Monthly Archives: June 2015

Things I Learned While in California

I’m a Midwest girl; born and raised, I’ve lived in the middle of the USA my entire life. But recently, I went San Diego for an Improv competition and got to experience life on the West coast. I’ve always been interested in surfing, skate boarding, and just traveling in general, so getting to experience that life style for a week was incredible. Below is a list of things that I learned while spending time away from home:

1) I have to start working harder at learning different languages (mainly Spanish).

2) Becoming more coordinated would be awesome, as I desperately want to learn how to surf someday.

3) Sunscreen is EXTREMELY important, as is reapplying said sunscreen.

4) The ocean is breath-taking, and a lot colder than you would think.

5) Art can be found anywhere, even electrical covers.

6) You have to keep trying sushi to get used to it.

7)  Sand. Gets. Everywhere.

8) You can pull up to the beach with a sketchy white van and let people take pictures by it, as long as you have four exotic birds with you.

9) California has super good ice cream places.

10) There are so many opportunities on the coast for the career path that I’m pursuing, but I can’t get those opportunities without working hard at home. It’s great to have dreams, but you have to work to achieve them.

I am so thankful for the time that I got to spend in California. It was a big eye-opener, and I feel very motivated to start working even harder at refining my skills as an artist, writer, performer, and leader. I hope to head back to San Diego someday for a longer stay, but until then, I’ll be chasing my passions back home and working my tail off to be the best that I can be.

Until Next Time,

Abby

Recharging

I hate sitting still. I’m one of those super irritating people that we’re watching a movie or tv show at home, I’ll be working on a drawing or typing on my laptop or messing around on my phone. It’s often from a feeling that I have to be making progress on something, even if it’s really trivial, like finding reference pictures for a future drawing of Batman riding in a hot air balloon. I’m also one of those people who multitasks in really weird ways. For example, I learned that I can read a book while doing crunches, planks, and lifting weights. I am workout while reading, and it has made me very happy.

But over the past few days, I have been sleeping. A lot. My motivation to move has been overtaken by my body’s desire to burrow under my covers and sleep for another 30 minutes. And guess what? My world has not collapsed around me because I haven’t been as productive as I usually am.

We are made with the potential to do incredible things. I have accomplished things that couldn’t have been done while laying around on my butt all day. But, there are times that you have to rest, or you will get burned out. There’s even examples in the bible when Jesus rested. He left the crowds to go spend time to refocus and recharge while spending time with His Father (Check out Mark 6:31). Our bodies have to recharge at some point, or we won’t be able to do anything.

There are some days when my pride wants me to push myself past the breaking point, but I am slowly but surely learning that I have to take a step back every now and then chill. It’s better to do good work with a rested body than bad work on empty. It’s not a sign of weakness to get some quality rest, even when it means not working as much as you want to at the time.

Until Next Time,

Abby

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a book lover. There’s a few pictures of me in old photo albums with stacks of picture books and of trips to the library. There’s even a few librarians that have watched me grow up since we moved to the home that we’ve been in for the past 13 years.

Sadly, due to the intensity of a few of my college course over the past academic year, I wasn’t able to read any leisure books while I was doing school. It was a very sad situation. I was reading mundane textbooks that made me bored out of my mind, and all I wanted to do was dive into my stack of library books. I’m one month into my summer, and since I got out of school, I’ve read a grand total of eleven books. There have been days where I lay in bed for hours at a time just soaking in words, and because I have started reading again, I’ve wanted to write again.

When you start to develop a skill, such as writing, there are times were you need to go back to the thing that inspired you to start developing that skill. Looking back, the writing that I did when I was consistently reading was loads better than when I wasn’t. Studying books that you love and even ones that you dislike help your brain learn the kinds of techniques you want to use when making your own style. Plus, reading helps you build your vocabulary and is a great way to keep your mind sharp. If you’re going to write, you need to know what people like and don’t like reading.

If you are interested in the books that I’ve been reading, you can check them out at my Goodreads here:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22783084-sherlock I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction, but I’m also reading through some comic books and art history books. If there’s a book that you love that I should read, let me know! I really enjoy finding new things to read 🙂

I hope everyone’s summer is going well!

Until next time,

Abby