So something that I thought could be fun to do on my blog, would be monthly favorites. The favorites for each month could vary, but for the most part the categories will be as follows: Movie, TV Show, Planner Spread and Other. Other possible categories could be any of the following: Tech, App, Place, etc.
So let’s jump right into July favorites!
Hands down one of my favorite movies that I watched in July was Zootopia. Decided to rent the movie through iTunes and had no regrets. It’s another cute movie from Disney with a great message. The basic plot is that a small town bunny has big city dreams. Judy Hops dreams of working on the police force, even though no one else thinks she’s cut out for it. Overall she’s not treated well, but tries to prove herself anyways. Movie is perfect for old and young fans of Disney alike. The cast, the story, the animation … everything was amazing! It’s worth a watch for sure and a movie I plan to pick up on bluray so I can watch it again and again.
My favorite planner spread for July is hands down the June mystery kit from Planning Roses. The colors in this kit alone are so bright and vibrant, and I just love the overall theme of gems. Although this kit is no longer available, I highly recommend checking out her shop. She seriously has some of my favorite weekly kits!
Something I’ve been wanting to invest in for a while is a new laptop. Back in 2007 when I moved away for college I purchased a basic laptop that I used for about 5 months, before deciding in a 15″ Macbook Pro (gave my mom my ‘old’ laptop). I decided on a Mac for various reasons, but the main one was that I was a graphic design major and all of the computers I was using in my classes were all macs. I didn’t regret this decision at all.
Around 2012 I stopped using the Mac, it still functions to this day but has some keys missing, a small crack in the screen, and runs slow. Because of how long the laptop lasted I knew I wanted to get another Mac at some point.
End of March I was offered a position at another gaming company, this job is still work from home and pays over 2x as much as my last job. So I decided to take it and was able to start saving money a lot more easily. May 14th I decided to purchase a 13″ Macbook Pro with retina display (specs below) and I LOVE it.
I first heard about an Erin Condren planner last year, and used one off and on. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the planner, I just didn’t have any “urge” to actually use it. I ended up winning a giftcard to purchase something on the Erin Condren website, and I knew in 2016 I’d have to get a new planner, and that I’d have to actually do it this year.
It started out a little rocky, designing my own stickers here and there, but once I started investing in planner kits I started to really get into. I got so into, that I ended up opening up a planner channel called Planning Vero and an Instagram account dedicated to sharing my spreads and other planner goodies. So I thought I’d make a blog post showing some of my favorite spreads so far this year, and what shops I purchase from frequently!
First spread is a kit from The Glam Planner, called Night’s Dream. Elle Fowler (the owner) is actually the person that got me into planner and got me to purchase my first planner! I just ADORE her kits, and I loved how this spread turned out.
Next up is a kit from The Organizing Companion called Galileo’s Dream, I knew as soon as I saw this galaxy themed kit I had to buy it!
Friday in the middle of a stream, I received a call that I knew was coming. Before I answered the phone, I knew exactly what my mother would be telling me. With tears filling her eyes, she tried to get out of the words “your Mamaw passed away”. My grandmother had been sick for a while, to the point that my mother flew to Tennessee from Florida to visit and I even drove up as well (back in February). I am so thankful that I got to say goodbye, that I got to hug her one last time, and tell her how much I loved her.
My family is amazing, and it’s because they were raised by someone like my grandmother. She was seriously an amazing woman. She always encouraged, always loved, and always had a smile on her face. I LOVED visiting my grandparents as a kid. I’d watch my grandmother cook, we’d talk about school, and of course both her and my grandfather (he passed away about 9 years ago) would spoil me rotten.
I always admired my grandmother, the mother of 8 children but only 6 survived (2 passed at birth). They always gave, never complained, and always had so much love to give (to their families and to even complete strangers). Her and my grandfather both loved all of their children, their grandchildren, and now their great grandchildren. I hope that I have at least a small percentage of the kind of woman that she was.
She will truly be missed, because she was one hell of a woman.
Aging is obviously something we can not avoid, but sometimes I find my age just creeps up on me. I’ve spent my entire life (especially when I hit 18+) telling people my age only to have them respond back with “WHAT REALLY?!”. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s certainly not a bad thing and I won’t mind being in my 50’s when people think I’m in my 30’s, but all it does is it makes me realize just how old I am.
On January 17th I turned 30. Spoiler: It doesn’t feel any different than 29, 28, 27 … etc. I don’t really feel any older, but what is older supposed to feel like anyways? My original plan before I turned 30 was to try to do the “30 before 30” challenge but then I forgot about it … oops.
I’ve been thinking about doing 5 things before I turned 35 since that (hopefully) not only be very doable, but would give me plenty of time to do it. I’ve just come up with 0 ideas.
My life also isn’t anywhere where I thought it’d be at 30, but my life is still pretty awesome. I think past Vero would be proud.
So far, dirty 30 is going well *knocks on wood*
On April 14, 2006 I opened up my blog on Blissful.nu. Almost 10 years later, and I am back.
In 2009 I was pursuing my degree in graphic and web design, and after the company I was hosted with decided to sell their customers (without telling their customers I might add) I found out that my domain name would be almost $50 for one year. A world of no, especially as a college student. That was when I decided to create Artsie.me and that was blogging home since then. Until today anyways.
Yesterday I spent all of this time editing a theme, editing some pages, and doing a few things here and there but then I realized something, Artise.me didn’t really reflect me anymore. I started it when I was in school, in my life now although I do still design and create art my life is so much more than that. I work a full time job in the gaming industry that I love, I create YouTube videos, I play video games, and I even stream myself playing said games weekly.
I started brain storming possible domain name ideas, but everything I was coming up with I didn’t really like or it was taken. Then I remembered that I owned the domain Blissful.nu and that I absolutely loved it and I hated letting it expire. And what do you know? It was’t taken! And, .nu extensions no longer require a 2 year registration/renewal. $27 for a domain I once paid $60 for is not a bad deal at all! The renewal price is around $39 but that’s something I can deal with. I also decided to completely clean out my website. Everything is fresh and brand new (all old posts are gone). I even went through and deleted 30+ databases and usernames that were in my cpanel that were unused.
So here we are again. A brand new name, layout, and everything else. I’m still working on getting all of the pages up but I am happy with the new name. Hopefully this motivates me to blog more often, because it’s something I really want to try in 2016. Fingers crossed.