03. 05. 24


I cut my hair.

When someone brings up a haircut, it's usually something mundane...or a planned changed. Something to keep themselves appearing tidy or maybe an attempt to spice things up. For me, I've never really willingly wanted to cut my hair. I can count on one hand the times I've chopped my bum-length hair into a chin-length bob. One time was for basic training and I cried the entire time in the barber's chair. The other few times have been during extreme mental lows, when I wanted to do worse, but settled on impulsively cutting it with a pair of shitty scissors. I don't even know why I'm so attached to my hair. Maybe God knows, or hell even the Devil himself. It's my security blanket for some reason and it's something I've always gotten complimented on...I guess maybe it's a way to make myself "ugly" and reflect how I feel on the outside when I'm feeling low.

It's funny looking back, a few diary entries ago I was feeling good! Great, even. Very excited to do my best and feel my best this year. I ignored the oncoming signs and tried to fight through a lot of the darkness that has been hanging over my head for the past few weeks. Surprise, surprise, a short vacation and spending some money can't fix the constant ups-and-downs of my moods. It's really frustrating and it's hard. I've written and deleted this entry a few times already. I hate being open and vulnerable. I hate it. I don't want to show my weakness and sadness to strangers, let alone face it myself. I don't like seeing that part of me. A lifelong struggle...something I will fight with for the rest of my life. I told my husband that I'm tired. I don't want to do this for the next 50 years of my life.

But I've gotta try, right? I've got to get back up, dust my knees off, and keep going. Sometimes I'm scared I'm too weak...I mean, I cut my hair. But this time, I stopped at giving myself a fringe. Put the scissors down. And I made some tea, and sat down in my room, and took a breath.

It all sounds so silly. It is silly, I guess. But I'm gonna keep trying.


Weather: Raining

Mood: Sad

Music: Nothing

Currently: Nothing

Trying to keep my mind occupied..

02. 19. 24

Got so much inspiration from visiting family! I can't wait to work on my garden and decorate some more.

Refreshed & Recharged

Ah, Spring is almost here! It's been so sunny and lovely——a sharp contrast to how I've been feeling lately, truthfully. I was a bit down and overwhelmed with quite a few things, and I had written quite the heartfelt (and sad) diary entry about it a couple weeks ago but after typing out my feelings, I felt a tiny bit better and decided to delete it without posting. Anyways, Poopy did pick up on my mood being off so he took me on a little trip! We went up to Atlanta and spent some time up there visiting with family and seeing some sights.

We spent a day shopping and visiting the aquarium. He knows how much I love aquariums so it was one of the first places we went. It was soooo crowded (enough to make me cranky for a bit tbh) but I quickly got used to it and enjoyed seeing all the animals. Jellyfish are my favorite sea creature so I was a little disappointed that there were only 3 types of jellyfish on display. It was fun but I expressed that I wasn't too impressed with the Georgia Aquarium (the design was circular? There was like a central "hub" and no organic flow of traffic or exhibitions.) But! We made plans to visit another aquarium in another state in April or May. He even suggested that I make a page with photos and a ranking of all the aquariums we visit. I thought it was a cute idea, so I may do that when I gather some old and new pictures together!

Valentine's Day 💞

I don't think it would surprise anyone if I were to tell them that one of my favorite holidays is Valentine's Day! Yes, I know it's a consumer holiday but the aesthetics and lovey feeling of the beginning of February leading up to V-day always gets me. Even in elementary school, my favorite school activity was creating Valentine's cards or going shopping with my mom and choosing whatever Valentine's card set to gift to my friends and classmates.

I had plans to make little e-cards for my friends for the holiday this year but they fell through...Work was just simply too busy last month, and then I spent a lot of time away from home this month on vacay, so it just didn't happen. (So please, accept my very late digital love vibes!! (´▽`ʃ♡ƪ)) I hope I can do something next year!

Poopy and I are celebrating late (tonight, actually!) He made reservations at my favorite restaurant so we will be going there for dinner. I hope I can eat enough but with the dosage of my meds going up, I'm just never hungry or I'm feeling sick/nauseous TvT As far as presents...well the trip was a part of my gift, as well as a lovely bouquet, and some very cute bright red Guess slingbacks! I didn't get him anything o(* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ but I'll make it up to him soon (worst wife award looool.)

Anyways, after that much needed break away from work, people, and the internet, I am feeling good! Refreshed and ready to draw, create, and socialize again ^_^ I've already started some personal work (drawing on the road is always challenging for me!) and soon I need to get back to working on finishing up the art trades I have lined up. I also really need to write back to everyone that has written me in the past few weeks and months. I'm working on it!! But communicating with friends is always the first thing to get ignored on my list of things to do when I'm not feeling well -w- I always feel guilty about it but I just don't always have the energy to do everything I want to do...

I feel like since I've been on a break, I've missed a lot of what my friends have been up to, so I'd really like to catch up but I will probably save that for tomorrow after I get some much needed rest!


Weather: Sunny

Mood: Happy

Music: Love at First Sight

Currently: Unpacking

Packing and unpacking is always the worst part of traveling for me. I always tend to put it off...but I go back to work tomorrow, so I really need to unpack and get organized!

01. 08. 24

Some cute new buys from Target. I'm going to use the frames for OC art prints...I'm mostly excited about the honeypot though hehe

#Girlbossing, but in anxiety..

My tummy is tied up in knots! There are a couple of reasons why I'm so nervous. Firstly, in a few days I'm finally going to see a ballet! It's put on by The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. I'm so excited, so why am I nervous? I have NO idea! Good or bad, I always get anxious when I'm doing something new...it's quite annoying and it's something I've been working on for the past year or two. Slowly, it's getting better and not as much of a hindrance to my life but sometimes it just really kicks me in the back of the head o(* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ

Secondly, there's a Women in Leadership conference coming up in a few weeks...and my boss asked me to speak at it. I HATE public speaking so, so much. I wonder how I was able to be in Drama Club in high school and act in plays and such, but I think it's because I was donning a role. Basically, a suit of armor. What, you think I'm cringe? No, it's not me, it's my character!! As I was venting this to Poopy, he said: "Then why don't you treat this the same? Act in that role, and you've got this!" And, he's so right. So I'll suck it up and be brave, and talk my heart out to the room full of hopeful young women about their careers. The thought of being able to help or inspire someone into being That Girl™ at work is a soothing balm to my nervous heart, so I will put on that armor piece by piece and go slay that metaphorical dragon (so sorry about being corny but I love fairytales....😬)

Now, the third thing isn't so lighthearted...but I have a tendency to catastrophize everything...but my mom got her labs back and is being referred to an endocrinologist. My mind is running at a 100mph wondering what could be wrong, but I know it's standard once you get into menopause but my imagination can really come up with some crazy scenarios. Everything will be okay, I'm sure of it. I gotta keep my mind off the (bad) possiblities..

Now onto heavy topics.. ☕

I had mentioned in my last diary entry that I wanted to be more active in my community, so I've been looking up what conventions and events are upcoming and wow! I'm surprised at how many things are going on from now into the summer. It's motivating me to start creating some new designs for buttons and stickers for one of the women's fairs. I want to donate all of the proceeds to a new local organization that just recently became active (within the past month or so.) Their goal is to support trafficking victims as well as put pressure onto our local government to hold those responsible accountable.

It was about two or so years ago, but there was big news about a trafficking and CP ring that was being run in my city...and amongst the members were police officers, teachers, DOCTORS!!! I was so angry and upset at the news...I hold that anger in my heart until now. Positions of power and guidance, and you abuse it to do that. Honestly, when I read and hear more and more about what some men can do without any guilt or second thought, it makes me feel more misanthropic than I already am. But I have to have some kind of hope that through the small actions of volunteers and philanthropists, that real change can be made. I'm practically praying for it.

Whew, I really don't mean for my diary to be a place about my efforts in outreach and philanthropy, or griping about heavy topics but these are things that are on my mind a lot lately. I recently came back to Tiktok (why can't I quit you????) and was immediately angry LOL. From the lookism, looksmaxxing trends to the nasty comments from men: "where can I pre-order one?"/"i just know it's pink" (🤢🤮) in response to videos of little girls and women...I was pissed. I hate "jokes" of that nature. It's very tiresome being a woman....you see misogyny online, in person, and even from your peers. You get bashed for saying that you love being a woman (omg is that a dogwhistle!?) or refusing to participate in discussion riddled with bad faith questions. I'm just over it. Good thing I keep my social circle pretty small!

On the topic of feminism, I really want to read more serious works and studies. I watched a random YouTube video in which a woman claimed she was not a political feminist, but a philosophical one and it piqued my interest because I am not quite so sure what she meant. I am not one to delve heavily into philosophy, but she mentioned Simone de Beauvoir specifically, so I am planning to go through her works when I can. I know in some circles she's controversial but I also love reading opposing views to my own.

Also! Speaking of reading, there's a really cute bookclub that's been going around. It's funny because I had mentioned to one of my friends before I saw it that I would really like to participate in one someday. I've thought about joining this one but I worry that I won't be consistent with it...I am always so busy, and this year will probably be my busiest yet! Maybe someone should start a lazy girl's book club haha ( ̄y▽ ̄)╭ Or maybe a book club that centers around manga and webtoons since that's all I can bother to read for the past few months hahah! I gotta stop rotting my brain with silly stuff but it's just so easy.


Weather: Gloomy

Mood: Nervous

Music: Nothing

Currently: Procrastinating

When I'm home, I'm going to curl up with a book and a hot cup of tea. I'm going to use some wildflower honey, wear some cozy PJs, and enjoy the rainstorm that is incoming.

daily highlight

01. 01. 24

Poopy's Christmas present for me finally arrived ^_^

And just like that, it's 2024..

I was wanting to write an entry right after Christmas. In fact, I had planned on doing lots of work for my site while I've been on work leave but obviously none of that got done...I've been enjoying lots of time with my family as well as resting lots and lots. I had an increase in dosage of one of my meds which resulted in me sleeping for most of my staycation! I've been taking hours-long daily naps...so I haven't been super productive. That's okay though, I got a few things knocked off my to-do list anyways (like deep cleaning the house as well as hosting a dinner party!) but it's still hard for me to let go of feeling like I should always be productive and hustling. I have not drawn or written or read anything this break (even fanfiction! who am i!?) but it's been very nice and peaceful. Turning off my brain and just...existing. I stepped away from Discord/chatting too but after the 1st, I will be doing my best to be active and social again. I also need to scroll through my NC feed to see all the updates that I missed while I was pretty much phone-free for 10 days! I am still very behind on all my art obligations but I'll buckle down soon (I have no choice!!)

I was truly and utterly spoiled this Christmas. I got one of my dream bags (a Vivienne Westwood Betty! with the matching wallet😭🖤), lots of cute clothes, Doc Marten platform sandals, Jimmy Choo sunglasses and a ton of other things:

Isn't she gorgeous!? I can't wait to use her!

Resolutions and Retrospections

Thinking and writing about my resolutions is always hard. I feel like if I write them out...I'm dooming myself to never following through. I hardly ever achieve my NY resolutions because I set really high standards for myself or I fall into depression during the year. I'm very hopeful for 2024 though: I want to continue to improve and stay happy. I think that's my honest to God goal for this new year. I would just like to stay happy! Enjoy my life one day at a time, spend time with my loved ones, and do the things I love to do as well as try new things. I don't want to be afraid to take leaps of faith this year, whether the decisions are about my career or relationships, or things even as silly as hobbies.

It's cheesy but I think my biggest accomplishment of 2023 was just...being happy for most of the year, and staying true to myself. Sure I had some down moments, mostly during the beginning of the year, but I steadily improved. One of the things that helped me a lot was befriending and being around other women, online and IRL. I definitely was more active socially online, and I got to meet a bunch of incredibly creative, smart, and talented women through Neocities and Discord. I was very motivated to keep up with Lovesick, as well as being inspired to revisit old loves like pixel art and yume spaces because of certain friends and mutuals I've made in 2023!

My creative output was a little bit slower, but I truly loved everything I drew and created last year. I dabbled in new creative hobbies like decoden, GKs, and keychain making. This year I hope to learn how to knit, crochet, and sew as I've been inspired by some ladies from NC/Discord that are so talented. I know I've been gushing but I always feel so lucky when I think about the feminine presence in my life, whether it's online or family members like my sister and my mother.

There are a few things I would like to achieve this year, things that are very important to me:

  • Be Stay happy!
  • Practice secondary language skills. I'd like to converse more with my mom in her mother tongue. It's always fun when we can talk back and forth but my skills are soooo rusty, I would like to be more fluent.
  • A materialistic one but I am aiming to buy my mom her dream bag for Mother's Day! A Burberry purse of some kind. I know she will love it but also hate that we will drop a large sum on a purse for her but she deserves it!!
  • Do some travelling this year! Mostly stateside. I'd love to see my sister again, as well as go to the Grand Canyon and New Orleans (again)! I really want to go to the aquarium there. We are planning a possible overseas trip, though Poopy would love to go to Europe and I want to go back to Asia n_n
  • Be more active in my community. Last year I did a lot of donating and volunteer work for local animal shelters as well as participated in the Women's Fair. (sidenote: I meant to make a dedicated journal entry or site page for my experience and all the merch I made but decided against it because I didn't want to deal with kids misconstruing my intentions 😒 The absolute state of the internet... ) I'd like to do all of that again plus more! I want to participate in a local drive for sanitary products (Because why are tampons $13 a box here? Insane!) and I want to donate to local food pantries. I just believe that it means more to be actually active politically or involved in local/global philanthropy. Sure 88x31s are cute and all, but do they actually do anything? No, besides virtue signal. I made it my goal a couple years back not to be self-satisfied with just hitting the retweet button and calling it a day.

In 2023, there was ONE goal that I did reach 100% and that was to get used to drawing on my iPad. It's not really a big deal but I am someone soooo stuck in my ways that I was previously using an obsolete and practically unknown JP art program for years because I was too scared to try anything else. Another one that I (mostly) reached was keeping a clean closet. That also doesn't sound like a hard ask, but I truly hate doing laundry with every fiber of my soul (for the longest time I just threw all my clean clothes on a computer chair unfolded lol) and I also love buying clothes that I wear once because it looked so pretty on the hanger but the second I put it on my body I feel embarassed so I stuff it in the corner of my closet to never see the light of day again! It's wasteful and creates so much clutter...I really didn't buy too many clothes in 2023 but regretfully a lot of them remained unworn because I just couldn't bear to see myself in them. Gotta stop doing that ugh.

As usual, the resolution that I NEVER acheive: lose weight/get hot/start and maintain an active gym routine for health (and vanity) reasons. I've always made this one since I was like 16...10+ years of failing, I finally decided to not even try LOL. I'll be as healthy and as mindful as I can, as my body and my brain allow, but I'm not going to guilt myself back into concerning eating habits. Nuh uh, not this year. I'll just do things that are fun and healthy. My poor kayak has been sitting untouched for about two years so I need to get back on the water! I want to do hikes and nature trails. I used to do a weekly nature trail with my mom but that stopped as I fell into a depression a couple years back so I'm going to reach out and get that started again!

I guess in a nutshell my resolutions are: be happy, make others happy, and stay healthy! Nothing too crazy or out there but I'm pleased with my list. I hope everyone I know, love, and like have a wonderful 2024. May everyone's goals and dreams come true!!


Weather: Clear

Mood: Happy

Music: Yuna's Decision

Currently: Resting

Today I am heading over to my parents' house to pick up some food! No cleaning today even though I really want to get my closet in order before I return back to work (supersitions!) I plan on resting and enjoying some gaming time this afternoon and then baking some fresh bread!