If I Could Make a Living by Creating Art…

Plinky Prompt: If you had a chance to make a living by creating art, what would you do?

If I could make a living by creating art, I would be a painter or I would make ceramics.  When I was in middle school, I participated in an art program for kids that lived in my neighborhood.  I learned how to make canvases and to paint with acrylics.  I spent 2 years in this program and I produced two large canvases, which I still have.  Painting is a therapeutic process for me and this is why I began learning how to paint with watercolors last summer.

In high school, I took up ceramics and I loved this course.  I took it all four years of high school and I was even an assistant to the ceramics teacher.  I learned how to make clay, how to glaze pieces, how to make my own glazes, how to throw on a wheel, and how to fire pieces in a kiln.  I miss ceramics and there have been many times when I’ve considered taking a ceramics class for fun.

There are many aspects of having an artistic career that I would enjoy.  It would be fulfilling to wake up every morning and to work on something I love.  I could see myself wanted to formally study each craft and to become part of an artistic community.

Coffee

From Plinky: Do you need coffee to wake up in the mornings?

I absolutely have to have coffee in the mornings not only to wake up but to function as a human being. I’m not a morning person and coffee gives me the jolt that I need to be productive throughout the morning.  If I’m  having a hard day, I’ll also take a break in the afternoon to go and get coffee.

I didn’t always like coffee and I didn’t always need it to wake me up in the mornings.  My father is a coffee drinker and when I was in high school I tasted his coffee for the first time.  It was the most bitter and disgusting drink I have ever tasted and I never thought I’d drink coffee again.  My opinion of coffee changed when I was living in Latin America.  I lived in a country that produced a lot of coffee and drinking coffee every afternoon with family and friends was a large part of the culture.  The coffee there wasn’t bitter and I began looking forward to drinking coffee and spending time with my friends every afternoon.  When I came back to the USA, I continued drinking coffee and I found that it helped me to function in the mornings.

I’m not a “coffee snob” and I’ll pretty much drink anything including the bitter stuff my father still drinks.  Two of my favorite coffee shops here in Denver are Ink! coffee and Dazbog.

On Religion

I wasn’t sure how to answer the question of whether I was religious or not.   My initial thought was that I’m probably more spiritual than religious.  I spent some time researching the differences between “being spiritual” and “being religious” and I’m not sure that I can identify myself as either one.  My experience with religion has been very complex and sometimes it’s difficult for me to talk about it.  To be honest, it’s always difficult to talk about how I was raised religiously.  I grew up in a strict, Christian home and my parents were very religious.  They were legalistic in how they viewed religion and they expected my sibling and I to follow their beliefs.  I felt confined and depressed by all the rules and regulations and I felt that I couldn’t do anything or be myself.  I felt that I could only express myself in certain ways and I felt that my parent’s religious beliefs were choking my creative and spiritual self.  Things were so bad that as a teenager I rebelled against my parent’s religious beliefs and I even ran away from home because I wanted more freedom.

These days, I’m skeptical of organized religions in general.  Many times I view religion as being dogmatic and controlling.  Although there are many principles/teachings that I believe from Christianity, I have a hard time attending church.  I don’t know if I want to be a part of a Christian community and I’m not interested in participating in most church activities.  I’d rather study, pray, and seek answers on my own and to be open to whatever faith my studies take me on.

I know that my parent’s beliefs are not the beliefs that all Christians share but the experiences from my childhood are something that I can’t let go of.

A Shorter Work Week vs. Working From Home

I would rather work from home than have a four-day work week. Working from home would be an ideal work situation for me since it’s quiet where I live and I prefer to work alone. I’d also be able to concentrate more since I wouldn’t be interrupted repeatedly through out the day.

One of the cons to working from home is that people can begin to feel lonely since they aren’t able to interact with others through out the day. This would not be a problem for me. First, work has never been a place for me to socialize. I go to work to do work and that’s all. Second, I have had enough of working with people to last me for the rest of my life. I would not miss the forced interactions and office politics that are a part of working in an office.

Working from home would also help me to save money on gas/public transportation. I feel like I would have less expenses and maybe I’d be able to travel more and pursue other interests. As I continue to pursue my professional goals, it is my hope that I will eventually be able to work from home.

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My Feelings Toward Online Dating

Online romance
I have used a few online dating services and have been unsuccessful with meeting anyone online for many reasons. I’ve tried some paid online dating sites such as Eharmony and Match.com as well as few free sites.

When I tried Eharmony, I had to take a personality test in order to sign up and I “failed” the test. Basically, they must not have liked my answer because I got some kind of e-mail telling me they weren’t able to match me with anyone at that time. I waited a year and then I took the personality test again and this time I “passed” and they were able to match me with people. The personality test actually turned me off because I can be really bad at taking them. There were plenty of times when the answer that I would give to a question wasn’t even one of the options, so I just picked the best one which didn’t always reflect my true personality. I believe this is what happened with the Eharmony personality test. Neither of the results, from the two times that I took the test, were an accurate analysis of my personality. Subsequently, I didn’t like any of the people I was matched with and I quit using the site after a few months.

With the other websites that I used, I also had a hard time connecting with people and this mimics my situation in real life. I don’t easily connect with every single person I meet and I never expected that I would magically find a bunch of guys that I would connect with. I’m also an extreme introvert and I was upfront and honest about that aspect of my personality. There are negative connotations associated with being introverted and I feel like many guys may have been turned off with this aspect of my personality.

Another problem I encountered with online dating was that I communicated with a lot of creepy guys. You can meet a creepy person on the street but there seemed to be a lot of desperate guys on these sites. Many wanted me to immediately give them my cell number so we could text offline. They also wanted my personal e-mail to communicate with me without using the dating sites’ e-mail. I never gave any guy any of my personal information that acted like this and I was disturbed by their behavior. They were way too pushy and overbearing which are not qualities that I’m looking for in a potential partner.

I’m also not in a big hurry to be in a relationship. I think because I’m not actively looking to find someone serious, then I’m not really committed to the whole process. There were plenty of times when I never responded to people who may have been potential mates simply because I didn’t have time or I was busy with other things so I may have missed out on opportunities. At this point in my life, I’m happy being single and living life the way I want.

Even though I wasn’t successful with online dating, I feel that people should try it at least once just to see if it’s for them. I do believe that people can make genuine connections with others using these services but it’s just not for me.

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Dreams

Sleeping Buddha

I believe that my dreams are a window into my imagination. I’ve always had vivid, wild dreams. They are frenzied scenes that quickly move from one event to the next. Sometimes these events are interconnected and other times they are completely different scenarios. I also have graphic and violent nightmares which leave me beathless and shaking when I wake up from them. My dreams are a way for me to solve problems. There have been many times when a solution to a problem has come to me in a dream.

Going to sleep is one of the things that I look forward to doing each day despite the fact that I could have a horrible nightmare. I’m always interested in what my dreams will bring and what journey they will take me on.

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My Sense of Humor

202/365 – Laugh

My sense of humor is very silly. I love to laugh and I can always find humor in most situations. This comes as a surprise to people who don’t know me very well. To them, I seem like a person who wouldn’t think anything was funny and that I’m serious all the time. Like most aspects of myself, I only share them with the people I’m really close to. There are times when my sense of humor will spill out even around people I don’t know. In those moments, it’s a small window for those people into my personality and it lets them know I’m not the solemn person they think I am.

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Why I’m Going Digital

Amazon Kindle eBook Reader

I never thought I’d buy an e-reader but I bought one over the weekend. There are two reasons why I bought one. The first reason is that I commute to work using public transportation. It’s hard to carry heavy, thick books in addition to the other items that I carry with me on a daily basis. The second reason is because I dislike clutter. I’m a minimalist and I just have the basic items in my place. As much as I love books, I don’t want them all over my apartment.

The thought of buying an e-reader was something I wasn’t sure I wanted to do. I love the smell, touch, and sight of books and the was the pages feel on my fingers. I thought about just borrowing books from the library but that still didn’t settle the problem of having to carry a heavy book around and I didn’t want to be limited to my choices (meaning I didn’t want to only borrow smaller books). I was concerned that by buying an e-reader, I would be betraying my natural love of books. Instead of the sensual experience I get from holding an actualy book, I would be holding a cold, electronic device. I wondered if I would be able to connect with what I was reading.

Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case. I love my e-reader and I’ve found myself getting lost in what I’m reading just like I normally would. I feel this is one of the best devices I’ve bought in a long time.

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Languages I Speak

I can speak two languages fluently: English and Spanish. English is my first language and Spanish is my second, however I speak Spanish as well as I speak English. Many times people have thought I was originally from Latin America because I speak Spanish so well. I started learning Spanish when I was middle school and took a few Spanish classes when I was high school. In college, I decided to major in Spanish because I loved the language so much. I would spend hours studying the language and perfecting my accent so that I would be able to properly pronounce the words. I lived abroad a short time to build my fluency and that was one of the best experiences of my life.

Speaking Spanish has a huge influence in my life. I speak, read, write, think, and even dream in Spanish. There are even times when words or sentences will come to me completely in Spanish even though I’m speaking in English. I think that this something that happens to a lot of people who are bilingual. Many people have a hard time understanding how I could be so fluent in another language that was not spoken to me from birth but it’s possible. I have friends who have also learned other languages and many of them have the same experiences as I do.

I’m interested in learning French and Portuguese. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take classes to learn these languages also.

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