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New Years Resolutions

My New Years resolutions are late not so much New Years resolutions but new term resolutions.

Basically it boils down to being healthier, both physically and mentally. This term is all about reaching a balance. Here are some of the things I want to do to ensure I feel well.

  • Eat regular meals, as well as snacks when I need them
  • Cook as often as I have time for
  • Drink more water
  • Get on a sleep schedule that allows for adequate sleep, and breakfast in the mornings
  • Take a stress management class
  • Use my Tanda for hopefully clearer skin
  • Read ‘the Now Habit’
  • Allow myself treats and leisure time without feeling guilt
  • Exercise in at least the limited capacity of rockclimbing with Adam’s fam, and badminton with Leanne
  • Meet up with friends while we’re all on campus and I have a decent amount of time (Sora, Katie, Leanne, Sean, Kelvin, Laura etc.)
  • Take time to do fun things (like a Los Campesionos Concert! and a magic tournament perhaps?)
  • Read books (Can’t wait for tfios and lola and the boy next door)
  • Spend some quality time working on my own writing, comics, photography, photoshop, drawings, logo design, blog etc These things bring me joy, and therefore are important
  • Breathe Deeply
  • Skype my far away friends (Ada, James, Bethany… okay also my parents)
  • Didn’t I tell Bethany we could do some pen pallish thing? I should do that
  • Take ownership of, and power from, the decisions I make
  • Take things one step at a time, resist the urge to obcess, especially when it comes to doing ALL the things, or organizing ALL the things (you see the meme in your head right.

So hopefully I’ll be able to manage that. Right now it seems like sleep is going to be the biggest challenge.

I just wanted to talk a little more about my comic making process. I’m learning how to use Photoshop, but I’m not super comfortable with it, so I mostly draw things on paper. I do my drawings in pencil first, and then use pen to draw over the lines once I have things roughly how I like them. I use Staedtler triplus fineliners, but sharpie fineliners also work pretty well. The reason I use felt tip pens instead of ballpoint is that I find ballpoint pens catch more often and have problems with any previous grooves in the paper. I scan and take pictures of my work at various stages. The Ordinary Superpower comics I’ve been making required an additional step. I used Photoshop to colour them in. I mostly used the paint bucket and brush tool, although I’m sure someone with more expertise (or me when I have had more practice) could use more tools for more advanced effects.

The finished comics of my boyfriend, and John Green are also on my blog, in case you want to check them out 🙂

P.S. Tell me about your ordinary superpower and I may just use it in my next comic!

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Sleep for Success: Creativity and the Neuroscience of Slumberi