things to remember

when you hate your legs 
remember that they carried you through the hardest parts of your life. they get you out of bed every day and take you to what you love.

when you hate your stomach
remember that it helped you gain strength. it holds the memories of deep laughter and great meals. it is full of warmth and joy.

when you hate your arms
remember that they are strong, which makes you strong. but they are also soft and can be used to cuddle and hold the ones you love.

1. it’s not your fault when your anxiety or depression flares up and you lose control of your emotions.

2. always remember: when you want to kill yourself, don’t.

3. you’ll forget all about that boy who broke your heart in ninth grade.

4. always remember: you deserve to fall in love with being alive.

5. don’t blame your ex for your sadness.

6. always remember: be nice to your mother, she loves you.

7. cutting calories won’t make you happy.

8. always remember: don’t feel bad about yourself when someone doesn’t want you. it’s not you, it’s them. it’s always them.

9. you don’t need anyone else to complete you. you’re whole as you are.

10. always remember: you are alive and that is a truly wonderous thing.

11. don’t hold people hostage in your life when they decide to leave.

12. always remember: you were beautiful long before he told you that you were.

13. the most toxic people in your life can teach you the most valuable lessons.

—  thirteen things no one taught me // c.u.t

Sometimes your artistic improvement is not only what your hands can do but also what your eye and mind can understand.

Few years ago I was looking at some works of my favourite artists and couldnt even comprehend how they are made. Colors, lightning, workflow - everything seemed so advance my mind was shutting off, just admiring the view but not understanding it.

Now - even if I’m not able to reach their skill or it would take me days - I can analyze and deconstruct all those “impossible” works. I can understand how they use light or color to achieve certain effects and file it for later use. 

Remember that your eyes and brain develop as well as your hand, sometimes at different speed. Looking and thinking about art has the same value as actually doing it. Have an artblock? Take some time to browse through your favourite works and instead of thinking how much you can’t do the same, try to understand how it’s done!

Things To Remember in the FOB Fandom:
  • Pete is half Jamaican: we do not white wash him 
  • Joe was raised as/is Jewish: we respect his religion 
  • Andy is straight edge and vegan: we respect his choices and DO NOT tag him in triggering content. 
  • Tattoos are perfectly okay
  • Lack of tattoos are perfectly okay
  • We do not antagonize our band members on Twitter: it is an abomination.
  • We do not harass the wives/girlfriends of our band members under any circumstances  
  • 2005 is not coming back: look at it with nostalgia only. 
  • respect the fact that Fall Out Boy’s sound is evolving and changing and will never stay the same
  • Panic! At The Disco fandom is family. 
  • We all hide our secrets in Andy’s beard
  • Fedoras are cute
  • Cardigans are cute 
  • Saying “holy smokes” is cute. 
  • Fall Out Boy is cute
Dates I wanna do but won't do because no one will do them with me

• Visit big/unique book stores and buy books or buy no books just spend your time in an awesome book store
• Go stargazing somewhere nice like at a field or at a mountain or something and look at the stars and at the moon and just love the universe
• go see a theatre play bc they are rad and I love theatre or maybe a musical both is awesome
• Writing dates like where you meet and you write something together or separately for each other and it doesn’t have to be good or mean something you just have to have fun
• Reading dates where you read separately or read your favorite book or one you just bought together out loud and listen to audio books of your favorite books or talk about books at a cozy place inside or outside
• go shopping but not like lame annoying shopping like I’m making an outfit for you and you have to try it on no matter how lame it is shopping
• watch each other’s favorite movies and Tv shows and drink tea or coffee or whatever and maybe build a pillow fort and get all excited about the characters without having to be ashamed of it because the other person will love you anyway even if you’re crazy
• baking dates i mean this is cheesy but can you imagine trying something new together or not new something you like and I will stop now I am sorry

Ignorance is acceptable up to a point. For instance, when I was 12 years old my mom had to take me aside in the hippie store and explain to me why I, a 12-year-old white girl, could not wear a dashiki. But I was 12, I didn’t know what a dashiki was and I just thought it was a neat pattern. Now I understand. You don’t play dress-up with other people’s cultures to assert your own uniqueness and specialness.
—  Avril Lavigne’s New Video Wins The Gold At The Cultural Appropriation Olympics By Robyn Pennacchia (x)

This is your daily reminder to…
- take any medications you need
- eat something if you haven’t in the last 4-6 hours
- drink some water
- finish / make a bit of progress on any assignments you need to do

Things to Remember When Arting:

-Most things cast shadows.
-Remember your light source, where it is, and how many there are (color as well if applicable).
-If you’re not sure on details, get a reference. Get like 10 references. Get a hundred references.
-Things have depth, they will require thickness, shading, and highlighting to indicate so.
-Flesh is not one tone. Ever.
-Shadows and highlights are often not varying shades of greys and whites. That’s boring, and it looks muddy and gross. Unless you’re going for mud then… Go for it?
-Watch like an assload of speedpaints and tutorials. No one’s gonna say you’re cheating if you do. If they do, fuck them.

Things to remember this semester:
  1. Don’t bottle your stress up, either vent it all to a close friend or let the tears flow in the shower/bed. Just let go.
  2. Stay organized, either get an app, planner, journal, calendar, use your arm, post it notes, ANYTHING to make sure you remember things.
  3. Always prioritize your needs, that doesn’t mean be a dick about it, but TREAT YO SELF.
  4. Ask for help when you need it: smart friends, tutors, professors, teaching assistants, etc. they’re all there for you.
  5. Take responsibility for your actions, you mess up? Fess up. You do a great job on something? Take credit.
  6. A little procrastination is okay, being mentally exhausted and doing things won’t turn up good work, so take some time but eventually, JUST DO IT!
  7. Quiet, alone time is very important. Whether before bed or in the morning or during the day, have some quiet moments to yourself.
  8. Weed out things you don’t need. Notes from 3 years ago? Throw them. Friends who don’t support you? Throw them. 
  9. Follow blogs that motivate/inspire you. If they make you smile or get an idea going, they’re the blogs to follow! 
  10. Eat fresh fruit and veggies once in a while, they’re good for your body which is under a lot of pressure. 
  11. Hydrate yourself with water! Lot’s and lot’s of water, or at least do tea. 
  12. STAY ORGANIZED MAN! I CANNOT EMPHASIZES THIS ENOUGH!!!
  13. Doing bad on one exam/paper/quiz/test is okay! Not the end of the world and if you work hard and seek help and extra credit, you will prevail!
  14. Wear confident clothes on test days, whether that’s in high fashion or your favorite hoodie is up to you; feeling good puts you in a better state of mind. 
  15. Don’t let nobody tell you how to live your life, try new things, form your own opinions, and become a better you! 
  • To all those who are in finals week:You got this. I believe in you. Don't let one bad grade get you down. Your grades do not determine the kind of wonderful person you are. Remember to keep hydrated, SLEEP, eat something if you haven't done any of those in a while. Get some fresh air, watch a funny video, and keep on pressing on. We're gonna get through finals and be victorious.