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This is me...

I am a mountain gal, born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. i have a degree in communication arts and design, from Virginia commonwealth university's school of fine arts. whether my parents realize it or not, i was raised to be strong, intense, and passionate about, well, anything and everything I dO. my greatest achievement to date is actually making it through art school and then getting a job in my field. i mean, ART SCHOOL IS NOT WHAT PEOPLE THINK IT IS, INCLUDING MY 18 YEAR OLD SELF BACK IN THE DAY. PLUS, the art world is tough and everyone is a designer these days. but, even though creativity is my life fuel, there's so much more to me than my art and design.

 

my brain is in constant motion and i am someone who loves the pursuit of a seemingly impossible challenge. i am obsessive. i am an over-achiever. give me a to-do list and i will not stop until it's done. and done correctly. i am extremely efficient and have a hard time dealing with time wasting and indecisiveness, even though i am guilty of it at times. i am a giver. a secret lover. a secretly sensitive scorpio. a grower. a doer. a dreamer. a wanderlust. i can be relentless to a fault sometimes. I AM FLUENT IN SARCASM, MUCH TO MY PARENT'S DISMAY. i welcome growing older, but don't necessarily enjoy the wrinkles and the one gray hair i now possess. i am wiser because of my life experiences, yet with so much still to experience, i've learned a few things along the way. a few things i try my hardest to live by...

truly love the people you love. then tell them you love them every single time you talk to them. value your friends. good ones don't come along often. and trust me. there will come a day when you will need them. stop worrying about things you can't control. don't take anyone's shit, but be respectful of the people around you. you never know what someone is going through. be confident. just be you, but understand you are just one person and the world does not revolve around you. strive to be a better version OF YOU. MAKE A MESS, JUST DON'T LET SOMEONE ELSE CLEAN IT UP. LET SHIT GO. YOU'LL BE A LOT HAPPIER WHEN YOU DO. NEVER BE ASHAMED OF WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH IN LIFE. BE SYMPATHETIC. BE EMPATHETIC. BE A GOOD LISTENER. EAT MORE COOKIES! THEN LEARN TO MAKE THOSE COOKIES FROM SCRATCH. GROW A GARDEN. IT'S FREE THERAPY. RECYCLE. WE ONLY HAVE ONE PLANET. BUY A JULIA CHILDS COOKBOOK, THEN PROMPTLY THROW OUT YOUR SCALE. MATTER OF FACT, THROW OUT YOUR SCALE REGARDLESS. LEARN TO LIKE KIDS. THEY ARE LIKE LITTLE DRUNK ADULTS ALL THE TIME AND IT'S KIND OF AWESOME. KEEP MOVING FORWARD, NO MATTER HOW HARD LIFE GETS. DON'T AVOID MIRRORS. TRY TO LEARN TO LOVE THOSE LINES ON YOUR FACE...YOU'VE PROBABLY EARNED THEM. NEVER GIVE UP.

THE BEST ADVICE SOMEONE GAVE ME: ALWAYS BRING HOMEMADE, FROM-SCRATCH BAKED GOODS TO SHARE AT PARTIES. OR JUST BUY SOME FROM A GOOD STORE AND CLAIM THEY'RE YOURS. NO ONE WILL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE IF THERE'S ALCOHOL INVOLVED. PLUS, YOU'LL MAKE LOADS OF FRIENDS.

EVEN THOUGH MY CAREER HAS TAKEN ME ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE, WHICH I AM NOT EXACTLY A HUGE FAN OF ROLLER COASTERS, ART IS STILL MY HAPPY PLACE AND I THINK I HAVE A LOT TO OFFER IN THESE YEARS TO COME. HONESTLY ART MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND. ART AND FOOD. AND MAYBE BLUEGRASS MUSIC. AND DOGS. I BELIEVE IN CELEBRATING EVERYTHING. THE LITTLE BIG THINGS ARE WHAT MAKES LIFE WHAT IT IS. I WANT TO SHARE MORE OF THE HILARIOUS, MAGICAL, RULE-BREAKING WORLD I LIVE IN, WITH WHOEVER WANTS TO JOIN ME. AND I WANT TO BE PART OF YOURS.

 

HOWEVER YOU FOUND YOUR WAY TO HERE- I GIVE YOU A HIGH FIVE FOR VISITING. yeah!

XO-

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