I think I’ve found a new level of stress during this apartment move, something I did not think possible. It makes me wonder why we have so much noise in our lives, why we let so much of it in, why we make so much of it, and which kinds are good vs bad for us.
I know there are plenty of people who learn to deal with the buzz of drunkards late at night and the growls of traffic early in the morning. I also know there are those who can never get used to that noise or city people who can’t sleep with country noise and vice versa. What makes some of us have that capability while others do not? Maybe it’s because of the difference in types of sound, maybe it has something to do with dislike of being disturbed from one’s natural cycle, I’m not sure.
Rest is a part of healthy recharging and revitalization and I wonder sometimes if we pay enough or too much attention to designing it into our lives? I admire old buildings for their sturdiness and the history tied to their construction and location. However, I am impressed with the technology of new buildings and some of their technological innovations with insulation – especially for noise. At what point do we start paying attention to how close to roads we build our homes? Apartments? Office buildings? Home should be a place of rest and recharge – how much attention do we pay to decoration (how it looks to impress visitors) vs comfort (prioritizing our relaxation and healthy rhythms) when setting up anywhere? How long is right is it to stand the noise and vibrations that stress us out? Is it really worth as much stress as it can be if we make it out in the end?
I am the type of person who functions and performs best on restful sleep about 7 or 8 hours, but I know some of my friends can go on 6 hours of restless sleep and still wrangle difficult tasks (such as training horses or keeping up a busy teaching schedule) the next day. Of course they need sleep after that or naps towards bedtime but I don’t know how they do it. Some people work 2-3 jobs on only a few hours of sleep all to keep food on the table or to put ourselves through school or to move on to something better. The lack of sleep is sometimes held up as a badge of honor. What about those in the same situations (who are struggling to move forward with their lives) who cannot do this? Those who the lack of rest takes such a toll that they reach the end of their rope – yet to stand up and say they need the time to rest to keep going means they’ll be fired, their weekly hours reduced – that they loose their livelihood? Is it such a wonder then why people loose their minds at the end of their rope? How then can we throw “you should have taken better care of yourself” in their faces? At what point are we rated weak or strong?
There are wonderful quotes about finding out what we are made of and how strong we are when we are alone or are pushed to breaking point and have to deal with it on our own. If one person can handle a situation that another person cannot, does that mean the later person is really weak or less equipped? I believe it is a mark of strength to both pull a heavy load when working towards a goal you believe is worth it but it is also a strength to speak up and stand up for yourself to take care of this vessel for your soul. If there is no you there is no goal to work towards in the first place. The drive and purpose comes entirely from you.
Well, how equipped are you mentally and physically? What do you think actually makes a breaking point in a person?
I will be moving a ton of boxes and such from the old place to the new place tomorrow. This will be exhausting. I will be gathering all the positive energy I can.
A note on being exhausted: why do we spend so much time on things around us that are draining and negative? I know I at least mentioned good stress and bad stress, the former being the kind induced working towards the things that inspire you and the things you want to do, the skills you want to polish and contribute. The later stress is the kind that drains you whether it sucks the spark from you physically, mentally, or emotionally. There are countless self-help books that talk abut shedding the negative energy and negative influences but sometimes I wonder why it is so easy to get caught up in the petty grievances – why isn’t it the other way around? What do you think?
In the mean time, enjoy these WIPs – you’ll see some from my comic going live in less than a month, Sugar & Salt!
When I was in high school I wrote often. At first it was only school work, poetry, stories, and keeping up a dream journal. I also wrote when I became angry and upset. Turns out this is very beneficial.
Writing when I was upset helped me the most, even if at first I was writing with bad form and in all caps in frustration. The key at first was to just get the strongest emotions out at first and then work my way through the jumble of thoughts bouncing around in the aether of my mind. Doing it this way I was able to figure out what I wanted and provide options for myself for how to go about getting it. How? Tara Parker-Pope explains this well in “Writing Your Way to Happiness.”
” The concept is based on the idea that we all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and ourselves. But sometimes our inner voice doesn’t get it completely right. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health. “
I believe writing to organize your thoughts and perspective like this can lead you to better health. Maintaining good health is not only in the body by exercise and good food but also in the food we feed our mind and souls. For me writing helped me lift myself out of a self-defeating way of thinking – not to say having bad thoughts at all means you have failed. It’s okay to be upset about things, to be vulnerable or bothered or sad. What matters is how you deal with the situation and work through it. Did you learn anything? Can you improve? Most importantly, can you move yourself forward?
Writing has done a lot of good for many of my friends and associates. Not all of them are writers but you don’t have to be a novelist to write for yourself. You write every day. Some of you write text messages, others emails, role play, nonfiction essays, journals, etc. The best part about self help writing is that no one has to see it – it is all for you.
Whether you have done it before or this is your first time trying it out I encourage you to open a new file or pick up a pen and start writing. It does not have to make sense right now, the meaning and interpretation can come later. Take the first steps to a happier, healthier you~
First of all, I’ll be doing a live stream this Monday at 2pm EST. Come by to watch, chat, meet nifty people, and commission me (prices range between $5-$20, +$1 to account for Paypal processing fee). I’ll announce the start and put out links on deviantArt, Facebook, and Twitter, or you can just bookmark it with this for later:
Second, I”ll be uploading Metrocon pictures to my Facebook artist page album over the course of Sunday June 21. I’ll also be working on figuring out styles for the webcomic I’ll be uploading starting mid-way through August – specific dates to be announced in the beginning of July.
I have more goodies for you. You’ll see.
It is way past my bed time and a new day job work schedule has left my brain fried like green eggs with ham so good night my lovely guys and gals. Enjoy this intriguing preview animation!
Thursday morning and the first person I meet is Anna of Grandmother Clock!! What are the odds? Found Amy (Blasians Creed) and Tiffany again this year plus I’m meeting lots of new and wonderful people.
Let’s share a fun experience – come by the booth! I have metallic red and blue balloons at the ends of my booth. I want pictures with you~
I’m glad the masquerade masks did well. People seemed to enjoy what they purchased! I’ll be doing these masks every year so if there is a particular character or design you would like to see make sure to let me know so I can get a head start for you!
Lots more pictures to come, my loves. I hope you’re having a good weekend~
This usually the time to start freaking out, especially when I have to finish inventory, spray masquerade masks, update with location (table A16 or 18 – there will be a balloon with my table number) and pack the suitcases. So much left to do, so little time!
There will be no post content today, guys and gals. Next week look for some pictures from the convention in progress OR if you’re in Tampa come to the downtown convention center! We’ll hang out, dress up, see a cool chess match – it’ll be fun!
Alright guys and gals, here’s the deal. Until Metrocon I won’t have much up here excepting new projects and updates. I’ve been shoving my time table full with completing masks and jewelry so there has been precious little time for writing except in my head to plan future posts. There will still be a post next Saturday but i will probably be filled with pictures of prepared merchandise for the convention and table maps to let you know what is going on.
If you were going to a masquerade ball, what kind of themed masks would you want to see?
Thank you for your patience and continued support, my loves. Remember to take breaks in whatever you are working towards doing. If, however, if you are like me, set a timer.
I meant to have something for you in terms of koi fish and breeding or body temperature maps and emotions but the plain fact of the matter is I’ve been selling my soul to finish some prints in time for Metrocon 2015. As it is, I’ll just remind you that despite working hard remember to take a breather and nourish yourself so you can keep going. In the mean time, enjoy some updated, pretty art!
As always, click the images to be linked to a larger version.