TIM BURTON-INSPIRED LOOK
HALLOWEEN TOWN DRESS
MERMAID FOR TRUNK-OR-TREAT
HALLOWEEN FIGURES PRINT DRESS
FREDDIE MERCURY-INSPIRED LOOK
NETFLIX AND CHILL
LADY IRON MAN
If you didn't know, I'm a graphic designer! Am I the best? No! But I love what I do and what I make. Today, I want to share some of my Halloween designs with you. Over on RedBubble, you can purchase everything from stickers to shirts to phone cases!
HORRORS IN THIS HOUSE
YOU COULDA HAD A BAD WITCH
GHOUL GANG (WITH OR WITHOUT GHOST)
I try to add new designs when I can, but these are the main ones I have in the store right now. I also have a small "glitch" collection that could be fun for Halloween. Please feel free to check out my other designs as well. A portion of every sale goes to me when you purchase from RedBubble!
6. I MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND, AND I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
12. NOT EVERYONE CHANGES OR IS OPEN TO CHANGING THE BAD THINGS ABOUT THEM. IT IS NOT OUR PLACE TO STICK AROUND UNTIL THEY DO CHANGE.
13. IT IS COMPLETELY OK TO CHOOSE TO STEER CLEAR OF PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING VIEWS AS YOU, ESPECIALLY IF THOSE VIEWS INSINUATE THAT YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS LESS VALUABLE THAN SOMEONE ELSE.
19. OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER ARE THE SUPERIOR MONTHS OF THE YEAR. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
As I sat at my desk contemplating what my blog post should be after such a long hiatus, I knew that I needed to post something about the climate in our country surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
If you can’t tell by my posts on social media, I’m an advocate for Black Lives Matter, which was not always the case. I used to be one of those people that wanted the whole story. But a strengthened relationship with God is truly what I think changed my mind about it all.
This is funny to me because it seems like a number of people who use this term “All Lives Matter” profess to be Christian’s themselves, while conveniently realizing they are acting much like the pharisees who killed Jesus, a man who only strove to do good.
Jesus was a man of color who was killed by the people with legal and political power in his time. It was the law that said it was wrong of Jesus to heal on the sabbath. It was the law that said Jesus was wrong to say he was God’s son. It was the law that said Jesus was wrong for saving the life of the adulterous woman.
And we as Christians read these verses and think of how awful the pharisees were to our savior, who was only trying to make the world a better place.
I think the issue comes in the word “matter,” because this word holds different weight to different people. For me, my husband matters to me more than a stranger. Because we use this word to describe what means the most to us, people don’t tend to understand it when it is applied to a larger group of strangers.
For some, “matter” is a very passive word. Sure, it matters. For others, “matter” is a powerful word that had the power to lift someone up. You matter!
For the current social majority, which is being phased out for a different social majority, the word “matter” doesn’t have a huge meaning. That’s why it is difficult for them to understand that all lives cannot possibly matter to them if segmented groups of people are treated differently for various reasons, consciously or unconsciously.
WHAT LIVES DON’T SEEM TO MATTER
I could go on and on about the sectors of people whose lives don’t seem to matter to the social majority. You’d be reading for a lifetime. If I left out a marginalized group of people, it was either unintentional, or I’m not informed, so please feel free to leave some info in the comments. I hope this has brought some clarity to this phrase for you. The goal, one day, is for all lives to matter. But we have a long way to go before we realize that goal. Let’s work together to make it happen.
Well.... long time, no see. I guess that makes sense?
I've been a super bad content creator since this quarantine started, and I really don't know why. I guess that I lost motivation to do a lot of things.
Nothing much has been going on with me. Here are some updates, I guess:
GIVE ME AN UPDATE IN THE COMMENTS. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN DOING DURING QUARANTINE?
So, for this product review, I will tell you what I think of the dog treats as far as being a dog mom goes. Then, I will tell you how Maisel, my Australian Kelpie/Pitbull mix liked them.
THE DOG MOM PERSPECTIVE
MY DOG'S PERSPECTIVE
ABOUT OLD MOTHER HUBBARD PRODUCTS
Overall, I would say "yes" to giving a recommendation for these treats. Maisel always gets excited when I reach into the treat bags, and I just know your dog will too!
As a general rule, I try not to write too much about my job. I want to start off this post by saying how grateful that I am that I have a job and that I can work from home.
I know there are a lot of people who were put out of work, or who are getting paid by their job, but were told not to work right now. I know that it must be challenging and scary. I just want to preface this post with that, because I know some might not understand where I'm coming from.
It all centered around leaving work and work and home at home, at least as much as possible. If I had a bad day at work, those feelings would stay in my office or in my car and I would have my home, a neutralizing place for me, to come back to.
I have quickly learned that professional and personal aspects of my life are blending together a lot during this COVID-19 pandemic, and it isn't the best for my mental health, or for the mental health of others.
I found out from my best friend Jeremy that I'm not alone. He's in Atlanta, which is obviously a hotspot for the coronavirus since it is such a large place.
He told me that he received a tip about how to kind of get ride of that extra energy floating around after working. He said you can get in your car and do whatever it is you do on your commute. For me, I listen to music or call my mom. You could stay parked and do this, or take a ride around the neighborhood.
âI realized on Tuesday that I didnât have a blog post for this week. Amidst all of the craziness with COVID-19 (which has also consumed pretty much all of my life this past month), I knew I didnât want to write about it again.
So, instead, I have decided to write a cheesy post about my anniversary, which is on March 18! By the time youâre reading this, it has likely passed. But, that doesnât make these lessons any less impactful.
Without further ado, here are some of the things Iâve learned as a young married woman after three years of marriage:
1: LIFE WOULDNâT BE THE SAME IF YOU ARENâT MARRIED TO YOUR BESTIE
2: LIFE OFTEN KICKS YOU WHEN YOUâRE DOWN
3: HARDLY ANYTHING IS WORTH GOING TO BED ANGRY ABOUT
4: IT CAN BE HARD TO SEE THINGS HAPPENING FOR OTHERS THAT YOU WANT FOR YOURSELVES, BUT PRESS ON
Those Chinese food and movie nights at the house, or that $5-a-ticket movie date. Those moments are special, so donât take them for granted.
5: A GOD-CENTERED MARRIAGE IS SO VALUABLE
Even if you arenât religious, taking time to humble yourself and realize the need for spiritual growth is so important. But I know that in our relationship, God has answered so many prayers, especially when we got to the point where we were making him a priority.
When I'm not creating content for my blog or our YouTube channel, I'm working full time on social media for my regular 9 to 5 job!
I'm trying more and more to create content that I know other creators or just people who are interested can use in their everyday life. Almost everyone I know is on social media. I wanted to share some of the tools that I've found useful in growing my platform or just creating better content.
2. FOLLOWING THE RIGHT PEOPLE/GROUPS
As a blogger, I tag almost every post on Twitter involving a blog post with some of the accounts that retweet bloggers for exposure. I'm also in a number of groups on Facebook where I share my content and also support other creators.
For Instagram, I like to use this app called "Later." You can schedule to have a reminder sent to you. You can also pre-plan your captions as well! I love it, especially when I have a nice photo that I want to schedule for a later time.
4. PHOTO EDITING APP
âA few weeks ago, I woke up to a familiar nervousness that I had felt the year before around this time. As I woke up, I put on a nice outfit for work. I stopped for a splash of caffeine (and by that, I mean the Venti) at Starbucks on the way in.
I was in for a long morning of running around feeling a mix of franticness and nervousness. I was about to be face to face with the son of an American hero: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. âHis eldest son, Martin Luther King III, came to the University to speak at our annual spring convocation, which is always dedicated to Black History Month. If youâve been here a while, youâd know that I met Ruby Bridges last year.
âAs an adult, King is living out the legacy of his father by acting as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and by giving nonviolence training to various groups in the U.S. and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Israel and Palestine, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.
âIt was awe-inspiring to meet King in person. Growing up, Iâd seen photos of his father circulating everywhere. When I saw him in person, it was like seeing what MLK Jr. would have looked like if his life wasnât tragically ripped away from him.
Today, I wanted to share a bit about what I learned from King, and some of the things he said that really stuck with me:
1: GET INVOLVED
I was really involved in the community and on my campus while in college due to my involvement in a number of community service-minded organizations. I lost that after graduation and was content with doing nothing.
However, this opportunity, and things happening at my church, have taught me that being involved is important. God wouldnât want me to stand idly by while help was needed.
2: REFUSE TO LEAVE THE WORLD UNTIL YOUâVE DONE SOMETHING GOODâ
3: INACTION IS PART OF THE PROBLEM
âWhen that happened, I called it out. I called the store after we left and told them what happened. They said they were going to speak with the woman. But I came to realize that I would be more than passionate if something bad had happened to my husband or his family members, especially if evidence pointed to the fact that it was only happening because their skin color is different to mine.
In truth, it is really hard for any of us to know what life is like in the shoes of another person. It is best to see what we can do to help, knowing that racism is absolutely wrong in the site of God and most people in the world today.
âI could probably write on this subject forever, but I was just so honored to meet them. For those that knew me before a few years ago, they likely see the photo I posted with him and roll their eyes. They only remember the times where I argued with them about a police shooting (which I would mostly retract today) and they find it hard to believe that life and God changed me.
I took photos with Bridges and King. I may have been a little struck by who they were, but what mattered to me was what they said and how they communicated it. And, how in a world filled with divisions, they still preach unity and peace.