For an invitation to a spring gala at a private school in Virgnia, themed after the Wizard of Oz. The whole map was meant to be the school and its values / various programs as represented by the world of Oz, which is so cute..
i got to sneak in lots of my favorite stuff from the books and redesign the characters, too! The finished lineup of chars is here at the ol’ site!
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, new year get together’s, & just lots of fun things to do! Sometimes our brains can just be in a whirlwind of emotions and excitement, struggling to settle down in the eager anticipation for happy times. My brain gets like this sometimes, just a little high strung on enthusiasm and even stress from planning, family, and so on.
When something like this happens, I often find myself tossing and turning in my bed, not able to fall asleep. It’s important to get enough of it, because even an hour more can make the difference between a beaming smile and just a slight up of the lips. Here are some creative ways I use when I find myself eyes wide open in the middle of the night.
Curl up with a warm, soft blanket
There’s something about the soft texture that is just able to calm down the nervous system. A warm sweater can also be a suitable alternative.
Read before bed
A lot of people, myself included, fall asleep after being on the computer, watching TV, or using our phones. The light from the screen can actually be part of the reason why we can’t fall asleep. Maybe just 30 minutes before you go to sleep, curl up with a good book and it’ll ease your eyes and mind a bit.
My last post was about why starting a journal is a good idea, and I guess I should add this to the list! Sometimes the reason we can’t fall asleep is because of all the thoughts whizzing through our heads. I’ve found it useful to keep a small little journal next to the bed to jot down some things when this happens. It releases some of those thoughts and eases the mind.
Sometimes all we need is just to stretch out all the sillies before going to bed. It’ll release any tensions in our bodies so that we can get comfortable before bed. If you Google some poses and routines, I’m sure a bunch will come up. Some of my favorite poses for before bed are: knee hug, happy baby, upside down relaxation. Find what works for you.
There are so many sleep playlists out there. Through some trial and error, I’m sure you’ll be able to find what kind of music will help the best to put you to rest. Some people like listening to instrumental music, sounds of rain or just some white noise. Look through our music tag and you might just find a lovely playlist that works for you.
Everyone’s tried it. Everyone’s tried to keep a journal, writing in it everyday for the first couple days, only to never open it for another couple months. This year I decided I would try to keep a more consistent journal..
There is something very intriguing and multi-dimensional about journals. Not just in the content, but in the way you write each entry; the quick, messing scribbles and the sharp, angry strokes. Some entries might be unfinished, yet there is something so complete about it. Everything is yours, and everything means something different and reveals another part of you at that time and situation.
The freedom that comes with knowing that the journal is for yourself is liberating. There is no need to impress anyone, so you write what’s real. Start journaling for yourself. Some entries you might not want to go back and read, but you are just glad that you were able to get whatever was on your mind out. Other entries might include such trivial details, but a couple years or even months later down the road will mean so much to you.
Sometimes it’s just fun to keep an update of how you are doing in life—a little introspection. I’ve found that it’s kind of difficult to just start talking about yourself because it can get long and winded and a little pointless. I’ve found that having small, creative prompts helps to jog your memory and bring your mind to a different place. It begins to bring out things that you otherwise wouldn’t express.
Here are some prompts that I’ve used:
what your walls say about you
a tv show, book, movie you’ve encountered
things that confuse you
why you don’t do something
talk about a scar or birthmark you have
a recent conversation
I’ve found that Youtube tags are also fun to do. Your journal entries don’t have to complete updates of your day. You can cut out pictures from a magazine, draw pictures, or just make lists. The important thing is just to try and keep it going.
I found this laying around on my desktop, so here it is! I was on a Wizard of OZ kick a couple weeks ago, so this is where this unfinished doodle came from. I still wanna do more stuff relating to Wizard of OZ to have fun with designs and all.