Comparison is the thief of joy.

We compare ourselves, don’t we?  It’s a completely human trait.  And with social media being what it is these days, it’s nearly impossible not to know what your best friend, former co-worker, distant cousin, or boyfriend from second grade is doing with their life.  In the recent past, I feel more bombarded than ever by all the amazing things my friends, family members and acquaintances are doing.

It can be overwhelming.

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For example, with my upcoming hiatus very heavy on my mind (I’ll be making it official by handing in my resignation in the near future), I still vacillate between ‘this is the best idea I’ve ever had’ to ‘what the actual hell are you doing with your life?’

Recent examples:

Friend gets huge promotion in television industry.  

My thoughts:  Why did we leave Los Angeles?  If we had stayed, would my career have the same trajectory?

Drafting my resignation letter.

My thoughts:  You’ve sold less books this year than ever.  Your current book isn’t moving.  How on earth do you think you can justify leaving a well paid job to pursue this hobby?

Friend gets awesome book agent.

My thoughts:  More of above.  Friend has book agent, traditionally published books and maintains full time job.  WHY ARE YOU LEAVING WORK?

People go on fantastic trips.

My thoughts: Even after visiting some incredible places in just this year alone, I know we could sneak at least two more visits into 2015.  Or, as Hubs likes to remind me, it sounds like I’m constantly saying ‘we never go anywhere.’

A person starts something up and in less than a week has tons of support.

My thoughts:  Why can’t I do the same thing?  Why aren’t my projects taking off in the same way?  I have tons of friends!  Oh yeah…it’s because I hate bothering people to push a product I assume they don’t want.  Furthermore, why can’t I achieve success without approaching every person I know?

Instagram is blowing up as a social media platform.

My thoughts:  Why didn’t I see this coming?  Have I lost my edge?  Is there still time to make the switch or am I just going to lose the audience I’ve worked so hard to obtain?

And so on and so forth.  My brain at night is a super fun place to hang out.

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TL;DR Privileged person feels sad and probably just needs to get over herself.

30 Day Art Challenge, Day 16: Favorite Skyline

I’ve been fortunate to live in some great cities and visit many others – but I do love the Dubai skyline!  I’ve chosen this angle because it includes the building Hubs and I lived in for years, as well as the first building I worked in (circa 2007) – the Emirates Towers (my favorite buildings).  It does NOT include the Burj Khalifa, unless, y’know, you count that it was taken from the tallest building in the world…

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30 Day Art Challenge, Day 15: Favorite Book

No pressure?  Just one?

I’ll go with (and again, any readers of my blog won’t be surprised)… In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce.  As a young woman (and to this day), there was so much to love about Alanna.  A knight!  A talented swords woman (in disguise)!  In love – with a Prince – and they have sex (and no judging)!  A goddess!  A supernatural cat!  I reread the book last year and it really held up.  I’m so glad I discovered these books when I was younger.

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Find the original here.