Another sketch. Working on lighting and balancing loose strokes with some level of accuracy.
The first drawing of the year… I’ve been so damn busy!
EDIT: I cropped her awkward body out- it was driving me nuts. She is no longer identified by her green sheet, so now she is Woman #599.
I’ve actually been going through everything I’ve listed so far this year, and I’ve really been saying the same thing over and over. By no means do I regret doing this project- it helps me understand my own thinking patterns, but I can really sum up what I am grateful for by repeating the substance of the other 359. Here goes:
360. health (mental and physical)
361. nature (animals, oceans, air, the sun)
362. my ability to grow (learning, maturing, understanding)
363. good fortune
364. comfort (food, convenience, money)
365. good people in the world (educating, building, making technological advances, helping each other, being kind)
366. family and friends
That’s it. The balance. The grand scheme of things. The good despite the bad. Thanks for reading.
My life has not been bad up to this year. I was not born in a third world country. I have never seen war. I have never been homeless. On a less dramatic level, I grew up in a happy household. I have always been healthy. I got a good education. I got some ridiculous and hilarious partying in. (I know- you’ve heard all before.) My life from 1984 to 2011 was pretty damn good.
But then 2012 happened. Wow.
I have had such a fantastic year. More so, because it feels like it’s just getting started. This is just the beginning and it’s about to get really good. You have all been reading about my adventures. They have included moving to paradise, exploring paradise, getting an amazing job with a brilliant company, hanging out with my best friend (who is kind of a wonderful person), swimming, learning, practicing yoga, becoming a better speaker, reading mind-altering books, learning, learning, learning, saying thank you, being creative, volunteering, meeting great people, painting pictures, eating well, eating deliciously poorly, and you know, everything else I keep gushing about. Besides that, before I even left Denver, I was happy with my life and my friends and my work. Things have obviously been really good this year.
All those good things are not really the core of the goodness though. Those things are just factors or symptoms of the positive energy I’ve been infected with. I acknowledge that I living in a wonderful place makes life a little better- the same way that while money doesn’t buy happiness, it makes pursuing it a little less stressful (in most situations). So, yes, I’m having a good time because of external factors, but none of these things would matter one damn bit without the mental peace I’ve been developing. I’m not really sure what catalyzed that development. I’ll take some credit in terms of thinking, analyzing life and maturing. I’ll give Shad some credit in terms of the same thing. I give the world and all of its beauty and downright evil for giving me some perspective on the situation at hand. Essentially, I’m saying that I cannot pinpoint the root or the starting point of Project Have a Great Life.
I can, however, confidently say that it has been a slow and iterative process and I’m still early on the path to personal awesomeness. (I almost used the word enlightenment or actualization but those words make me gag a little- not to mention I’m not quite sure what either of them mean. Awesomeness will serve just fine.) Now, being pretty young, this fact may seem obvious to anyone older than me, but I felt that it needed to be stated because we shouldn’t assume that anything is inherently understood. Long story, short: I’m starting to get awesome but I’ll ripen with age.
Really long story, short (or TL;DR for those of you from the internet), 2012 in a nutshell is my attitude and my attitude is this:
- I lucked out with initial conditions in my life experiment. Those catalyzed continuously optimal conditions.
- The only important things are the health and happiness of people you love (including yourself).
- Kindness is critical.
- Logic is critical.
- When things don’t go according to my plan, I always learn something new, obtain some other benefit, or it’s so minor I don’t think twice about it.
That’s all I can really think of at the moment. This isn’t necessarily a thought out philosophy, but I think it gets my point across. I have a couple more days to go on my gratitude project. I see trends in the things I focused on, but I plan to run the numbers and share my analysis early next year. Thanks for participating with my positive silliness this year. I’ll try to incorporate more personal drama and angst in 2013.
#358. I am so grateful that Hawaiian Airlines let me change my reservation without a fuss after I (in my infinite brilliance) missed the first flight. About an hour ago (more than 12 hours after said flight departed) I realized my mistake. I was able to call them and make the change with no missed flight fees (beyond the standard change fee). I LOVE HAWAIIAN AIRLINES.
I cannot believe this year is almost over. I am still behind on my list, but I might as well catch up now before I start my project for next year…
338. Seeing sea turtles, and whales off the side of the road.
339. Catching Dinne at the grocery store so I didn’t have to walk all the way home yesterday.
340. Owning a vehicle.
341. Driving on the Pali Highway.
342. GPS since I don’t know how to drive around here.
343. Kailua Beach.
344. AWESOME new job.
345. Awesome Holiday PARTY.
346. Winning an awesome PRIZE at the holiday party.
347. Working with awesome PEOPLE.
348. Waimanolo Beach Cafe.
349. Surviving the End of the World… that is actually really stupid. I don’t know why I’m not deleting this item right now. It’s too late. It stays.
351. Okinawan (purple) sweet potatoes.
352. All the rain and rainbows of my first Hawaii winter.
353. Malassadas! (I know, I know, I’m not completely living the vegan lifestyle yet).
354. The opportunity to learn 2 new OS’s this month (Windows 8 and Mac)…kinda fun.
355. Creative freedom in so many aspects of my life.
356. Fresh pineapple that Dinne brought home from the market.
Pretty girl.. pretty quick sketch. Just cuz.
316. Having the opportunity to see the Na Pali Coast.
317. Staying in the forest in Kauai (pictures to come).
318. Common Grounds in Kauai- with the best vegan breakfast burrito in Hawaii.
319. Four consecutive days to spend with my friend in paradise (deluxe… as opposed to regular paradise).
320. Thanksgiving dinner: a loaf of french bread with Tofurkey slices (sammiches), a 20oz Blue Moon to split, and some crackers with hummus. All, while sitting on Kapa’a beach (beautiful and quiet), watching the crabs dig their holes and the big waves break.
321. A new and challenging career opportunity.
322. A bright, busy office with bright, busy people.
323. Working walking distance from home.
324. Working seven blocks away from Shad so we can walk to and from work together.
325. Buying a good car from a trustworthy person so we have no excuse to not go exploring.
326. My sister coming to visit in one week for one month.
327. Spending some serious quality time with my sister.
328. Every little thing working out. (I’m sure some things don’t, but I can’t seem to remember what they are.)
329. Friends that continue to make an effort to hang out, even when I slack on being outgoing and friendly (I eventually return the effort), but I really appreciate you pushing me.
330. Finally buying a futon. Futons are awesome.
331. A two bedroom apartment. Two bedroom apartments are awesome.
332. The monk seal that we saw swimming on the south shore of Kauai.
333. Our new plant- she is seriously happy here.
334. Owning snorkel gear.
335. The successful SharePoint team I left behind at the last job. I’m seriously excited that they’re excited about SharePoint.
336. The fact that the car we bought was driven to us for a showing… it was incredibly nice of them.
337. Kindness, in general.
Just a quick sketch… not my favorite final product, but it will do for now.