December Art Journal!

Oh man I'm really loving my bookshelf of all my art journals. All different styles and stages of my life. I'm excited for a new year of new journals! I hope I can keep on documenting my life in a beautiful way! I can't wait until its been like 10 years and I can go back remember all the things I forgot happened! 

2017 Recap: The Year of Being Brave

I wanted to write a post and re-cap all the cool stuff I've gotten to do this year! I really enjoy new years resolutions (which is why I started this blog in the first place, 4 years ago eep!) but coming into 2017 I just wasn't fully set on what it was I wanted to accomplish. I was mostly just trying to focus on surviving 2017 and protect my heart from all the turmoil the world was going though. So I decided to skip writing a post about it and a little bit into February it finally hit me what my resolution should be! Yes, a little late in the year I know!
My goal for 2017 was to BE BRAVE! Now usually non specific goals just don't work. Luckily I found myself using this idea as a motivator and mantra. It became my empowerment and strength to do scary things! It translated into big things (you'll read about soon!) and small things like speaking up about my political views, asking for help at the store and making a phone call. Which seem like fairly simple things, but for a social anxiety ridden introvert they were HUGE. I kept thinking 2017 was going to be encased in political shit, sexual harassment stories and the rise of racism and bigotry. (Which there was don't get me wrong) With in all that crap I found a new strength and identity as a badass strong female all thanks to my goal of being brave!

Here's a list of all the HUGE ways I was able to be brave in 2017!

ONE- Doctors. I started off the year by going to the doctors and getting some much needed anxiety medication. Mental health is really tricky to talk about sometimes and can be incredibly personal. BUT if you feel like you need it, get it! That was one of the smartest things I could have ever told myself!

TWO-  Oophorectomy. On that glorious doctor visit (the first in many, many years) my doctor found a giant cyst on my pelvic muscle. (ok so I knew it was there, but I didn't think it was anything bad!) I got it removed along with my right ovary. I had my first stay ever in a hospital! Talk about scary. I've always hated hospital and had a mini break down when they said I'd have to stay over night. Everything turned out well! Now i've this super badass scar on my belly!
(PS my one last brave thing is showing you my scar featuring a bit of muffin top! haha)

THREE- Zine Fest! I tabled at TWO different festivals last year! Even saying it now I think back and it feels very surreal. Both of them were scarier then all the doctors visits. Watching a stranger read you're personal thoughts and critique the art that you made (and kinda love) is so scary! I get butterflies and think of 10 ways my zine could be better. Its really empowering though to share some art and something personal, as scary as it might be! I was really happy I was brave enough to show up!
FOUR- Interview. I don't talk about my job much on here because I don't find it all too interesting and if I start ranting about it I might not ever stop! A strange thing about my job is that I've had it for a billion years (well it feels like that at least) I've had it for so long that I've never had to interview for a job. I got it when I was 15 and its just stuck. I decided to apply for some other jobs and I had my first interview. Which I completely bombed! Half way though I kept thinking theres no way these people will hire me, I'm giving all the wrong answers! BUT I loved the opportunity even if I ruined it! As you all know the process is very nerve wracking! Having survived the awful interview just gives me the courage to keep going after other opportunities even if I fail. I know now that its not the worst thing in the world and I can survive it!

FIVE- Bees! Oh man. I love bees (if you didn't know) I got the chance to see my neighbors hives up close! Its crazy how everything in your brain is saying "run run beeeess!" but you're almost in a trance by how beautiful they are! The most surprising thing was how loud they are. It was the coolest experience I think I've had so far in my life. I'm sure it'll be awhile before I get brave enough to mess with bees again. Its amazingly beautiful, but still scary.
SIX- Tattoo. I knew I wanted to end the year with something amazing. I wanted to take a trip but realized I was brave, but not brave enough to travel alone! (hopefully some day!) So instead I got a tattoo! You can read about it HERE. This was the perfect way to end the year. Connecting with really beautiful people and having artwork that will forever remind me of my brave year of zines, doctors, bees and tattoos!
This has been a very growing year for me. I'm so happy I have all of you along the way to share my stories too! I hope 2018 is a good one!

Happy Holla-Days!

I hope you all are having a very bright and joyous holiday season! I'm spending so much time with loved ones and my heart is so full. I've eaten way too much food and treats, but I just can't help myself! I hope happiness fills your homes! 

Song and Doodle #70

In between all the holiday music i've been listening too, I keep finding the cover Whole Wide World by the Bahamas sneaking into my playlists. I really adore this song. Overall its just a feel good song. Especially for us around the holidays that are on the more single side of things. This song is just full of hope in the midst of the winter daze. Bahamas has such a unique soothing voice, I love it! I do love the original, but this cover is just the tops! PS- I'm loving all this typography iPad practice lately!
"There's only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti"

Lovely Things: Solstice Vibes

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! I have always loved the winter solstice. The whole day is mysterious and magical. The shortest day of the year and longest night of the year. I always feel like I need to call out to universe and ask for the days to be longer. In the midst of frozen winter all you can hope for is more sun. I think if you ask correctly with a sincere heart the universe will listen! I could rant on more about it but instead I complied a list of some lunar-y solstice vibes. So many cute things out there!  

 My two favorite things, the moon and beeeees! (Gimme Flair)
How cute is this DIY moon lamp? (Johanna Rundel)
Beautiful lunar calendar to keep track of the moon! (Durido)
 I love this whole set. Although wearing them all at once might be a bit much! (Layered and Long)
You can't have a successful solstice with out a fire pit! This one is just lovely. (Bad Idea Supply)

Happy Solstice my friends! Hope for longer days!





Tattoooooooo!

As an early Christmas gifty to myself I got my very first tattoo! The entire day was completely magical! I've been stocking different tattoo artists on instagram and I finally found the perfect one! You can see her instagram HERE. All her work is incredibly dreamy! A little surreal, a little nature-y and a whole lotta texture! I'm in love with all her illustrations so I knew right away anything she designed I would love. I gave her a brief description of what I wanted and she had 3 of the most amazing little sketches!
Isn't it amazing!! My heart still melts when I look at it! I got a honeybee split in half to represent me and my twin. (Also two halves are better than one, obviously!) I also wanted a little fire and water tossed in. My Hawaiian middle name (Keahi) means fire and my twins middle name (Hi'ilawe) is a waterfall in Hawaii. I love the style and it is everything I had ever dreamed of getting! The placement is spot on and ugh I can't get over how much I love it!! 

I wanted my first one to have a good story. So I choose someone who was a little further away (about a 2 1/2 hour drive) and make a day of it! Her studio was just a little space in the back of a crepery. The little town was adorable and lightly covered in frost. It was so picturesque! We went to a small restaurant for lunch and wen to this interesting lil' junk store. From waking up early to getting home exhausted the whole day was a dream! I made some amazing memories and it was exactly what my heart and soul needed! This is also the last thing on my "being brave" list for 2017 (which I'll do a long post about it all later!)

I hope my next one is equally amazing. Its definitely going to be hard to beat! 

November Art Journal!

This last months art journal got real layer-ee! I kinda like how it turned out. I shouldn't have added so much stuff on, but hopefully I've learned from my mistakes! The first two pages and last page are my favorite! I'm totally on board with the whole trendy bug thing! Give me all the moths! I think December is going to come and go so fast, I hope I can keep up! I better get workin!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm a little bit late but I wanted to say HAPPY THANKS GIVING! (for those of you that celebrate!) I had an awkward but wonderful dinner with the family. I didn't want to cook this year so I took it upon myself to make some fancy place settings (with help from Zoei of course!) I ate way too much as always! I'm not sure why thats a thing people do, but I'm not complaining! 
Zoei did all the brush lettering! She's gotten really good lately, I still need a ton of practice. But I did the little white flourish-y bits! I think it turned out quite lovely. We topped it off with random greenery that we chopped off some bushes outside of work!
We each made a center piece as well. We just gathered a bunch of stuff we found outside. They look like a bit of a mess, but I really LOVE the way they turned out. Plus we didn't have to spend any money! Which means more money for black Friday sales!

I have a feeling i've got a lazy weekend ahead of myself! Let the holidays begin!