Journal: Shopping Haul

Hey y’all!

I went shopping this weekend with my mom and got some great items! Old Navy had 30% off a few things and I stopped by Nordstrom Rack for the jewelry. 😍 I’m in love with the ring 💍 I was able to find a few matching Nadri pieces to finally create a set. For her designs you really have to hunt them down  and look carefully in store if you want a set! 😉

Journal: My Comic 

Hello everyone~

I mentioned awhile back that I put my comic story on hold while I am still doing a job search and potentially going back to school in the future.  😉 I’m thinking of going into nursing school, I just have to save up for it. If I never find the time to continue I would at least like to show off some snippets of what I had.

This collection is a jumble of concept art, actual cover art, and a rough of a comic page. I currently only have  maybe 13 individual pages done and have been going at a page a week. So far I’m behind 6 pages, that’s 6 weeks! I hope to continue soon but I’ve been super stressed from work… I’m too tired to think or draw and focus on my art when I get home or catch a break.

My Pin Making Adventure/Disaster.

If you are an artist trying to sell your art, you have probably tried to make some DIY shrinky dink pins! If you haven’t yet, please learn from my mistakes and do a trial batch you are willing to scrap later.

I have seen so many artists online making their own pins but rarely do I see a tutorial showing the road bumps or disasters I’ve gone through to make them. I’ve been trying (and failing) to make my own handmade pins for awhile now. The issue was that my ink would always bleed on my pins after applying a coating to waterproof the pin.

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Shopping Haul

Hey guys!

I went shopping last weekend and I thought it would be nice to share with y’all what I got. I wasn’t originally planning to go out since I’m trying to keep up my savings but my sis needed a few things and the shopaholic in me took over at the end to buy just one item, even though it’s not for me. 🙃

My sis tried on all the shoes I asked her to and I must say those black Report shoes are too cute! She ended up buying these in store at Nordstrom Rack and a nude pair online.

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While my sis was trying on more shoes I walked over to the handbag section with my mom and found these cute mini bags.
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We got hungry and ate at Gordon Birsch and I had a mani mahi sandwich with sweet potato fries and a slice of my mom’s veggie pizza from her plate.

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Last but not least, the item I bought that wasn’t for me. My boss asked me to buy a plant buddy for his office so I found an about $20 artificial one at Home Goods. My boss can’t grow a thing as he is a newbie so artificial is best, plus this looks super real! He said if he doesn’t pay me back, and he hasn’t yet, I can keep or return it. 😗 I’ve gotten so many compliments already on it just after a day so I may just keep it at my station!

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Journal: Oops, My bad!

Hi all!

I almost forgot I had this blog, and quite literally went through the process of purchasing a new domain with WordPress…. how completely embarrassing! I thought this site had expired after I cancelled my card last year and I thought that deleted this site permanently. Oops? I thought couldn’t get it back after that, but I checked back after receiving a birthday e-mail… Voila! I’m back, just without all the premium content since I’m still getting a refund for my other purchased site thatdorkymuslimgirl.com. I am so sorry! Sorry if you’ve missed me, I just couldn’t afford this site right out of college, until I got my Full Time job and I needed to create a small savings. My job is still on the rocks even after a year sad to say, but I miss blogging and I’m glad wordpress let’s people keep a free domain! I’ve deleted the other site (only 1 week old too) today because I really did miss this one, but I kept the posts I wrote on there to be posted here later(only 2 haha).

So Let’s play catch up shall we?

After I graduated University it was imperative for me to find a Full Time job since I wasn’t springing any luck in my animation field. My parents convinced me right after I graduated University to go to a community college and take a few classes to hold me off and keep learning until I found a “stable job” besides my part-time retail job which I absolutely hated at the time. Burnt out and desperate, I was applying everywhere for the animation and graphic design industry but nothing would bite, until a friend and my sister came to me with job offers.

One for Explosom from on old classmate that became a Producer, the creators of Cynaide and Happiness, the other my sister’s banking company that was hiring full time tellers. I got the interview for both, but I only passed the teller interview.

After I finished a year at community college learning interior design (lots of fun, I really recommend it if you can afford the licensing exam!) I quite after the semester ended, once I got hired at the bank center full time with 2 other new tellers. The culture and environment was fun and new, but I also made my very first (and only) mistake within my 2nd week of training at a training branch. It caused anxiety that I may loose my job for the entire year, until my yearly review came out and I passed. The rest of my scores were all really high, so that one mistake got washed out. Thank God! My job is still on the rocks sadly since there are still layoffs going on since I stated working, so I’ve been applying everywhere just to get out, and so have my other coworkers. Through it all, I have certainly grown up more thanks to this job.

Since desperation is a good motivator, I’ve been trying to learn new things online.  I put my personal project of writing and drawing my comic Fragment on hold, once again (did you forget I am an artist?). Anything that could potentially land me my next, hopefully stable and secure, full time job, I made a priority. I’ve researched more marketing, site optimization (which lead me to try that new blog site, haha…), copy and content writing, and I’ve attended several online webinars and workshops to help me potentially start selling my handmade crafts online but with hopefully better results than I ever started out with.

So with as with my current life’s journey, I don’t know where I’m headed, but I’m going to keep my chin up and keep moving forward! Something good will come along, God willing.

Good Luck to you all!

Journal: Losing a Friend to Cancer

Remembering an old friend who passed away exactly 1 year ago tomorrow from undifferentiated carcinoma cancer, which means the source was unable to found and his was wide spread.

The moment before I found out he died I had a dream that I was visiting him at an airport surrounded by people wishing him farewell. Everyone was oddly wearing black (not sure about myself there) in the bright surroundings of the airport. He saw me and scooped me up giving me a hug while swinging me around. “You made it!,’ he exclaimed. He was about to turn away and leave and I don’t know what came over me, but I grabbed his sleeve speechless and held onto him in a tight hug. 

He ruffled my hair and said it’ll be okay. (Not sure but I think he pinky swore on that) That it was time to let him go….

When I woke up, it was posted on my friends Facebook that he passed away. He was the second and almost the third person to pass away that I deeply cared about that year with in 3 months, though I’m okay now, losing him hit me hard and I still cry about it. I never got to see him in the 5 years after graduating high school, because I was always busy with something, and he was off traveling the world. It’s truly my one greatest regret that when the rare moments came that he was back in town I never went to see him.

 

Journal: I am an Artist part 2

Some how things can evolve and can be unrecognizable from how it was from the start. I am talking about my art, and this is one of those weird times…

Remember this from yesterday? 
Well it originally looked like this 

  But then it decided to evolve

Until it became almost completely unrecognizable 
This one had a mind of it’s own, but I like how it turned out 😊

Journal: I’m an Artist

Hi everyone~

If you haven’t read my bio then you probably don’t know that I am an artist. I am mostly self taught, with only a few classes from high school art and college basic art under my belt. 

Due to lack of self confidence, anger, and self doubt about my career choices truthfully, I stopped drawing for a long time after going through a rough senior year at my last college! However, thanks to a good summer vacation, now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, as well as start over with my career choices.

I’m not ready to give up my title as an artist, I never will probably. Though for now, a new chapter in my life has already started, and I’m testing the water currently, the uncertainty in my heart is a burden that needed release.

I began to draw, slowly, begrudgingly, conflicted. A lot of crap art came from it.

However, if I just let myself breathe….

Something beautiful can start to come to life.

(Work in progress)

 

Journal: Haul

Hi everyone~

After a full week of being miserable from a cold, I am finally off antibiotics and feeling much better aside from some minor sniffles and coughing. As proof of feeling better I made a few parfaits for my family, though everyone ate them before I could take some pretty pictures, ha! 🙂

This week was filled with shopping, as it was tax free weekend here in Texas. So throughout the week, before the weekend, we see sales everywhere here! I also got a few online shopping shipments in this past week. 😀 I even got my Vitamin C Serum, which I will write a review on later, compared to another serum I have, by next week. Without further ado, here is my haul from shopping since  July 31st, to receiving packages today. FYI the beauty box is my sister’s but we share 🙂 With all this, do you think I’m ready for college in a few weeks? 😉 Continue reading

Journal: Feeling a bit better 

Hi everyone~

Earlier this week I mentioned I was sick with a cold, I went to see my doctor yesterday and I’m feeling a bit better! So much so that I went shopping with my mother for a few things today and yesterday. 🙂 Continue reading