The 7 Questions That Tell You Who You Are

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Many of the answers we’re seeking are answers we already have. We just don’t know how to access them. Understanding who you are isn’t something you stumble upon one day. It’s embedded within you; you just have to be vulnerable long enough to uncover it. Your everyday actions are shouting what you may not be conscious of.

1. What would you do with your life if you didn’t have to pay the bills? If money weren’t an issue, what would you do with your days? Would you write? Read? Sing? Whatever it is, you have to do that thing. Money is an interesting phenomenon that completely controls our everyday lives without having any purpose other than sustainability in the form of purchasing from others what we could produce and create right in our own backyards. Consider that when you’re deciding between a soulless job that will make you rich versus…

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The spare time conundrum

When you’re younger you get home from school, do your homework (avoid it until the last minute), get dinner and go out to see your friends. Whilst you’re in college you find you hardly have time to leave the house because of the overwhelming amount of homework, even during holidays. So you barely see anyone and start to become detached to the outside world and end up using social network sites as the only contact with your friends. As you grow up, leave home and finish college you quickly realise that whilst you may now have all the time in the world for your friends they now have lives of their own so won’t always have time for you at the drop of a hat.

So what do you do? Do you sit at home wallowing or realise that you will need to fill that spare time with something that makes you happy. Sometimes you can’t rely on the company of others to keep you occupied and have to find other ways.

As a live aloner I decided that listening to music and doing art projects seem to be the only thing that keeps me sane. I started making jewellery using beads instead of precious metals and gemstones as my funds are quite limited due to a job that is getting me nowhere. So I’ve begun searching for a new job so I can finally get on with life. If these beaded jewellery pieces sell I can start saving up money towards making more jewellery out of metals. Other projects I’ve taken up are drawing using mixed media, re-learning German and writing blogs that are half worth reading. I know my writing is nothing compared to the serious writers. But I’m not a writer, I’m a jeweller so I don’t need my blogs to be ultra serious.

If you’re more academic than arty then you could try re-learning science, maths and languages.  Travelling would apply to anybody but I guess funding is needed for that. Or you could try the career everyone thinks they can do, photography. Yeah well when I needed to take professional photos of my jewellery I thought I can’t afford to pay someone so I will just do it myself. Then I found taking a decent photograph of my jewellery was incredibly hard as some of the gemstones were only 2mm and the camera I was using couldn’t pick up the quality of the colour and facets. Then there’s lighting to worry about. Photography is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.

There are also other options like music if you’re talented in that area. If you are not confident enough for singing or find your hands are too small to reach all the chords you don’t need to be a part of the band to make a contribution to music. There is a huge market for writing song lyrics as they are just as important as the music that goes with it.

Just keep doing the things that make you happy and figure out ways to get things moving forward on your own so that you’ll find you won’t need to rely on others as much.

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Weekly fix of animals being cute and doing weird shit

yay cats, funniest cat video.

Kyra Edwards

I told you I would be embracing my inner-cat and producing a cat video at one point. And by producing a cat video, I didn’t actually direct this, because if I did that would make me beyond awesome (obv) and also that would mean I have two cats. And I don’t – cue violins while I weep in the bath about it. You know what I mean, bringing you the joy of this video and all that!
Anyhoo, back to my point. My friend Craig showed me this video a couple of weeks ago via Twitter, and of course I got super emotional watching it because:
1) I love cats
2) It was the best thing to have graced this earth
3) I really fucking love cats
Who doesn’t enjoy pretending animals can speak? NOT ME! It makes the video even more hilarious.
Hope this brings you eternal happiness!

Kyra…

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10 Moments That Make A Best Friendship

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Though there are many moments that construct a friendship over years, through all kinds of shared experiences and emotions, there are 10 in a best friendship that make you realize, whether in the moment or with the perspective of time, how lucky you are to have them.

1. Telling a secret and knowing it’s not going anywhere.

It’s hard telling a secret. We keep all of these ugly, unfit-for-society thoughts and feelings bottled up in us for so long — convinced that telling another soul would be social suicide. After all, what is a juicy secret for many if not the chance to pass a piece of gossip? It’s hard not to feel that telling one person would be telling everyone, no matter how much you emphasize that it’s for their ears only. That is, of course, except with your best friend. With them, you can be honest about your…

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The One Person You Never Really Get Over

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There will always be that one person you’ll never really get over. I know, I know, Connie Chung delivering groundbreaking news over here, but it’s true. Sure, you can go days, weeks, months, years without thinking of them but the second you see their face or their name gets mentioned in passing, your stomach drops and you feel like you could puke. You’ve lost control and all of these feelings suddenly rise to the surface to say, “Sup? Have you missed us?’ You’ll hate yourself for this, for all of it. You won’t be able to recognize why this one person can still garner this type of reaction. Why is your mind punking you? It almost feels like a betrayal. You want to give your emotions a stern talking to and say, “Um, hi. I thought we were over this? So why am I getting super nervous and spazzy at…

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The mild case of social media.

This is just what I think about social media taking over our lives. I notice that I spend so much time online I hardly do anything else.

Kyra Edwards

After recent events and several reasons I am not going to discuss, I decided to deactivate my Facebook and Twitter account. I felt at the time, it was the best logical decision. But fast forward a day later and I’m finding myself struggle with the idea of not being able to see what was going on, what were the latest trends on twitter? I ended up feeling very out of touch with everything and everyone, I was thinking about what my friends or family were doing, how was I going to know, was I going to miss out on any plans? And it got me thinking. How did we become so reliant of technology? When did it all change? I didn’t grow up like this, I was always one for spending time in person and going out and doing stuff together, rather than chatting over msn or bebo. But…

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The sunshine/Inspiration hypothesis

So when I come home after work, as my friends are usually busy, I stay in and go on Facebook or watch TV episodes because I am usually procrastinating from doing art work of some kind. I’m constantly avoiding doing work as I have a lack of motivation and determination to actually finish something I’ve started. Or the real reason…Laziness! I also noticed it seems I’m only inspired when it’s sunny. Does anyone else have this problem? I wonder if this is actually a thing where people lack inspiration if it’s cloudy so their mind is also cloudy and if the sun’s out they are more happy. I doubt it, it’s probably just me. My problem is I will be enthusiastic about a new art project and research it and watch Youtube videos on how to do it. Then I will start it and give up half way through. Sometimes I don’t even make it halfway. Seriously I have a Futurama drawing that I have been putting off finishing because I’m afraid I will ruin it if I continue. Damn you fear! I really wanted it to be hung up on my bedroom wall by now. It was going to be awesome. Still there is always tomorrow that I can go back and finish it. This half finishing art projects is really getting me down as I never achieve anything because I don’t put in the full effort required. That’s how I ended up with a degree that I wasn’t a hundred per cent proud of. I mean sure it’s fantastic that I even got a degree and I did work really hard but I didn’t do myself proud because I know I could have done so much better.

Ironically I just wrote another blog in the middle of this. Talk about putting things off. It’s ok the blog was very short and it mentioned cats so everything’s cool world. The internet is cat crazy. What’s up with that?

I always watch Mark Crilley’s art videos on Youtube when I’m doing art work because they continue to inspire me to do something and try out what he’s teaching in the video. I came across his videos when I was searching for how to draw eyes and after that I was hooked. His’ realism challenge’ videos are incredible and I learned a lot on perspective and character proportions. He is mostly known for his manga characters but I find the Manga style pretty difficult to draw because it’s not my own drawing style. When trying to figure out your drawing style, it’s best not to copy someone else’s.

I think I’m having a hard time thinking what to write in this blog because it is about something more serious and that is scary. ‘Reflection times’ *sings in mind*

Ok I’ll get back to you with the rest of this blog. Byeeeee!

My Futurama drawing – half finished.

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