I don’t have Facebook, Snapchat, or Tinder. If you want my attention, this is the place to grab it. I started this blog in 2009 on a trip to Japan for various reasons: I wanted to remember the trip, I wanted to share my experiences, and I wanted to write outside of my then undergraduate career. My blog, if not my journal is my landing page when I need to do something that makes me happy and stay busy. It’s my own version of arts & crafts, especially since I don’t like dumping my ideas on my friends.
I continue to blog, just not publish anything public…until recently. It wasn’t until I moved away from my hometown and met a handful of people that I realized how much communication, especially writing is so crucial for survival.
Jillarae: the quick facts.
My favorite color is forest green. Born again rock climber, bookworm, mountain lover, and stamp collector (please see passport). I dislike text messaging, so call me. I love lists and I write everything down. Words are my weapon of choice, so I appreciate people that are as good as their word. Otherwise, don’t waste my time. I’m a true Leo and take my form as a snake.
What’s your a/s/l? Just kidding. But I think that gives you great context for the generation I grew up in. Thanks blogging, this is America Online…
During my commute this morning, I thought about the periods of my life when I was the happiest. They were truly short lived. If anything, they were stunts that all happened at the same time of the year, the fall and the winter months. It makes me laugh because they were times I failed, miserably. I laugh at myself often because it helps me cope with the fact that as long as I can remember things never work out how I plan. It’s all part of His plan, I guess.
You can always rely on two things to really wake you the fuck up: desperation and failure. Desperation when you’re hungry, you’re weak, you’re unhappy, you’re vulnerable. Nothing says shit just got real like being hungry and tired. Nothing brings you closer to reality than being cold and being cold means you’re closer to death. Remember that. Failure will always be my best measurement in life because it means I am trying. Lately, I’ve been trying a lot.
Perspective is funny. I read about it all the time. The people who work in corner offices and we think they have and can do it all. The doctors and the lawyers and the paths of least resistance. There are so many decisions, experiences, and factors we can’t control that build us to be these characters in our lives and other peoples lives. It really makes me wonder if I am always going to have to play a part.
Keep your heart 3 stacks, keep your heart.
These girls is smart, 3 stacks, these girls is smart.
Play your part
You have the ability to make art. and for me, for so many of the people I know, that’s been a lifesaver, an ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones. Sometimes, life is hard. Things go wrong.; in life, and in love, in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways that life could go wrong. When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art.
The one thing that you have that nobody else has is, you – your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write, and draw, and build, and play, and dance, and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you’re walking down the street naked exposing too much of your heart and your mind and of what exists on the inside showing too much of yourself that’s the moment you maybe started to get it right. -Neil Gaiman
Where would be the fun in making something you knew was going to work?
The possible vs. the impossible. Imagine where you want to be. Ask questions. Support yourself through your words.
I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure and stopped when it felt like work. Which meant that life did not feel like work.
You need to be thick skinned. Learn that not every project will survive.
Originally posted on The Daily Post:
In Neil Gaiman’s now famous 2012 commencement speech at the University of the Arts, he offers some excellent advice to free us from perfectionism, imploring us to simply create — to make art — no matter what. What’s wonderful about this advice is that it applies to any creative endeavour, regardless of whether your art form is writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, or découpage:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good…
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Now Playing: Dashboard Confessional – So Impossible
Do you ever look at your phone, open a text box, and just start typing? “No.”
Yeah, No. I was just kidding… stupid question. Forget I asked.
[I never sent that text message, by the way. For the same reasons we all don't: I fear rejection.]
People who are guarded are afraid… that you can see right through them. That’s why they hide behind layers of secrecy or humor.