Blog| 28 Before 28

Hi!

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I’m 27 now!

Nothing has changed besides the fact that I have survived 27 years of life, but isn’t that a celebration on it’s own?

This time around, I’m forgoing the 28 Before 28 rule, mostly because I set so many goals for 2018 and my birthday is so close to the new years. Instead, because I set 20 goals for the new year, I’m going to set just 8 to get done before I turn 28.

20+8= 28. See what I did there?

I like working towards goals and I think it helps keep me focused on the things I want to accomplish.


So what are my birthday goals this time around?

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  • Take a Class
  • Once a month, unplug for a weekend
  • Get a passport

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  • Learn to compost
  • Learn Tarot
  • Pay off a credit card

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  • Learn Spanish
  • Call or Skype family often

 

This year is for refocusing and working on myself. No events to distract, just working on the big goal of moving and bettering myself. I think every now and then it’s good to take a step back from hustling constantly to make sure your foundation is good. I take on a lot and if I crumble, everything else goes down too.

My next post will be all about our birthday trip to Santa Fe and how it’s motivated me to plan some long-LONG term goals.

Thanks for sticking around on this craziness.

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-Sam <3

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Blog| 27 Before 27 Recap

And so we’ve come to the end of being 26!

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It was a whirlwind of learning experiences, trying new things, and learning a bit about myself. There is always room for improvement and I think overall, I’m becoming a better person. I never would have thought that as I turn 27, I’d have a business, be in galleries regularly, be involved in events and running them, and I would know so many people.

It’s been an absolutely crazy ride. I didn’t get to do all the things, but I did a lot of them!

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  1. Save at least 4k for moving
  2. Connect with friends more outside of events 
  3. Finish the #52Selfies Project
  4. Minimize my possessions
  5. Do one big women’s event in town
  6. Visit family more often
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  8. Go to another concert
  9. Get another tattoo and get my nose pierced
  10. Have a solo gallery
  11. Paint a large painting
  12. Be less wasteful
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  14. Look into breast reduction
  15. Do things that make me happy, not for money
  16. Be less harsh with my body image
  17. Learn to say no and do not stress yourself
  18. Be free to feel confident in how you look, what you love, and to not be serious all the time
  19. Take care of my body and health better
  20. Take a class
  21. Show more gratitude
  22. Try a spa
  23. Stop biting my nails22195453_10209780669383485_6721010785168625956_n
  24. Go roller skating again
  25. Start meditating
  26. Finish a short story and submit for publishing
  27. Learn to go running

I have been hanging out with friends more and more outside of events I’m in charge of, I’ve gone to see my mom and sister more, and am trying to make a more conscious effort to go and hang out with my dad. I think with things slowing down this year and with a new niece on the way, I can keep this going.

Self-care has been big for me. I’m my own worst critic and have had a body image problem my whole life. I’ve learned to let things go a bit, wear things I love, and take care of myself. I fell off the bandwagon a bit with eating healthy but I’m good to get back on it. And I take naps now! Yay!

I barely got getting a tattoo done at the last minute! We went and got small tattoos last Friday, after our last gallery! No piercing though so it’s only have crossed off.

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This is the year we not only adopted Leon, but fostered Mae Mae and 5 kittens. I’m very lucky to say we’ve gotten two of the kittens into new homes and Mae Mae as well who is being very loved right now. Rescuing has been such a reward and I’m so glad these babies are in good homes.

Of course, not everything got crossed off. I didn’t get to take a class, go to a concert, or get 4k saved up. I’m barely getting back into writing and yeah, running is a no go for me though I did use the treadmill a few times!

Overall, I did 16.5/27!

I’m proud of myself for doing so much. Sometimes, I need to just cut myself some slack and try something different. Slowly I’m getting the hang of this adult thing it’s not as scary as I thought.

Here’s to 27!

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Happy Birthday to me :)

-Sam <3

Blog| Control Freak

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I don’t lie about how I am. Control freak is a mild way to put it. When it comes to things I create or organize or have done before, there’s a certain way I like to do things. This is especially true if I’ve done things for years.

I’ve got my convention prep and booth down to a science, I could do Ladies Night in my sleep, art drops and galleries are second nature. I’m use to running things myself and would always rather do things than have someone else do it. Hell, I even tend to plan my own birthday parties and try to bake my own cake even when Rony and my friends yell at me not to.

This isn’t a great thing and tends to lead to me having way too much on my plate. I stress. Easily. Instead of trusting other people, I feel I have to be there to make things go without a hitch or I won’t be happy with it.

This particular trait is making it extremely hard to let go.

Our Spring Ladies Night this year will be my last one and I am not running it, I am being Featured Artist. My lovely friend Julie Raven will be taking it over and she is lovely and wonderful and can handle it, but I’m trying desperately to resist making checklists and prepping and doing the usual Ladies Night work. I am a guest. I am not running it. Repeat that.

Friday was our last gallery at Star Comics Downtown because Star Comics is moving. Our lovely store is combining both locations and moving to a big and brand new location further down the street after 40 Years of being there. Tomorrow is their last day at their old store and there’s a lot of feelings. I am sad and happy and not sure how to deal with this change.

Change freaks me out sometimes, especially when I don’t know every detail. Moving across the country is going to give me an aneurysm.

Letting go of the gallery, LAC, Ladies Night, doing one last convention next month, Star. It’s a lot for me. Even though I’ve been preparing myself, it’s difficult. I’ve grown so many things and learned so much and to pass that off to other people is scary. What if things crash and burn, what if they change things and the response isn’t good, what if it becomes better than when I had it?

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Who am I without these things?

For the past few years, I’ve been Sam, the artist and person in charge of  ___, ___, and ___, blah blah.

Now it’s just me.

This year is all about change. I looked at my calendar and realized besides Lubbock-con and Ladies Night, I don’t have any events to do or run. No real deadlines, no planning, no galleries, no need to run around and try to get things done. It’s weird after the chaotic rush of the Holiday season and three years of events back to back. The only things on my plate are saving money, taking care of the animals, and my online store.

Things will be fine. Or they won’t. But I can’t control that and I need to let go. Let the admins take control of the LAC. Let Julie run Ladies Night. Let the Officers make the decisions about GGB. It’s not easy and it hurts and gives me anxiety, but I’ve done what I can. I started things. I kept them alive. It’s other people’s turn now. They’ll be fine without me and I’ll have to learn to be fine on my own, without the titles.

Change sucks but staying stagnant and complacent is death.

To move on to better things, you have to let go.

How are you with change? Are you a control freak too? Any tips?

We’re leaving for a birthday trip to Santa Fe Friday so expect my 27 Before 27 recap soon!

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-Sam <3

Blog| January Goals

I’m gonna go ahead and say that December was a lot crazier than expected. Between our trip to Tennessee and Alabama, Holiday break, and trying to get everything done as well as Christmas stuff, I didn’t get as much done as I could have.

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December

Personal:

  • Finish deep cleaning the house- I did! But then it got messy again
  • Rearrange the storage unit- We did do that! It’s so nice and organized now
  • No fast food this month- I caved and got Mexican food :/
  • Budget! Save at least $100- noooooooooope
  • Have people come and socialize kittens- I debated giving this to myself but it’s a no. Frankie got socialized but Black and White are still being little babies. We’re gonna have to work on it more.

Work:

  • Get the Pre-Orders shipped out-  Kinda. I have two I’m delivering in person.
  • Finish Christmas art Also a kinda. Some I just caved and bought presents for.
  • Work on one large painting- I did a semi-large fluid art for my mom but that’s it. No really large ones.
  • Start prepping for Lubbock-Con lol no
  • Mark down old inventory- not really

So a pathetic 3/10. Not great and it’s fully my fault for getting overwhelmed, not pacing myself, then just lazing on the couch and writing for 3 days. Holidays are always stressful for me and I should have been better prepared.

January is here though! I’m going to try and use the New Year motivation bug to get a bunch done and start the year on the right foot!


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Personal

  • Clean! Throw out and condense things!
  • Give up soda and drink more water
  • Play and socialize the kittens!
  • Seriously, no fast food.
  • Stay organized and myself some relax time, but not too much

Usually when I want to start new things, I want to start with a blank slate. That goes for our house. I frequently get overwhelmed by clutter and just want to throw everything away. So I’m going to go room to room and figure out what can be tossed, what’s broken, or what’s just not being used. We need to condense our belongings anyways for the move and I think now would be a good time to pack away what’s not neccessary.

I’m also going to challenge myself to cut down on my sugar and for one week, drink only water.

Then of course, there’s me time and working with the kittens so we can find them new homes.

Work

  • Get Inktober prints/sketchbook done
  • Go through inventory and restock
  • Paint once a week
  • Do a live stream or speed video
  • Restart #52Selfies

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#52selfies didn’t work out last year with the whole Leon going missing incident, but I want to try and get it done this year.

Pretty sure I say this every time but I think these are doable. I got a new planner I’m trying out to help keep me organized, I’m scheduling time to get things done, and I just need to push myself.

Our gallery for the month, our last one, is Friday and after that it’s just prep-work and celebrating birthdays! Not a bad start for a new year.

I’m linking up with Writes Like A Girl so be sure to check out her small goals and everyone else in the link up!

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What are some of your goals for the month?

-Sam <3

Blog| 2018 Goals

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2017 was a whirlwind of good and bad.

Good: 

  • adopted Leon
  • Fostered Mae Mae and her kittens
  • Got a new car
  • Started up the Lubbock Artist Collective
  • Went to Disneyland, Tennessee, and Alabama
  • I finished Inktober
  • We started making plans for our eventual move
  • Started the Blog!
  • Made new friends and tried new things

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Bad:

  • I got mugged
  • Leon went missing
  • Money problems
  • The ten thousand times the A/C went out or the house fell apart
  • Politics

Though the bad were big, I’m glad the good outweighed it. This year I want to keep focusing on that and not let negativity weigh me down. Time goes fast and I want to make the most of it.

My resolution for this year is simple. I’m putting myself first.

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2018 Goals

  1. Move!
  2. Learn healthy habits and lose a bit of weight
  3. Start letting go and delegating projects
  4. Try new things
  5. Learn to be more empathetic
  6. Paint often
  7. Write consistently
  8. Help rescue animals if possible
  9. Keep some plants alive
  10. Blog Consistently
  11. Get rid of clothes, toys, anything I don’t need
  12. Cook more
  13. Take and print more pictures
  14. Play more
  15. Save as much money as I can
  16. Read 24 books
  17. Take care of my skin
  18. Give up poultry
  19. Be more organized
  20. Don’t let the deadlines stress me out

2017 gave me an idea of what I wanted to do and become. I do need to spend more time focusing on myself. I’ve created some wonderful things in Lubbock and met some amazing people that are going to help keep it going after I’m gone. Now it’s time to work on me and push towards bigger things.

Moving is the main focus of 2018. I don’t know when or how, but we’re going to make it happen sometime this year. If I accomplish just this one goal, I’ll be happy.

So goodbye 2017, you weren’t great but you taught me a lot.

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I’ll be posting my January Goals tomorrow and soon I’ll be wrapping up my 27 Before 27!

What are your goals for this year or do you have a New Year’s Resolution?

-Sam <3

Blog| Alabama Travels

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We’re back with Part 2 of our December travels! Sunday we left our neat little Tennessee Airbnb and drove 2 hours south to visit Rony’s best friend in Huntsville, Alabama!

I’ve actually never met Jesse or his fiance Kara so it was cool to finally meet someone you’ve only been online friends with. Sunday we got there, had lunch, and got to see a bit of the base that Jesse works at in town. He showed up the cool “Doomsday” bunkers that people have in the woods and then we drove around and did some Pokemon Go hunting.

Afterwards we got to the house and had a fondue dinner and played some video games. I was exhausted and passed out early, leaving the boys to play for the rest of the night.

The next day Jesse took us around Downtown and we got to explore the shops and area.

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At the park they had a Christmas tree display kinda how we do a Pumpkin trail in Lubbock. Each company or group puts together their own tree in different styles and decorations and there were soooo many! The weather was nice so I didn’t mind walking around, looking at each one, and the park was gorgeous.

Most of the time was spent Pokemon hunting honestly, since Rony was just happy to have someone still actively playing. We went to the local comic book shop and when Kara got out of work, the boys played the new Magic the Gathering set. Both us girls ended up passing out (I swear they were taking forever).

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When they were finally done and we woke up, we went out to dinner. Rony said he was going to cheat on his vegetarian diet just once so Jesse could show us a barbeque place they love. I got the BBQ wings and Rony got pulled pork poutine at a local brewery. It’s built in an old middle school so the restaraunt is in the area that use to be a gym and you can go futher back to areas you can reserve for parties, a pinball arcade, and a pool hall. We spent a couple hours playing pool and pinball, alternating who gets to pick the music. Rony and I lost pool every time (I’m awful at it), but it was fun to try!

Afterwards we went home and watched a few different episodes of different shows to share with each other and chatted. We were going to have to go to bed early since we wanted to do a bit more exploring before heading back to Nashville to catch our flight.

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The next morning we went to a cool coffee shop called The Underground, which is located in an old mill. It’s shared with a few other businesses and a giant artist market that we got to look around.

The coffee and hot chocolate was amazing and I loved the decor of the shop. The workers were very nice as well.

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I fell in love with the Artist market. It’s 2 floors of small offices/areas that artists and businesses rent out and on the weekends the place is filled with people roaming all over the place. They’ll place items outside the shop for people to peruse and each area has a window to display or so people can look inside. A lot of the artists you could see them working or have works in progresses up.

This set up is what I want to make happen in Washington when we move. I’ve talked to Rony about wanting to buy a building or office or apartment building and renting it out to other artists for studio space and then having a gallery or shop for people to come in. This is an example of it and it works so beautifully. The halls and walls are covered in art. The main areas outside the shops are galleries and there are probably over 50 artists in the building. I saw comic book artists, photographers, sculpters, painters, screen print shops, art supply stores. Everything.

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The area was absolutely amazing and I wish I got to see it in full swing. I was so in love and inspired and I hope to one day make something like it. We went through the print shop and found a few things we loved. There were a ton of neat local artist designs but we couldn’t take them all. Rony found a cool pumpkin man design so we got it on a tote bag and visited the rest of the shops in the mill.

Piper & Leaf is a tea shop on the 1st floor and it has the most incredible tea. Kara showed us a blue tea they have and it was delicious. I loved their design and interior and they were super nice. We even got a drink to go and bought some tea for at home.

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We got 6 truffles and picked 2 each. It was very hard to choose and I tried not to just go with the prettiest ones. They were delicious as well which is a bonus. They also had cake but I don’t think I could have brought myself to eat a whole one before we got on the plane.

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I’ll keep repeating myself but Lowe Mill was the best and I could have spent hours there, seeing all the shops and watching the artists work. They do classes and have music there as well so if you’re ever in Huntsville, Alabama then definitely go check it out. You can spend all day there.

We had a wonderful time hanging out with Jesse and Kara and Alabama was such a cool place to check out. A lot of breweries, food, and art. And a lot of Pokemon haha.

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We’ll hopefully get to visit another time before we move and see everyone again. I came back refreshed and motivated and it was a fun way to start our December. I had never been to Tennessee or Alabama and it was great to cross them off our lists. Maybe one day we’ll be able to say we’ve visited every state!

Thanks to everyone for hosting us and spending time with us! It was such a great time! We’re back home, prepping for the Holidays, and snuggling with the pups. The year is wrapping up and though there were a lot of bads in 2017, there were far more good.

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-Sam <3

Blog| Tennessee Weddings

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Last Thursday we took off to Tennessee to attend our friends wedding!

First, we decided that since the flight was at 5:45am we would just stay up all night and get stuff done so we won’t have to worry about getting up early. Yeah, it wasn’t a great plan. I got a couple of hours of sleep via a nap and then spent the rent of the night running around, cleaning, packing, prepping the dogs for us being out, and packaging some last minute orders.

Rony got some last minute work in and we got an Lyft to take us to the airport. We were behind. More behind than we should have been and on the highway to the airport, I got the notification that they were boarding already.

We literally got on the plane as the gate was closing. It’s a first for me and I was not thrilled since being late gives me anxiety.

I passed out on the plane and then we were stuck with a 4 hour layover in Dallas before flying to Nashville. We took turns sleeping on the airport floor and got breakfast and coffee to sustain us.

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The flight was only an hour long and the process of  getting our bags and then getting the rental car was relatively easy. We stopped downtown to eat since we were starving and went to Puckett’s based on the rental car guy’s recommendation. It was pretty amazing and I may have over eaten.

Thursday was mostly just getting to Murfreesboro, checking into our Airbnb, buying a last minute wedding dress (both of my dresses did not make it in time so bleh had to buy a new one), and then going to the rehearsal dinner. We got to our room at 9pm and passed out after 36 hours of being awake.

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The next day we met our friends in Lynchburg for the Jack Daniel Distillery tour. I’m not big on alcohol. I mostly drink mixed drink and vodka is my choice. But I love seeing how things are made and so I was pretty down or that.

We saw how the charcoal is made, the barrels, the process the whiskey goes through, and all the buildings and history behind it all. Fun fact: all the trees and buildings are black because of a fungus that grows thanks to the distillery. It’s all very goth and we did steal a few twigs to add to our apothecary bottles back home.

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After seeing it all bottled and the different kinds, we did a tasting. I was going to skip this part but Rony of course got the front row and so I felt like I had to. Overall it was one shot, split up into 5 different types. We had to hold it in our mouths and were told you aren’t suppose to taking it like a shot. Poor me was not down for this but I did all 5!

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After the tour, we went to a local restaurant experience at Miss Mary Bobo’s house. It’s a super unique experience. They do 2-3 reservations a day and you have to do the reservations months ahead. At a specific time, they call you into a room and there’s a giant round table with a lazy susan. For the month of December, they do Christmas dinner so it was mac and cheese, ham, chicken and stuffing, sweet yams, green beans, rolls, and a few other things. The hostess will turn the lazy susan and you help yourself to whatever you want and she talks to the group.

It was like a fun little dinner party and we got to learn the history of the place (it’s like 200 years old), the history of the owner, and about our hostess. She was a joy to have and told us about all the places she had been and we talked about the wedding and what we all did. The wedding venue had canceled the reservation the day before the wedding because they failed the fire marshal test and so now our friends were trying to find a new place. By the time dinner was over, the whole place knew about what had happened.

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Overall it was pretty amazing and Rony was in love with the place. We had chess pie and coffee before leaving back to Nashville. We went to the mall to kill time for a bit and then hung out with our friends downtown and got a few drinks. Nashville downtown is pretty much like Las Vegas and Austin’s 6th Street mixed together. We ate some pizza and roamed around before calling it a night. At 9pm our friends found a new venue and everyone stopped panicking (as much).

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Wedding day we went and got lunch with the groom. Rony is a groomsman so we figured out the plan, went back to our place, got dressed, and managed to get to the venue in time for them to take pictures. Me and a few of the other of the groomsmans’ girlfriends hung out in the venue and chatted for a while.

The place was amazing. They were actually booked up until 2019 but the company party they were suppose to be hosting got canceled so they had room. It had already been fully decorated and set up and they went completely out of their way to help out. It was absolutely perfect and the owners and staff were so nice.

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The wedding was great and Rony did a good job :) Afterwards we took pictures at the photobooth and got appetizers and hung out with our other friends that had come in from out of town. There was a Polaroid guestbook and props and we all took pictures before getting food.

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There was even a surprise appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus (who actually happened to be the owners so that was pretty neat)

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We danced and drank and had an amazing time. The bride and groom were gorgeous and I’m so glad everything worked out. I think we may have danced for like 3 hours before sending them off with sparklers and a Christmas sled. We said our goodbyes and made the trek back to the Airbnb to pass out.

The next day we wanted to take off early to make the drive to Alabama to visit Rony’s best friend for the rest of the trip.

Tennessee wasn’t that bad and we had a good time. 10/10 would do again.

Next post, I’ll cover what we did in Alabama <3

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-Sam <3