#tbt At the end of 1997 I was a recent graduate with a degree in film and English Literature (that I knew I didn't want to use) just arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For the next two years I kept illustrated journals exploring different mediums and techniques, and practiced storytelling through images. By the end of 1999 I was fully committed to return to the States to make a career as a painter.
This is an example from one of my journals of the kind of thing I was doing back in 1999. The label on the suitcase says " Tranquilo che, estamos en Buenos Aires!" which roughly translates to "Keep calm man, we're in Buenos Aires!" 🇦🇷✨
🔅 with all the moving parts and mixed emotions this month/season has brought me, I still feel so connected and in love with all things Virgo - from the softest to the sassiest of moments, tendencies and traits. My feelings flock so fast that my words tangle trying to catch up with what my heart absorbs. It's not always a good thing, and I'm not always proud. Having such an obsessive awareness over the exchange of energy. I can get so protective that it becomes detrimental. It can form into isolation, as I try to minimize what my heart WILL take on as it's own.
In the book I'm reading, an enlightening line stood out to me this morning saying: 'mental acuity was never born from comfortable circumstances' and I felt clarity as I read it over and over again changing 'from' to 'with'. This eased my soul; even if it were in the slightest way. I was grateful for what felt like a reminder. The sharpness and vast sweetness of my heart and mind has been jam packed into one grounded vibrant authentic real fiery approachable loving warm healing third-eyed empathetic compassionate critical strong growing takenoshit cantfoolme dontfwithme etc soul. And with that depth, complexity and grounded-ness, will come situations that feel like an elephant is either sitting on my chest or my heart has exploded with sap. As much as I feel, what's best is that I continue to seek peace in all. I gots to! Woooosah 🔅⚡️🔸
Only time you should look back is to see how far you have come
Last year this time I was not focused
I was not sure about my direction
Last year this time I was in a rush
I've learned to appreciate the process while constantly growing in it .... self awareness