This little gif of Squirtle just makes me smile every time I see it on my tumblr reblogs :) I'll make this little post a reminder that I gotta slow down and enjoy the little things more, read books instead of watching series to fill my time, get interested in something else to fill up my time besides working on my paintings, get out and smell the flowers and enjoy the fresh air :)... Aww Squirtle, you're my favourite! XD
No matter what, you can do this. Nothing that's ever worth fighting for comes easy. Courage comes in all different shapes, sizes and form. It could be stepping out of your comfort zone a little bit each day. It could be reaching out to another to have someone to talk to. It can also be making the decision to let go and move on. Amongst everything that's going on around me right now, I've been given the space to think about things and if I'm truly content with how they are at present. As each day goes by, I'm sub consciously gathering the courage to just keep moving forward. I can do this.
I find myself echoing these words through my mind every time I feel like my mood is going down, or any time I let something lower my self esteem. It's something small but I can feel it keeping me going, no matter what. And I think it has something to do with watching the film, 'The Help' the other week. It was one of the most powerful films that I've watched in a long time, and I really enjoyed it with its ups and downs. Just wow. I recommend you guys to watch it if you ever need a pick me up from life. :)
But yeah, it's one of those days for me where everything is just okay. The only high light for tonight is that I got to catch up with one of my girlfriends, my brow Sarah :) I don't how it works but we're always just laughing at everything XD It was also just good to get out of the house after being stuck in my room for the last 2 days working on commission work and watching series >.<" I really should start exercising, especially with my sister's wedding coming up next year!! (Not like the date has been confirmed yet, but really gotta start thinking about it asap!) Time's really flying by, every time I stop to think about it, I'm just amazed at how much has changed in the past year. Year 2012 has been good to me, and I kind of don't want it to end >.<" but I guess all you can do is just move forward!
It's been ages since I've updated my blog! >.< Bad juju, especially since I said I would in my last post since the beginning of July!! (wut?!) But seriously, a lot has happened since then. :) A lot of highs and definitely a lot of lows - but life goes on and I'm still alive and learning.
The other day, I honestly had a massive urge to blog, but it was for all the wrong reasons. It was so I could let out a rant about some issues I was going through. When I did type out this massive essay, I looked back and thought: what the heck, I can't post this, what will people think? I didn't realise it was so hard to be honest these days with blogging. And I'm not talking about honest about what you've been up to, more like how everyone's really feeling. I mainly post about things that are happy, that are happening, that is light hearted news to keep people posted on what I've been up to. I rarely ever post about the issues that I've had to deal with in between all those happy-go-lucky moments. They go unmentioned because it just doesn't feel right to let the public know my personal business, to make them feel sad in any way to think I'm dealing with problems. As much as I wanted to let that rant go public, thinking how good it would feel, I thought how much I would regret it if it was to bite me back in the butt later on. No need for that, really. It's times like these it's good to keep a private journal of some sort to just let go of any bad feelings you're dealing with. I don't want people to think of me as the girl who has problems, I want to be the girl who can still stand strong regardless of everything. :)
But with that being said, I have been told I keep too much to myself. Which is very true, so I'm working on that. I think it will always be a work in progress for me, but I'll get there one day :)
Even though a lot has happened since I last blogged, I just wanted to stop by and unload my feelings for a bit instead of providing a massive update on everything @_@" Too much, makes me lazy thinking about all the photos I gotta retrieve and post haha XD But I will try harder to blog more than I have been lately :) it gives me a nice feeling that I've forgotten about.
Hope everyone's been well and dandy this Spring!
Enjoy the weather and get your vitamin D (unlike me! @_@)
So July so far has proven to be quite the busy bee month and I'm finding myself going to bed each night feeling quite exhausted >.< but the feeling of accomplishment isn't so far behind so it's not so bad :) and I can say I'm finally on the track of the final stages for my July painting orders, so I'll be working hard for the rest of the month trying to finish each of them off! Monday is my day off so I'll be spending that time to draft up like crazy! XD Aja aja fighting!
Here are my favourite photos from the past month in July :)
1. The cutest little Mickey Mouse I've ever seen in toy form, and I won it at Photoworld! :D Now it's in the grubby hands of someone special :) 2. A little sneak peek of the Pop M'art Grand Finale last weekend, photo credit goes to the event photographers :) blog update on it later! 3. Commission work for an anniversary present, I love how it's so colourful and happy! >.< 4. Speed Jenga @ Family Games night LOL this was after we played an intense game just before :P 5. My cute little nerdy bear pin from Hanaletters Etsy Shop, love it so much! 6. The attendees for last night's games night! Had a great night :) can't wait for my cousin's family to officially move up to Melbourne too! 7. Commission work for a wedding gift <3 I really adore the quote *sigh* 8. And this is the most goddamn cutest photo I've taken of Jiji recently!!! Her puppy eyes and head tilting... *dies* she's sleeping underneath my chair again atm x) love her company at night while working <3
In the coming week, a few more exciting events is rocking its way up like watching Brave FINALLY at the end of working all week this week with a few friends :D Seriously been waiting for forever to watch this movie! >.< and on the weekend, I'll be heading over to the Mornington Hot Springs with my Uni friends for a soak during Sunday night <3 Never been to a hot springs before so I really have no idea what to expect, but I'm really looking forward to it.
But in the meantime, I will work hard, so I can party harder later! :D
Gotta keep myself motivated and get things done :)
Alright, better head to bed now and rest >.<" have a great week everyone! Stay warm :)
Love, from Julie xox
P.S. Oh wanted to quickly mention a big fat THANK YOU to those customers whom took time to meet and pick up their paintings with me last week in the city (^___^) It was really lovely meeting you girls in person after conversing via emails for a period of time! I really do hope you enjoy your paintings and it makes you smile :D
1. My little advertisement for my market stall @ Camberwell Markets in August (^-^) very excited!! 2. mini memory boards and easels, made ready for etsy soon 3. drafts of little paintings in progress! :)
Hello again, July!
Hello everyone!! How's everyone going? It's been so long since I've blogged, way back in late May in fact and now it's the 1st of July!! How time flies! (>_<) Well I'm happy to say that my final semester for uni is over and out and I can start preparing to apply to graduate now!!! HOW EXCITING! :D *fist punch in air*
My little online shop was re-opened last Monday on the 25th June, and it's been busy busy for me since the past couple of weeks with catching up on past orders and making way for new ones too. My panda eyes have become pretty permanent but I'm happy that I go to bed each night feeling satisfied with work I've completed, doing something I love :) I really do appreciate my customers who are all so lovely and patient with me as I do my best to catch up on everyone! Thank you so much <3
A few weeks back I signed up to hold a market stall @ the Camberwell Sunday Markets in the last Sunday in August (^___^) So that'll be my next big milestone, therefore I've started prepping for my stall already, and began brainstorming the look for my stall!! I'm so excited for it, it's only 2 months away now! Here's the facebook event link (here), so check it out if you're in Melbourne and decide to be an early bird on the Sunday, August 26th (^__^) I'll have to be there to start setting up my stall before 7am, so that'll be interesting, since I usually go to bed at around 3-4am these days LOL.
I'm also looking into making new stock for my little Etsy store, since it's been looking a little empty for a few months now since March (>.<) so there'll be new development on that soon! I'm thinking about having a set day each week to release new stock, but still figuring that out. I'm thinking either Wednesday or Sunday :) which days would you guys prefer?
Any requests for future Etsy shop stock is more than welcome :)
Also I wanna share with you guys some artwork that I painted for an art trade between my friends. An art trade is where we are randomly paired up with another person and we create art for them (in any form you wish!) under a given theme :) So far we're in our 3rd month of art trading and it's been fantastic as each person uploads their work for another, very inspirational! Here's mine for my June Art trade, with the theme: The Future
'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams' - Eleanor Roosevelt
So to simply explain my painting concept, it's up to you to make your dreams become reality, because your future rests in your hands to shape and grow. Anything's possible if you believe in it. :)
Alright! That's my latest update from me :D I'm really wanting to get back into blogging regularly, so I hope I'll stick to it this time and make time for it weekly :) So much to share with you guys! (>.<)
Let me know what's been happening for you during this super cold winter :D Are you guys on holidays? Still working? I wanna learn more about my readers, hope I haven't lost too many since I haven't been updating enough lately >.<! Thank you for those who still leave sweet and supportive comments now and then :) I really appreciate it & it makes my day! <3
Have a great weekend guys :) stay warm and snuggly!