This picture is from two years ago – not long after I first met Diesel. Diesel doesn’t usually snuggle… Instead she will lay against you with her head towards your feet and her business end up towards your face. It’s not too often she’ll have her head near yours and when she does snuggle upright, it’s usually with me. This drives Steve crazy because she is technically his dog after all but I’m convinced I’ve stolen her heart. ;]
We had another beautiful weekend here in Sebastopol and while I originally wanted to go to the beach again, we ended up going for a nice bike ride. We took a different route than usual and a good amount of it was uphill. My bike has gears but they don’t exactly work so I got a nice workout ;] The scenery was definitely more enjoyable so I think the extra leg power was worth it. Once it gets closer to summer, Ill sell the beach cruiser and get a better bike.. It was a great bike when we were in Santa Barbara but I need something that can handle the hills!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous last week and the sun decided to stick around for the weekend so I insisted we take a drive out to the coast. We’re only about 20-40 minutes from Bodega Bay and its a beautiful drive through endless fields with sheep and cows as well as a few small towns with lots of character. I hope to explore them quite a bit once summer hits!
We ventured to Dillon Beach yesterday with Diesel which is dog friendly but the beach weather wasn’t entirely ideal with its 20mph winds.. We just walked around a bit and took a few photos of Dee. Here are a few of my favorites from the day :]
I honestly have no idea where the week went. It feels like Sunday just ended!
I had a few changes happen recently, one of which was regaining my sanity… I’ve been overworking myself the last several months so I finally set my priorities and let a few things go.. It certainly wasn’t easy and unfortuntaly really affected a few people but we just can’t please everyone all the time. My own happiness has to take priority. :]
Speaking of finding happiness.. A good friend of mine sent me a link to a TED video: Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work. Watch it! I’d paraphrase it but I would completely butcher the points he’s trying to make.
Feeling incredibly inspired by this fantastic lecture, I’m going to spend the next 21 days training my brain to be more positive. This includes spending a few minutes each day doing the following:
- Write three new things you are grateful for
- Journal about one new positive thing that happened within the last 24 hours
- Meditate and allow yourself to break free of the ADD tendencies to multi-task
- Commit random acts of kindness [send a thoughtful email or facebook message each morning]
I might add another requirement for the new daily routine like reading from a list of personal affirmations for self-confidence boosting. I occasionally doubt my talent, self-worth, etc due to how I was raised and while I’ve overcome most of the many trials and tribulations of my youth, they haven’t disappeared completely. :]
I’d also love to read a few pages of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. It’s a fantastic book with teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind set. I’ve read through this book on countless occasions and feel that much of the growth during my 20’s was due to much his words. I definitely recommend grabbing a copy from your local bookstore.
I’m sure you’re wondering who the person is behind the illustrations and posts… I conveniently forgot to put a photo up in the about me section when I first put up the site. I wanted to get a new image but I’m not a huge fan of sitting in front of a camera so it hasn’t happened yet. Here’s an old one :]
Writing a bio about yourself, in theory, sounds easy.. You know yourself better than anyone, right? The idea of making yourself sound intriguing without sounding conceited or something you’re not is in reality, rather difficult. As a whole, I’m a fairly humble person… I work a lot, get far too little sleep, and have a modest group of amazing friends located all around the globe.
As an artist, I’ve struggled to find that one thing that I truely love the most. I went to school for photography and really enjoy taking long exposures but it’s only ideal in the warm months of the year. I’ve done studio art, graphic design, web design, and have finally settled down with illustrating in Adobe Illustrator. I absolutely love it. I have so many people to thank for getting me to the point I’m at right now and I hope to dedicate a series blog posts in the future just for thank yous.
The biggest influence in my life right now is my boyfriend Steve… We’re perfect for each other. Steve is an entrepreneur with the ability to master any task he sets out after. He’s constantly coming up with new ideas [this week theEnglishBulldog.com] and always managing to completely overwhelm me. ;] Right now our three main projects are VinylDecals.com, Wallums.com, and our print and design shop. He handles most of the production and business aspects of them while I just design and help add products. Together we’re unstoppable.
Our “weekends” are usually spent working but we do our best to make a trip to the grocery store or go for a bike ride. So rebellious! Overall, we’re pretty boring but Diesel tends to make up for this with her good looks and unbeatable personality.
Diesel seems to be just fine this week [phew!] but I’ve been a hot mess. I’m starting to feel a bit more normal and hope to take care of a bunch of loose ends around here. Today I’ll be finishing up a rhino, drawing an adorable boxer named Bryndee, and finishing up my About Me section. Hopefully this weekend I’ll have time to finish adding prints, get a few blog posts squared away, and bust out some new illustrations. I created a notebook with Evernote with a list of ideas and it’s growing out of hand! I also have several illustrations started that I need to finish up including some retro cameras, a vintage sewing machine, and fluffy kittens. I’m thinking the kittens will take priority. ;]
Mother’s Day is coming up, have you started to think about what you might do?
Um. This Humunga Stache dog toy is just hilarious! I will definitely be ordering Dee one of these. Who cares if she’s a girl, it’s too funny not to take advantage of her modesty [or lack of] at our expense. 15 dollars is totally reasonable for a good laugh. OR here’s a mini one for $10. I’m in love.
I’ve never been much of a “dog person” and have always gravitated towards cats. I’ve always loved the low maintenance, cuddly aspect of cats but that was before I met Diesel and Juice.
Diesel, our four year old Mini English Bulldog. She’s everything the name Diesel implies except she’s female. She burps, farts, snorts, snores, and even throws up in her mouth and eats it. She is constantly making you laugh one way or another. I think her best trick is running around in circles throwing her body every which direction causing her to spin on her rear end as though she were break dancing. I’ll post a video one of these days; it’ll make your eyes water.
I’m not sure how I ever smiled without her.
And then there’s Juice… I’m not a fan of Juice. First of all, her name is ridiculous. Why Steve named her that, I’ll never understand.. Second, she’s mean. Don’t let the picture fool you, she’ll try to bite your hand off if you get close. You must meet one of two requirements to pet her: be of male gender or have food to give her. Juice weighs 20 pounds. We’ve tried to put her on a variety of weight loss plans but no matter how hard we try, she manages to make zero progress.. She and I have gradually created a mutual respect for each other: I don’t touch her unless she’s really hungry and in return she will sometimes sit next to me on the couch without attacking me. I’ll take what I can get until Steve finally agrees to get me another cat.