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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: An uncomfortable, interesting, and challenging read

I recently finished reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, written by Bryn Greenwood, and have been thinking about it a lot. Specifically, I have been thinking about the mixed reviews and whether it deserves them. What makes a book inappropriate? Should certain subject matters not be discussed in a positive, or even neutral light? Here is the Goodreads synopsis in case you haven’t heard anything about the book: “As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” Read More

You Don’t Have to Be the Best at Something – It’s OK to Just Experiment Have Fun

Recently, my boyfriend and I have been interested in habits – how they work, how to form them, and what habits we want to try building for ourselves. One story we came across during our research involved Warren Buffet telling another person to make a list of 25 things they wanted to succeed at in their life. Then he had him circle the top five, and told him that the other 20 were things he should never work on under any circumstances; they should be viewed only as distractions from the top five items. While this does make sense, it Read More

What I’ve Learned From Drawing Every Day

For the last couple weeks, I have drawn something (almost) every day. I usually draw for around 30 minutes, and draw something different each day, getting my prompts via the subreddit Sketch Daily. Although it’s been less than a month, I’ve already learned new things about skill development, habits, time management tendencies, and how to keep myself motivated. A Small Step Is Still a Step While it might be intimidating to start a large, involved piece of art, committing to drawing a small drawing that will only take 20-40 minutes to complete isn’t nearly as intimidating. Since it isn’t as Read More

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Hello World (An Introduction)

As I begin to actually build out this website, I thought it would be helpful to write a short introductory blurb, both for potential readers and for myself to get my thoughts sorted out. This website is mostly personal, a way for me to track what I’ve accomplished and what my goals for the future are. I am really hoping to embrace the concept of growth driven design: starting simple and going from there to build a more and more complex project. I hope that over the next months and years, this website will evolve into something that I am Read More