I created a notebook.

I’ve been dealing with health issues for a while now. A lot of my goals have had to temporarily be put on hold

I wanted a project I could work on at my own pace, but something I was genuinely excited about. One day while looking through my old notebooks, I came across this doodle. There was something about it that I liked, so I drew it up on my iPad and started to play around with it. Then, I imagined how it would look on a notebook. A notebook that would inspire me to write and not hold back.

I wrote a poem describing how I hope others would also view this notebook as a symbol for inspiration and hope. Several months of proofs and strained eyes later, my notebook is available on Amazon here. It costs $11.99. (free shipping with Prime)

For me, this notebook isn’t just a notebook. It is proof to my anxious brain that even when I am reeling in my negative thoughts, I have the ability to push through them and prove them wrong. This notebook is a step in the right direction and I am proud to share it with you. It’s important to celebrate the wins, no matter how small they might seem/feel. 

I hope you check it out, share it with your creative friends. Maybe it will inspire them to write that book they always talked about but never found the time to write. Inside, the notebook is lined and even has a table of contents for you to fill out, which allows you to easily find past writings and their page numbers. 

To more dreams coming true and hurdles being destroyed,

Arianna (insert hug emoji here)

Seascape Magazine ’22

Last year a poem of mine got selected to be in my school’s literary magazine, Seascape. I am happy to announce that this year two of my poems were selected!

I always have hundreds of poems waiting in the notes app on my phone, so it is truly a change of scenery to have a few of them published in a physical magazine that I can hold in my hands.

Also, as a bonus, I did not even need to go through the long, hard hours I put in when I self-published book, even though it was well worth it in the end. This is a win-win-win.

Although this post is a few months late because the magazine came out what feels like a while ago, I was not feeling well due my Long Covid symptoms and am just getting around to posting about it now.

You can read the poems below:

Here is a link to last year’s post regarding my work in Seascape.

*Thank you Seascape editors and advisors for choosing two of my poems!*

What outdoor activity do you want to try but are too afraid?

A few months ago I contributed to an article that compiled different outdoor activities that people want to try but are afraid to pursue.

The first thing that popped into my mind was surfing. I have always wanted to try surfing but always discouraged myself from it either because of my fear of what is hiding underneath the muddy water, or the fear of getting injured due to my lack of athleticism, or just due to bad luck. Both of which I exhibit in excess.

Read the article here.

*Thanks Dinosaur River Expeditions for sharing my contribution in your article!*

How to Answer When Asked, “How Are You?”

I recently contributed to an article on UpJourney where I discussed how I respond to the commonly asked question, “How are you?” Do you answer honestly? Be concise but not honest? I found it interesting to write up my answer because it can vary depending on the situation and who I am speaking to.

My contribution to the article can be seen in the above photo but if you want to read more of the responses you can find the full article here.

Faces of TBI Podcast

Thank you to Amy Zellmer for having me as a guest on her Faces of TBI podcast. Her podcast raises awareness of brain injuries and how they are invisible injuries but very much real.

I discussed how I endured my concussion in high school, how I worked to overcome it, and how dealing with long COVID has brought back many of my symptoms.

It was so nice to talk to someone who understands what I went through and what I continue to deal with to this day.

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

My February Favorites

I thought it would be fun to write a blog post each month to include my favorites for that month. This will mostly include films, T.V. shows, and books, but also the occasional weird item, like a CD player or a new pillow.

1. Streetcar Named Desire

I was flipping through an old English textbook and came across this play by Tennessee Williams. I had almost purchased it last summer because I knew about the play for a while, but never actually read it. I was happy to find it in a textbook I already own because it meant I could read it for free.

2. Death of a Salesman

After reading Streetcar, I wanted to read another play because they fly by so quickly and are easy to get enveloped in. I felt a little differently when I finished this play, like I had bricks in my pockets. It was hard to digest and accept, but it made its point.

3. Hannah Montana

It’s on my T.V. every night. I would argue it’s one of my favorite comfort shows ever.

4. Righteous Gemstones

Everything is so ridiculous and absurd and outrageous that you don’t get a chance to truly digest it until the show is over, but that’s what makes it so special.

5. CD player

There is something so different about listening to music on a CD player, instead of a phone or a computer. It feels more personal. It makes music feel more important because you are limited to what is on a CD, and not what is on the entire internet.

I started a podcast!

For a while I have wanted to start a podcast, but I did not know where to start. I began doing research on how to physically make a podcast, where to upload it, and how to make the sound the best it can be. At first it all sounded so fun and interesting because I used to record “radio shows” with my brother when we were younger. But as I thought about it more, it became more daunting to think about listening to my voice over and over again. In the end, I decided to pursue it anyway, despite my fears!

While I have a lot to improve on, I am glad I got started somewhere! My goal is to upload a new episode every Tuesday, but that likely won’t happen until I get into the grove of things. If you want to check out the podcast, you can listen here on YouTube, or here on Spotify.

Feel free to tell me topics I should cover in future episodes, guests I should have on, and how I can improve! And if you’re feeling extra nice, it would help a lot if you rate the podcast on Spotify or like it on YouTube. 🙂

We Art Here Podcast

Last summer I had the chance to be interviewed on the We Art Here podcast hosted by Janeen Fagbemi. I met her through the online 2021 SXSW Film Festival and we connected through one of the Round Tables. On the podcast we discussed our experiences at the online festival, our favorite films that we watched, my self-published poetry book, the task of screenwriting, going on travels, and our goals for the future. It was nice to talk to someone who loves film as much as I do!

You can listen to the podcast here!