Happy Belated New Year, my cherubs!
I know I've posted in 2015 already, but it didn't feel like it. Every year when January rolls around and people are heartily wishing a Happy New Year, making resolutions, and being generally full of motivation and peppiness, I'm sat at the back, muttering "Whatever", and hiding under a blanket, like Oscar the Grouch (he's kinda my spirit animal, especially before 10am).
Christmas just goes by too quickly - I never feel like I'm ready for January and the somewhat faux new beginnings it brings. A coupla weeks in though and I'm on board the joy train. Choo choo!
I have big plans for 2015. No resolutions, just plans and dreams, which are finally,
- For the longest time, I've wanted to follow my creative dreams. For so many reasons, I've never fully jumped in. I had no confidence or self esteem and believed I wasn't good enough. Then came cancer, which destroyed my whole world and annihilated what tiny bit of confidence I did have. I've tentatively taken some baby steps over the last year or so, to start putting myself out there. First with this blog, and I have posted a few bits of pieces of art work and crafts here and there, which have been well received. Now I finally feel ready to take the next steps toward the life I want to be living. You can expect to see much more of my work here and on my Instagram, plus, I'll be opening my online shop in the near future - stay tuned!
- This blog. Dude, my blog is in serious need of an overhaul. I can only do so much a day, so something always has to take a back seat. Unfortunately, my plans to design a better layout get pushed aside. In the words of Cher Horowitz: "Let's. Do. A Makeover!" I'm hoping to get some help with this, as if you've followed me for any length of time, you'll know I'm a bit of a techno-tard. Which brings me to...
- Learning new things. I love to learn and actually kinda miss school. OK, maybe not school school, but being in a structured learning environment. My list of things to learn include Photoshop and Illustrator, to help make my artwork more accessible and easy to share, and coding/web design, to help with the point above.
- Make time for hobbies. It's tough having so many and such varied interests - there are only so many hours in the day and only so much energy my poor, chemo crippled body has at its disposal, but I really miss some of my hobbies and want to make time to pursue them again. Money is t-i-g-h-t, but I'm determined to find a way to include more FUN.
- Tattoos. Always on my list and forever being planned in my head (one of my favourite daydream pastimes). I did pretty well last year, adding three new tattoos to my collection. This year I'll be finally having my longest-planned tattoo inked on my body, along with many other bits and pieces.
- Be bold, be brave. I had this tattooed on me when my cancer treatment ended and, I feel it's always good to remind myself of this motto and push myself forward - it's all too easy to get comfortable and become complacent.
With that in mind, I've started the year with a change to my hair - I've been fading out the blue for a while now (or trying to - damn, if you want hair dye that lasts, get yourself some Pravana. Two months of scrubbing with Head & Shoulders and it barely faded) and last week my lovely hairdresser bleached it out for me. I've been left with a minty ombre, which I love, and blonde roots. I had platinum hair when I was diagnosed and it's actually quite upsetting to look the way I used to. It's like going back in time and I'm just not that person any more. The blonde was only a means to get rid of the blue, so once my hair has rested and recovered from the bleaching process, I'll be switching it up again. To be honest, I'm quite relieved, as I used to be obsessed with getting my hair as white as humanly possible. I used to frequently have strangers asking me if my hair was real and people commenting that it was the whitest hair they'd ever seen, and yet it was never white enough for me! Needless to say, my hair suffered badly. Now that I've been bald and taken two long years to grow it back, I want to take good care of it. Whilst it still needs bleach to be the colours I desire, it doesn't need to be the extreme white it was previously.
Have you made any resolutions/aims for 2015? Have you abandoned any already, or are you still on track?!
Here's to great hair and achieving our dreams!
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