I was turned on to Esperanza Spaulding by a friend at school last week. I've been listening to her a lot while working, which is a change up from the usual intense music I listen to. [stay awake, work work work!] I really like the change in speed--her voice is really beautiful.
On the tail of yesterday's post, I thought a question and answer vlog would be fun way to get to know me. So any questions you guys would be interested in me answering, just leave a comment on this post. You can also send me an email at maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com if you'd like to go that route instead.
I haven't made a vlog since last year, and I'm really excited to answer any questions you all might have for me!
I've mentioned this to a few people, but I've really been struggling with my presence on my blog. What I mean by that is I don't feel like I really give enough of myself so that people reading my blog can connect with me--I'm very at arms length. Now I've been blogging [aka I had a Livejournal] for many moons, and looking back, I've always been like this. I just post a lot of pictures and not a lot about me-- so much that a regular reader could certainly pick me out from a crowded street, but couldn't tell you much about me besides my name. While this blog will never be a "Dear Diary" sort of blog, I still want to at least come of as relatable ...to someone...anyone?
I think my main hangups when writing on a more personal level is:
A. By the time I get to the computer I've already talked myself out of whatever I was going to write about. I don't know about anyone else, but I think of a lot of ideas in the shower, or right before bed. I'll have it all written out in my head, but when I sit down to type it out, I just stop. Either because I tell myself it wouldn't be interesting to anyone else, or because....
B. I'm too afraid to write that much copy. My writing is sometimes just a hot mess. I'm the kind of person who thinks a lot faster than I write [and speak, but that's a whole other insecurity], which results in me constructing a lot of discombobulated sentences because of me starting and restarting sentences several times. [then toss in the fact that I read fast, so catching my hiccups doesn't always happen] I mean honestly, this whole me explaining my writing woes could end up making no sense in the end. haha Add in that I by no means am a grammar master, and you have why I tend to shy away from writing.
BUT WHO CARES?!
Someone is either going to read what I wrote or not, but certainly no one will read it if I never write it. Plus, I'll never get better if I don't work on it. So here I am, with probably the largest amount of copy to date. It's not flooded with imagery either, it's just me and what I'm really dealing with. I'm going to continue to push myself on this blog to dig past just surface level. I'll still have all the things I have on the blog now, because I enjoy them, there will now just be more to read. ;D
I'm all about shorts this year, which is a tad strange because I haven't worn shorts a lot in the past 8-10 years. I think it stems from the embarrassment I received from faculty in high school. I don't know if it's apparent from photos, or if I've ever mentioned my height on here, but I'm fairly tall. I'm 5'9", and have been pretty much since 8th grade.
Which means that shorts can look ...well, pretty dang short on me. It doesn't help that inseams keep getting smaller--I mean I've seen shorts boast about their "micro inseam" before! [these are not shorts I purchase, but are pretty hilarious to try on]
Anyway, so back when I was in high school faculty would frequently call me to the front of the class, or stop me in the hall, so that I could do the finger test. This test was how they determined if girls were wearing shorts, skirts, or dresses that were an inappropriate length for school. What you would do was place both arms straight down, and if the bottom of your garment was shorter than your pinky finger, you had to be sent home to change, or receive a demerit that could result in further disciplinary action if you were a repeat offender.
Luckily for me, I always passed the test, but the constant questioning of if I was dressed inappropriately or not made me feel ashamed of how I looked in shorts.
So for the most part, I just stopped wearing them altogether. But this year it's all about being proud of my body and wearing what I want---legs, meet the world!
I forgot I had taken this photo until just now coming across it on my computer. I caught Stinker one day just chilling on this pillar, looking at who knows what. I also have no idea why there is an outside temperature gauge on that shelf, but now you know how cold the house is. [and why I'm always cold!]
This is another piece I did during my 3rd quarter in grad school. It was the first piece I created completely from scratch in Illustrator. I'm pretty dang proud of it! I had to create an infographic poster, so I decided to do mine on child pageants after marathoning a bunch of Toddlers & Tiaras.
I am not the type of person that is afraid to wear tights and/or boots in the summer. I wear jeans year round, so I think I've just conditioned my body not to care about the extra layers in the heat. It probably also helps that I get cold easily-- as a child I actually liked sitting in hot cars!
"Is it rational, is it logical, that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the work that they feel they were put on this Earth to do?"
[if you're reading this from a reader you might need to go directly to my blog to see the video]
Ted Talks--they are awesome. But there are ones you just feel compelled to share. Like this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. I first watched this talk last Sunday while I was attending the first of four classes MINT Gallery is hosting called "Artist Boot Camp" and I thought it was really good. Even if you can't sit through the whole 19 minutes, at least give the first 10 a listen! [The Ruth Stone and Tom Waits stories that start about 10:30 are pretty powerful though]
This Saturday I'll have a booth at the Bethlehem Craft Market. There will be food, music, vendors, and even a bouncy house for the kids. Plus, it's all under a beautiful pecan grove! So, if you're in the area I'd love to have you stop by.