Archive for August, 2011

Today Is Your Day

For the amount that I ask the question “Why?” or “What good is it?” I am still an amazingly optimistic person. I truly believe that if you want it, if you actively strive for it, you can get to it. If you believe it, it’s true. Somewhere in my core, I believe that we have so much influence over everything in our lives- without even realizing it.

It never ceases to make me furrow my brow when someone says, “I’m not good at art. I want to be, I’m just not.”

I usually smile and say, “No you don’t. You want to be good at art right now, but you don’t want it badly enough to practice. That’s okay. It’s okay to like something else better.”

They respond with, “All I ever draw is stick figures though, and those aren’t even good!”

I smile again, this time bigger, and say, “Have you ever seen me draw? My stick figures suck too. Usually all of my art starts as something that I think is terrible… but I spend the time it takes to make it better. You might spend ten minutes drawing a stick figure and give up. I spend ten minutes drawing a stick figure and keep going until several hours have passed and it’s not a stick figure anymore.”

They usually look apologetic at that point, but I tell them, “Don’t worry about it. You can appreciate art without creating it. I appreciate people who can run for miles, but I will never want it badly enough to do it myself. I appreciate a clean bedroom, but I do not want to clean mine enough to have one for myself. You don’t have to be good at it. We are all different.”

Today is your day to do what you love. People may never understand why you spend so much time on it, why you work to improve, but you realize it doesn’t matter to you. You are happy! Also, in being happy doing what you love to do you gain respect for others doing what they love to do.

I love blogging, but lately I have loved sketching and sleeping and working and spending time with friends and family more. One of these days I’ll hopefully want to scan some sketches badly enough and I’ll share them with you. For now, I am going to do what I love to do even more than that. I am going to dance in my room with my hairbrush for a mic, I am going to draw and paint, I am going to ride my bicycle in the sunshine through the quiet streets of my small town, I am going to love my job, I am going to spend time with friends and family, and I am going to sleep for longer than 5 hours a night. Today is my day too.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

August 30, 2011 at 10:41 AM 3 comments

Photo Fun! :)

Well, believe it or not this little shutterbug hadn’t attempted to get a proper photo of her new haircut until Friday (the 19th) and she finally got together with some friends and had an impromptu photoshoot. Ha ha! I have a knack for silly faces, ridiculous antics, and random objects. The pictures with myself in them were either taken by Eowyntrina or Dos. If it doesn’t have me in it, then I probably took it. If I didn’t take it and it doesn’t have me in it I will let you know.

Above photographs, as stated earlier, were taken by friends. 🙂 The below photographs were taken by myself.

I then decided to edit the black and white photo right above and turn it into an encouraging poster sort of thing.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

August 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM Leave a comment

Healing. Cleansing. Breaking. Bleeding.

I am healing every day.

I need to take time to cleanse.

I am broken.

I feel like I am bleeding emotionally.

I am searching, seeking, asking, hoping.

You know when you get a scrape and you bleed? You know how the blood actually helps clean the wound?

It turns out that you need blood to heal. To live.

I already knew that, but somehow that thought clicked with me today.

It helped. It helped because I feel like I’m bleeding sometimes, but that means that I’m alive. That I am cleansing pain, hatred, sorrow, and betrayal from my life.

Sometimes you need to allow yourself to feel the mess you’re in.

I am not saying to cut yourself– that never solves anything. I am saying to reflect, paint, write, draw, sing, run, dance, scream. Be silent. Pray.

Do not give up.

Sometimes, you feel the most like your bleeding when something or someone opens the wound– sometimes that is when something happy is going on, but it catches the stitches and starts to tear them out. You bleed all over again, until finally the wound can stay closed and heal properly. Sometimes there are scars, but they aren’t as noticeable and they certainly do not open quite as easily.

I am actually doing well right now. I am finding strength in some unexpected places.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

August 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM Leave a comment

HIPPO BIRDIE, AIDA! :)

I’m the crazy, spazzy, word-tripping, huggy one. Or “the one that says Heather” before it shows up. Ha ha… ohhhhhh AIDA. You’re the best foreign-exchange-SISTARR that I could have ever asked for. ❤ We will see each other again.

I don’t care that you actually lived around the block-ish from me and weren’t exactly my foreign-exchange-sister. It’s the heart that counts man.

Thank you, thankyou, THANK YOU GRACE for making this video. 🙂

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

August 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM 1 comment

3rd Sunburn’s a Charm, really…

Alright self,

sunburnt Barbie image found on Google

This is your THIRD sunburn this summer. One summer. Three sunburns. Something has to change. Now.

Re-apply sun block every time you get a drink of water. Do not stand around outside, swim, direct traffic, or read a book in the grass for longer than an hour and a half at a time. Worship your aloe plant while begging forgiveness from God for doing so. Re-apply sun block AGAIN.

Thank everyone who says you look adorable in those tiny little bun piggies you have sprouting from the sides of your head to keep your new short haircut off your neck.

Invest in a cute floppy hat. Wear jeans and deal with it. Find a shirt with long sleeves that is lightweight enough to wear in 85-95 degree weather. Don’t forget your sun block.

Wake up with enough time to take a bath in sun block.

Skin the tan girl who lives down the street and sew her skin onto yourself so you don’t burn.

Avoid getting arrested for skinning a girl.

Do not eat foods that encourage the sun to make-out with your skin, because honey, you are beyond sun-kissed.

Soothe your weeping self by soaking in aloe, eating a PB&J sammich, reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris, watching Chocolat the movie for the 100th (actually, 3rd) time, and talking your parents into buying ice cream.

Get a better sense of humor while you’re at it. Bye.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

August 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM 3 comments

I’ll always be a little crazy…

Sometimes I love when songs describe me so well. Except, I am usually asleep at 3AM so the phone calls at that hour are just plain out. 😉

Thumbs up to another girl wearing faerie wings!!! 😀

August 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM Leave a comment

Remember Who You Are

“If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.” – Friedrich Schiller

image found on Google.com image search

August 10, 2011 at 1:26 AM Leave a comment

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