Health?

Something a little different but came requested so here we go 

H E A L T H

About a year or so ago I was in school exhausted, always hungry, gaining weight, and absolutely miserable. Turns out after some blood work I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. If you are not familiar with the condition basically my thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones. Since the thyroid runs the metabolism of the body mine began to slow down. So at 21 I could not go a day without multiple naps. I could eat a full meal then 30 mins later feel hungry again and of course the fun little symptom of being depressed. After getting on Synthroid my symptoms went away and I focused more on my health, I no longer wanted to take it for granted. I had never felt so toned and just overall good. Well when I graduated I lost focus…

P R E S E N T

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Flash forward to today and I am refocusing on that mission again. I am eating five times a day which is harder than it sounds. I tend to get busy and not plan ahead so now I am planning an entires day worth of meals so that I do not have to turn to unhealthy options. It’s amazing what dedicating a little extra time in the morning can do. I also am trying to limit the amount of junk food I buy in general. No more chips and ice cream but fresh fruit and salted nuts.

SIDE NOTE: in no way am I a dietician, nutritionist, health expert, or doctor. I am one individual stating what’s working for me…

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I also started to cook again. I love cooking it is like a secret passion of mine. I got in a rut of buying prepackaged meals or ordering from the amazing ubereats. By cooking my own meals I know what is going into my food and can control the portions.

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I also am mixing up my proteins, I started adding in fish do get some omegas and variety. Each of my meals comes with a healthy dosing of veggies. Getting all my greens is essential.

Lastly I am working out again (woo) after a failed attempt at a gym membership and a home gym. I joined Classpass based on my sisters recommendation. I have started taking classes with Classpass for two months and I am lovin it. I can mix up my routine and fitness. I usually do a week mixed with yoga and pilates. When I am not using my fitness app I am trying to do activities that lean on the healthier side. Like the photos on this post My friend Gabby and I had a fun day taking a walk to a park then participating in some very public park yoga. It was great to be outside and push ourselves with headstands and flows. Also my furry friend is helping me tone up with very long walks since both can use them. Now that its finally warm we are enjoying three mile strolls in Trinity park here in Fort Worth.

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I am in no way perfect, I am slowly getting back in shape and in the right healthy mindset again. Thank you all for reading to this point if you have any tips, suggestions, or comments let me know!

All the photos featured on this post were taken by my wonderful friend Gabby Mcgarry.

Artist Block pt.2

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog you know that i wrote a blog post all about my struggle with artist block. As promised in that post I am giving an update.

So far the one I have tried that is working pretty well for me is I have been experimenting with watercolor again.

11: Explore other creative disciplines
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Look beyond other illustrators and designers: photography, typography, fashion, film, packaging and signage, for instance.

If you didn’t know me in college which most of you didn’t the one required class that I was putting off until my last year out of straight fear was painting. You could either take painting I or watercolor I. Since i was turned off by the idea of learning to make my own frames I picked watercolor. I was no master and realized this is not an easy medium as I originally assumed it was.

Even though it was difficult I did find coming into the studio in between classes or at night to finish the little details relaxing. There was something nice about the waiting. Each layer has to be completely dry before you can move on to the next. I also became obsessed with the palette itself. Each one as unique as the painting I was attempting at making.

I mean come on look how beautiful they are I honestly should have just taken high quality photos and called it a day… HELLO new project!

The work I am making now on my tiny desk is a little different then what I made in school. I dabbled in abstraction which you can see in the third photo below but even then I had to take a photo first to get the actual inspiration to create it.

The two pieces I have created over the last week are small abstract self portraits. One I entitled Homesick and the other is still untitled. Both in my eyes reflect me and how I am currently feeling. It’s foreign to me to have a blank canvas and no resource imagery but I think it’s lushing me to expand my creative mind and tool belt. I am bravely adding the images of my two new pieces below. I am excited to progress and make something I genuinely like in the future.

Homesick, 2019

Homesick, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Fresh Self Portraits

As you can see from my work I occasionally model for my own photos. You can call it a self portrait, a selfie, or an advanced selfie if you will. If you follow Sorelle Amore she invented the term Advanced Selfie and has an amazing series on youtube about her life and work. You should all check it out L I N K. Anyway I digress.. back to the goods with spring just around the corner it was time for my legs to see the light and break out the shorts and a dress. It was nice to get back in front of the camera and try out some new ideas.