Art Journal Idea: Things I Like

Despite having very little time for art journaling these days, I’ve still been keeping up with a little something for each day–even if my entries aren’t as detailed as the ones in my daily art journal from last year. Sometimes on less eventful days if I don’t have a whole lot to say about my day I will add a list of things I especially like around that time. Below is a list I made about a month ago, and while most of the things I jotted down still continue to bring me a lot of joy, I think I’m ready to make another list with some seasonal things, like drinking hot tea and enjoying the fall colors! things-i-likeWhat have you been especially liking lately?

xx Caitlyn



So everyone knows that living abroad is an amazing experience that gives you completely new insights into other cultures while teaching you about yourself and where you came from, too. The actual process of moving can be overwhelming, especially if speaking a foreign language is necessary (I remember when we moved from Yokkaichi to Kobe we handled getting an apartment all by ourselves, relying completely on our Japanese…). Despite the stress that moving of any sort (whether moving abroad or just to another state) brings, there are a few good things that come from moving as well. So, without further adieu, my list of three things good about the process of moving abroad.


1. You are forced to organize and clean
Nothing like moving to another country to get you to go through ALLTHETHINGS. It can be overwhelming (believe me, we’re going crazy cleaning and packing our house right now!), but at the same time it feels so good to have everything packed up in an efficient, organized manner. (I’ll post some packing tips in the near future, too!) Moving abroad is an excellent chance to get rid of a bunch of stuff you don’t need as well, which brings me to the second thing on my list.

2. You realize how much you don’t actually need.
You really have to learn to let go of material attachments when you move abroad. Shipping rates are insane, so all we’re bringing with us to Japan is what we can fit in our checked and carry-on luggage. A lot of people have asked about this, shocked that we’re pretty much only bringing clothes and a few books and random supplies. But when it comes down to it, what more do you need? Oh, wait, that brings me to the next thing on my list.

3. You realize how much you need your loved ones.
Obviously, you probably know that you love your family and your buddies and Comet and Curry. I mean, your cats or dogs or whatever. But you probably love my cats too, even if you don’t know it yet. Anyway, when you move abroad, you take the time to tell people how much you care about them in a way you don’t tend to do on a regular basis otherwise. I’ve had some experiences where I had no idea I had impacted someone’s life in an extreme way and vice versa, as well as times where I just fell apart crying all over the place because it was so important for me to show how vehemently I cared about and would miss everyone (get ready for that fun time in about two weeks, folks).

There are probably a bunch of other difficult parts of moving abroad that are also positive in a way, but these three have been sticking out to me lately. Have you ever made a big move that taught you something you could add to the list?

xx Caitlyn


Lists, Language and Love

I’m sick. That means I’ve been doing a lot of feeling miserable and sorry for myself when I’m not sleeping. But, I’m trying to be positive, and I’ve still managed to check a few things off my never-ending to do list.

I love that–the satisfaction of putting a little check mark next to something I’ve completed. I also love writing lists–not just To Do Lists, but Wish Lists, Bucket Lists, Reading Lists, Research Lists, Cleaning Lists, Lists of Things I Like, Grocery Lists…the list of lists I like could go on and on! šŸ˜‰ The organization, the goal-setting, the memory-keeping, the things to look forward to, and the feeling of accomplishment that can accompany list-making is so satisfying to me!

Today amidst my suffering, I’ve been reading about/looking at lists:

A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success

Thomas Edisonā€™s To-Do List, 1888

Wendy McNaughton’s To Do List

10 Common Misconceptions about Sherlock Holmes

I’m sure you can understand my interest in that last link there, considering my open love for the show Elementary. I’m interested in the BBC Sherlock as well, especially after hearing a Chattering Class Segment on Dinner Party Download in which the guest said the BBC version really does the books justice, but one Sherlock at a time. (Which one do you love, if you watch them?)

Speaking of love, I also watched this interesting short video on The Odds of Finding Life and Love.

Separately, I wanted to mention this TED talk I watched on language development and social interaction called, “The birth of a word.”

And, lastly, I wanted to share a song that makes me feel better when I’m having a rough day. Or when I’m sick, like today.

Hope you’re feeling healthy today, and that if you’re having a tough day this song cheers you up. If not, maybe try making a list of things that do cheer you up? Or a list of things you love? I’ll be off to bed early–sweet dreams! ~~~ā˜†å½”