My Unrealistic Goals For 2019

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MY UNREALISTIC GOALS FOR 2019

Recently I was inspired by the lovely Jordan, from Hello Miss Jordan to write out a list of unrealistic goals for 2019 (she recently did a follow up to her post highlighting the status of the goals and its truly inspiring!) 

These are crazy, aspirational goals that I'm not 100% sure I will actually achieve next year but the possibility is truly exciting. After all, you have to put out the positive vibes in order to get positive outcomes right?

So here are my 5 'Unrealistic' Goals for 2019:

1. Reach these follower milestones: 20K Twitter, 10K Instagram, 10K Twitch, 100 Patrons

I know this seems a bit ridiculous, especially considering folks always talking about how its not about the numbers, but there is a small sense of pride in knowing that people are interested in what you are saying. So here are numbers that I consider unattainable for me right now (and this is coming from someone who has to understand algorithms and data on a daily basis for work lol). 

2. Collaborate with Disney / Pixar / Studio Ghibli

If this actually happened I might cry. I know that all three are connected (Disney owns Pixar and they release distribute Studio Ghibli films) but they are three that I look up to for the stories, creativity, and inspiration they provide me, and others, every day.

3. Be invited to a Disney film premiere.

I would legitimately freak out about this. There are so many movies releasing next year for Disney that being part of that magic would be surreal.

4. Travel to 12 different places.

Outside of traveling for work related purposes I rarely, if ever, travel for my own personal pleasure. I'd like to change that.

5. Go to one international Disney Park.

This needs no explanation lol.

What are some of your unrealistic goals for the 2019?

♡ Mana

My Year In Review - 2018

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Another year has gone by and boy does it feel like it went in a flash. Though, to be fair, my life has been a whirl wind this year and it doesn’t slow down even for the holidays.

Since it HAS been a crazy ride of a year I wanted to take the time to look back at what I’ve accomplished this year both personally and professionally. So let’s get this list started!

  • Launched the Community Created Stuff Pack (Laundry Day Stuff)

  • Launched the Jungle Adventure Game Pack

  • Left EA / Maxis / The Sims to move cross country

  • Became the Social Lead for the brand I work on

  • Adopted a beautiful red-nosed Pit Bull named Latte (we never changed her name as it fit her so well.)

  • Attended E3 and PAX West for work

  • Was on a friends podcasting talking about Community Management.

  • Cooked our first ever Thanksgiving dinner (Turkey included!)

I feel really proud of everything that I’ve accomplished this year. While I didn’t tackle the art and creative pursuits that I wanted this year I did see a lot of really great growth in my career (including the shift from community management to social media management.) I look forward to seeing my career continue to grow in the New Year alongside my creative pursuits (art, streaming, cross stitching, etc).

What have you done this year that you’re super proud of?

♡ Mana

Disneyland Trip - September 2017

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Disneyland is my happy place and as a kid at heart it is the one place I will always choose if asked where I want to go for vacation. There is just something about Disney that just makes you not want to care about what is going on in the outside world once you step on Disney property. 

This trip was much needed as I had been having trouble disconnecting my brain from work to the point where it has been unhealthy on a mental/physical/emotional level. This was the first time we've gone while they have been in the midst of finalizing set up for Fall / Halloween in the parks. It was really interesting seeing the park change little by little every day, though we missed the actual celebrations by two days. 

We are definitely contemplating a return visit in October to see everything all Halloween-ed out but until then I'll remember my fun-filled days of just hanging out at the park, enjoying delicious food, and shopping for sweet merch. Below are photos I took featuring merch and food I enjoyed while there. I'll be posting another blog going over my Disneybounds for the time that I was there so keep an eye out! 

First up is our evening at Cafe Orleans. This was the first time we've ever eaten there and we decided to do it due to the Fantasmic dining package (it has fantastic preferred dining viewing of the show.) 

No trip is complete without a stop at the Cove Bar. Since the renovation and extension, the wait time for the line has reduced significantly. We waited a short 30 mins before we were seaterd and had some delicious drinks and food (the latter of which I was so hungry I didn't photograph). We also made a stop at Trader Sam's, it was under renovation so the full menu of drinks wasn't available but we still got some good drinks and eats!

Next up was dining at Carthay Circle (always a must for preferred dining viewing of World of Color).

Our dining adventures ended as they always do, with a trip to Napa Rose. It's become a tradition for us to have dinner at Napa Rose to complete our magical Disney vacation. We always do the four course as its super filling. 

As always it was a magical trip to Disneyland with lots of good food, drinks, and great friends. What are some of your favorite Disney park memories? 

♡ Mana

Oh gawrsh it's been a while

Hey blog, how have you been? I have been a bit busy...or rather that is the excuse I would normally give. The truth is that I had let some folks bully me into hiding and being scared to share my thoughts on this space or to be creative in general. After taking a short break to go to my happy place (Disneyland) and a short staycation I took time to think and realized that it's time for me to get back into doing the things that I love. 

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Since my last blog (which was back in April) I have gone to Playlist Live in Orlando, EA Play in LA, VidCon in Anaheim, and hosted a two-day event at work. I have also gone to Disneyland twice in the span of  4 months and made a short trip to Disney World for a day while I was in Orlando. I'll be doing a separate blog about those trips over the next week or so. 

I have also completed a few more outlines from my Pokemon cross stitch project though I, admittedly, need to pick up the pace as I am lagging behind significantly. I am hoping to finish the outlines of the first 151 (plus Alola varients) before the end of the year so I can go all in on the colors in the new year. 

Another thing that happened: I reached "Affiliate" status on Twitch. I haven't streamed since I got affiliate because I have no idea what I want my emotes to be and so now my brain is thinking about the "long game" when it comes to this stuff. I don't plan on changing emotes completely as I'd rather just update the look of an emote than remove one outright. I've just never given it much thought as to what I would theme my channel around...probably Disney and Karaoke >.> WHO KNOWS. 

Looking forward to getting back into blogging, streaming, making more YT videos, and just overall being creative!

♡ Mana

Catching Up On Cross Stitching!

I have been very busy with work and going on vacation but that hasn't stopped me from really going all in to my Stitch the Pokedex challenge with full force. For those of you that may not know what I am referring to please see this post

Below are a gallery of images of the Pokemon I have completed thus far:

From left to right:

  • #001 - #003

    • Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, and Mega-Venusaur (not listed in Pokedex)

  • #004 - #006

    • Carmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Mega-Charizard X and Mega-Charizard Y (not listed in Pokedex)

  • #007 - #009

    • Squirttle, Wartortle, Blastoise, and Mega-Blastoise (not listed in Pokedex)

  • #010 - #012

    • Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree

I've been enjoying streaming my challenge but I've found that I like to complete the outlines prior to actually streaming them so it's better visually for viewers. So below are the outlines of the ones I've completed. You will see double for some as I'm adding in their Alola versions so that I am going in the order of the Pokedex. 

I have definitely found that stitching the outlines first is going to help me get through these faster than going one by one. It also motivates me to create content based on these pieces --whether that is live streaming or creating youtube videos. 

Once I finish up the other full sheet I will then start streaming this batch in between working on more outlines. I'm super excited to work on these. Keep an eye out on my Twitter for stream announcements, follow my Twitch Channel to know when I go live, or keep up to date with pictures of my work on my Instagram!

Also as a little extra here is a picture of a Top Llama charm that I created for a very good friend of mine. Fun Fact: This little guy has officially gone on his first trip to Europe!

♡ Mana