Monday, February 11, 2019

5 happy things

Life's been a roller coaster lately, so here is a list of 5 things that have made me happy recently!

1. The gym
I know, weird right? I've realized that I actually enjoy the gym. Of course there are times when I don't feel like going, but if I'm there doing things I like, I leave feeling amazing.

2. Substitute teaching
I have like 4 jobs right now, and subbing is one of them. It's been so fun! Last week I was in a high school art class and it was my perfect day because I love working with teenagers and being around art.

3. Oatmeal
I've been so obsessed with oatmeal lately LOL every morning I eat oats cooked with cinnamon and flax seed, and then topped with granola, a banana, almond butter, and more cinnamon. SO GOOD.

4. Slime
Another random one... but I babysit 2 girls every Monday and the younger one loves slime. She's been bugging me to get supplies to make slime for so long, so last week I surprised her with everything and she was stoked! We made slime together and it's been oddly relaxing to play with.

5. Call Me By Your Name
The movie! Sadly I haven't read the book. The movie makes me so happy though - Timothee Chalamet, Italy, art. Love.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Beautiful Boy (2018)

Happy 2019! Wow, insane. I'm happy to start a new year. I'm so curious to see where I will go and what I will do in 2019... because I genuinely have no idea.

Ok, so. I want to talk about the movie Beautiful Boy. I wanted to see it as soon as the trailer came out so I searched and searched and could only find small independent theaters that were showing it. FINALLY a small art house in my town was showing it and I bought tickets with no hesitation. It was actually super cool to go to an art house rather than a big theater. There were only about 4 or 5 of us in there, so it was really cozy and nice.

Anyway: Beautiful Boy. What an amazing movie. I won't tell you much about it, other than it's essentially a film about drug addiction and how it effects the person dealing with it as well as everyone around him. I posted the trailer below. It stars Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell who both did a stunning job.  It's based on the books Tweak by Nic Sheff and Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.

As you know, I did an internship with teenagers that were struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and it really changed my life. I learned that that is the population I want to work with and while I watched this movie, all I could think about was how excited I am to work with this population.

I really can't put into words how much I enjoyed this movie and how much I want to watch it again. They did a great job portraying drug addiction and I hope more people see Beautiful Boy to educate themselves. Too often, people see addiction as a senseless act by people who don't care about themselves or anyone else and that's not how it is - this film shows that.

Actually - it's being release on Amazon Prime TOMORROW! Go grab your tea, cookies, and tissues and watch it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New pieces

I've added some things to my Etsy shop, Art Speaks! I'm really into making these yarn wall hangings and I can customize it to the size and colors you would like as well. Reach out to me with any questions and please share this with your friends! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Where's the day go?

I haven't really sat down to blog in a while... or journal or make art for fun or do a lot of things that make me feel good and are productive. You all feel like there aren't enough hours in the day either, right? I know some people that can read a whole book in a day, be caught up in all the latest shows, have a full time job, and go out with friends - and I'm like how?!

Anyway, I wanted to say that. Here are some things I've come across on Tumblr that I've really liked that have nothing to do with that thought I just shared:

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Read this!

A friend recently tagged me on a photo that had this caption because she knows I forget these words a lot, so I thought I'd pass it along to you as well:

"Here’s why I tell you: Even if you’re not married, you may be feeling like your life needs to operate according to a certain expected timeline. Maybe Great Aunt Beatrice asks you E V E R Y Thanksgiving if you’ve met a nice guy yet. Or maybe your step dad is always asking when you’re going to give up the dream and get a real job. Or maybe it’s something else. ⁣⁣⁣

Can I just remind you there are treasures in this season — even if your season totally doesn’t measure up to yours or society’s timeline? I want you to get this through your noggin (even if Great Aunt Bea hasn’t quite embraced it): this season is enough for you. ⁣⁣⁣

The sun comes up every day to shine on your pretty little face and light up your life and there’s purpose and beauty and joy NOW. The past is over and the future isn’t guaranteed. What if you just decided right now, today, that today is enough—and that even if it’s totally imperfect it’s still really stinking beautiful and designed intentionally and specially for YOU right here, now. ⁣⁣⁣

Don’t miss this sister. Live for today. It’s all we’ve got."

Thursday, October 25, 2018


First of all, sorry I do these so often - I feel like they're the easiest way to update you on my life! I'll keep the answers for each of these short this time though.

Loving: FALL! You already know that. I just got a part time job at TJ Maxx to help me save more and if they schedule me to work Halloween night I will throw a tantrum.

Watching: The Great British Baking Show on Netflix - I binged the last 3 seasons in like 1 week HAH. It's given me some great ideas for baking though. Also did you guys watch Shane Dawson's series The Mind of Jake Paul? I'm without words, it was SO good. Do you know what? I've always been a Jake Pauler and I was always a little embarrassed by it, but you go watch the series and tell me you're not a Jake Pauler!

Reading: I'm re-reading The Art of Happiness by Dr. Howard Cutler and The Dalai Lama - It's a book that got me through my sophomore year of college and it just reminds me what to focus on in life.

Sunflower - Allie X (synth reprise from Sierra Burgess is a Loser)
...and, honestly, a lot more songs.

Looking forward to: Right now my plan is to leave to teach English abroad next Summer. I have to wait because my best friend asked me to be her maid of honor and her wedding is next Summer haha! I'm a little stressed about saving enough money but I'm really excited. I've been thinking about the feeling I had before I interned abroad junior year and I'm getting that same feeling now. It's nice to have something to look forward to again, rather than just working a 9-5 while I'm so young.

Thinking about: Going along with that ^ I'm just kind of in a rut right now. I find myself with a lack of motivation and I feel like it's because all I'm doing right now is working part time. I miss the days in college when I was crazy busy and had the longest days. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy down time, but I really love constantly having things to do and I don't have that now and haven't had that for months. I kind of feel like I've wasted my time and I feel like living at home is part of the problem... but I'm trying to save money so this is the best option. Going from living in Boston to living in the middle of nowhere has been a struggle and I'm oddly missing college.

What's currently going on with you?

Post idea came from Sometimes Sweet and the photo is from my Tumblr.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


Wow, I just love Fall. I love everything about it. The leaves, the temperature, the activities, the movies, the baking, the colors. I could go on and on.

What's your favorite season?