Disneyland Trip - September 2017

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. 

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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? 

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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!

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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!

My Spring Vacation Haul!

The boo and I went on vacation down to LA to visit Universal with some friends (my first time to the one in Hollywood and his last visit was when he was 9 years old!) and then we travelled over to Anaheim to spend the remaining days in the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. 

I, of course, spent way too much money on some goodies but this time around I tried to be practical with my spending and taking the time to walk around and think about the things I was buying before going up to the register. Let's go over what I purchased (without adding in the cost because it would just make me cry.)

UNIVERSAL: 

From left to right:

  • Eeveelution Purse (Purchased at Citywalk)
  • Set of 4 Pokemon Pins
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Keychain
  • Death Eater Patch
  • 2 Pack of Deathly Hallows mini notebooks
  • Minions Week View Calendar
  • Luna Lovegood Interactive Wand (her second wand)
  • Gryffindor Notebook with metal crest
  • Gryffindor Bookmark
  • Gryffindor Red Leather Notebook
  • Hogwarts Houses Mini Pins
  • Minions Mousepad To-do List
  • Minions To-do List Notebook

DISNEY PARKS:

From left to right:

  • Aladdin VHS Notebook
  • Hidden Mickeys Location Book
  • Mickey Mouse Rainbow and Black mini backpack with fuzzy Mickey zipper charm
  • Mickey Icecream Pin
  • Mickey Oh Boy Pin
  • Disney Parks Trashcan Highlighter Set
  • New Mickey Mouse Cartoon Pen set
  • Metal 3-D Puzzle
    • Haunted Mansion (Gift for a friend)
    • Cinderella Castle
    • Sleeping Beauty Castle
    • Disney Parks Monorail
    • Space Mountain
    • Mickey's Fun Wheel

There were a few items that weren't pictured that I purchased, will mix both parks for this one since it's not a lot. 

  • Gryffindor Zip Up Hoodie
  • Gray Disneyland Hoodie
  • Black Disneyland Varsity Sweater
  • Lion King VHS Notebook
  • Several new postcard art prints (will show my collection in a future post)

Overall my trip down to SoCal was a huge success and I had a lot of fun meeting new friends, seeing old ones, and just being surrounded by my happy place. Remember to always believe in magic and take the time to have fun!

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.

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