August Faves: Things To Do In August

Things that I loved in August till now are :

1. Drawing ink

As I was packing I found this old Staedtler drawing ink I hadn’t used in a long time, I grabbed a few brushes and I’ve been writing and drawing with it. For me it’s such a rough medium, I’m using it to practice hand lettering and to do warm up sketches.

I also find it’s a great medium for me, for those days I feel really stressed and I just need to doodle something to get it out… like art therapy or something. You can check on instagram to see a quick warm up portrait I posted on IG.

2. Art For You Ear Podcast

I love this podcast, it’s about interviews with amazing artists, the questions are pretty random and they make for great conversations we wouldn’t have access to in a traditional art interview.

3. My cat

I love my Panza 24/7 but you know how pets sense when you’re feeling down or sick? well she’s been extra cuddly and sweet right at the moment I needed an extra boost of positive energy.

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4. Stash Tea

This brand is really hard to find here, so whenever I see it I get a few boxes and lately I’ve been happily sipping pomegranate raspberry green tea and chai spice black tea.

5. Youtubers

Not for everyone, I know, but there are a few channels I really enjoy and I have their videos playing while I’m drawing.

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My fave videos of the month:
A) Estée Lalonde’s “Boyfriend does my make up
B) Rhett and Link’s “Shocking Ourselves with an Electric Fly Swatter
C) Fun For Louis’s “Gran Teton 360 Adventure

6. Rediscovering music

I’m one of those that need music or even noise at all times, so I have videos, audio books, podcast or whatever as background noise. So I was making new playlist and I found these songs I LOVED a long long time ago:
A) Tonic’s “If you could only see
B) Matchbox Twenty’s “Unwell
C) Sarah McLachlan’s “Fallen

What about you?
Did you blog your faves of the month? If you did leave a comment, I’d love to check it out.

Have a rad day!

My small collection of phobias

Wow “my small collection of phobias” sounds scary but this post should be light and fun. A phobia is an awful strong fear of something, some people react in extreme ways, some can’t control how they react and others can. I can.

My small collection is weird according to people so I thought, hey why not share!
And I hope you share yours too 🙂

As I mentioned, I can control how I react, I don’t get panic attacks and I don’t curl up or cry. I do get a high level of anxiety and I have to look away. I’m pretty sure that if I don’t look away I’d faint.

I’m listing these from high to low level of anxiety.

TRYPOPHOBIA

Fear of bumps, odd textures, etc.
I don’t know anybody that has this phobia, and whenever people find out about this weird fear of mine, they just don’t get it. I know it’s irrational and weird, but this phobia is the strongest, it makes my whole body go in this weird shock mode.

Some people, I’ve read, that have this one, are also afraid of holes, others are afraid of bubbles! I’m not, I actually love perfect circles, bubbles, and patterns.
My fear is of things that SHOULD be smooth but have bumps. It can be skin, a tree, a wall, frogs, etc.

MISOPHOBIA

Fear of specific sounds like chewing.
A lot of you may have this, right? This one is more common and it’s understandable.

I can’t stand hearing those sounds, I have to get up and leave. It makes me angry more than fearful.
I have never ever reacted in a negative way towards the chewer haha, I mean I get that this is my thing and I’m sure they are not even being loud, I’m pretty sure I’m making the noise sound louder in my head.

But yeah, I find it extremely grows and it makes me angry.

COULROPHOBIA

Fear of clowns.
I’m not afraid of scary clowns or clown toys. I’m afraid of real, normal looking clowns. And it’s not even a fear, I know they won’t hurt me or anything, but I get this extreme reaction. They make me feel really uncomfortable and I can’t look at them AT ALL.

I feel like clowns have these weird shapes and colors that don’t go together, and they are supposed to be happy but they always look SO SO SAD! So my guess is that, all these contradictions are what make me feel this way.

So did I scare you with my list? I hope not.
These are things I can control, they don’t require medication or anything, they just require some walking way 🙂

If you have a quirky fear let me know!