art, lettering, lifestyle

2018

Happy 2018, friends! I wasn’t planning on writing a post like this just because I don’t see the new year as a big deal. I’m not the type of person that believes in turning over a new leaf, starting a new chapter, having a blank slate – none of that. A few years ago, I stopped writing resolutions down because if there’s something I really want, I’d work for it right away and not wait for the new year to be like, “Oh shit, I never got this done last year! *adds to resolutions this year*” Nevertheless, I thought I’d share some of my ongoing goals as my way of jumping onto the bandwagon.

Creating quality makeup looks

Even though I’m lookin’ glam on the ‘gram (wow, someone hire me to write poetry and/or rap already), I prefer to be more of a potato in real life. I literally do my makeup for Instagram and wash it all off after I get my photos. The only exception is if I know I have somewhere to go, then I’ll leave it on until I get back home. Makeup to me is more of a creative outlet than looking pretty (though who says we can’t have both!). Sometimes I feel uninspired and take a week off with nothing to post and feel guilty about not posting. At other times I’ll spend the entire day doing 2 or 3 different makeup looks and feel overwhelmed with posting. Crazy, isn’t it?! I’ve been trying to balance it by creating more full-blown looks that I’m putting more effort into, so I can get away with posting a few times a week and feel okay with it.

Do more art

I grew up as an artist, but as I became older, I was hearing left and right that art wouldn’t make any money. It’s kind of funny that almost all the artists I follow has heard that at least a million times! I’d try getting back into art every now and again, an it would always be the same: practice hard for a few days, and then stop completely. I’m not sure what changed this time, but I’m practicing and “doing” art more and more consistently for the last few months. I particularly love lettering and drawing people, and I love it so much that I don’t see myself stopping out of nowhere like I used to. I’ll be sending out emails soon to local businesses and bloggers (if you’re reading this, you might be one of them!) offering my lettering services. I’ve always wanted to make a living – maybe a part time income for now – off my art. Contacting people to buy my art scares the shit out of me, but I can’t stay in my comfort zone forever.

Make more videos

This is something that I’m *so* on and off about. I love the end result of a video, but the actual filming is really hard for me, especially since eloquent speaking isn’t one of my talents. But you know what, I bet there’s tons of people that aren’t eloquent at speaking, too! I’ve been told that my way of speaking and mannerisms are charming and funny even though I don’t think so. I feel like other people always have a knack for finding the good in what we think are imperfections, and it’s such a beautiful thing. So yeah, more videos! I’m hoping to incorporate some more lifestyle and art things into it, too. I’m afraid it’ll be a bit of a hodgepodge of things, but hey, not everything has to be perfect!

Live with less clutter

I’ve been good about this for the most part – I’ve already stopped buying a lot of things I don’t need (refer to my conscious spending post for how I stopped spending frivolously). I did a good job at decluttering my closet, though to be honest the bags of clothes have just been sitting in my room. The rest of my things, though? Loads of stuff to sort through. Kim’s posts on curating her life are great as a guideline though, and I recommend reading through them!

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What are your goals or resolutions?

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  • Happy 2018, Becky! I like doing resolutions, both personal and blog related. I’m gonna try make more youtube videos, and workout in the morning often (and go pescatarian). I should add Live with Less Clutter on my list, it always feels like I’m cleaning my room every other day. Good luck with your resolutions!

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

    • Happy 2018, dearest Bash! I’m always the silent creeper on your videos, but I truly do enjoy watching them. I started eating less meat in the last year (that feels so weird to write!) cause I feel more and more bad about how much meat we consume. But I don’t think I’d be able to go fully vegetarian or vegan, since I hate pretty much all vegan/vegetarian protein sources and I think it’d do me more harm than good to eat them constantly. I get what you mean by cleaning my room every other day! Though maybe it’s just because I constantly make a mess and never put my things away, lol. Good luck with yours, too!

  • Good luck with everything lovely! I’m excited to see what new makeup looks and content you come up with!! All the best xx

    https://xokerrabella.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you for the kind words! Trying to do more makeup looks on the blog, there’s one coming up tomorrow! Though it’s already on Instagram, haha.

  • Even though I’m lookin’ glam on the ‘gram (wow, someone hire me to write poetry and/or rap already) – brb dying at how fab this part is. following you on instagram is an inspiring moment for me. you made me took a courageous step towards using more colors in my eye makeup! you made me want to use blues and purples and stopped using reds and pinks and browns (which is tots fine and still my go-to) so thanks for that (((finger guns)))

    pssh, saying art doesn’t make money is kind of stupid although i do understand where they’re coming from. but it’s not impossible! and saying that is sooo degrading i’m offended LOL jk but no seriously, people told me it’s useless to study design in college. well look at me now, i’m a potato with a job so, ha. i know i said this before but uuugh i’m so jelly of your art skills! wish i can draw too. unfortunately i’m more of a technical (design) person so art just does not compute in my mind 😛

    i don’t have resolutions because new year resolutions are pointless imo, at least for me. as for goals, i haven’t thought much about it either. as you can see i don’t think about these things too much since i can get so bummed and frustrated when i fail to reach those goals or resolutions.

    p.s: good luck with everything ♥

    • Holy shit that means so much to me!!! Little old me influencing others to do more colorful makeup ;-; A few Asians have told me that they like seeing my makeup cause there’s not a lot of Asian influencers that do bold makeup, and it helps them to see someone with similar facial features so they can step out too! Post some of your looks someday, eh? :))))

      I think a lot of the people saying that don’t understand how much art and graphic design influences us! Like, all the labels and packaging at a grocery store? A graphic designer did that! Us artists do a lot more than people think! I’m kind of the opposite haha, I’m more art than technical/design – I can do both, but I’m definitely a lot stronger when it comes to illustration!

      Don’t worry so much about being bummed or frustrated when you fail to reach goals – imo the important part is that you did something. I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be when it comes to blogging or illustration and I thought I’d achieve a lot more when it comes to Instagram, but the point is that I’m doing something that’ll take me there eventually. So even if you fail at your goals (cause I do all the time), just remember that it’s a journey and not so much an end result. I hope that makes sense, maybe I’m just babbling on and on haha.

  • I totally feel the same way about New Years and resolutions, Becky! If I want to do something or have a goal, I don’t need a brand new year to start doing it. I do like to set some over all intentions for myself, but like you said they’re more of on going goals!

    I love that you want to sell your art work and trying to make a living off of it! You can definitely do it, if you really want to! If you 100% believe in yourself, you can manifest absolutely anything!

    And I absolutely love your YouTube videos, I’m happy to hear that you want to make more of them!

    • I’m inspired that you’re making a living off your jewellery! Have you been reading about the law of attraction? One of my bosses from work was really into it and we talked hours on end about it. I absolutely believe in it, though he believes in it more from a spiritual standpoint. But yeah, it just reminded me cause we’d always talk about manifesting our dreams into reality!

      Youtube can sometimes be an absolute chore for me, mostly because my editing is pretty basic. But I guess all the big youtubers started with mediocre editing without a background in it!

      • Aww I’m glad you’re inspired!! It’s seriously so fun and amazing to be able to work from home and for myself!!

        And I absolutely believe in and use the law of attraction!! I honestly think it’s a huge part of being successful. My Etsy store is still small but as soon as I started applying the law of attraction in my life, I saw a huge different. One day I decided to 100% believe that I was going to get Etsy sales I did, along with sending out gratitude in advance for my manifestations! I don’t know if that’s spiritual or not but hey it’s working for me!

  • Sam

    I’m not one for resolutions either, yet as I’m typing this out I realize that I am a little bit??? The last few years (particularly since I started blogging) I’ve written down a list of things I would like to do for the new year, but I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself to start doing so. It’s mainly to give myself a bit of direction, because usually at the end of a year I’m feeling a bit lost and I just decide to ride that out until the new year, where “motivation” is kind of everywhere. Plus, I enjoy looking back on it six months later to see where I’ve gone and what has actually happened!

    GOOD LUCK on contacting people for your art stuff, I think it’s amazing that you’re pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to make it happen!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • That’s a great way of saying it! I think I feel the same way. I always write down my goals as a constant reminder to work towards them, cause it’s so easy for them to get lost in the midst of everyday life. And it’s so easy to just fall into a rut of just going from home to work or school and hanging out with friends.

      I’ve contacted a total of one person so far LOL but she was reaching out looking for a graphic designer – but hey, me from the past would have thought that there were “better” designers out there so I wouldn’t even bother trying. I think the important part is pushing that fear to the side!

  • Happy New Year Becky!! Wishing you all the very best in 2018 🙂

    I’m not one for resolutions either as I feel you could and should aim to make positive changes in your life constantly! I think what helps is putting it out there as a way to look back and hold yourself accountable!

    I’m really looking forward to seeing more looks from you and of course, more artwork!! I think the way you’re pushing yourself is so inspiring 🙂

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

    • Happy new year, Stephanie! Thank you so much for your kind words! In the end I’m still scared/hesitant to put myself out there, but if I don’t then I literally won’t be putting myself out there and nothing would happen. I think a lot of it has to do with my fear of getting rejected, but I’m even more scared of not doing what I love.

  • I’m totally with you on not setting myself resolutions at the start of the year because if I want to change or work on something, the time of year has nothing to do with it. That’s great that you’re feeling inspired to create more art again, and also that you’re planning on taking the next step and offering your services professionally to people! There’s nothing wrong with trying to make a little money on the side, and it’s a great idea since you’re obviously talented enough to do it! And I’m totally with you on living with less clutter, once you finally realise that you don’t need to own or be being half as much stuff as you were before and that you’re just as happy it’s such a great feeling!

    littlehenrylee.net

    • yeah — i even feel tired of a lot of the clutter i have around me! my desk seems like it’s in a constant state of clutter even though i try to clean i every day, and i think it might be time to put away some of the things on it…!

      glad you’re on the same boat as i am with resolutions! i feel like for some people it’s a great reminder to make changes, but at the same time i’m kind of… scared? of realizing i need to change something about myself every year, at the same time every year. so that’s when i stopped making resolutions. thank you so much for the kind words about my art + making money off it, it means a lot to me!

  • I am not one for resolutions either and have always done what I want, when I want and never wait for the new year for it. My aim for this year is to cut down my beauty spending, no more blindly buying the latest releases instead I aim to rediscover what I have.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • it was actually quite easy for me to cut down on my beauty spending! of course it came with buying a lot of makeup first, but then my collection grew to a point where i could find dupes for a lot of the new releases, so i didn’t see a point in getting new makeup anymore. i’m content with what i have and i hope you can find that soon, too!

  • We share the same living with less/decluttering goal! I MarieKondo-ed the shit out of my closet and my bathroom cabinet last year and set a strict budget for myself so I could be more conscious of my spending. It honestly felt great to only be surrounded by stuff I truly loved and enjoyed 🙂 Best of luck with the rest of your goals!!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • ugh, i’m still in the works of decluttering my closet – a lot of the pieces i’ve already decluttered i can’t really just… justify donating all of it lol i want to at least make some of the money back! but that means trying them all on + taking photos of them and that’s something that takes some time + makes a mess if i’m not careful. i should find a weekend to do that, soon!

  • Kim

    Ahh thanks for the link love Becky <3 I need to make a more conscious effort to consistently make art, but I always feel strapped for time! I think it's exciting that you're deciding to venture out of your comfort zone to start lettering for local business and bloggers! I want to improve my calligraphy to get to that point, but I haven't practiced much and I need to get to it!

    • how could i forget that you do calligraphy?! i hope you’ll find the time to practice more – it’s a little tedious writing things over and over just to get it as perfect as possible, but imagine being able to write something cool super quickly and fluidly! you inspire me in a lot of ways 🙂