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#LOAThursday

4 Signs The Law Of Attraction Is Working

 So you’re on the path to manifesting your dreams, great! But how do you know it’s working? Here are some things to look out for while you’re on the journey but keep in mind that anything that comes easy isn’t worth having and anything that’s worth having doesn’t come easy.

1. Synchronicities - you might be noticing number synchronicities such as 11:11 or 22:22 etc on the clock. You will start experiencing more “coincidences” like thinking about a person and then they suddenly appear in your path - this is a prime example of a synchronistic experience. Take them as signs you’re manifesting that which you’re seeking.

2. Meetings - you’re meeting different people and having more meaningful interactions that reflect where you’re going in your life. For example if you’re trying to manifest spiritual growth and you meet someone who just came back from the Peruvian jungle who shares their journey of spiritual growth with you.

3. Opportunities - after deciding what you want to manifest and using your actions to bring it into existence opportunities to do so will present themselves. This might take the form of people coming into your life and inviting you to do things with them or ads you see online - it’s different for everyone.

4. Feelings - you’re using your intuition more, feelings of being “drawn” to do things or go places without any other explanation. This is the universe trying to guide you toward manifesting your true desires based on your vibration. Listen to your intuition - it’s your inner guidance system.

If you haven’t seen any of these signs yet - don’t panic - there are others I haven’t mentioned, but these are quite clear signs that a big change is coming. Use your words, as well as your actions, to aid you in the process of manifestation - instead of saying “I don’t have it” say “I am in the process of acquiring it”.

If you want your life to change - start by changing yourself.

Peace & positive vibes.

Reasons why Parks and Rec deserved an Emmy

- Set in small-town Indiana, still manages to have 40% of it’s ensemble cast be POC, and not one of them is a token either

- 40% of the cast are women. ¾ are POC. All of them are badasses. 

- Every single fucking episode is funny. Seriously. 

- Perd fucking Hapley. I can’t even explain, you just have to watch 

- Pawnee citizens holy hell 

- The flawless political commentary behind the Langman’s and the Male Men 

- The scene in Comeback Kid where Get On Your Feet is playing and they’re all struggling to walk on ice 

- Chris Traeger and his mental illness. They worked it in so that it was comedic, but if it glorified anything, it was asking for help and accepting it. 

- Okay just Chris in general 

- Gary Jerry Larry Terry Gary Gergich Gengurch Gergich 

- Donna, the character who is exactly who she needs to be throughout her life. She acknowledges the need to change her behavior occasionally, but it doesn’t dent her confidence one bit. 

- Ann Meredith Perkins, you beautiful sun-ray nurse. The best friend everyone needs. Quirky and grounded and intelligent. 

- THE FUCKING SAPERSTEINS 

- ESPECIALLY JEAN-RALPHIO 

- Everything Tom Haverford has ever said 

- Ben fucking Wyatt. I can’t even elaborate without crying and combusting. Much better nerd than any weasel from The Big Bang Theory. Feminist. Best Husband Ever. 

- ANYTIME BEN OR LESLIE ARE DRUNK HOLY SHIT 

- Cones of Dunshire and Requiem for a Tuesday 

- FUCKING ICE TOWN 

- April Blart, Mall Cop 

- April’s character development *heart eyes* 

- Andy and April’s love 

- Mouse Rat and hits like The Pit, Catch Your Dream, and - 5000 CANDLES IN THE WIND 

- LIL SEBASTIAN 

- Bert Macklin, FBI 

- Johnny and Johnathan Karate 

- Andy Dwyer, secret genius 

- Ron Swanson, the manliest man to ever man, owner of the world’s best character development, hater of Canada and vegans, beautiful beautiful man 

- Duke fucking Silver 

- I dig your groovy tunes man

- Ben and Leslie’s healthy, realistic, and beautiful relationship 

- Benslie proposal 

- Benslie wedding 

- Ben’s triplets freakout 

- the BOX 

- Amy Poehler plays the most amazing woman to ever grace any screen. Leslie Knope, a socially inept but selfless woman who dedicates her life to public service, her family, and her friends. Deeply flawed main character that wasn’t made lovable by her unfortunate but relatable love of sugar and hatred of vegetables, but instead by her love for others and thoughtfulness and work ethic and optimism. Food habits aside, her character flaws were acknowledged by the writers, her loved ones, and her. No one is an enabler for Leslie Knope’s bad behavior. When she does something shitty, she gets called on it and apologizes. But at the end of the day, hard work and positivity make a difference, and she achieves her dreams. 

- Positivity. The people on this show like each other. They believe in and support each other. They apologize when they’re wrong. They forgive when they’ve been wronged. They go out of their way to make lives better. And it is still funny.

Describe your OC’s eyes without using color or shape terms. Are they bright, contemplative, wise, intense, empty, etc.?

#SelfLoveSunday

Why Being A “Nice Person” Will Make You Miserable

 You don’t love yourself if you’re setting yourself on fire just to keep others warm. Just because you’re prepared to go out of your way to help others - doesn’t mean they will do the same for you. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in this life is believing everyone has the same heart as you. 

Being a “nice” person in the hopes that others will reciprocate can lead to them abusing your kind nature. They do this because they do not appreciate what you do for them - they have become entitled to your energy and expect you to continue go out of your way for them whilst neglecting yourself.

If you’ve been behaving this way so far - assess your life right now, how has it worked out for you so far? Are you surrounded by people who don’t do much for you? Are you tired and drained and wish someone would be there for you for once? Do you wish one of them would reciprocate what you do for them?

It’s time for you to start taking responsibility for how you feel and recognise your true worth. If you are prepared to do so much for others - why not do that for yourself? Prioritise yourself - do things that make you happy - and be unapologetic about it if they ask why you aren’t behaving the way you used to.

Life is too short to live it for anyone but yourself. Your time on the planet is limited and if you spend it trying to please others - who will make sure you’re pleased? Take a look around and ask yourself why you’re being so “nice” to everyone and see who’s reciprocating exactly what you do for them.

Self-love is all about making sure you are feeling good about who you are and what you do. Loving your life starts with loving yourself and you cannot do that when you prioritise others. Fill your own cup first - when it overflows, then you can allow others to drink from your abundant fountain of love.

You can’t pour from an empty cup - love yourself first.

Peace & positive vibes.

#WednesdayWisdom

How To Heal Yourself

 I’d like to preface this post by saying that there are many avenues you can take for the healing journey - therapy, plant medicines & others - the following is what has been working for me.

You need to confront yourself - your actions, your beliefs, your ways of thinking, the way you treat others, the lies you’ve told yourself & most importantly you need to confront who you think you are (the ego). This takes a great deal of self-awareness but if you can do it - you can begin your healing journey.

Start by questioning things, not just what you see in the outside world - but how you feel and why. If you feel sad, angry or happy ask yourself what has caused you to feel this way - this will allow you to learn more about yourself which is instrumental along this journey.

Often times we give away our power by trying to find something on the outside to heal us - self-discovery allows us to take responsibility for the way we feel and start creating our lives rather than being victims of circumstance. When you know yourself you can fill your life with that which helps you heal.

Nothing in this world can resolve your inner conflict except for you - resolve the conflict by abandoning all forms of distraction and be with yourself. These distractions can be - drug use, excessive alcohol use, smoking, food, sex, relationships, friendships & many more.

Ask yourself why you want to use these distractions and you will reveal what you are distracting yourself from - this is the area of you that needs healing.

Go into nature and listen to your self-talk, hear what your internal dialogue is like. If it is extremely negative this is an indication that you have neglected your true feelings - this means that your healing must revolve around mending the relationship you have with yourself.

You can do this by making yourself the priority at all times - take care of yourself before everyone else. Be 100% authentic and prioritise how you want to feel - regardless of what anyone else says or thinks about it. Create a life that revolves around making you feel good - nothing else.

You will never heal yourself if you are constantly taking everyone else’s thoughts and opinions into consideration. Your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters - act in a way that makes you feel good and you will feel the effects of the healing journey.

Your healing begins when you look within for that which you’ve been seeking externally.

Peace & positive vibes.

Learning Graphic Design On Your Own

A Quick Note…

Everyone learns differently. Some people like to ask questions in class, others like to watch videos that they can pause and replay, and even more people could prefer to just tinker and see what happens (I’m personally a tinkerer). The first thing you should do when learning on your own (so probably online or through books) is to do some research and know how you like to learn.

So, let’s start with… what even is “Graphic Design”?

Let’s get this straight… graphic designers aren’t fine artists. They are problem solvers, visual communicators, and sometimes curators of information in an aesthetically pleasing way. We organize information and try to make the world an easier-to-understand and more beautiful place. Of course, there are other fields like advertising where we communicate to customers why they should buy certain products. Or there are User Interface/Experience designers that will develop websites and video game interfaces and design how you interact with it. Look into graphic design and see what field you want to be in. What do you want to do with graphic design?

Fun fact, the google definition says: “the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.” and to that, I’d like to say we do SO MUCH MORE.

Now that you know what you’re doing…Here’s the VERY BRIEF process!
(I may make individual posts for each step later on)

  1. Learn the basics
    1. Typography, how to use the basic principles of line, shape, color, and so on is usually for everyone no matter your field.
    2. Basics like composition are also very important. If you’re into editorial then typographic spreads will be more of your focus. If you’re in web design then seeing how websites are typically laid out will be a thing to look into. Basic typography, color theory, and principles still apply!
    3. Basics and principles are a google search (or a book) away! Everyone talks about these things ALL the time.
  2. Look up inspiration and develop an “eye” for design
    1. Follow design blogs! Follow other designers! On all of your social media! (There are so many Tumblr blogs and Instagram accounts solely dedicated to graphic design curation).
  3. Look into the big names of the industry
    1. Why were they remembered? Everyone else in the field probably remembers them for that, too.
    2. What was so great about them? Apply what you learn to your own work!
    3. If they’re well known, they probably have at least decent work to get inspired from!
  4. Research is done… time to do some work!
    1. If you’re just starting out, there are some things you’re probably not used to. Doing things by hand with sharpie markers on paper will definitely help train your eye and mind to think more about communication, not pretty things. 
    2. Abstract things down into simple shapes. Then try communicating that same object with fewer shapes. Maybe only lines? Geometric style? Play around with communication! This is key when you get into icons, logos, and other visuals that require a more minimal look. 
    3. Remember, you make information more easily accessible. The best logos are easy to remember because they are simple and effective. Your work may one day need that kind of punch!
  5. The jump from traditional to digital
    1. It’s time to learn about your program(s) of choice… my biggest piece of advice would be to just mess with it. Learning on your own by trying to make something is one of the best ways to train your mind and body on how to use the programs.
    2. Try every tool. Try making basic shapes. Then make basic objects with those shapes. Then try making a person or something more complicated. Try to test every tool to see what you’d use it for!
    3. Don’t know anything or how to do something? Google it! If you’re asking there’s probably 5+ different YouTube videos, 3+ articles, and 100+ tutorials on how to do it.
  6. Let’s work on projects!
    1. Now that you’re familiar with the history, principles, other designers, and the programs… just keep on making stuff!
    2. Making your own projects (make your own website, business cards, a flyer for a club, a T-Shirt, and so on…) is my biggest recommendation on how to learn graphic design. Actually applying everything you’ve learned will make you think in a problem-solving way! Also sharing things that you’ve made that actually matter is way more fun than sharing a fancy circle you made with no context. (You can say “look at this T-Shirt I made!” instead of “look at this weird circle I made!”)
  7. Get feedback from designers and non-designers
    1. Once you’ve made stuff… ask everyone! Non-designers will give you a client’s perspective of your work. A designer’s perspective will help you grow as a designer and they may see things that you and your average person wouldn’t have noticed. (you’re always free to ask me if you’d like!)
    2. Please remember to not take feedback personally (unless they’re being rude, then just ignore them). You’re learning and growing and there’s always room for improvement. A lot of feedback is not a bad thing!
  8. Stay determined!
    1. Being a designer isn’t easy. That T-Shirt you made that took you a couple days? Someone could say they don’t get it. Other designers could say there was a better way to execute your idea. Another person may even say it looks like something else!
    2. When you design you have to expect to make revisions, rethinking, and making more revisions until it’s at a good enough place to publish. But no matter what, you have to remember that it’s not about PERFECTION. It’s about getting it DONE and learning to grow. No one is perfect, and it’s mostly subjective, so just take the criticism you agree with and don’t apply what you disagree with. As a designer, you should know what’s right, wrong, or what you should consider bringing up to other designers.
    3. KEEP MAKING MORE STUFF! You can even remake older stuff as you go on! Just keep going!

That’s my super brief process!

Now honestly, I could’ve gotten down into the nitty gritty details of each step, but this is basically how I’d suggest going about it if you want to get a head start before getting into college, or you want to just learn on your own.

If you guys have any additional questions or want me to go more in-depth about anything, feel free to let me know! :)

#TuesdayTruth

How To Be Confident

 Confidence is not walking into a room thinking “I’m sure they’ll like me”, it’s walking into a room thinking “I’m good if they don’t”. Your confidence is not gained from the outside world, it’s not gained from what people think or say about you - if it’s yours it’s gained from you and only you.

Similar to the concept of lasting fulfilment - you must create your own confidence. This is done by you becoming comfortable with yourself - you can do this by spending time with yourself and learning to accept yourself for who you are.

Some of you are not confident in your looks because you are comparing yourself to others. Some of you are not confident in your own skin because of what others have projected onto you. Some of you are not confident in your minds because you have not spent enough time with yourselves.

Reconnect with who you truly are and look within to find that which you are trying to find outside. You will never be truly confident if you rely on the compliments of others to fulfil you. You will never be truly confident if you are waiting for others to validate you - this must come from within.

Look at yourself in the mirror every day and get used to the way you look, speak and think. Understand that you are the only person living in your head - therefore everyone else’s opinions are irrelevant. We all like different things, just because one person says they like you - it doesn’t mean everyone else will.

The real question is - do you like yourself? Are you happy with the person you’ve become? What is your self-talk like? What are the dominant thoughts in your head when you’re alone? Are you proud of yourself? This is where true confidence comes from - when you are at peace with yourself.

Confidence is gained from the way you see yourself.

Peace & positive vibes