One of the best things about being home is having a lot of time to do the things that I never found time for back in Taiwan. One of which, is being able to go on morning runs. The other thing is making the time to play with paper + glue.
Today, is my Mi's birthday. She is off gallivanting through Europe and I wish I could be there with her to celebrate her special day. This girl is seriously one-in-a-million and I'm so happy that our completely different worlds collided and that we became the bestest of friends. Mi, I love you. I hope all your wishes come true!
The other day I realized I had a lot of butterflies cut out from a previous project, so I started laying them out to see what I could create with them. First, I created the heart and really loved how it looked. But it didn't feel complete, so I decided to add the peace sign. And now I think it's perfect!
The truth is, my heart isn't at peace. It's slightly broken from a lot of tough decisions I've had to make in the last few years. It's still mending and I have yet to find the tranquility and peace that I so desperately seek.
So this heart is a reminder that I will find peace one day. That it's hopefully around the corner. And that when we find peace in our heart, we can fly freely to new horizons. My favorite part of this project is that I punched a butterfly from the chinese word 安排, which means to plan. Planning to find peace, planning to move on, planning to take flight.
I have several complaints about our new house, but I do love how it's HUGE compared to my old place. The water temperature in the shower fluctuates every time I blink, the floors are scuffed and stained and impossible to clean, and the walls are so thin that they look like they will fall over any minute...But the good news is: I have space to be creative! I have a huge table where I can spread out my artsy supplies. So now, I start most of my mornings with a open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwich. the sounds of CNN in the background, and my scrappy supplies sprawled out in front of me. I love waking up every morning, alone with my thoughts, with the urge to create, and the stillness of my house. It's magical!
The layouts above are all works in progress. Most of them are done, minus the journaling. I'm trying so hard to use up my scrapbooking supplies. So I'm digging out old supplies, like buttons, ribbon, scalloped edges, labels galore, and old school papers, and I'm trying to make it work. I want to use them up so that the next time I move, I won't have to move as much as I did two weeks ago. Good plan, right? I rather move completed albums instead of boxes and tupperwares full of random scraps.
I'll post the finished pages in my Made In Taiwan album---->. It's Friday and Monday is another holiday. I have to be super productive because I leave for Vietnam on Tuesday and I have LOTS of job hunting to do before then.
I woke up a little grumpy today. But then I remembered that last night I had purchased these fun Christmas stickers from Shida night market. I took them out and like magic, a funny Christmas card idea popped into my head. Since I'm incredibly low on money this year...no one is really getting a present from me (sorry friends and family!). However, that doesn't mean that I can't make them smile with my dorky craftiness. It looks like an 8year old made the card, but I think that's why I love it so much. This is what the front looks like:
The inside will also have some more cute stickers, but will mostly be filled with sweet words and funny anecdotes. Now, I'm off to buy two small presents for a gift exchange, and maybe find a nice (and cheap) dress for Christmas day. Happy Christmas Eve Eve.
We had an MBA Christmas Ball on Friday night, filled with delicious food and bottomless drinks. I am so happy that I forked up the money and decided to splurge on this event because I was able to be with my four best friends in Taipei. Now that I've pretty much graduated, and Tania (on right) has also finished her thesis and is just waiting for her defense, I'm starting to realize that we only have 2-3 months left together. Honestly, I want to cry when I think about not having them in my daily life. We've made promises that we'll get together in the years to come, but these kinds of promises are hard to keep as our lives will get busier and busier. However, in the meantime, I'm trying really hard to just enjoy them while I have them. I'm so lucky to have made such amazing friends here.
I should be at school doing work right now, but I'm not. Instead, I'm spending some quality alone time with myself. I don't really feel like seeing anyone and that's ok. But even though I'm all alone, it's so nice to know that there are people out there, all around the world, who truly care about me. And just to know that is such an amazing feeling. I am so thankful. Onto today's listy list:
listening: to the sounds of my neighborhood eating: chicken and veggies wrap drinking: grapefruit green tea wearing: redbull tank top and boy-shorts feeling: peaceful, content, yet somehow worried weather: cloudy and perfect wanting: to know if my crazy ideas could truly work out needing: some answers to my health problems thinking: about how my hair feels thinner enjoying: the sight of the paper i picked up in Korea over a year ago, finally being put to good use
It's simple, and colorful, and describes me at this very moment at the age of 28.75. It's my new favorite layout and I'm so happy I stayed home on this Friday night to scrapbook instead of going out. Tomorrow is a the big party night anyway. So tonight, it's just me, paper, glue, words, and Season 1 of Big Bang Theory. Love those nerdy dudes. Oh and theres one more new layout in my "Made in Taiwan" album for all my crafty friends who are interested. Goodnight.
Typhoon Fanapi is here and I've been stuck indoors all day. On one hand, I love it because its allowing me to do things that I haven't done in a while, like scrapbook and catch up on to-do lists. On the other hand, it's driving me crazy because it gives me too much to time to think. And of course, this means that anxiety is usually around the corner. I've found that my anxiety is worse in the mornings when I'm waking up. The first hour is always the hardest which is never a good way to start the day. On a brighter note, my apartment is filled with cut-up pieces of paper and new pictures that I've printed on the best little printer in the world: HP Photosmart A646. Because of this little guy, I have been able to once again enjoy my dorky hobby of words + paper. I'd forgotten how therapeutic it is to write shit down and I hope that no matter how busy I get with my thesis, that I take the time to document my story.
So, after deciding it was time to tackle the lingering scanner problem, I popped open a beer, downloaded an episode of How I Met Your Mother, and got to work. And low and behold...a successfully scanned scrapbook page! This one is for you Sarah, who reminded me that my old albums include way too much of my past, and not enough of my present and future.
Today all I did was watch a zillion episodes of How I Met Your Mother while scrapbooking. I only made two pages but it felt GREAT to be creative again. I so wish I could post them but I cant because 1. my scanner broke and 2. they're both regarding super private things. Also, I finally created a photo album on the sidebar dedicated to all the traveling I have done around the world. It's not complete, so I'll be adding to it as I clean out my hard drive and discover more pictures from the past. But until then, take a look if you're interested in my crazy travels.
On my mac, on the dashboard, I have a post-it note with these words. Words that keep me going. Words that remind me of what is important. That give me a simple boost when I need it. And so a page has been made to remember these words.
Trying to get back into my old hobby. Sticking to my old scrap-mantra of less is more. It was hard to get started, but I've been on a roll the last few days. I forgot how much I enjoyed my nerdy love for paper and words.
I've created an album of the stuff I've made since coming out to Taiwan. Check it out if you so please. Only ten pages or so, but I hope to add to it this weekend.
I just spent the last two days writing a cover letter. I am so out of practice on this whole job searching stuff. It took me waaaayyy longer than I had expected, but now I have a pretty awesome letter to match a semi-awesome resume. So double fist pump for that.
So today was registration day over at Mandarin Training Center where I will be taking language classes starting July 1. I am so ready for the learning to begin because
I will finally learn how to say, "rad" and "sweet" and "dude," plus all the bad words that frequent my daily vocabulary.
I want to make friends and have people to eat lunch with. Is that sad?
I have to say though, I've been pretty freakin stoked to find that there is another George Mason alum living here in Taipei. Small world right? Apparently we had a bunch of friends in common, but never crossed paths in the four years in college. So thanks to facebook, gmail, and my new cell phone here in Taiwan we have been able to meet up twice for eats and drinks. Very cool and laid back girl. Plus, she has a blog which makes her even cooler in my book.
Lastly, I was able to make a little bit of art today. Simple. Made with anything I could find. And the help of the passport photo dude who printed out two extra ones just so I could scrap. I had to use my tweezers to rub the letters on to the paper. It was tricky, but it worked.
Off to grab some dinner before everything shuts down. Peace yo!
A funny conversation with my mom is now documented for all to see.
And speaking of my mom, today is her birthday. So happy birthday to the most generous mom in the entire world. To the woman who always puts her family first. To someone who has taught me every bad word in the spanish language. And to the person who makes me laugh on a daily basis. I love you mommy. May your day be a happy one.
This is my daily page for today. Matt didn't get a job that he really wanted, and that I really wanted for him. But that's life. I believe that everything happens for a reason. And I trust that bigger and better things await us. So, here's to tomorrow. May it bring the promise of new beginnings.
So I made this page today. And I'm sorry if it offends anyone who used photo holiday cards this past year. It is not supposed to. I just don't believe in censoring myself with the insignificant details. So there. I said it. And I scrapped about it too.