It's almost been an entire month of living in Texas and living with B. I'll admit I'm still in shock. It was every day, but now around every three days B & I hug and smile out of shock that we are here. Living together and living out this dream of ours. I'll also admit that change is hard. When B asked me to move with him saying yes was incredibly easy, but my overwhelming amount of worrying now has held me back. For several weeks now my brain has been obsessing over my unemployment and my lack of funds. It has been a daily and weekly struggle of trying of stay positive and not go completely crazy while job hunting. (In the past two weeks I've started to get a few bites of interest for a job, but nothing solid yet. I can feel it coming soon.) To keep myself sane I've been doing a lot of drawing and lettering, but even after hours of sitting at home, I still need more. A change in how I conduct my daily routine, a change in how I'm functioning.
Last weekend while out shopping with B and our friends Taylor and Zach, I picked up the latest issue of Darling Magazine. While reading a few articles I suddenly had a thought and jotted it down-
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE PRESSURE OF BLOGGING
- FIND NEW INSPIRATION
- COME BACK WITH A STRONGER EDITORIAL CALENDAR
- FOCUS ON MY WRITING
I sat and looked at these words for a moment and mentally argued with myself: "take a break? I haven't even been writing very much as it is! Exactly!" Despite my spontaneous move to Texas I've been lost on my writing. I have several DIY ideas I want to do but it doesn't feel like the time yet. I've been wanting to read more and write for myself but I've lacked motivation. So, I talked to B about this idea and he said "yes." He loved the idea and told me to keep expanding. The next day I ventured out to a coffee shop I'd heard of but hadn't gone to yet - Houndstooth. I sat in the crowded tiny shop with my Rhodia notepad and HI-TEC-C pen to write a little more-
-EXPLORING AUSTIN AND LETTING IT INSPIRE ME. EMBRACE THE INFLUENCE.
Since I've moved I've been in love with the fact that living here is going to change my perspective and allow me to grow even more. I can't even imagine where it will take me but I'm so happy to go.
-READING TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE MY WRITING
Typically I read many online articles, too many blogs to count, beautifully designed magazines like Darling, but I'm really bad about buying books I want to read and never getting to them. Two months ago I bought #GIRLBOSS for my iPad and I'm still in chapter two! I'm not absorbing the quality content I want.
B and I recently bought Austin Kleon's books 'Steal like an Artist' and ' Show Your Work' and they had been sitting pretty on our coffee table ever since. Until last Saturday I grabbed 'Steal like an Artist' before we headed on our 7.5 hour road-trip to Conway, Arkansas. (This is where B went to college!) A few hours in, I started reading the book out-loud to him. A few hours later we had finished the whole book! The entire time we were taking note of quotes and inspiration and discussing how the message applies to our lives. This bring me to my next point of breaking from blogging-
-DRAWING, ILLUSTRATING, AND HAND LETTERING
My prismacolor markers and sketchbook are constantly making my desk a beautiful mess these days. I want to take a little more time to make beautiful things I'm excited about and proud of. More practicing and making paper messes.
All of these ideas making me feel both excited and scattered at the same time! I'd like a little more consistency of what I'm doing. For now I'm taking a small break from blogging. I guarantee it wont be long until I'm eager to share some new things.
Change is good.