Living

Just painting my masterpiece, one story at a time.


The Art Experience | Finding the Feeling of Freedom

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July 16th was the day I felt freedom for the first time in a long time. In my favorite city of Chicago, sitting on the floor cross-legged, I had a blank canvas in front of me with many thoughts and no plans…

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Changing Directions | Making the Turn Anyways

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When it’s time to make a change or turn in your journey, you have to prepare yourself for the turn. Or, you can take the risk of losing control and just moving into your new turn without any warning. The more seasoned and prepared you are for a turn, the easier it is for you to maneuver curves and keep control.

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The Mental Diet | Watching What You Think

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I’ve been on a new diet and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s something that’s been much needed because honestly my previous diet was filled with a lot of trash with no nutritional value. It’s called a mental diet.

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Stop Torturing Yourself

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(Note/Warning: This was definitely a self-read so here’s a look into my conscious)

At some point, you have to stop torturing yourself. Replaying and internalizing situations that you know are no good for you or are no longer available to you.

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Stop dissing your Razor now that you have an iPhone

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You ever get a new phone and start acting brand new like you didn’t use to be so excited about that Pink Razor you got in seventh grade? You’re so hyped you upgraded, you start talking mess about your old phone. Have you done the same with your growth and your past self? Let’s talk about it…

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Dear ART at 25…

Dear ART at 25-2Hey Girl! I can’t believe I just typed 25! Woah, it’s crazy how time flies when you’re living life. I feel like we just turned 24! Anywho, here we are, live and in color. I have soo much to tell you….

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COMPUTER LOVE | HITTING RESET

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Has your computer ever start ‘failing’ you while you’re hard at work typing your heart out?  You have all your current tabs open and you’re working, but minute by minute, your computer is starting to malfunction….

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FUN GONE WRONG | I GOT STUCK IN THE PITS OF HELL!

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I don’t think I’ve ever been claustrophobic, but I can tell you I was close to the edge. *Cues Lil Uzi ‘XO Tour Life.

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LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM PLAYING TETRIS

 

 

Who thinks about life while playing Tetris?! Evidently, I do! I was amazed at all the lessons I’ve learned while playing this classic game! I’ve compiled a list of quick thoughts on the life lessons from Tetris!

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CAN YOU PLEASE TURN THE VOLUME DOWN?!?

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Have you ever turned down the music in your car when you’re getting closer to your destination to make sure you are following the right directions? Or, have you ever needed the pure sound of silence to read something because any type of noise completely takes you off task? How amazing would it be to just have all the noise stop when it’s time to study or focus, right? Of course, it’s not that easy, but if the world sometimes had a mute button, oh what a time it would be to be alive!

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ARE YOU SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE?

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The other night I was getting ready for bed by going through my normal routine, which included setting 4 alarm clocks on my “SureFire Alarm Clock” App. As I was doing this, I realized I did this exact thing every single night without fail.

It was my “goal” to wake up on the first alarm. However, by setting 4 alarms let me know that I wasn’t really planning to wake up to any of them but the last one. Psychologically, I tricked myself into thinking I was doing the right thing, but in reality, I was setting up myself to fail.

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WHAT IF I DON’T GET ANYTHING IN RETURN?

What happens when you sacrifice so much and get nothing in return?

According to my Daddy, “You nut the hell up.” *Insert laughing emoji

So, if you’re an ART Undone follower, you’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been. I wish I had a bright shiny object or exciting news to make up for my absence, but unfortunately, all I have is the truth.

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A FEW REASONS TO NOT LOOK BACK

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So, let’s talk about what happens when you start doing everything you said you would. I feel like a lot of people talk about starting a new journey to a goal, but not the constant battle that goes on in your head to continue that journey.

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YOU CAN’T MEASURE MY PESOS TO YOUR DOLLARS

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You ever see yourself pushing the limits of your abilities? You look in the mirror and you are proud of yourself. You passed that test. You wore that dress. You made that shot. You are absolutely killing the game. In that moment you are on top of the world. Then something happens….

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WE’RE GOING AFTER EVERYTHING THAT BELONGS TO US

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If you think I’m going to give up on myself or you, you got another thing coming. We’re going for everything that belongs to us with no regrets.

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TOO MUCH SUNSHINE WILL BURN YOU ANYWAYS

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I mean, even my favorite fried chicken didn’t change my mood…..

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TRUE LIFE: I’VE BEEN CHEATING ON MYSELF WITH EXCUSES

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This won’t take long….

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Are you on autopilot? Yeah, me too. 

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I’ve found myself coasting. Doing everything I’m supposed to do, while doing less of what I need to do to reach new heights. Autopilot comes with an excellent view, but the risk of coasting is great. Imagine you are the pilot of a plane….

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CHILL, WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED!

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As millennials, so many of us have this mental timeline in our head of when we will have our life together. To most of us that means around the tender age of 30 years old. After we’ve figured out life, it’s basically smooth sailing. Cheers to the good life!

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UNPLUGGED: FINDING A PEACE OF MIND

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You need to know what is going on in the world. You need/should care. You should also do as much as you can to make society a better place.  However, it becomes a point where you can almost self-torture yourself by trying to put the whole world on your shoulders.

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DEAR ART AT 24

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Today, you turned one year older. You are officially 24! Goodness, it crazy how time flies by when you are having fun. This year was a lot of firsts for you. From getting your first real job to moving on your own, it’s like you are an adult! Crazy, right? Well, you still feel like the same person, just a little enhanced in a couple of ways. You’re getting to know yourself better and you’re spending more time on people and things that bring you joy….

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WHY NOW?

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It’s all about timing.

Why decide to start a blog now? Glad you asked! Here are a couple of reasons:

Honestly, I need it. 

While I want to think of this blog as a place where people can learn from me, I’m still learning about myself. I think this is great platform to self-reflect, analyze and think. I don’t have all the answers and that’s okay. However, I find that I work best when I feel like I’m helping others, even if I’m actually helping myself.

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OH, HE BROKE UP WITH YOU? NOW YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF? OH, OKAY GIRL.

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I’m going to be honest, I never really got the whole idea of “having a relationship with yourself”. Like, what do you mean? I’m living, breathing, eating in my body; I think that would constitute as a relationship. I can always go to the gym more, but overall, I’m good. Right? That’s the questions I found myself asking every time I would read a social media post about someone being fed up with relationships and deciding that now, conveniently after a break-up or a mishap, they needed to focus on themselves. I thought it was all quite cliché and almost a cry for attention.  It just didn’t make much sense to me, especially if this person didn’t have some sort of mental illness or heavy baggage. That’s exactly what I thought…now here is what I think now:

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BOOK SUGGESTION: THE BOOK THAT PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

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Reading “The Life Changing Magic of not giving a f*ck” has helped me prioritize my time, energy and happiness. Through a conversational, yet no bluff writing style, Sarah Knight delivers an easy and relatable step-by-step guide to getting rid of mental clutter.  I now try to compartmentalize thoughts, people and obstacles in my life by if they bring me joy or annoy. I simply maximize the things that bring me joy and minimize the things that bring annoy me, contingent on factors including, relations, money, health, etc.

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