I-am-strong

I completely understand that I’ve reached a point where I am strong. Maybe not elite but compared to the average person. 

I feel like it’s a cautious realization. I want to get stronger. I can’t let myself get to complacent in it. 

Thats another reason I’m glad I switched to Strongman. Shit is demanding both mentality and physically. I’m fucking tired and it’s only my 3rd week. I’ll train smart and keep adapting but boy oh boy the odd lifts and movements and conditioning test you. 

OH SHIT STEVEN UNIVERSE FANART.

Haha, oh man, I have listened to Stronger Than You like 30 infinity times by now. If you’re a fan of this show and haven’t gotten this far, don’t spoil it by reading all the lyrics in Garnet’s mad fro. If you have, then YAY! Good for you, wasn’t that realization great?!

SPPPPPPOOOILERS FROM HERE ON

Yeah, so from this episode was where Steven Universe was like: “Yeah, we’re doing this, major twist smacking you upside the emotions.” Damn, as if Garnet wasn’t already cool enough. In case you haven’t guessed, Garnet’s my girl, she’s my fav. Pearl and Amethyst? Awesome characters, but Garnet’s on a whole other level. So, Rebecca Sugar? You done good with this show, man.

The idea that Garnet is the “leader” of the Gems after Rose’s transformation is really informed by the reveal that she’s actually a fusion. It’s really great to see Ruby and Sapphire on their own though and I think it’d be sweet to see a little more of them in the future.

People have probably already made this point/observation, but hell, this is my blog, I get to talk about what I want! I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that Ruby and Sapphire represent another excellent example of how to do a homosexual relationship well in a cartoon (yeah even though Gems technically aren’t human or anything, but whatever, totally counts). So, this is a big deal! Where Korrasami broke the flood gates, the likes of Bubbline and Garnet are really keeping the water moving. Am I fan of this growing trend? Heck yes! I just wish it would happen faster and in all media *cough cough #DCANDMARVELGETACLUEPLEASE cough*.

Anyway, this show is great. Watch it. If you haven’t, go do it. I mean, fuck, if you just read this and you HAVEN’T WATCHED IT, then what the hell is wrong with you?! Go!

This print will be making its debut at Fan Expo 2015, afterwards it’ll be up in my store for online purchase. You’ll be able to get a nice, big, poster size at the Con. See you there!

Tips for Retail Workers with Anxiety

Especially around the holidays- I know how nasty customers can get.

  • Smile. I firmly believe customers are like animals. They can sense fear. Stand up straight and smile big. This will likely scare away at least a few folks who just want to take out their bad day on an innocent employee.
  • Have affirmations to say to yourself when dealing with an unhappy customer. Some of my favorites were, “I’m a good employee, I do my job well. This person’s attitude does not reflect my ability.”
  • Don’t carry it with you. You have to leave the negative comments and attitudes at work. Accept that you did a good job under the pressure you had. If you feel you really did something wrong, accept it and tell yourself you can learn from it. If you are afraid of a specific situation repeating, plan specific affirmations and actions and then stop obsessing.
  • Recognize when a customer has done or said something inappropriate. Retail workers can be treated like shit. After getting treated that way, it’s easy to feel like you are shit. You are not. Even if you don’t say anything directly to the customer, it’s okay and reasonable to think, “Hey, that was really rude.” or “Her attitude made me feel like I was doing my job poorly, and even though I know that’s not true, it hurts.”
  • Talk to your coworkers. Don’t be mortified that a customer yelled at you about the price of eggs or that you didn’t catch an error. It’s super likely that they’ve had a similar experience and will swap stories with you. It really helps.
  • Remember how great you are! Make sure that you’re well fed, rested and hydrated! You can do it. Take deep breaths. It is truly possible to go to work and not dread it. It is possible to go to work and actually enjoy it. xo