Go bananas for what makes you happy. I was in a rut the last few weeks during my midterms (still a little bit right now). When you put everything down to do things that don’t make you happy, (cough cough cough- organic chemistry) you can get in a rut. I put everything down to focus on midterms and upcoming exams but instead of being productive, I found myself more unmotivated and tired. If you ever did yoga, the instructors always say to do what your body craves. I know enough about myself that when I get upset, art is my therapy. And here we are. Credits to my housemate’s bananas which she should eat faster because they are browning!
I am reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. He emphasizes that happiness is the input for the function of success. If you put your happiness above everything, you will be more productive and likely more successful. Consider this idea the next time you feel unmotivated or unhappy. Draw some bananas, or whatever makes you go bananas.
Later, alligator. 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌
One of my best friends from high school came to visit me in Kingston this weekend. One thing that we loved to do back in Vancouver was to visit cute cafes and draw the buildings outside. We chose to settle down in a cafe across from Kingston City Hall. Though the drinks and atmosphere was mediocre, it had a perfect view of city hall for a quick doodle.
My friend kept telling me how much she loved Kingston, and she reminded me of how beautiful the city was. Kingston is subtle and welcoming. The city was underwhelming to me when I first moved here as a gal from big cities. I learned to love the atmosphere here. People are more humble in Kingston, and life moves at a slower, more manageable pace.
Peep a drawing of me drawing. 😍
I highly recommend cafe hopping and drawing in public. It can be taunting but you may surprise yourself with what you come up with. Show your town or city some love. And happy doodling. ✌️
It has almost been a year since I started my first bullet journal. While I don’t use mine as routinely as most bullet journal users, I have some tips on how to start a bullet journal. I also included some of my favourite spreads from the past year. 🤩
- Find a purpose for your journal.
- I decided one day not to buy agendas anymore. Instead, I bought my first moleskine. I don’t find it hard to keep up with my journal because I use it everyday and it’s a part of my routine like brushing my teeth!
- Google for inspiration.
- Being not creative “enough” should not be an excuse that keeps you from starting a bullet journal! I often google for ideas and customize the spreads to my liking. Once I tried out a couple spreads, I started to figure out the best format for me and what I absolutely needed in my planner.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things and mess up.
- Someone once said to me that they couldn’t start a bullet journal because they would get too stressed and scared about messing up. I think messing up is inevitable. I often write the wrong weekdays on my monthly spread and miss dates in my weekly spreads. But as time goes on, you will make fewer mistakes. Practice makes perfect!
- Don’t miss a day. Plan ahead, like WAY ahead if needed.
- If you know the next few months will be jam-packed, make all your entries in one or two sittings. When school is in session, I draw out the spreads every 3 months. This way I can plan ahead and not have to worry about my bullet journal.
- Enjoy the process.
- Enjoy the freedom and creative process of bullet journaling. I assure you when you are half a year in, a full year in, one journal finished in, you will look back and be proud of your work!!
Good luck and happy bullet journaling! 🤘
Anatomy jargon can have a romantic twist. If you are breaking up with someone who also studies anatomy, you can just say, “John, I feel like the sulci between us have turned into fissures.”
When I just started this series, I didn’t know much about anatomy. I am shocked by how much I have learned in the past month. Anatomy is so cool! 🤩
Being able to integrate my studies with my hobby has made me more enthusiastic and diligent with class work and course material. As a student, having interest in the course material propels you to search for information beyond the course curriculum. I find that having that extra something something solidates my learning and adds to my overall understanding.
Also I realized that my goal of 50 drawings is a little too ambitious. I just started 2 part-time jobs, and I still have a full course load and extracurricular activities…Hopefully things pick up during winter break! Fingers crossed.
I went to Toronto this weekend and fulfilled my to-do list. It mainly entailed chinese food (the authentic kind 😎), steamed buns, asian grocery stores, and lots of retail therapy. My heart is full (and my stomach). I am ready to tackle the rest of the semester.
Eat lots of good food and don’t let sayings like “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips” deter you.
…That’s a Friends reference if you didn’t get it. 🤩
My fondest memories of drawing as a kid was doodling. It wasn’t sketching still life or painting landscapes, but rather drawing anything that popped into my head, all over the page until the whole thing was covered. I like to describe this type of drawing as a “visual sensory overload”. It’s also unique because it peeps into the inner thoughts of the mind. Everything you draw has a significance, whether it is symbolic or you just like the form and structure.
This quick doodle was done over the summer. And even though I haven’t made a sensory overload drawing in years, there are still some common themes in my doodles. They always include 3 things: floating hands, skulls, and food. I wonder what that says about me. 😂
Keep calm and doodle on. (Or study if you have midterms like I do. In that case, good luck!)
Check out that adductor pollicis! The hands are one of my favourite things to draw. You can easily recognize someone by their face, but the hands are unique to each person as well. I know mine like how people know their own faces by every wrinkle, line, and little quirk. Like Joey with his hand twin from Friends, he understands the beauty of hands. Too bad it didn’t work out for him. 🤲
Here’s some inspiration from SBN if you are having an artist block. Honestly, just grab a pencil or pen and be your own model.
Until the next post. ☕️