Have you been following the shows? I have been trying my best to keep up. This is a quick illustration I did of one of my favourite Celine looks. I always love Celine <3
I have decided to be more mindful of what food I am putting into my body. Most of the time I am so busy that I end up not really paying enough attention to the food I eat. I am no longer happy to be like this. I really want to actively attempt to think about what I am actually eating and make better choices every day.
My friends have been teaching and telling me a lot about health and food lately. There are so many things that I am just used to having and not thinking twice about it. I’m not talking about fast food like McDonald’s and the like. We all know those foods aren’t good for us. But I’m talking about anything that is processed, anything with an ingredient as a number, or preservative or something artificial. Even simple and ordinary things like say an ice-cream. I just assume that things are food, they’re being sold, and they wont kill me today so it’s ok. But actually it shouldn’t be ok, because these foods aren’t natural and they aren’t doing me any good.
Anyway, I am sure I will talk more about these things as I learn more, for today though I want to tell you my first step toward thinking about it. I’m going to make some delicious brownies that my friend had made the other day. These brownies were Raw Chocolate Brownies. They were actually so good that I would choose them over any other brownie.
The recipe comes from The Healthy Chef, and I purchased the Raw Cacao from The Spring Street Grocer.
I have been reading so much lately. It is one of my most favourite things to do. I have illustrated above all the books I read in January. I’ll try and do this at the end of each month.
I have challenged myself to read fifty books this year and I have read nine so far.
The Goodreads app is a good way to record what you’re reading and what you want to read. I also make lots of handwritten lists of books to read.
1. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. My friend V leant me last year the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It actually inspired my life, so I picked up this book just as a refresher. It was helpful. I agree with all the lessons.
2. Stardust. My lecturer Sue leant me this book last year. Not something I would normally read, however surprisingly I really enjoyed the story. I also realised I like Neil Gaiman as a writer.
3. Northanger Abbey. My friend Elena let me borrow this book about three years ago. I tried reading it back then and I couldn’t. It was just slow and boring. I thought it was about time I read it and gave it back to her. I struggled with it to begin with and then toward the end it just got so good. I started getting into the story and really understanding the character. Funnily enough I rate this book.
Forever flowers. They are always such a sweet gesture. They will always make the recipient smile.
I started a new tumblr for my illustrations. My 2014 thing is to try and do one drawing a day. I thought it would be a good idea to keep an online record of the illustrations and my progress.
Here’s the link for it: J Illustrations
Happy New Year!!
I’m feeling really positive about this year. I hope you all are too. I feel like this is my actual beginning. I feel stronger, happier, and more confident. I guess I have learnt a lot in my many years past.
I feel like now I am actually making my own choices in life, I feel like I am not being influenced by anyone that I don’t want to be influenced by. I am focussing on me. On people and on love and I don’t mean romantic love.
I don’t know if this will mean the same thing to anyone else but I figured that things are the way they are but you can still live life the way you want to. By your own rules. That’s just what I am going to do. Anyway…here are some fotos.
I couldn’t find many that I hadn’t posted on Instagram already. I’ll try to get more for next Friday.
My friends have gotten me hooked on Blogilates. If you haven’t heard of it, then click on the link. It is run by a girl called Cassie who lives in Los Angeles. She has a youtube channel where she posts pilates videos and offers healthy recipes, healthy tips, positivity and motivation.
I have started doing her beginner videos and I think they’re great. You basically throw on your gym clothes, find a space in your house as long as your body if you’re lying down and press play. Cassie explains and shows you exactly how to do it, she motivates you and entertains you. It is free and super convenient. I love it.
My illustration above is of her Blogilates Fit Journal which i have ordered and am waiting for. If you check out the blog, Cassie will explain in a video her 12 week challenge which you can begin on December 1 or January 1, whichever is most convenient to you. I am starting it on December 1.
It will be my uni holiday project! Check it out!
I bought this new issue of Frankie Magazine today. It is one of my favourites.
On my walk home from uni I stopped at the Botanical Gardens to have a bit of a rest and read some of the articles. I always look forward to Dawn Tan’s illustrations.
This is one of many illustrated posts, I hope you like my version of the front cover.