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Goodbye 2011

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Lessons Learned: 2011 

  1. Make your own adventure: Regardless of how trivial it is. Make an adventure out of it. Create a treasure map to the grocery store, make up a whole different identify for yourself at Starbucks, speak with a different accent for an entire day. Doesn’t matter what it is, just make it an adventure. I found that finding a bit of joy within the mundane can always make a day memorable. 
  2. It’s okay to do it alone: I’ve done practically everything on this backpacking trip by myself. I saw every monument by myself. I did tours by myself. I experienced everything in these foreign lands completely and utterly alone and I enjoyed it 10x more rather than with someone else. Why? Because I was proud of myself for doing everything on my own. For getting the gumption to go stag to different places, getting lost, freaking out, and then finding myself. Small victories to your independence. 
  3. Sometimes, family doesn’t know best: They love you, support you, but sometimes, they don’t get you. And it’s nobodies fault. But because sometimes expressing who you are or what you want to do can fall into deaf ears and be taken as a joke or brushed off can be taken as a set back. Their less than stellar confidence in something you want to do can be defeating. Understand that your family is what molded you, created you, and gave you the essential materials to build a world as you see fit. They don’t define you. 
  4. You can jump without thinking: It’s okay. Trust me. 
  5. Amazing people do exist: Yeah you have to go through a lot of shit-heads, but amazing people sprout up where you least expect it. If you really truly do need help, someone will be there. Whether you know them or not. You just have to be open to receiving them. 
  6. Just because you can see everything doesn’t mean you know what you’re looking for: Even the most planned out life can get derailed for the better. It’s great to know where you want to go, but sometimes the unexpected path you weren’t meant to take can lead to somewhere you were supposed to go to begin with. Don’t be intimidated by the road less traveled. Be excited since you’ll be the first to explore it. You won’t always know what life you were meant to lead.
  7. Have one crazy day: I’m not saying break every single law man created, just be a rebel. Kiss the person you’ve always liked out of no where. Dance to no music in public. Let yourself go. We all live in our own protective shell within society because we’re afraid of not being accepted. As Liz Lemon says, “rejection from society is what created the X-Men.” Embrace your inner mutant. At least for a day. 
  8. Make a bucket list: Keep it some place where you can see it every day. Let it haunt you. Let it serve as a daily reminder that you have ambitions and goals. Because eventually you’re going to get so pissed off at yourself for not completing one that it might light that fire under your ass that you need. It worked for me. I’m blogging from London. 
  9. Be a lost boy: Fight pirates, find buried treasure, tease mermaids, have an imagination. Our bodies may have grown up, but our spirits don’t always have to. 
  10. Love: Despite whatever hardships you’ve just got out of, even if the heart break trenches seem to be the only thing protecting you from the world, love. Love for a day, love for a minute, love for a year, love for the rest of your life. Love yourself. Love your family. Love your gifts. Love your ambitions. Love your drive. Love your motivation. Love your culture. Love your background. Love your mind. Love your body. Just because someone breaks one aspect of love doesn’t mean they’ve completely shattered the entire definition.
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My year in pictures: 2011

JANUARY 
I moved to rural Maryland to an apple farm with my mom. I started at the comic book store in Washington, DC and started commuting into work. Which was basically a two hour train ride that started at 5am every morning. It snowed. A lot. We got over 6ft of snow on top of the mountain and it seemed like there was endless amounts of snow that didn’t leave for weeks. I kept taking pictures of my dogs; Rufio, Bo Bear, and the pups. January was just filled with winter, sitting at my desk, animals, and living the country life.

FEBRUARY
I was snowed in a lot. There was nothing else to take pictures of but.. myself.

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I’m a huge fan of Atherton Lin, they both are two amazing guys that produce amazing art work. Last year I bought a calender from them through their etsy, and still today its been the best calender I’ve ever purchased. Each month held an amazing illustration, at the end of this past year I ended up framing the calender (especially since I had it signed) and was looking forward to their 2011 calender. Well, I ended up being too late and they sold out very quickly. They weren’t making more copies so I was pretty much bummed. I went back to their website and I found this message;

ACROSS THE SEA, our 2011 calendar, has proven very popular and we’ve sold out. Thanks everyone who bought copies! Unfortunately, this also means that many people who wanted one this year are going without.

So we’ve decided to post each month as a free downloadable wallpaper throughout the year.

I’m pretty stoked now. You can go to their website each month and download your wallpaper size for free. Granted I wish I had the calender physically, but this is the next best thing and i’m an incredibly happy fan because they decided to do this for us. So go Here (or click on the picture)to download January and don’t forget to keep coming back! Also, definitely look through their products, they have really cute mixtape album sleeves, cards, ect. Its worth the check out.  

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