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,
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.
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.
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.
Recently I started a new internship at PR Stars with Heather Burgett. I am excited to be a part of the team, get to know everyone, and learn all I can along the way. I will be working mainly on Facebook Content Creation and Management. I am so excited to get started.
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. 🙂
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!