I'm Tired Of...

  • The excuses I've let myself get in the habit of using far too often.

  • Putting all of my heart and passion into something that I didn't create or that I don't own.

  • Wasting my days away with browsing on the internet instead of creating something.

  • Getting jealous of others success simply because I'm too afraid to give it a go on my own.

  • Not taking better care of myself.

  • Letting negativity cloud my thoughts.

This is just a sample of some of the things I'm tired of. This came about as I was thinking about the fact that I'll be 31 this year and I don't feel like I have a lot to show for it. I also have so many ideas of things I want to do and accomplish but I just constantly give excuses. I see friends and peers I look up to accomplishing so much with a full plate of their own and I hit a tipping point.

Do I want my personal legacy to be "She was full of ideas but never took the initiative to do anything with them" or do I want it to be "She lived her life to the fullest and pursued her passions."

Now pursuing passions doesn't mean that you're all in or nothing at all. I know several people who manage their day jobs while also managing their personal projects on the side. Would I like my passions to be my full time gig? Of course, who wouldn't? But right now I want them to be something where I can escape from the everyday things that I do, to give myself time to not wallow on things that I just cannot control, and instead focus on what I CAN control and pour my heart into that. 

I'm taking steps to do just that but I felt that I just needed to get that out of my system as a way to motivate myself to DO the things I keep saying I want to do but never actually pursue it. 

I'm going to quit living in the village of "What Ifs" and got out and explore the land of "Unlimited Possibilities." I hope that you do the same for yourself too.

♡ Mana

I Love Barbie

Why yes, that is a picture of good ol' Barbie. You see, Barbie is a kick ass gal with a pretty rad online presence. But Barbie is a doll! Barbie isn't real! That might be true but the Barbie brand are seriously killing it lately. You see when I was younger I didn't have Barbie movies, I had Disney (which I obviously love) and I had Harry Potter, but for the time that I worked at Blockbuster I fell head over heels in love with Barbie. And not really the dolls but the movies. 

Part of that love might have to do with the "girl power" message and also promoting love and respect to those around you. But there is just something about those movies that just speaks to me and now Barbie has upped her game but vlogging. Yep, thats right, Barbie has a vlog! I've been watching it for some time now as I find the level of detail and accuracy it has with regards to how you see some content creators making vlogs to be on point. Not only that but every episode Barbie has a new hair do, objects can be placed into or moved around in her room, and she even does makeup tutorials and challenges. In her videos, she will either talk about something she is going through or she will bring friends or siblings along for a fun challenge but no matter what the theme of the video is always the same: Be true to yourself. 

One particular video always gets to me, it's where she talks a bit about mental illness in a way that anyone of any age can understand. Check it out and let me know what you think and remember: Positive Attitude Changes Everything.

♡ Mana

Blogmas Day 9 - Celebrate Other Creators

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Oi, I 've failed a bit here on Blogmas >.< 

Work got a little hectic and I've come home tired quite a bit lately. I decided that for today's blog I would highlight some awesome creators who are participating in Vlogmas this year. Everyone time Vlogmas, VEDA, or Vlogtober come around I just have to watch my favourite (and some new) faces to see what they get up to.

I hope you enjoy and if so please subscribe to their channels for more awesome content. 

HEYCLAIRE

BETH BE RAD

ROSIANNA HALSE ROJAS

AUREYLIAN

HOLLY EXLEY

I hope that you enjoyed these creators as much as I do! See you tomorrow :) 

♡ Mana

Blogmas Day 3 - Learning to Budget

via You Need a Budget

via You Need a Budget

If you haven't heard about 'You Need a Budget" I suggest you read up on it with the link provided. The reason I bring it up is that for next year I am wanting to do better about saving money and not buying a lot of unnecessary things. The first step to that is actually budgeting out where my money is going. 

I started to use this program earlier this year but started lagging and then stopped doing it completely because I became lazy (its a terrible trait of mine with personal projects). I took a look at my spending this past month and decided it was time for me to really lock it down. I have a lot of plans to FINALLY open up a store to sell products featuring my artwork and in order for me to invest in myself, I need to actually have money to purchase the products to put in my store in the first place. 

via DisneyTangles

via DisneyTangles

I also have plans to visit Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, and Hong Kong Disneyland (are you really that surprised?) In order to afford any of those trips I need to actually have money to purchase plane tickets, afford hotel rooms, extra money for emergency's and for purchases. Luckily I don't have to worry about a passport because thanks to having to travel to Ireland and Germany earlier this year for work I was able to get a passport and not have to pay out of pocket for it! 

Ultimately I would just like to be able to have a nice cushion to fall back on in the event that something happens (which is why I also recently added Digit to my arsenal --and something I will chat about more in depth at a later date.) 

♡ Mana

Blogmas Day 2 - Have I lost interest in Video Games?

via Pokemon Company

via Pokemon Company

I've found that every now and again I go through these phases where I lose interest in a few activities that I used to find joy in. Sometimes that was art, other times crafts, and every now and again it was video games. It seems that my lack of interest in video games has crept up again. 

via Pokemon Company

via Pokemon Company

I shouldn't really say lack of interest; I love Stardew Valley and I am enamored with Pokemon Sun (my little baby Rowlet recently evolved) but save for those games, and the one I work on professionally, I've found that I have zero interest in anything else related to video games. Most of my time tends to be spent on reading, working on artwork or crafts, and even working on what I wanted to do with this site and all of my creative channels. 

But have I really lost interest in video games or have I just reached that point where I've felt my time was better spent in my other creative interests rather than getting lost in a video game. It's odd to even think about that because I've looked at what games I've played over the past year and it really has just been three games. I look at what creative stuff I've worked on and I've seen that I've accomplished a lot...so this could all just be that I've basically reached adulthood.

Man...it feels weird... 

♡ Mana