Top 10 Video Games from my Childhood

Does anyone know that when I was a kid I probably had an addiction to video games? I loved playing games on my N64 and GameCube growing up, and eventually the Wii. I was only 3 when I played on a computer for the first time, and I have memories of having my dad help me get through the scary parts in “Ocarina of Time”. A vivid memory I have is being terrified of the Game Over screen in “Mario 64”; it would scare me so bad that I would burst into tears and run out of the room.

Even watching this video gave me a lil bit of anxiety.

Despite my fears, I love games, so I compiled a list of my top 10 all time favorite video games! Feel free to click each game to either watch a Let’s Play, or listen to a song from the game! Also, please enjoy my little doodles of each game as well!

10: “Harvest Moon: Animal Parade” for the Wii

I love the older Harvest Moon games. My first one was “A Wonderful Life” for the GameCube. You get to play as a rancher, growing crops and raising livestock to make money. You can also get to know the townsfolk in your small rural town, and even marry an eligible bachelor/bachelorette too! In “Animal Parade”, you live on an island and try to help the dying town by ringing 5 bells to help restore nature. You get the help of the Harvest Goddess, a recurring character in Harvest Moon games that you can actually marry in this game! The game is very massive, with lots of characters to befriend/marry, and tons of ways to be a rancher. You can grow crops, raise animals, go fishing, go mining, the possibilities of being a successful rancher are endless! I can tell there’s a lot of love put into this game by the developers, and probably the last good Harvest Moon game, in my opinion. The games would later be called “Story of Seasons”, and a new game called “Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town” was recently released on the Switch.

There are some problems with the game, it slows down in more populated areas and it takes a while to build up your ranch, but I really love the day-by-day work in the game. In fact, I still have the exact same save file I made way back in 2013! Every once in a while, I check back in on my ranch. I married the super extreme lumberjack, Luke, and I have a very successful ranch. I can easily spend all day playing the game, so it goes on my list!

9: “Fable” for the Xbox

I am very picky about RPG games. I was trying to decide if I liked “Fable” or “Skyrim” better, but I have more childhood memories of playing the “Fable” games. I remember watching my dad play this game back in the day. We had the original clunky Xbox, and I started playing this game when I was a little older. I remember it being hard, probably cause I was a kid, but I love the idea of your character and the people he interacts with growing older throughout the story.

If you don’t know about “Fable”, the setting has a medieval European aesthetic, and you play as a little kid who goes through a tragic event. He grows as you play the game, and you can either play as a morally good person, or be super evil. The combat, from what I remember, is really fun! You can use swords, bow & arrow, or magic, also known as “will”.

Thinking back on this game makes me want to play it again! I also played the 2nd and 3rd games, which came out on the Xbox 360. The 2nd was not my favorite, but I remember highly enjoying the 3rd game. Each one takes place further in the future, but the premise is the same; you start as a child, and grow up to an adult, leading down a path of good or evil. Very fun!

8: Jet Set Radio Future for the Xbox

This game by SEGA is a sequel to “Jet Set Radio”, which came out on the Dreamcast in 2000. I unfortunately didn’t have a Dreamcast growing up, but I have tons of memories playing the sequel on that same clunky Xbox. In this game, you play as multiple characters who skate around on roller skates in different places around Tokyo, making your mark on the world in the form of graffiti. You meet other friends and teams, and battle against the corrupt police. It’s a fun, fast-paced game that reminds me of a “Tony Hawk” game, or “Skate” game. Only it’s better!

One thing to take away from the game is the amazing soundtrack. The super energetic music has lots of tracks from J-Pop, funk, and electronic influences. If you haven’t heard the music from the game, I recommend looking up the soundtrack on YouTube, cause it’s there!

The game is mission-based, with a hub world and mini-games to play. I remember getting stuck way early in the game, and finally finishing it much later. My family and I would frequently visit a family friend’s house who had a room with an Xbox, so I would bring my favorite games over to play for hours. “JSRF” was definitely the game I would play the most. I’m trying to find a way to play this game on PC cause I miss it so much!

7: Simpsons Hit & Run for the Xbox/GameCube

Who needs “GTA V” when I have “Simpsons Hit & Run”? This action-adventure game plays a lot like “GTA”, but with Simpsons characters. Along with “JSRF”, this was the second game I played the most at our family friend’s house. The game follows a story about figuring out the strange occurrences happening in Springfield. I don’t even think I finished this game, but I have so many memories of just driving around the world, gathering all the collectibles.

These types of action-adventure games are my favorite; games with worlds to explore, missions to complete, and collectibles to collect. Games like “Bully”, “GTA”, and this one are the best.

6: “Super Smash Brothers Brawl” for the Wii

I remember this being the first game I was excited for upon release of the game. I hadn’t fully grasped the concept that games were made by companies until I followed the release of this game. I was 12 when this game came out in early 2008, and we had gotten our Wii at this time. I have way too many memories of playing as Pit from “Kid Icarus”, and my sister playing as Luigi. We would spend hours battling each other, 1 vs 1 style. This rendition of “Smash Bros” had lots of new mechanics that are still in the newest game; Final Smashes, Stage Building, and a story-driven adventure mode, known as “Subspace Emissary” in this one. But the main game-play is the same, a huge crossover of characters battling it out on different stages to some hot video game music.

The “Smash Bros” series is actually very important to me. Brawl was a game that I loved playing with my friends & family and introduced me to YouTube. “Smash for Wii U” was a game that introduced me to my friends and my boyfriend. The latest edition, “Smash Ultimate”, is another game where I can connect with my friends. I remember getting so hyped watching the game announcements with my friends when new DLC characters came out. Good times!

“Smash Bros Brawl” holds a special place in my heart.

5: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64

Halfway through our top 10 list is the first game that I ever played. I remember having a huge TV in my room. Not one of those flat screen ones on the wall, but those boxy CRT’s that would be all static-y when you touched it. My N64 was right in front, and this game would be in it probably 90% of the time (6% Mario 64, 2% Wave Race, 2% Wetrix). If you somehow don’t know about Legend of Zelda, “Ocarina of Time” is the 5th Zelda game that came out in 1998, and was the first 3D Zelda game that introduced a ton of different game-play mechanics. Namely, targeting on enemies, different sword techniques, new items, characters, and more. You start as a kid growing up in the forest who, after his own adventure, finds the Master Sword and becomes an adult. As an adult, the world of Hyrule takes a turn for the worst when Ganondorf, the King of Evil, takes the Triforce of Power. You travel around the world, and even through time to save Hyrule!

This game is a lot of people’s favorite game, and I can fully admit I wear my nostalgia glasses when I talk about it. Everything about the game brings me back to a child. Whenever I play it, I can remember when I made my dad go past the scary parts, when I rage quit the game during a side-quest, and when I would print out walk-throughs of the game and read them as I play so I can beat the game 100%. Lately, I’ve been watching speedruns of the game. It’s amazing how broken this game is when you know how to break it, and I can gladly watch a 3 hour video of a speedrun any day.

I love “Legend of Zelda”, it’s my favorite action-adventure series. If you are new to Zelda, I would recommend another game on this list to get you started, but you’ll have to read on to see what it is!

4: Super Mario 64 for the N64

Like “Ocarina of Time”, this game was one of a kind back in 1996. No other game even could compare to the revolutionary game mechanics at the time. In “Mario 64”, you have to rescue Princess Toadstool by going in the castle to collect power stars. To do this, Mario travels through paintings to different worlds. In one world, you are shooting out of a cannon to battle King Bomb Omb, and in another, you are collecting red coins behind a scary piano. One world will have you swim around with sharks, and another soaring through the skies with your wing cap. This game truly had it all, and honestly, it’s just fun to control! I could spend most of the time running around the start area, jumping and flipping around with Mario. This game is truly magical, and all the main 3D Mario games still hold up pretty well.

Like I said at the beginning of the post, I have memories of being really scared of the Game Over screen, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this game as a kid. I don’t know how well it holds up today, the only way I can play it now is with the Wii classic controller on Wii Virtual Console, but I love watching speedruns of this game too. It’s amazing how optimized the 100% category is now, and players can finish this game with all 120 power stars in less than an hour & a half. It took me 15 years to do that! Amazing.

3: Sonic Adventure 2 for the GameCube/Steam

As an 8 year old, I had a GameCube. On it we only had a few games. One of my most treasured being “Sonic Adventure 2 Battle”. It’s funny, from what I can remember, we bought the soundtrack of this game (in all of it’s CD glory) before I bought the game. This was my first introduction to video game soundtracks, and it’s a pretty good one to start out with, if you ask me. I have so many good memories of being in my mom’s old house, jamming out to “City Escape” and “Pumpkin Hill” with my sister. We loved the music, and we still bring it up when we hang out from time to time. The game has lots of cringey, yet awesome cut scenes, and a lot of the stages have some fun game play.

There are 3 types of stages, 6 different characters to play, and 2 stories to follow. The game play actually goes pretty deep, each action stage has 5 different missions to accomplish along with a final story mode, and the ever beloved Chao Garden. The Chao Garden is a lot of people’s favorite part of the game, where you can raise cute little creatures called Chao. I’ve probably spent hundreds of hours with this game, and I can remember Sonic being my first obsession. Well, along with two other games.

2: Sims 2 for PC

I don’t play too many PC games. I could never get the hang of mouse & keyboard controls. On my current PC I actually bought a USB controller so I can use that to play games on my computer. There’s only one game on this whole list that I’ve played consistently since 2005. And that’s “The Sims 2”. This life-simulation game came out in 2004 after its previous game, “The Sims” had a huge success. I don’t remember how I discovered this game, but I did play a few of the console games like “The Sims Bustin’ Out” and “The Urbs”. The PC game had a memorable installation process; there were 4 discs that you used to install the game, and while the game was installing, there were fun mini games that you could play! They were mostly matching games and little quizzes, but I have super vague memories of that.

The actual game, like I said before, is a life-simulation game where you can create your “Sim”, move them into a house, and their life path is up to you! There are three neighborhoods to choose from, each with different pre-made families and homes, all with their own stories ripe with drama! I can easily play this game all day and more. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent whole summer breaks at the computer taking care of my sims. I remember I had a family that had 10 children that all lived together in a huge house, and I ended up making a cute comic about them! I still have the pages too!

“The Sims 2” had tons of upgrades from the first game. The first game mostly relied on surviving; make sure your sims are in a good mood and keep up with their motives so they can go to work on time. But this game brought “Aspirations” to the game, each with their own set of “Wants and Fears”. Any sim can follow a different path in life. They can focus on starting a family, growing their career, building their skills, and even having as many friends and lovers as they can! This game also has tons of DLC packs that came out throughout the game’s lifespan that truly enhanced the game-play. It would take a whole other blog post to get into the specifics of the game so I’ll just say that “Freetime” is my favorite expansion because it added “Hobbies” to the game, which gave even MORE things for your sims to do!

I have played “The Sims 2” on and off for at least 10 years now, and I currently am still playing to this day. Right now, I’m following along with the pre-made families in the neighborhoods called “Pleasantview” and “Strangetown”, and it’s fun to watch the drama unfold with each family. This is actually the only game that I’ve ever used modifiers, or “Mods” to further enhance my playtime. It makes me feel like a IT specialist when I install mods and things! I love this game, and I still say that its successors could never top this one. “The Sims 2” was truly peak sims play.

If you didn’t know, I actually have a Twitch Channel! I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to start streaming games on Twitch, and I 99% would stream “The Sims 2”. I know a little bit too much about this game, so I would be the most comfortable streaming it. If you want to see my sims families and watch me play games, let me know that’s something you’re interested in, and I’ll muster up some courage and do it!

1: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the GameCube

This is my all-time favorite game. Even above the obsession I had with Sonic the Hedgehog and the fun simulation game of “The Sims 2”.

“The Wind Waker” came out on the Gamecube in 2003, and it was unlike any Zelda game before it in terms of its art style. Zelda, at that point, had more of a serious style. But Nintendo isn’t one to stick with the norm. “The Wind Waker” has a super cute, cel-shaded look that originally threw people off. The graphics were super colorful, bright, and made you feel good. Much like the game “Super Mario Sunshine” that came out around the same time, both games have a bright, colorful aesthetic that felt very nice.

The story behind the game is that a horrible monster came back from the depths after being conquered by a hero that disappeared after its defeat. The people of the world prayed to the gods for an answer, so they flooded the world with torrential rain, only leaving small islands, the castle below lost to time. You play as a new incarnation of Link, a young boy whose sister is captured by a giant bird, and on his quest to save her, he awakens as the Hero of Winds, and defeats the evil king Ganondorf. In order to do this, Link meets the King of Red Lions, a boat that helps him travel across the Great Sea to each of the islands.

If I could find my favorite thing about the game, it would have to be its story. I was heavily captivated, even as a kid, to the story being told here. I won’t spoil anything, but you learn things about the past that may or may not connect it to other games, and Link takes a big initiative in this game to restore the Triforce, which I love. This game has lots of criticism regarding the sailing, but I love it. I like controlling your sailboat, traveling to different islands each with their own stories and side quests to discover. While some islands may be barren with not much going on, the sea is filled with treasures to uncover. I would spend hours as a kid sailing around trying to find all the Treasure Charts and Pieces of Heart, and using my telescope to look at the islands from a distance.

Along with my irrational fears of Mario 64’s game over screen and Ocarina of Time’s redeads, I had a big fear of the “Big Octos” that inhabit the Great Sea. Once while playing this game, I was sailing along when all of a sudden a giant octopus monster arose from the sea. It scared me so bad that I became obsessive about how a sailed around the islands. Once I figured out their pattern, I highly avoided them. They would only spawn around seagulls, so I would avoid any islands with seagulls. Did I mention that I was a huge scaredy cat when I was younger?

Despite that, I love this game. “The Wind Waker HD” came out on the Wii U in 2013, and the remake made the game even better! Higher quality graphics, more polished game play mechanics, and added motion controls with the Wii U game pad. It let me replay my favorite game again, and I even did what I call the “3 Heart Challenge” where I don’t collect any heart containers or pieces so that I remain at 3 hearts for the duration of the whole game.

That’s it for my top 10 list! These games all hold a special place in my heart, and so do many more! Maybe I’ll do a top 50 games or something, cause there are so many games out there that I really like and have impacted me in some way. If I have the ambition, maybe I will!

What are your favorite games you played as a kid? Or even favorite games now? I’d love to hear them all! I hope you found this entertaining, and got some insight on the types of games that inspired me.

I be back soon with a more informative post about art, so please follow along! I’d love to have you. <3

-Allison

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How to Survive Your First Global Pandemic: An Update from Alla & Soft Peach

What’s going on everyone? It’s almost August, and honestly it feels like March 301st. It’s a strange year, that’s for sure, but I’m trying to make the most out of my free time under unemployment. Some days feel more productive than others, but it’s all about taking it one day at a time, isn’t it?

New Art

I’ve been doing a lot of new art this month, and I thought I’d show it here for you! Two of them are redraws of some of my favorite pieces by Takeuchi-san, or Sailor Moon’s creator. They were mostly experimental pieces using watercolor, ink, and more, but I really liked how they turned out!

Planet Princess Power!
I added the petals last with a thick marker! I also hate drawing FEET! Do they look okay here?

I’ve really been enjoying traditional art recently; it’s easier for me to pull out my paints and brushes than my tablet surprisingly. I feel like that’s opposite for most artists nowadays, but I’m in the market for a better digital tablet so I can make even MORE art! I have lots of new work accumulating, and I am also in the market for a new scanner to get some high quality scans of my physical pieces. So if anyone has any leads, let me know!

Workout Goals

Since April I decided to try out changing my diet and working out more. I have been trying to workout at least 3 times a week doing cardio and Pilates workouts in my living room. I also got my bike fixed up so I’ve been riding around my neighborhood when the weather is not too hot. There is a nice park near my place, and it’s super nice to ride around early in the morning.

However it’s really hard to workout when I have nowhere to go. My brain has no set schedule, so lately I’ve been skipping my morning workouts. My diet has also suffered. But no more!!

I was really inspired by Cassey Ho’s 90 day journey and I was waiting for her to release a new fitness journal that, when she announced that there was a new one in stock, I bought it immediately!

Blogilates “90 Day Journal” It’s so nicely designed!

If you didn’t know, I have been following Cassey Ho’s YouTube channel for years now, and I have some of her workout clothes too! Her workouts are killer, and I always feel sore after a couple videos. With this new fitness journal, I can better track my progress and keep myself accountable by recording what I’m eating, drinking, and doing for exercise. I’m hoping to shed some weight and tone up my muscles, along with generally feel better about the food I put in my body. I’m excited to start!

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Skincare Goals

My skincare routine has always been important to me. My skin when I was a teen was terrible; I had lots of teenage acne, most of them being really painful, cystic acne. Now that I’m in my 20’s my skin has improved, but I still get breakouts every now and then, mostly around my cycle.

I think this is the first time I’ve posted my face on this blog. Hello!

Lately I’ve been watching more YouTube videos about skincare, and I have switched out a lot of products for ones that would better benefit my skin. As a teen, my skin was super oily and sensitive, but now it’s starting to feel more dry/combination. I don’t wash my face everyday because it gets too dry and flaky. I definitely have sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I switched to lots of gentle, fragrance-free products. I’ll show you what I’m using!

Some changes I’ve made: I used to not have a facial sunscreen, but I realized that it’s one of the most important skincare products out there to use, especially in the summer. I switched to a more gentle cleanser to use in the shower, and I really like this one by Cetaphil; it’s a sticky consistency, and it’s really helpful for when I workout cause it removes all that sweat & dirt without stripping the oil. I use the Squalene cleanser at night to remove makeup, or when I’ve been out & about. It’s also a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin. I’ve completely gotten rid of the “toner” step in my routine; it ended up being too stripping for my face, and it would allow for excess oil production, which I don’t want. Since my skin is more dry, I thought it would be best to skip this step altogether.

From left to right: Sun Bum Facial Sunscreen; Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser; The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser for Makeup Removal; The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid; The Ordinary Plant-Based Squalene for Moisturizer; The Ordinary Rosehip Oil for more moisturizing.

I really like the Hyaluronic Acid by The Ordinary; it helps to seal in moisture from the air so that when I use my moisturizer, it lasts, and keeps my skin feeling good. My last step at night is to use the Rosehip Oil. Once a week I have been using this oil to massage my face for a long time to pull up oil plugs. If you don’t know what that means, it means to gently rub your face for a long period of time with oils to loosen up dirt and excess sebum. It’s really satisfying, and I find myself massaging for 20 minutes sometimes! But afterwards my skin feels so soft and squeaky clean.

I’m always looking for good skincare; it’s a habit since I was a teen to go through different brands to see which one works for me. I came across Athia Skin when they reached out to me to try their brand. So far I only bought their Retinol Night Cream and their Lash & Brow Serum and used them a few times. I really like the Retinol Cream; I’ve been wanting a retinol cream, and this is a pretty good one! So far I’ve noticed their products are formulated with fragrance, which is something I’ve been trying to avoid, but I’ll give their night cream kudos, I like it so far!

Athia Lash & Brow Growth Serum & Athia Retinol Night Cream Moisturizer

I got the Lash & Brow Serum because I have really thin eyebrows and wanted to see if this product could make a difference. So far… I’m not sure. First off, I wasn’t sure of the applicator; it’s a small, brush tip, which isn’t what I expected. I think a spoolie (mascara shaped wand) would’ve been a better choice to easily apply the product to the brows & lashes. Another thing is that the product was irritating! I applied this product at night and slept on it. When I woke up, my eyelids were itchy, and I had some small breakouts near my eye area.

The Lash & Brow Serum is a no go, but I really like the Retinol Cream, and I am eager to try more of their products. They’re a brand focused on active women, which is cool since I’ve upped my workouts!

If you want to try out Athia Skin, use my link to head to the website, and be sure to use the code SoftPeach for 15% off your purchase!!

New Stories

Along with new art, I’ve pulled out some older stories I made throughout college and been editing them to turn them into new stories. The first one that I’m really passionate about is under the working title, “Human Fish”. I already talked about this story in this post, but I made some steps to flesh out the story some more, and it’s currently in it’s heavy editing process where I take out parts I don’t like, and make sure the plot is working. Maybe someday I’ll make a post about how I structure my stories. Let me know if that’s something you want to see!

A sketch of our main character that I really like. You can tell I had fun drawing the hair.

Another story I have that I literally thought of this week is called “Soft Peach Club!”. The main idea is about a girl who is secretly a magical girl who wants to help other struggling girls realize their true potential by turning them into magical girls, otherwise giving them a pass into the “Soft Peach Club”. What this story has is still a mystery to me, but I think it’s a really cute idea that I want to pursue. I’ve always loved magical girls, and I have lots of designs for magical characters that have no story. So let’s see where this goes…?

Here’s a sneak peak of Soft Peach Club 🙂

That’s about it for this month. Tomorrow is August (what!!) and it’s probably a good idea to plan out what I want to do next month. Everything is still up in the air over here, so everyone please stay safe, wear a mask, and enjoy yourselves as much as you can! Talk to you soon!

<3 Allison

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Top 7 Anime (& Manga) from my Childhood

What’s going on everyone? I’ve been thinking about stuff that I used to watch as a kid recently, and I remember the days when all I watched was anime. I was obsessed with it when I was younger, and I would also read manga from the small corner of my school’s library. My friends and I wanted to start an anime club in high school and everything! Anime was a big influence on my artwork, it still is actually. I draw a lot of fanart of my favorite anime characters all the time, and growing up I wanted to go to japan and be a mangaka.

So I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite anime/manga that I grew up with, and put them in a list going up to my most favorite anime. Feel free to click the name of the anime to listen to the opening on YouTube. Here we go!

7: Death Note

Death Note is one of those anime that you kinda have to know if you’re into anime/manga. It’s the story of a student who finds a notebook where whenever you write someone’s name in it, they will mysteriously die of a heart attack. I have funny memories of watching this along with the openings/ending songs. It was one of my first introductions to metal/heavy rock music besides the stuff my sister would listen to.

While I didn’t watch the entire anime growing up, I was already spoiled from it from growing up on the internet, and I enjoyed all the memes that came out of it too. I watched the anime, but I’ve never actually read the manga, so I’d like to read it someday. It’s actually a really interesting story that will keep you on your feet.

6: Munto

Munto, or also known as “Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuri Sekai” is an anime adaption of a two-episode OVA, is a really short nine episode anime about two worlds, where one world has people who can control Akuto, or human emotions. The story follows a girl, Yumemi, who can see the other world, but no one else can.

I really loved this anime because of the story; it has a lot of fantasy elements along with pretty scenery animated by Kyoto Animation, who also did a number of anime that I love that didn’t make the list (K-On and Free, anyone??) I haven’t watched it in a long time, but listening to the opening and looking at the visuals makes me want to watch it again. And I might, since it’s only 9 episodes! You should watch it too! I’ll warn you, I couldn’t find a good, high quality opening, so you’ll have to endure this one posted to YouTube from 2010, which is probably the exact same one I watched as a teen. Still very good though.

5: Kitchen Princess

“Kitchen Princess” is a manga that I read back in middle/high school that I really love. It’s your typical shoujo manga with love triangles, a pretty girl, and a captivating story. It follows a girl with a passion for baking. From what I remember, she goes to a prestigious baking school to follow the boy who she calls her “Flan Prince”, that is, the boy that saved her life from drowning when she was a child. At the school she meets lots of people, including two brothers, one of whom she thinks is her “Flan Prince”. It’s a really cute story that actually has a lot of twists and turns. I have good memories reading this with my friend in high school, bringing the manga volumes that I borrowed from the library with me to school. Good times! The manga is 10 volumes, and an easy read. There is no anime adaption sadly, but it still makes my list because of all the fond memories I have with it.

4: Fooly Cooly

Fooly Cooly, or FLCL is another one of those anime that you have to know if you’re into anime/manga. It’s a cult classic that I still don’t really understand as a story. With only 6 episodes, it follows the story of Naota, a middle school boy who meets an alien named Haruko Haruhara. His whole life is turned upside down as he becomes the passage for alien robots to enter the suburban city he lives in. It’s an interesting, funny, and serious anime all at the same time, with unforgettable characters and quotes. I have really good memories of being way too young watching this late at night on Adult Swim with my sister. I’m not sure if Adult Swim still plays anime late at night, but “FLCL” came on around 11pm or midnight, right after “Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken”. One thing to take away from this anime is a fantastic music from the band “The Pillows”. Every track I’ve listened to, whether from FLCL or otherwise, is great. I’m not very good at describing music, but it’s a nostalgic, relaxing type of punk rock that makes you feel like you’re a teenager waiting to grow up and live your life again.

If you want to watch this anime, I warn you, there is some suggestive content, so if you’re under 13, I would wait for a bit. So parents, be wary, but it’s still very good, so watch with caution.

3: Tsubasa Chronicle

“Tsubasa Chronicle” is very special to me because it came right after I finished another anime on this list, and this anime/manga is a spiritual successor to that story. It actually has a more “shounen” feel to it, which is different for me, being big into “shoujo” works. It follows a boy named Syaoran who has a very close friendship with Sakura, the princess of her world. The tables turn when Sakura looses her memories, in the form of feathers, and they get scattered across different worlds. It’s up to Syaoran and a team of people from other worlds to travel across these dimensions to get Sakura’s memories back. It’s a beautiful story by my favorite manga team CLAMP, that actually gets very tangled and confusing as it goes on. There are quite a few volumes of the manga, 26 I think, and I got to about volume 17 growing up, mostly since the library stopped carrying the volumes and I didn’t want to buy them (why, teenage Alla??).

There is an anime adaption of Tsubasa, but I’m not the biggest fan of it. The story is altered in the anime, and the beautiful artwork of the manga is not translated as well as I like. That’s probably an unpopular opinion, but that being said, the 1st opening is one of my favorite anime openings of all time. I had an art book of this manga (which I still have!) that has gorgeous pieces made by CLAMP that I would sit and stare at as a budding teenage artist. I would do re-drawings of the art with my own characters in colored pencil. I don’t know if I still have those drawings, but if I do, I’ll put them here. I was real proud of them!

I redrew this so many times. I wanted it to be just right! But I was proud of the blending I did with the fire designs. This drawing is 10 years old now. Wow. Wonder how I would do now if I tried again…

2: Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura is very special to me. It was the anime/manga that introduced me to the genre of Japanese anime and culture. I remember seeing a random volume of the manga in my middle school’s library and thinking the cover art was so beautiful. I ended up reading CCS out of order but I was able to read the whole thing in order at the library. I was a huge library goer, but only for the manga! I’m not sure if you’ve seen others on social media talking about the old days where, in order to watch anime, you had to go on YouTube and watch it in three parts in low quality. All before Crunchyroll or Netflix, that was it. And with Cardcaptor Sakura, that’s what I did. I watched all 70 episodes on that format and I’m proud of it.

CCS is about a girl in elementary school who discovers a book in her father’s library called the book of Clow. It hold the Clow cards, magic cards created by the great sorcerer Clow. When the cards escape, Sakura goes on a journey in her town to restore the Clow Cards and awaken her own magical powers, all with the help of Keroberos, the guardian of the cards. Sakura has many friends and family that love her, like her older brother, her father, and best friend Tomoyo. Yukito, her crush, also becomes very important to her further in the story. Sakura even has a rival, Syaoran Li, who also wants to collect the cards. It’s a very cute and heartwarming story that makes me feel good. The anime has a great, 90’s anime vibe to it that so many people love right now, since it WAS from the 90’s! The manga, which I now own, is beautifully drawn by CLAMP. CCS is currently on Netflix, and I have been watching it again in beautiful high quality, and I can love it all over again! Along with it’s successor “Tsubasa”, CCS also has a new direct sequel called “Clear Card” that is still coming out, and I have been buying the volumes as they come out. It’s great to see Sakura’s story continue! I haven’t watched the anime adaption of “Clear Card”, but the opening brought me back to middle school again.

I do have to warn you though. While CCS is a lovely manga, it does have some strange depictions of love that many cannot appreciate. CLAMP is all about “True Love” in most of their stories (see “Chobits”), and there are some questionable relationships in CCS, including a teacher-student relationship. So if that rubs you the wrong way, please be careful. I know when I was younger, I didn’t think much of it, but if you’re a parent watching with your child, I would proceed with caution, and you can feel free to skip some episodes of the anime that show these relationships. A lot of the anime is filler anyway, so you won’t miss anything!

1: Sailor Moon

Here it is! My number 1 anime! Probably comes as no shock if you know me personally. I assume this manga/anime is on many people’s top 10 lists as their favorite. But I would say “Sailor Moon” has got to be my favorite anime/manga of all time, very closely followed by “Cardcaptor Sakura”. It’s the 90’s anime that influenced so many others to follow in its footsteps, and it holds such a strong legacy for artists everywhere.

If you don’t know the story of “Sailor Moon”, it follows a girl named Usagi, who discovers her magical powers with the help of the cat Luna, and reawakens her past self as the moon princess. She goes on a journey to find the moon princess and the Mythical Silver Crystal, a gem that grants the power of life. She meets new friends that become her allies, and meets her true love, Tuxedo Mask.

My first introduction to Sailor Moon was when I was very young. I watched the Sailor Moon movies as a kid on VHS without knowing what anime was. Even as a child, I thought that the covers of the VHS tapes were so beautiful. It wasn’t until later that I watched Sailor Moon and read the manga that I started to really love the anime. I would watch the transformation sequences over and over again. While this may be another unpopular opinion, I very much prefer the manga over the anime; Naoko Takeuchi, the artist behind Sailor Moon, is my favorite artist. Her artwork speaks to me in a way that no other art has, and I’m not sure what it is about it that I love. I’ve done re-drawings of my favorite pieces recently that you can see on my instagram. I could go on and on about Sailor Moon, but I’ll say that Sailor Moon influenced my art greatly, and I have been enjoying watching the anime on Hulu. Usagi is a very relatable character, and I love to see her grow into her role as a sailor scout.

I currently have the “Eternal” editions of the manga, and have read them again under quarantine, and I am waiting for the next few volumes to come out to complete my collection. Whenever I need to feel inspired to work on an art piece, I just look at Sailor Moon, and when I don’t know what to draw, I draw Sailor Moon characters. It really is a part of my life!

That’s my list for you! I hope you enjoyed it, and can find some new things to watch. This list is a lot of older anime/manga that people have already seen or read, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen all of these somewhere. But they all have a special place in my heart. Anime is really awesome, and I’m glad that millions out there can watch, read and get inspired. My list of anime to watch is huge; there are lots of new ones coming out, and ones I need to catch up on, so maybe I’ll make a list of new anime that I love!

Thanks for reading! I have some more posts that I’ll be making very soon, so I will chat later. Stay safe everyone!

<3

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I’m Bored During Quarantine: Let’s Try out a Lifestyle Change

My workout calendar from Blogilates.com.

While I’ve been mostly staying at home, only going out to the grocery once a week, I’ve been feeling more and more lethargic as the days go on. The weeks after I lost my job I basically played video games, drew, ate junk food, and slept a lot. There wasn’t much to do, so I took time to relax, working on a few commissions here and there.

I could tell my body wasn’t really feeling very good. Some days I would use Doordash and eat way too much Wendy’s and get candy from GoPuff. I was sugared out, and I wasn’t moving around as much as I was like when I was working.

As April went by, I decided since I wasn’t really going anywhere, I should probably try and do something I haven’t done in a while. So I made a few changes to my diet, and started following a workout calendar! I was tired of feeling lethargic and overeating junk food, and I knew that I had gained weight. When I weighed in, it was a little… shocking! I was the heaviest I’ve ever been at 180 pounds. When I saw the number, it motivated me even more to try and get in shape and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to start my little fitness journey:

1: Following Blogilates workouts

Blogilates is a series of fitness videos on YouTube run by Cassey Ho, a Pilates instructor I’ve been following since 2013! She’s an amazing instructor who is very motivating and cheerful, even behind a screen! I am following her beginner’s workout calendar to ease back into her workouts and get stronger. She has lots of different workout plans on her website, blogilates.com, and after I finish this one, I will move on to her PIIT28 workout, which is more intense! There’s actually a discount on her site for the PIIT28 workout if you all want to get on it while it lasts. Be sure to check it out if you want.

Even though it’s the beginning calendar, it’s still pretty tough! I’m in a constant state of soreness as my muscles are waking up and getting used to working out again. But I know that I am getting stronger, and I’ll be able to push myself more and do more advanced moves in the future.

2. Changing my Diet, but also Listening to my Body

One thing that lots of people struggle with when losing weight is changing their diets. While I’m not “going on a diet”, I am changing my eating habits and watching what I eat instead. Because once I get to my goal weight and size the “diet” is not over. I want to be able to incorporate these new eating habits for the long run. So things I’ve cut out completely for now is soda, candy, excess breads, and excess sugars. I have added in more vegetables and protein to my diet. Some things I’ve been eating are bell peppers and hummus, salads, smoothies, and steamed vegetables. One thing I’ve changed that’s been a little more difficult, but fun, is listening to my body, and recognizing when I’m full. I would tend to overeat a lot, and be way too full and bloated the next day. But now when I eat, I make sure to portion out my food so I don’t eat too much, and stop eating when I feel full.

That being said, I also listen to my body when I have cravings. When I want Nutella and toast, I’ll have it. When I crave Raising Cane’s, I’ll have it. When I have dinner and I still feel hungry, I’ll eat more. I don’t restrict myself too much. If I do indulge a little more, I can just balance it out by working out a little more or eating better the next day. That’s why I don’t like “diets”. I like to give my body what it needs.

3. Monitoring my weight and setting loose goals

I bought a couple things for my fitness journey: first a scale so I could actually weigh myself. Every morning after I workout and shower, I’ve been weighing myself. Now some people might not like weighing themselves everyday, but I’m doing it mostly out of curiosity and making sure I’m on track. It’s only been a week and a half, but I’ve lost 5 pounds! I am also measuring myself periodically to track that as well. Some people like writing down their weight and measurements as well as what they’re eating, but I haven’t been doing that. I feel like if I start doing that, I’ll get too obsessive with it. I may start doing it if I plateau though. But I do have a goal weight and a dream weight in mind. I’m not too worried about making those goals, and more focused on how I’m feeling everyday.

Some other things I bought is some more workout clothes and a waist trainer. The waist trainer was something I wanted to try out because I’ve seen that it helps with posture and helps you retain more heat when working out, and so far I like it! I don’t wear it as long as people say to wear it, mostly because I feel like it could get too damaging, but I like wearing it while I workout and for a couple hours while I sit at my desk. In fact, I’m wearing it right now!

4. Water!!!

Drinking water is very important just in general. And I’m making sure that I am drinking the proper amount everyday. I heard that if your urine looks like lime juice, then you’re hydrated! Kinda icky, but it’s a good indicator! I always keep a bottle full of water on my desk, and right now I have a ritual every morning where I fill my bottle up, turn on my fans, and get my workout in for the day. It’s really great! Water is pretty much the only thing I’m drinking right now, but I hear green tea is also very good to have as well. I am waiting on a blender to come in the mail, so soon I will have post-workout smoothies!

These are things I’ve been doing to jump start a healthy lifestyle. After this lock down is over and life starts to look normal again, I’d like to join a gym and workout there as well. I would also like to fix up my bike and go bike riding, and buy some other things like tennis balls and jump ropes. This summer, ya girl is gonna be fit! I’ll be sure to update you on my progress.

My goal weight is 150 pounds, but my dream weight would be to get down to 135 pounds. I also want to refine that hourglass shape that I have; get that Tinkerbell body, you know what I mean?

What a cutie <3 I was Tinkerbell for Halloween last year!

Again, these are loose goals that I have; I’m mostly doing this fitness journey to feel better and to fit clothes better. Once I hit my goals, my plan is to keep up my healthy lifestyle forever! We only have this body, might as well treat her right, you know?

If you out there feel like doing something to pass the time during quarantine, I suggest doing some at-home workouts! Since doing this I feel way more energetic, I’ve been waking up earlier, and feeling more productive throughout the day. It’s kind of amazing!

Everyone stay safe out there! Take care and I’ll write more soon <3

-Allison

I Got Laid off Because of the Corona Virus; Now What?

What a turn this has been. Yesterday I received a call from my workplace saying that my job has ended due to the workplace closing. I lamented about the loss of my main source of income, I sat at my computer, wondering what to do. I was set to come into work the next day, ready to hear what craziness was going on outside of work, hoping nothing escalates further to the point of my job being on the line. Turns out things escalated very, very quickly, and after my phone call, I filed for unemployment.

I now sit in my home, keeping up with the news and social distancing as much as I can. I find myself with much more time on my hands, so I spent my first day of unemployment creating art, playing video games, and petting my cat. I’m still very bummed; I have no real source of income, only small amounts of support from my family. I just got my mid-month paycheck, and I have some savings that can hold me for a couple months, but that’s about it. It’s scary.

What do I do in this time of uncertainty in the country?

Right now, I will do what I believe I was born to do: I’m going to take the time I have, and create. Right now, everything is blurry; I’m not sure what project to focus on first, and finding a source of income is very important right now. But I know that this time at home was given to me (definitely not in the way I expected).

A piece I made today; it fits gracefully on my desktop!

Please follow along with me as I navigate this journey, and I hope you all out there are staying safe in a very troubling time. Make sure to support your fellow human being in ways you are able, and be kind to one another.

If you have the means to support, I would be very grateful! I have my commissions open, per usual. And of course, I’ll be posting more drawings over on my Instagram.

Stay safe out there, and good luck to you!

<3

Allison

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My New PC Build

Here she is! What should I name her?

For 7 years I used a 13″ Macbook Pro as my computer of choice. We got it back in 2013 to get me through college and loaded it up with all the Adobe programs I needed to go to art school. With that laptop, I also played games, both alone and with my friends, and it has gotten me through my art side career after I graduated.

Starting last year, I noticed my laptop started showing its age. Programs slowed down, I couldn’t work in Photoshop without force quitting and resetting multiple times. I took it to the repair shop, and ended up having to replace the hard drive. After doing that, I decided that it may be time to upgrade to a new PC.

I’ve been wanting to build my own PC since 2015. I mostly wanted to build one for the experience, but also have a really powerful machine capable of multiple things including gaming, streaming, and Adobe products. At the time, Twitch streaming wasn’t as big as being a YouTuber, so at the time, I wanted to try my hand at making YouTube videos, which I made a couple (which now don’t exist anywhere on the internet). But I would have needed a more beefy PC to pursue that.

Now, in 2020, the time has come! I went ahead and took my hard earned cash and invested it into a really nice, powerful PC that I am currently typing this blog on! Read more for the specs…

I took a trip to my local Micro Center this past week ready to purchase the parts I needed. While I went a couple hundred over my budget, I ended up with a cart full of all the items I needed to get started. The sales assistants at the store were very helpful in deciding the parts for me, and made sure I got the right products and for good prices. When I got home, I couldn’t wait to get started. Luckily, I didn’t have work the next day, so I spent my night building this bad girl. It took me 5 hours hunched over my desk and watching multiple tutorials online. My boyfriend guarded my cat, and I got to work.

Here are my specs!

Right after I finished I took a victory photo. My cable management is not the best, but at least they’re somewhat out of the way!

Processor: AMD 8 core 16 thread by Ryzen (came with a fan with cool RBG colors!)

Hard Drives: 500GB m.2 SSD for storing Windows 10 software, and a 2TB mechanical SSD for storage

Graphics Card: GTX 1660 by MSI

Motherboard: Aorus B450 Pro Wifi Board

Case: Corsair Mid-Tower Spec-02 Case

Monitor: ACER 27″ 1920×1080 K2 Series

Keyboard & Mouse: A really cheap set 🙂

I went to bed at about 1am that night with all the pieces put together. The first time I turned it on and saw all the fans working was so magical!!

Later on, a friend helped me acquire Windows software so I could finally use it to its full potential. I spent a day off installing all the drivers and updates I needed to start working with my new PC.

My Plans with my new PC:

I would like to start up some projects that got put on hold because of my old computer malfunctioning, like creating new graphics for Soft Peach and Jazz in Illustrator and InDesign, as well as more projects for Soft Peach that require a little more CPU power.

I’d also like to start streaming on Twitch! I created a Twitch channel for the time being if you would like to follow. It will take me some time to start streaming, but I am working up to it! I will mostly be playing slower games like The Sims 2, Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, etc. It will also be a place where I do some art as well. So if you would like to see me go live soon, let me know, and I will do it!

There are other projects I’d like to pursue with this new PC; I’m looking into new opportunities and business ideas that I could now take advantage of, and I am striving to use this PC to make some things happen. I’m uncertain of what those things are, so I will make sure to keep you updated on what they are in the future! I’d like to get to a point to where I can set my own schedule and be my own boss, so let’s see what the future holds!

What you Can Do if you Want to Build a PC:

Research, research, research. If you know nothing about building a PC, YouTube is a good place to start. For building my PC, the YouTube channel Paul’s Hardware was very informative and useful. He is very knowledgeable about the subject, so I highly recommend that channel. He helped me make a list of what parts I needed, how to set them up, and get to the point I am at now.

Have a friend help you build it too. If you know a person who has built a PC before, they maybe able to help you along the way. My brother in-law and another friend both helped me when I was researching to know what kind of hardware I would need for the type of PC I would need for what I’d be doing with it.

Speaking of what I want to do with the PC, figure out what the purpose of your build has, and figure that into your budget. If you’re looking for a PC that’s capable of multiple programs running, video editing, streaming in 4K, you may want to look into higher-end parts, and may spend upwards of $1,500-$2,000. My PC is a pretty good machine, able to run at high speeds, easily run games and other software with no problems so far. I spent a little over $1,000 for my PC, but you can easily swap out different parts if you’re looking to spend a little less. You can also upgrade over time. It’s all very customizable! If you’re able to make your way to a Micro Center, or any tech store, the sales assistants will be very helpful in pointing you into the right direction.

Thanks for reading this post! I was really excited to start up my PC and write this for you all. I look forward to creating more projects with this computer, and I hope you will join me on the next post!

Talk to you soon,

<3 Allison

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Late Night Talk

It’s about time for me to head off to bed for work tomorrow morning, but I can’t help but think about all the ideas I have floating around in my brain. I’ve been settling into my new place pretty well, and been working at my current job for almost 6 months now, and things are starting to feel normal. Maybe a little too normal…

It’s been a bit of a struggle to formulate my ideas and goals lately. Maybe it’s because I have so many passion projects I want to take on, maybe it’s cause I have to switch my mind from event planning at my day job to trying to produce a piece of art, or maybe it’s because I started drinking coffee more regularly and it’s ruining my brain! After work, I get very easily distracted from browsing YouTube and The Sims 2 that I end up spending my evenings not accomplishing anything.

While it’s great that I have a pretty steady income and my own place to call home, I now need to dedicate the time and effort to get down to business and produce some work!

Lately, I’ve been putting myself out there and been applying for more cons and freelance work. Looking for new jobs is obviously not a new venture to me, but I’m realizing that I need to go back to surrounding myself with artists and be in an artistic career setting. I enjoy what I do currently, but I don’t see it long term. I went to art school and have been drawing all my life for a reason, so I’m gonna make it a goal to make a career in art for myself, whether it be my own business, in a studio with a company, or in my own studio surrounded by my friends!

Only a short and sweet post for tonight; I like these spontaneous posts, so I’ll call it a night for now.

G’night!

-Allison

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January 2020: A Month of Change

Where do I start?

This past month has been one for the books. I haven’t even been able to think about the things I accomplished because I’d quickly move onto the next thing. Let me walk you through what I’ve been up to recently:

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We got Planet Fitness hats! 

New Year’s Eve: At Times Square

Let’s start with the biggest thing I did, shall we? My New Year’s Eve was spent partying it up at Times Square in NYC. This was a big checkmark off my bucket list, and since a new decade was coming up, we had to take the chance to finally go. My boyfriend and I made the 8 hour drive to New York to watch the ball drop and get that sweet 2020 vision. While standing for 12 hours in the cold surrounded by millions of people wasn’t the best experience, getting a glimpse of the Big Apple was. We were only there for 3 days, so we only got a small chance to explore the city, but it was definitely worth it. We were able to stop by a couple shops we wanted to go to (I wanted to see the American Girl store, and we both wanted to go to the Nintendo store), and got to eat some delicious NYC pizza. If you ever get a chance to go to NYC for New Years, I suggest going at least once in your life if you’re up for it. But to be honest, watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on TV is still pretty good. However, I loved New York, and I’m already thinking about going back there again. Maybe if I ever go back for New Year’s, I’ll check the cost of a hotel near Times Square and watch the party from my window! 

 

First Convention of the Year: Ohayocon

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My booth! My boyfriend was very helpful that weekend.

Now, this con was very spontaneous and last minute. I was put on the waitlist for this convention earlier in 2019, and decided I shouldn’t attend since I was packing and moving. Something in me however told me that I’d regret not going, and trying to buy a table the first day somewhat appealed to me. So, at 6:30am, the first day of Ohayocon, I made my way to the convention center and 4 hours later, I had a table! It was an amazing weekend full of happy anime fans enjoying themselves. I didn’t prepare very properly, and I didn’t have much to show, but I made the most of it, and I still made a profit! It was a lot of fun watching people get excited about seeing my art, and I just love selling at conventions. I’m so glad that I followed my instincts and made the plunge. It only fueled my love of my artistic side hustle, and motivated me to enhance my skills and continue creating more pieces and make this a full time hustle in the future. I was also able to add more business cards to my collection, and met and followed lots of new artists! 

My Biggest Move So Far

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A glimpse of my living room with the nice curtains 😀

Literally a couple days after Ohayocon, I was set to move to a new apartment. Not just any place either. This happens to be my first place where I’m living on my own! That’s right, I’ve been really good at saving and working at my day job, and since my income has grown, I’ve decided it’s time to venture out on my own. I’m currently in great need of furniture, but we’ll get there! One thing I’m really excited about this new place is the freedom to work on my art in my own space. I thrive working on my art without too many distractions, and I felt a little constricted my my old place. I didn’t have a lot of room to grow and develop. But now, my desk fits nicely in my living room, and the space is mine! 

Give me some time to settle in, say, a month or so, and I would love to get more consistent with my art career. I have many plans, as usual, but this time I may be able to realize them, so please join me as I figure things out. I’d love to start making videos and incorporating them into blog posts, so please consider following and sharing. I have much more to show you!

Enjoy the rest of January!

<3 Allison

An Update: What’s Been Happening?

Did anyone forget that I blogged on the side? I guess I did, because I’ve been working so hard at my day job along with the rest of life’s obligations that I neglected my blog! 

There’s been a couple things going on in my life that I would like to catch you up on, and some things that I would like to do as the year comes to an end. We’re almost in 2020, and this next year feels like a big one! 

Here’s what I’ve been up to these past few months:

Studio Picnic: Planning, Planning, Planning

If you’ve read my post on Studio Picnic, you’ll know that I have this idea to open up a space for artists in my area chock full of helpful resources for young artists living in my city. Currently, I have a highly edited business plan written for the venture, and I have been getting brainstorming sessions in with anyone that will listen to my ideas. So far, the figuring it out part has been very fun and inspiring. I also created a Facebook Group for it as well. 

Along with some good old fashioned work, my friends and I have started a sketch meet-up with other artist peers. Every third Sunday we have been getting together at a public place, chatting and showing off our sketchbooks with each other. We’ve done it twice so far, and both times have been a big success! The photo below was from our first successful sketch meet up; we had fun drawing and eating pizza! 

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Big Girl Step: Moving to her Own Place

Something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I graduated college is finally happening: I’m moving out on my own and getting my own place! It’s been a long time coming; I’ve been been working hard, and I’m becoming more stable enough to venture out and rent out a little downtown 1 bedroom for myself. The move is at the end of January, and I couldn’t be any more excited. I’ll be sure to write all about the moving process. Maybe I’ll so some sort of house tour when I get all settled and decorate the place, so stay tuned for that!

Working Hard at my Day Job, But Keeping my Options Open

I’ve been at my current job for 3 months now, and so far it’s been pretty good; I’m learning a lot about the event planning industry, and absorbing everything like a little sponge. The people I work with are helpful in making sure I understand things, and I think I’m starting to fit into my role with the company. Like I said before, it’s my first “Big Girl Job”, and I was so nervous at first to do a good job. I still feel that way a little bit, but I’m starting to get comfortable there. 

I am, however, still keeping my eyes on the horizon for any types of other opportunities that might come my way. Not that I am trying to leave anytime soon. I just like to keep my options open, and while I’m in a position to pay down my debts and save money, I am going to continue to build my art, build my business ideas, and try to make something out of myself. Even if that means moving to a new career, or starting my own business. When I first started my job I thought to myself, “this may be the job that I leave to become a full-time artist”. Only the future knows. 

Looking Forward to Writing my New Year’s Resolutions

I love the New Year. It’s a good time to clean the slate and start over, in a metaphorical sense that is. And this year feels a little more special since it’ll be a new decade too! The 20’s are gonna be a very interesting time in my life. In 2025, I’ll be 30 years old (what?!), so we will see what happens this decade. In 2010 I was 15, a confused and quiet teenager. I like looking far in the future, trying to visualize what lies ahead of me. My boyfriend gets nervous when I talk about the future, but I really enjoy thinking about it. It gives me motivation to make some of those visualizations real.

This will probably be my last blog post of the year. I’ll be sure to write more often, as it helps me organize my thoughts. In 2020, I have a lot that I want to accomplish, so I’ll be sure to write about it as it happens! Stay tuned for more in the future <3

-Allison