It would be hard for people to walk around sane if it weren’t for hobbies. Hobbies give comfort, and a sense of meaningfulness to being alive. That might seem melodramatic, but it’s true. Whether it is that glass of wine and a book in the afternoon, or white water rafting trips that worry parents, hobbies are enticing. I realized that I have many hobbies that I find comfort in. If I had to choose to do one as a career for the rest of my life, it’d be to drink wine all day and critique food. That is always an option, but I like to think of that as my plan B. Realistically, I know I want to somehow connect one of my hobbies to a satisfying job, but it’s hard. How am I supposed to conjoin my interest for collecting beach glass to a psychology career?

I do know I have a nostalgic love for the outdoors. There is something otherworldly about meshing with the silence of a forest. I look forward to the annual trip my friends and I take each spring to go camping in the Shenandoah Mountains. Being there by the river, under the trees makes me remember that while life is passing by somewhere else, this place is always here, smelling faintly of soil and mud while a honeysuckle breeze blows. Nature reminds me of being a child when nothing was really important except finding a new fort in the woods. Maybe I connect the woods to a fresh start, because every time I would adventure into nature I’d find something new. I could somehow see myself incorporating nature in my career by somehow using nature as examples on the job or as the place where I actually do my work.

Right now I nanny part time while in school. I take the girls to playgrounds, and walk around in The Fan, playing with bugs and caressing flowers. I like this part of my job because I can connect with nature while working. Another hobby of mine is I enjoy going to shows to watch and listen to music. To me it’s interesting being around people who are (for the most part) appreciating music from a musician. In the future, I expect my job to somehow be similar to how I feel at shows. Me and all of my coworkers together, socializing on the job for work purposes. Although I do like my personal time, I think that work is more gratifying when working as a team.

The hobbies I have discussed are just few of many. I’m sure that throughout my lifetime I’ll develop more. Right now I find it intimidating to find a job where I can enjoy the same energy that I get from enjoying these hobbies. Wouldn’t it be nice to try out a new career every year with each new hobby I develop? Financially, it’s not a possibility unless I hit the lottery, but it is a wishful thought. I hope somehow in my search for a career, that something, whether it is a new hobby, will pull me in the right direction. This wishful thinking may not be enough right now, but it’s the start of my plan for the future.



After a while Crocodile…


LETS take a look at this crocodile for a minute..


Crocodiles usually eat small mammals, fish, and reptiles, but as you can see here this croc is a strong black woman who don’t need no man…who also has a desire for human thighs.  

Crocodiles are a bit different from alligators in that of their location, but more interesting to me, their difference in their scaly skin.  Crocodiles have olive green skin whereas alligators are a dark, muddy brown color. Check out these alligator cuties I met at Maymont Nature center.


Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

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From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on WordPress.com.

Brad Young

The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches.

"Macchiato," Brad Young Art“Macchiato,” Brad Young Art

Sarah Goodreau

Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of surrealist landscapes. In addition to illustration, Sarah is interested in video and stop-motion animation.

"Oh, Geez," Sarah Goodreau“Oh, Geez,” Sarah Goodreau

Marc Taro Holmes

At Citizen Sketcher, Montreal-based artist Marc Taro Holmes chronicles his location sketching, travel drawing, and plein air painting. His work-in-progress is refreshing, from airy landscapes to spirited pieces full of movement. When viewing his work, you can picture his hand moving…

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20 things to do this summer.

1. Eat lots and lots of pizza.

2. Have a water balloon fight.

3. Take an afternoon stroll with your sweetie.

4. Adventure into the woods, and find something you’ve never seen before.

5. Buy ice-cream in a cone.

6. Lay by the beach.

7. Take a blanket, find a field, pop a squat and watch the sky at night.

8. Catch a double feature show at your local theatre, such as the Byrd Theatre.

9. Take as many day trips as you can, to places you’ve never been before.

10. Go to the river.

11. Drink margaritas.

12.  Go barefoot for a day.

13. Climb a building with a view. 

14. Buy a plant; and take care of the plant. Buy a Venus Fly Trap.

15. Get caught in a storm.

16. Throw a party.

17. Paint something, even if you suck at it.

18. Spend a whole day doing something for someone else.

19. Make homemade popsicles.

20. READ as many books as possible.



rvadays begin.

 My rvadays have begun.  A city big enough to explore yet small enough to feel like home.