’ for a fight.

movies + tv

I find a lot of my motivation through song lyrics. If I connect with them, I kick it.

One of AC/DC’s songs, ‘Spoilin’ For a Fight’, gets me in the mood. In the mood for taking back my life, kicking ass and taking some names. Might even throw a throat punch or two in there.

To be totally transparent. which is something really important to me when I write, I am obese. I would say morbidly obese. Like a lot of other people, I haven’t always been that way. I’m so heavy right now that I can’t stand for very long because my lower back starts hurting so intensely I could cry. I sweat when I wash dishes or do laundry because I’m holding so much extra weight.