Growing up is something that's totally strange. I think now that I'm a little older (well, not too old) I'm able to watch the people around me grow up too. Oddly enough, I've watched people grow up that I've never met. I'm talking about celebrities, and someone who I've never really particularly cared for is starting to blossom in ways I would never have imagined to occur. I'm talking, of course, about Jaden Smith. Meanwhile, you're reading this asking "Nyki, WTF, isn't this a Self-Help Art Blog?" You bet your bum it is, keep reading!
We have the utmost control over one thing and only that one thing: our perception. I've lived days where I believe to be the only one on Earth and days that I don't even feel like I was present for. Addressing perception, especially proceeding the holidays is vital. The holidays are the times where we deal with family and loved ones and there can sometimes be high tensions. You can't change your family, no, but you can change how you see your family, how you interact with them, and how you feel about them. How can we use our perception to not only think that we are happy but to truly feel happiness? By reading onward friends!
“The Plastics from the movie Mean Girls plan major sabotage in the mall.”
Photo Credit: Naluda Magazine
Every October 3rd, us die hard fans wear pink and post all over social media about Aaron Samuels asking Katy Heron what day it was…well you guys… it’s finally here, Mean Girls Day. It’s the one day of the year we can all gush over our favorite guilty pleasure and if you haven’t seen the movie, watch it now, and thank me later (also, there are spoilers, so scoot!). This outrageous film with Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey never fails to make me laugh. But in a world where we could possibly have our first female president, I think it’s time to talk about being the best woman you can be in the girl world, which Mean Girls has always inspired us women to do…even Karen!
“Photo of botanicals by Sutro Baths, in San Francisco.”
Photo Credit: Nicole Wiehe, All Rights Reserved.
I never thought I’d live past 18. I didn’t have a fatal illness, nor was I planning on being a part of some freak accident… I was planning on a full blown act of suicide. I figured life was absolute bullshit and I wasn’t interested in playing the game. At the too-early age of 16, I said fuck it and gave suicide a try. Obviously I failed, which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me… accidentally.
A Guide to Using Art as a Coping Skill, through the lens of a former psychiatric ward patient, and current painter.