Midnight Musings

Right now I have a handful of incohesive thoughts running through my head that I wanted to jot down.

1. Write the book you want to read. Sage advice from Austin Kleon. I was just thinking about this because while I have access to so much information, the content on the Internet bores me real fast. And that is when I want to make my own stuff to put on the Internet.
write the book2. To combat feelings of being unproductive, I like to make lists of things that I did do. Here’s a list of productive things I did today:

  • Went to the gym at 6 AM (And saw Elder Christofferson there!!)
  • Practiced softball for a couple hours.
  • Canceled a freelance job that I couldn’t handle (Burden lifted)
  • Toured the residence of Rose Marie Reid, the woman I have been studying all summer for work. (Fun fact: The Osmond family later bought the house and lived there after she passed away)
  • Tried out my new tripod and took some sick self-portraits (and edited them and posted one on Instagram). (I don’t know who I picked it up from, but lately I like to use the adjective sick to describe things that are awesome.) I kinda rotate through all my hobbies because I get bored and have to switch it up. It is things like getting a tripod and experimenting with new forms of my hobbies that get me interested in them again.
  • Went grocery shopping.
  • Made brownies and packed for the family reunion while they were baking.
  • Wrote in my journal, took a shower, responded to a long overdue Facebook message, had quality conversation with my roommates, wrote this blog post, worked on planning a storyboard for a film I want to make.
  • And I even made time for a nap. Naps are my favorite. I can always make time for a good nap.

2. b. I feel like this list I just made is super pretentious. But, like, this is who I am. It’s amazing how many things you can actually fit into one day if you try. It takes longer to motivate myself to do some of these things than it actually takes to do them.

3. As a bonus for reading through my pretentious list, here is one of my pretentious self-portraits:

Self Portrait 2I was not expecting to enjoy taking a picture of myself. I just wanted to test out my new tripod and document the fact that I hit myself in the face while playing softball this morning. But, I’m weird and find a busted lip, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and frizzy hair enthralling.

And now my midnight musings come to an end.

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Rituals

Rituals. The things that make my days (weeks and years) uniquely alike.

Disclaimer: I purposely did not retouch these photos as much as I could have in order to preserve the authenticity of the moment.

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

I never knew that I could get a sewing injury until I got one.

Two days before I went to Florida for Christmas break, I was sewing an elephant sweatshirt, and the needle on my machine went through my finger!

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Thankfully it sounds worse than it actually was. This tragic event has not deterred me from sewing.

In other news, I made a mood board/inspiration board for Provo Fashion Week. I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures or not, but I am going with a minimalistic, African theme.

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And I just finished sewing a shirt! The first one I have ever made.

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Ode to Illustrator

This post isn’t much of an ode, but the title has a nice ring to it.

I downloaded my free trial of Adobe Illustrator this week.

I needed something to keep my blood pumping.

I don’t know how I got through high school designing with Microsoft Word.  (Don’t worry, I knew enough to stay away from Word Art…)

Here are a couple things I have been working on to keep me sane this summer.

Let me know what you think!

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silver-lining

Tri-Color

 

Kleon Quote

I wasn’t going to do a countdown for fear of being too annoying, but then I thought of a bunch of things I could do.  So I’m going to do a countdown anyway.  Plus, it will make me more accountable.

In honor of only 15 more days until I open my Etsy shop, here is a motivational quote* by Austin Kleon, my newest source of inspiration.

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*In honor of the quote, I made this myself because this is the kind of art I want to see on Pinterest.