Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Well Christmas is completely and 100% over with! Now it's time for New Years and I've been thinking about my New Years Resolutions and what I want to accomplish next year.

So here are mine, so far!
  1. Continue to be healthy.
  2. Read more.
  3. Have a full time job.
  4. Be happy, or much closer to happiness.
Overall I want to have a great year, that I live fully and for myself. I don't want to waste a second of 2012, because I feel like i wasted practically every second of 2011. 

    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    "Young Adult" and Me: A Rather (Unfortunatley) True Story

    Earlier today I completed the first thing on my "Christmas Break To Do" list, which was to see the movie "Young Adult". Before seeing the movie I already knew quite a bit about the film, so it wasn't a shock when it turned out to be a very dark and almost depressing movie. That's actually what intrigued me!

    I turned seeing this movie into a whole event! I had a much needed "me" day to save me from the holidays. I went shopping, sampled an alarming amount of froyo, and even bought myself a Christmas present (which I'm pretty sure I'm going to return).

    My whole motivation for seeing this movie was my same motivation for seeing the movie "Bad Teacher": I'm 99.9% sure this movie was based on me. Now, to be honest, after seeing "Bad Teacher" I'm still positive Cameron Diaz's character was based on yours truly. However, after watching "Young Adult" I think that I have the possibility of turning into the main character Mavis Gary (played by Charlize Theron) which is really frightening.

    I think this movie really says a lot in it's short 94 minutes. It's one part dark comedy, one part cautionary tale and one part true story. Categorizing this film as a "dark comedy" is quite possibly the understatement of the year! There are parts of this film that were quite depressing. Or, maybe it's only depressing to me because I feel like I'm headed in Mavis's direction. Even though she plays a 47 year old woman who has one marriage and divorce under her belt, I have gone through some of the things she struggles with. Her life is extremely monotonous and unfulfilling, she's not living and barely existing. The way she lives her day-to-day life is extremely close to mine.This film also shows what happens to a lot of people post-high school, they're constantly reliving their "glory days" of yore and never quite move on from their home town. Another similarity we share is that we both grew up in very small towns but moved to much larger cities, while the majority of everyone we knew stayed behind.

    Without giving too much of the movie away, I would definitely recommend seeing this movie! It made me think about a lot of things going on in my life. And if you're a "Young Adult" yourself it's a must see.

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    One of My Favorite Paintings

    This is one of my favorite paintings I've done! It was the last piece I did in art school. However it always seems to freak people out. My mom downright hates it! But I still think it's beautiful.

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    25 Things to Do Before I Turn 25

    I've seen this type of list one multiple blogs I follow, but had never heard of it until a few days ago!

    The first list I saw was by Sarah Von who's (magnificent) blog is Since then I've seen tons of variations, but it's basically a bucket list with a very definet time line.

    So I decided to create my own! It's still a work in progress, I'm adding to the list and I've yet to accomplish anything but here is the beginning of it.

    1. Donate blood.
    2. Have a full time job.
    3. Move out.
    4. Know Spanish.
    5. Save up enough money for my first year of grad school.
    6. Go on 1 vacation.
    7. Have a plan for the future.
    8. Put my art in public view (gallery, published, etc...)
    9. Learn to cook.
    10. Get to an advanced sewing level.
    11. Be independent.
    12. Attend a pro football game.
    13. Be happy.
    14. Try yoga.

    Christmas Break

    My Christmas break officially begins tomorrow! And already the first week of my break is completely busy, ugh. And it's not filled with joyous outings either. Tomorrow I'm celebrating Christmas with my parents and aunt. Tuesday I'm running a ton of personal errands, although it gives me some greatly needed alone time. Christmas eve is spent eating out with my parents and unwrapping presents. Christmas, well that is my version of hell but I'll spare the details.

    To fill the time between activities there will be the normal working out and watching insane amounts of football and ESPN, but I want to accomplish a few things this holiday! Be productive!

    So here are a few things I (hope) to get done:
    • Sew another skirt
    • See "Young Adult"
    • Go out and enjoy one night by myself
    • See my college room mate
    • Paint my mom's vase
    • Apply to more jobs
    • Read
    • Paint
    How will you spend your holiday this year?