Konmari Step 2: Not my books… anything but my books!

Okay, it’s been a couple of months since I finished Step 1, but now we’re on to Step 2: Books.

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Our library/guest room/cat’s room

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Check-In: April 21

What I’m working on – I’ve been trying to make myself sketch more. I’m getting stuck WAY in a rut and need to loosen up a little (a lot).

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Look closely for insightful notes.

I also did another pack of solid colors. I discovered it’s kind of hard to come up with a palette of 24 colors without relying on just a rainbow spread. But I like how it came out.

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What I’m watching – Y’all, I’m so far down the Drag Race rabbit hole, I haven’t even started the second season of Kimmy Schmidt. I’m on Season 6 of Drag Race, though. (Favorites? Darienne Lake, Courtney Act and Bianca Del Rio. Obvs.)

What I’m listening to – My husband is playing some Slick Rick on the other side of the office.

Practice makes something or other.

So, I did my first pattern exercise. I managed to not get hung up on the details and just did a thing. The exercise was to take inspiration from a floral arrangement for motifs and palettes, and make a pattern with two colorways.

I don’t think I hate them. My colors need a lot of help. The pattern could flow better… but I kinda like the loud 60s chitz of it all. Here’s my practice bits as some free phone wallpapers if you can stand the busy-ness.

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Check-In: April 14

Let’s get right to it!

What I’m working on: Stella’s getting her groove back, y’all. I’m feeling better and I’m getting stuff done.

Another listing up on the shop…

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I’ve done a whole slew of these basic color combos, but I think I’ve gotten a couple of techniques improved. I’m just trying to keep my shop’s momentum going while I work on other things.

I’m doing some of the exercises in my new book to jump start the creativity engine. I’m working on one as we speak.

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I’m really, really fighting the urge to be a perfectionist about this. I’ve got to give myself permission to just do something as practice and maybe just throw it away in the end. Not everything has to be the start of something that gets finished. It’s okay to make ugly things. It’s the stopping that’s the problem. *deep breath*

Other things I’m working on: New blog features, shop listing categories and a couple personal projects.

How I’m feeling: Better. I’m trying to keep up with my exercise habit. And thank goodness. If not, my back would be a wreck right now. I haven’t been so good at the posture when I’m at work.

I’m also giving meditation another shot. I downloaded the Headspace app and I’m doing the free ten day trial. I have to say, a ten minute meditation session in my car on my lunch break really helps with the afternoon brain fog I get. We’ll see if I think it’s helpful enough to pay the subscription fee after these ten days…

What I’m reading: The Bees! It’s surprisingly intense for a story told from a bee’s point of view.

What I’m playing: So much Minecraft. I’m building a tower.

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Get up offa that thing.

I’m slowly working my way up out of that unproductive funk. I got this guy done last night. For when you’re feeling a little 1996 Bath and Body Works. It makes me want to go to the mall just thinking about it.

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I also exercised tonight! I got real lazy for a month (or more? Who knows.) and started feeling really bad. The accompanying sugar binge didn’t help either. Guys, I hate exercising. But I can’t deny how good it feels to have exercised. I really just need help getting motivated to start moving. Once I’m there, momentum takes over.

And speaking of momentum, here’s a sampling of my exercise playlist — one of the things that gets me started:

  • “(Who the Hell Just) Call My Phone” by Electric Six
  • “i” by Kendrick Lamar
  • “The Mob Goes Wild” by Clutch
  • “Jump on It” by Big Freedia
  • “Generator” by Doomtree
  • “Pep Rally” by Missy Elliott
  • “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown
  • “Close Your Eyes” by Run the Jewels
  • “Can I Get Get Get” by Junior Senior

Anything you think I should add?

Check-In: April 7

This is gonna be a pitiful check-in. We’ve been super busy. The husband person’s been working a lot — so much so I can’t remember the last time we had dinner together at home. We’ve also had other things keeping us out of the house when we’re not working. Then on top of that, I use my recent birthday as an excuse to let myself be lazy and eat whatever I want. (And let’s not get into the state of my house.) Anyway… enough of that.

What I’m working on: I’m actually working on a pretty big commissioned illustration. Nothing too polished to show off yet, but if it turns out well it’ll be pretty exciting.

I’m also going to try and get a couple more listings up in the shop by the end of the weekend. (That’s another thing I’ve slacked on lately. Can’t let that momentum die down.)

What I’m watching: So, I’ve been watching a whole lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I started with Season 4 (which is the earliest Netflix had, otherwise I would have started at the beginning) and I’m a few episodes into Season 5. I usually haaaaate reality shows. And this one does have a lot of that awful, obviously fake reality show editing — but the people are just so consistently charming and entertaining and creative that it sucked me in.

Thoughts on Season 4: Latrice Royale is my number one forever. I love Sharon Needles’ humor. And while I didn’t like her on the show, I started following Phi Phi O’Hara on social media after I watched the finale… and I kind of love her now.

Thoughts on Season 5: Rolaskatox! Don’t tell, but I think Alaska’s even funnier than Sharon.

What I’m reading: I’m going to be starting The Bees by Laline Paull. Book club starts in a couple minutes, so we’ll be discussing Wicked Temper. Then it’s my turn to pick our next book. I’m going with The Bees because it’s been on my to-read list for ages AND it’s available at my library. I’ll actually have thoughts on it next week.

April Instagram Challenge

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Time for a new Instagram challenge from Lazy Lady. I did okay on the last one. I think I missed two days because I had a hard time coming up with something good and I waited til the last minute and I just pooped out altogether. So let’s start fresh.

In other news, it’s my birthday and I took the day off work and I’m trying to decide if I want to clean house, or bingewatch Netflix and start on Konmari Step 2. It’s also raining, so going back to bed is a strong possibility.