January Goals: Mixing, Cacti & Trolls

This year, I’m starting a blog post series inspired by Marzia Bisognin’s “Notes” videos. In the beginning of each month, I will set three goals that I believe are creative or will inspire a creative lifestyle.

It could be art, cooking, music, travel, you name it. Because I truly believe that creativity and the arts take many, many forms, and I love to spend as much time living in as many of them as possible.

Then, towards the end of the month, I’ll write about them here! I really hope you might join me in this endeavor for yourself. I feel like this will be a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

It doesn’t matter that January is almost over. We don’t have to wait for a new year to start in order to set and achieve goals!

1. Bake Using My New (Old) Mixer

This month, my mom and step-dad gave me an antique mixer they had in storage. That’s right, the Mixmaster 3000… I may or may not have added the 3000 part for dramatic effect.

I’ve never had a mixer of my own. I don’t know why I didn’t just buy myself one. Maybe I stubbornly thought I could get away with stirring everything by hand. Maybe it was my tiny act of resisting the robotic uprising. We may never know.

Over the holidays, I found this amazing recipe for Buttermilk Banana Blueberry Bread (say that three times fast).

I couldn’t wait to try it again with the Mixmaster, and I have to say, it was much easier than trying to mush bananas into some kind of stir-able substance with a potato masher.

I made some for home, and of course a loaf for my mom and step-dad as a thank you!


2. Paint Chester’s House

First, I should clarify: Chester is our cactus. His house?… your basic terracotta pot. But with a personality as big as Chester’s, we thought he needed a much fancier home.

I sketched and painted a few ideas, and had Greg pick the best one. Then I sketched the design straight onto the pot, and (using these metallic, acrylic paints that make everything look shiny and amazing) I painted away!

It never fails to impress me how such a tiny DIY can have such a wonderful impact. I couldn’t recommend doing small DIYs like this more. It’s always nice to have something different to look at knowing you made it yourself. It just makes you feel good.


3. Edit Video for the Making of “A Lonely Troll” 

I have such a great love for editing, and, despite a few snafus, it felt really good to be back in this medium.

I busted out my camera, and Greg and I went to Codorus State Park. It was a sunny, fall day when we started on the trail, but then it started to get unnaturally windy due to an oncoming storm. It was perhaps a little unsafe to be there with those thin, dancing trees, but we had a blast all the same.

I think I will start filming and editing all of my projects, maybe not always to this extent, but I’m really enjoying it for the time being.

I’ve really enjoyed the first month of this series, and I am so excited for the goals to come! It’s really fun to be trying these new things and infusing as much creativity into my everyday life as possible. It has always been a goal of mine, but to have it structured in this way has been a really positive experience so far. And now, on to February!

To a creative existence in the works,

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