Go check out the “My Creations” tab!!

There are photos of some of the artwork I have done, the custom cases I made for my Etsy, and the piano’s I was contracted to paint last spring! If you like what you see let me know! I am also thinking about starting my Etsy store back up (I sold custom made cell phone and lap top cases), so if you think I should also please let me know!

Enjoy 🙂

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Awesome artwork

I came across this once and I absolutely love it. I am from Colorado so the mountains are my home, and I adore mixed media/collage looking artwork so the combination of the two makes this piece for me!

Strengths, intelligence’s, and development

I am taking a class that is having us really examine what our talents and abilities are that naturally come to us, and how we can take what we find out about ourselves to help us in the future. It is really interesting to look at what you are good at, when we are all so used to thinking about what we are bad at. We are a society that is stuck on negativity! Each person has approximately 50,000 thoughts a day, and do you know how many of those are negative? Around 75%!  That is terrible! I don’t know about you, but I sure would like to lower that number, and be a more positive person!

To do that start looking into our strengths and let the positive thoughts commence…

Like I said, in my class we had to take a test to see what our “Character Strengths” are. There are 6 core strengths with traits that make up each one. The 6 categories, are; wisdom and knowledge, courage, love and humanity, justice, temperance, and spirituality and transcendence.

The top five traits that showed up in my test results were spread out into all different categories, which I like to think means I am a very well-rounded person!

My top 5 character strengths were:

  • Judgement/critical thinking/open mindedness
  • Kindness and generosity
  • Leadership
  • Prudence/ discretion/ caution
  • Gratitude

I feel like all of these really reflect who I am!

I encourage you all to take the online test I took to see what your character strengths are so you can keep those in mind when you work with others, or you can play up when you are job hunting in the future 🙂

http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu

Go to the link above, and take the VIA survey of Character Strengths that measures 24 character strengths to see what your results are!

Steps.

Steps are an important thing to look at and really think about. Steps are what make huge, daunting tasks manageable. Steps show you the road to take, the things you need to do, the journey to success. Whether the steps are just to the completion of a task or to accomplishing your dreams, they are necessary parts of life. Think about when you are completely and utterly overwhelmed. You are drowning in the mountain of things that need to be done, the deadlines, the expectations, and you hit a wall. That wall is usually brought about much more quickly by procrastination. You didn’t know where to start, or you were scared to screw up, so you just didn’t do it. This happens far too often to the best of people and it kills potential. The only thing you can do is take a nice deep breath and step (excuse the pun) back and evaluate what needs to be done. Look at the steps. Steps break things down, they provide perspective. They help you know what you have to do to get the big thing done.

That “big thing” could be just an assigment or project you are working on, or it could be the thing that matters the most: your dreams. I have many goals for myself and my future, and there are plenty of times where I panick and think “how on earth can I do that? How could someone like me possibly manage to get there???”  Those are scary thoughts. Those are the thoughts that stop people. What helps to banish those potentially thwarting thoughts is (have I said this word enough?) steps. When you have goals and ideas that seem too big to be true, figure out what can be done now to get you there. Then think about what you have to do after that and be ready for that next step. Do everything you can to make it so that the next step is easier than the last. Eventually if you keep you goals clearly in mind, and you break it down into steps, its not so scary anymore. You will find yourself there, where ever there is.

This is some of the best advice I have ever gotten, and although I am just at the beginning of this process and I have no proof that it works (yet), it just makes sense. A person can only manage so much and when you have a lofty dream you usually only picture the end goal, which seems unattainable, when really tehre is a whole lot of important things inbetween that have to happen first.

My steps are just being mapped out, but I am so excited for this journey, and I can’t wait to reach my dreams.

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My story

Creativity is a huge part of my life and it has been since I was very young. My mom is to blame for all my crafting, creative, artsy, quirks. From as far back as I can remember I have been doing something creative. I have so many memories of sitting at the dining room table -which often could be mistaken for a sewing table, a drafting table, or even an elf’s workshop -covered with glue, glitter, yarn, fabric, or whatever other supply was necessary for the project of the day. I would come home from school, have a snack, and dive headfirst into a project with my mom. I learned so many skills, such as baking, and sewing from her, and most importantly I learned that creating is essential to my life. The definition of creating has a huge range, it could be decorating a Christmas ornament, or painting a masterpiece, but as long as you are putting your heart into something and making something new and different, it is creating.

I have come a long ways from simply putting stickers onto a foam picture frame. It was in high school that I redeveloped my childhood love of the arts. I signed up for the entry level art class, thinking “oh that will be an easy class, and I’m a terrible artist but at least it will be entertaining.” Little did I know that I would end up adoring that art class and go on to take every single art class my high school had to offer. I was soon making pottery, developing film in a darkroom, and my favorite, painting beautiful pictures. I developed a close relationship with my art teachers and the art department was my home. I had tapped into an area of my life that I was passionate about, and was actually pretty decent at too. Somewhere in the middle of this self discovery I realized that whatever I did with the rest of my life it had to be creative.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do exactly but I just knew it had to be in the design and the arts. At first I thought “Oh, I’ll go into graphic design,” but after a semester full of making squares so exact it made my brain hurt, I realized that what I want to do is on a much different scale. I wanted to be a creative director. I love looking at people’s artwork and looking at architecture, interior and industrial design work, so I need to be in a position where I can work with the people who do this and help facilitate the creative process and oversee projects. Flash forward 1 year and here I am at Arizona State University studying Design Management and Special Event Management. I have a couple paths I would like to follow in my life, one of which is working for Dwell magazine as an event coordinator, another is to be the creative director for a company like Anthropology, and the last one is to be the Art Director/event coordinator for a resort or a town.

I love where my life is right now, and I am so thrilled to see where I will end up, and to start making my dreams come true.