Friday, July 18, 2014

GYM STUD FANTASY

Why am I so fucking shy?

There's this guy I've been eyeing at my gym for months now who's a total stud. Yet the second we lock eyes, my stomach drops like I'm plummeting down a rollercoaster and I look away instantaneously. Why is it so hard for me to stare back at him and smile, spark up a conversation and become friends?

He's so beautiful: Tall, fit but not too muscular and has a baseball player's stature. I'm way too attracted to this guy. His presence alone makes me nervous.

Occasionally we finish lifting at the same time and end up next to each other in the stretch area doing abs and he always pushes me to keep up with him. He makes me feel giddy.

The fact that I get excited to go to the gym in hopes that I'll see him there, just reinforces I need to talk to this guy, regardless if he's gay or not. I'm sure he'd be a cool friend, considering we see each other about 5 nights a week.

Hopefully writing this down will give me some incentive to get over this issue and approach cute guys. But let's be real, the next time I see him, I'm going to have a mini heart attack instead.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I GOT A PJ

I got SO lucky!

I received a letter in the mail from Honda informing me that my car was eligible for a free paint job. FREE! Thank the Heavens because that's not cheap by any means and my car needed it, bad. The roof, sides and trunk were all pretty badly faded due to sun damage. Not cute.

Than to top it off, I just happened to ask about any other recalls they had and I got my broken sun visors replaced for free too! I should have bought a lotto ticket with all that good luck in the air. I was without a car for exactly a week but it was totally worth the wait because my whip looks brand spankin' new!

Well, except for the headlights, so I went on YouTube and discovered the most ingenious way to clean them. Toothpaste! It was so simple and works great.

Check it out:
 



Moral of this story: Buy a lottery ticket when you're having an awesome day and no one reading this should have dirty headlights now.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The 4th of JuLIE

How was everyone's 4th of July??

My sister and I went to a friend's block party which turned out to be a fun time. We rolled up in style wearing matching tank tops that we picked up at Target before the party. We looked pretty cool if I do say so myself.


The block party had a decent turnout, with about 40 people and a nice redneck vibe to it. I felt like I was back in Jacksonville at a frat party. There was corn hole, throw the Frisbee in the trashcan...which according to the internet is called kanjam, BBQ, people rocking beer drinking hats and overalls, a triple kegger and of course, the essential slip-n-slide.



Why yes, that is a keg on their neighbor's roof.

I figured the food options were going to be pretty slim for me, so I drank a fresh almond/pecan milkshake for protein and fat prior to the party and made a giant bowl of fresh fruit that I brought.


Luckily some storm clouds started rolling in later in the afternoon, which cooled things off a bit, because it was so stifling. Our friend Erika quoted it perfectly, "it's hotter than satan's ball sack out here!" Which I'd presume is pretty hot?


Luckily the storm only drizzled on us and once the sun had set, we watched their neighbor's $5,000 fire work show. Who wastes that much money on fireworks!? All for 90 minutes worth of entertainment. That's $55 going up in flames every minute. They were mesmerizing, but I couldn't help but think about the Independence so many people and animals don't have, even in America.

So many beautiful souls that will never experience the joy of freedom. Something that every creature should have the right to experience. It breaks my heart to know helpless, terrified animals are locked in cages; chained, tortured and killed in filthy slaughterhouses and factories. There is no celebration for these animals. For the animals who never see daylight. In pain, locked up like prisoners... in cages, abused, beaten helplessly awaiting death. No FREEDOM, no playing, no running, no laughing, no love. Just misery until they die and end up becoming the meat we squirt ketchup and mustard on, while we dress up in red, white and blue.

 
We have a choice we can make. The choice to choose cruelty free food. Eat foods that vibrate with vitamins and nutrients, a vegan diet. "My body will not be a tomb for other creatures." Da Vinci

In that moment as I stared up into the sky and watched $5000 worth of fireworks light up the world around me, I almost started crying.

On a lighter note, it was my mom's birthday on the 4th, so I surprised her with a drawing of Jesus.


The original painting is titled Prince of Peace by Akiane Kramarik and the story behind it is pretty cool. In a nutshell, there was a little boy who died and was later revived. When he awoke, he told his family he went to Heaven and met Jesus. His parents showed him various pictures of Jesus, but every time, their son would tell them that the photo doesn't look like him. It wasn't until his parents came across a painting that an eight-year-old prodigy named Akiane painted. This young girl paints based on visions she has from Heaven. When his parents showed their son a picture of the painting, the boy started screaming 'that's him!'

Let's make this world a better place. For every being. #GoVegan

Much Love.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SO MUCH NEW ART!!

 

David Wolfe

Raw nutrition expert

You may recognize him from the NutriBullet infomercial! I became increasingly intrigued by David's work after seeing him on a food documentary called Food Matters that I watched in college. He was being interviewed in the film and started listing all these crazy super foods. I grabbed a notepad and in that moment, my world and knowledge of super foods began to expand.

 



Mandisa

Singer

My senior year of college I had 9 AM class Monday-Friday. Since the Christian station is one of very few stations to play music that early, I would listen to Craig, Amy and Kankelfritz on my commute. They played the SAME song EVERY single day. Eventually it grew on me to the point where I would wait for them to play it and it always made me dance in my car.





 DesirĂ©e Venn Frederic

Vlogger

One night while drawing, I was on YouTube listening to Spirit Science videos, when I stumbled onto DesirĂ©e's channel, xoDVF. She has a bunch of cool natural remedy videos for health and beauty, but it was her spiritual awakening videos that grabbed my attention. She's so beautifully articulate and I just love listening to people's spiritual testimonials. I learn just as much from people's personal spiritual experiences as I do from my own. I felt really drawn to her and felt the desire to draw her.

 

 


Remmy

I received an email about a month ago from a woman who wanted me to draw her recently deceased Great Dane. He passed away at only five months old due to a heart condition. :( Here's where it gets special. She asked me if it would be possible if I could incorporate Remmy's ashes into the watercolor, so a piece of him would be in the drawing. How could I say no? I thought it was an awesome idea and sure enough, I received a small package in the mail a few days later with the ashes in a large pill bottle. When it came time to watercolor the background, I sprinkled some of his ashes into the paint, which gave the drawing a really interesting texture.  RIP Remmy

 


Hayley

My next door neighbor has been through hell and back. At the tender age of eighteen, her father is in prison serving an eight year sentence for embezzling over a million dollars from his company, her older brother is a recovering drug addict with severe mental and emotional issues and her mother recently underwent brain surgery to remove a benign tumor. Through it all, Hayley worked two jobs, applied for colleges and scholarships all on her own, took all AP and honors classes and has remained a fucking warrior through everything. I made this for her as a graduation gift. Love my little nugget.


 


Maya Angelou


Maya, Maya, Maya. What a beautiful soul. My parents LOVE her and had the absolute privilege to hear her speak in January while she was here in Florida. I decided to draw her for my dad's birthday present, shortly after she had passed. I am so proud of how beautiful the drawing turned out. While I was working on this drawing, I repeatedly kept listening to short videos the OWN Network created of Maya talking about love, life, happiness, God, etc. She has such a way with words. I was left in tears. Take the time to listen to all of them.


 

 

Wedding Pictures







Shari

This drawing meant so much to me. My sister gave me the idea to draw our friend's mom for her birthday. She lost her parents a year ago and I knew this would be an extra special gift. It's a drawing of her mom on her wedding day. My friend got married two weekends ago, the week after her birthday. At the wedding, the photographer took a picture of my friend specifically for me to reference, so I can draw her looking back at her mom. 

 

 
I love what I do. I am blessed to feel that I have found my calling at such a young age.
 
Much Love