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This weekend I had three pieces in a local art show and my still-life won 3rd place! 

This is my newest and the first in my series based on Exposure and Response Prevention, which I’m using in my therapy for OCD. I’ve been setting up still-life pieces using objects that cause distress and trigger intrusive, obsessive thoughts in hopes of exposing myself to them in a creative atmosphere. The goal of ERP is to expose and control your response, which is typically mental or physical rituals. Giving myself a goal, like creating a piece of art, has helped ease myself into this. I am constantly exposing myself to really distressing objects and responding in a positive way. 

It feels really good to capitalize on my mental illness and produce something productive. I’m really looking forward to finishing up the rest of these and propelling forward off of this accomplishment. 


Today we celebrate 8 years of Black Veil Brides. Knives and Pens was published 8 years ago!

My favorite quotes from the old men sitting next to me at Panera

“I saw old Wally today! Remember him? Nice guy. He said he fucked my wife. Then he called me a son of a bitch.”

“This whole capitalism thing is just glorified slavery. You get a job or you DIE. Ridiculous.”

“He doesn’t understand where you’re coming from!” “Where am I coming from, Manchester?” “You’re coming from a BRILLIANT MIND!”

[5 minutes of comparing Chinese proverbs]

“Did you hear that the lady hockey players are on strike? They want more money. They better get it! They deserve it. Those lady sports player get no money and no credit.”

[Comparing their various pocket knives and pen knives in the middle of Panera]

“There should be more women on the police force, the poor prostitutes don’t get any sympathy from those men”

“I’ll be right back. Why don’t you talk to the young lady next to you?” ((This meant me)) “I don’t WANNA talk to her!”

“I can’t believe they used to put the kids with the mental illnesses in the hospitals and never mention them again. They should’ve been ASHAMED. Like the Kennedys.”


Ah, Andy Black (AKA Andy Biersack, Andy Sixx) makes it to our list. He isn’t well known in the majority community. But those of you with a punk rock side should know him. Lead singer of the band Black Veil Brides, but also has a few solo performances. 

This man was probably one of my first real celebrity crushes, back when his face was covered in stage make up and he was singing ‘Knives and Pens’ in a white room. There was no better way to start my middle school years. As he has aged, he has only gotten more and more handsome and I hope it stays that way. 

With the voice and looks of an angel, he is sure to occupy someones dreams. 

Exo as The Classics 

Yixing:   If I’m James Dean, Then You’re Audrey Hepburn - Sleeping With Sirens

Chanyeol:  Knives and Pens -  Black Veil Brides

Baekhyun:  Just Got Paid Lets Get Laid -  Millionaires

Kyungsoo:   Teenagers -  My Chemical Romance

Sehun:  Misery Business -  Paramore

Xiumin:   I Write Sins Not Tragedies -  Panic! At The Disco

Chen: Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low 

Kai:  Shake It -  Metro Station

Suho:   Sugar, We’re Goin Down -  Fall Out Boy

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Songs That Make You Feel Good About Yourself

American Idiot-Green Day

Do It Now Remember It Later-Sleeping with Sirens

Don’t Wanna Be Like You-Blood On The Dance Floor

Fallen Angels-Black Veil Brides

Gold-Sleeping With Sirens

Kick Me-Sleeping With Sirens

Kids In The Dark-All Time Low

King For A Day-Pierce The Veil

Knives And Pens-Black Veil Brides

Little Me-Little Mix

Missing You-All Time Low

Never Be-5 Seconds Of Summer

Never Giving up-Of Mice And Men

Parasites-Sleeping With Sirens

People Like Us-Kelly Clarkson

Perfect Weapon-Black Veil Brides

Raise Your Fist-Social Repose

Rebel Love Song-Black Veil Brides

Resurrect The Sun-Black Veil Brides

Runaways-All Time Low

Satellite-All Time Low

Roger Rabbit-Sleeping With sirens

She’s Kinda Hot-5 Seconds Of Summer

Sing-My Chemical Romance

Social Casualty-5 Seconds Of Summer

Something’s Gotta Give-All Time Low

The Strays-Sleeping With Sirens

Teenagers-My Chemical Romance

Therapy-All Time Low

Tomorrow Never Dies-5 Seconds Of Summer

Try-Colbie Caillat


We Don’t Belong-Black Veil Brides

Weightless-All Time Low

We Like It Loud-Sleeping With Sirens

Welcome To The Black Parade-My Chemical Romance

You Only Live Once-Suicide Silence

2 Chord-Sleeping With Sirens