Christmas Eve Eve+

On December 23, 2015, we threw a crazy awesome Christmas sweater party. I ordered my sweater from Etsy a couple of weeks before. Being the diehard Drake fan that I am, this was only fitting.

Setting up+

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My roommate & I initially attempted to make a photo booth wall. We got home & started cutting the tablecloth, hung it on the wall, and realized no matter what we did, it looked cheap and shitty. I was super frustrated, & decided to completely throw the idea out the window, and go with something new. We created a small snack bar with desserts, alcohol, and photo props instead. Overall, it was relatively inexpensive to make, and easy to bring together. We started with a $5 roll of wrapping paper from Target. I tried to find something as simple and tasteful as possible…you can’t go wrong with stripes. We strung lights around the edges to make it a little more festive, and hung a Happy Holidays banner over the top. The banner was from Urban Outfitters, on clearance for $10. We used our photo booth’s white tablecloth ($2) & some decorative holiday paper bulbs ($3) from Party City.

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Holiday table set up

On the Table we had an assortment of yummy food items & candies.We baked vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting in striped cupcake liners, then added a peppermint inside, and sprinkled snow-like sprinkles on top. The champagne flutes were also dipped into the frosting & then coated with gold sprinkles. Two more flutes held crystal rock candy and said “Merry x-mas”. For more candy, we picked up a bag of Christmas colored M&M minis, poured them into clear cups, and added a peppermint striped straw. The only random, non festive item was a yummy buffalo dip we made to snack on. I considered adding red food coloring to make it fit in more aesthetically, but just didn’t.

The Party+

Bitches came over, yeah we threw a party. -Drake

Despite not having our photo booth come together, everyone still managed to make use of the props. A few glasses of champagne later…..

Everyone had so much fun. It was the first official party we’ve thrown in the house, and I’d definitely say it was a success.

 

An Aries Moon Perspective+

My moon sign (yes, moon. Not sun-totally different) is in 27º Aries. This might mean nothing to you, unless you’re also an Aries moon, in which case I’d be impressed if you read to the end.

Wherever your moon is placed, the traits from that sign will surface-the moon influences how you react emotionally. 

Assuming you’re somewhat knowledgable in Astrology, I’ll proceed. If not, then keep reading, but be sure to check back for future, more detailed posts on moon signs.

“Nothing quite happens soon enough with this position of the Moon. There is an inherent impatience with getting what they want. Life is a series of emergencies for Lunar Ariens. They live in the moment and have a hard time waiting for things to happen. Whims of the moment take absolute precedence in their lives.” –Cafe Astrology

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Aries Moon in Flames by Myra Oh at Diadem Tattoo

Impatient. I know I explain myself with that word at least once a day. On the road in traffic. Waiting in line at the grocery store. Unlocking my phone to reply to a text I haven’t received back yet. Counting down the minutes until a client’s hair is finished processing. Do you know how many times I’ve removed foils before they were light enough? Not proud, but it all stems from my impatience. It definitely requires a conscious effort to maintain any type of self discipline on my part.

My emotions have a driving force that can only be explained by the element of Aries itself, which is fire. That force can be overwhelming, & easily shift my priorities in the midst of a moment, if I let it. The sign of Aries often carries the traits “ruthless” and “careless” with it. In my opinion, it takes a significant amount of self-awareness to not let these traits control or define you. Young, insecure, or just with no sense of direction, it’s easy to let these powerful & fleeting emotions drag you in an unhealthy way, and hurt others.

Channeling these energies in a more constructive way is so important. Often described as “tireless for a cause”, it’s only beneficial to be conscious and in control of where those energies are going.  Directing my passion into my career, and also into a physical hobby is what I’ve found to work for myself. I’d have to say it worked for extremely successful people such as Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, who both share an Aries moon. Running, lifting weights, and focusing on the body I want to have, releases so much of my innate restlessness. It gives me a clear mind, which allows me to have the logical approach I want in a given situation… especially since Aries is a moon placement that’s known for letting their heart rule their head.

Knowing and understanding your moon sign is a good first step for personal growth. Knowing and understanding the moon sign of people who are close to you can also be beneficial, helping you to relate to them better, and empathize with how they act/react emotionally. That deeper understanding always gives me a little more tolerance, and a softer approach in dealing with some of my annoyances in everyday life. We are who we are, after all.

Sometimes, the best advice you can take is your own.+

I have a collection of writings from previous experiences that I’ve been compelled to share for a long time. Writing has always been therapeutic for me when my mind is clouded with emotions. The purpose of sharing many of these is my hope in reaching someone who could relate, and thus making them feel less alone in their own personal journey.

Moon opposite Mercury + “There is a conflict here between the head and the heart. Your emotions tell you one thing and your mind tells you something else. The result is a see-saw effect: you can be emotional to the point of irrationality at one moment, and logical the next. How to blend the head and the heart is a constant struggle for you, usually because you have a tendency to resist blending them.”

 

What hurts today won’t hurt tomorrow. Time will fix everything, and God will put things back in order. He’s done so much for you spiritually emotionally & mentally, when you’ve needed it most He hasn’t let you down.  You did what you had to do and undoubtedly put in 1000%. Don’t mess up the rest of God’s plan for you, because you want to allow yourself to be weighed down by the past. That isn’t you. You’re a lover of new beginnings, and shouldn’t compromise that because you feel lonely. You’re not alone. The people who care about you TRULY care, and that’s more than most people can say for themselves. So just be patient. Relax. Give it to God. Lighten your heart up- there’s no person worth burdening you to the point of feeling like you aren’t yourself. You’re truly great, and have the power to do great things, while helping others do great things. Don’t let your purpose go to waste. Emotions are only temporary. Look at the bigger picture, stop being so blind by what’s in front of you. You’re selling yourself short.

2013.

The BIG Ticket+

Location: Metro Park in Jacksonville, Fl.

I experienced The Big Ticket for the first time today. It’s no Warped Tour, having only two stages and taking place in a much smaller venue, but it was still worth the excitement.

Twenty One Pilots and Of Monsters and Men were the two main headliners, and as I read down the lineup, I had no clue who almost anyone else was. Turns out, I actually knew a lot of songs from the other artists once they hit the mic. Walk The Moon, Robert Delong, The Neighborhood, BORNS, and X Ambassadors definitely got me caught up in the hype and had me adding so many songs to my playlists on the way home.

We were fortunate that it was such perfect weather, considering the well known, unpredictable climate Florida offers. Just chilly enough to layer for nighttime, yet warm enough to get away with a crop top during the day.

To my own surprise, I managed to stay sober for 90% of the event.  

We ended the night with Twenty One Pilots, to whom I had never given a fair chance at listening to their music. Needless to say, it’s understandable why they had thousands of people’s undivided attention- with girl’s crying and all.  They have a distinct, unique sound, which in my opinion, is hard to do, and still attract the masses.

The girl’s and I had so much fun, even while I was running off of 4 hours of sleep, no caffeine, and had woken myself up at 7am to get ready. (1 hr hair/makeup, 1 hour to pick out an outfit…this is regular.) But I can’t complain too much, since I do wake up for concerts earlier than I wake up for work every single day….lucky me.

Here’s to The Big Ticket- may next year’s lineup be even better!

First timer+

Well I hope everyone doesn’t think my blog looks like shit. I used to be super tech savvy, then somewhere down the line I got more involved with life, and less involved with my laptop…..Yet here I am. This is multi-purposing as a portfolio and a blog, but mostly to gain a little insight to my mind/heart. You ever feel like you had a second chance at life? I do. So this is where it begins.