My path from engineer 👷‍♀️ to illustrator 👩‍🎨

In middle school I used to spend my evenings drawing images of Sailor Moon, it made me feel so relaxed and happy that I just wanted to do it forever. When I went to high school I met this girl that was very good at drawing. One day she lent me one of her sketches which I immediately tried to replicate and I couldn’t. Her drawing was right there in front of me yet as much as I tried to follow the lines and angles I just couldn’t, I never did. This was when I ruled out drawing as a profession. Since if we were still in high school and she was already so talented obviously I wasn’t going to be able to draw to her level, she was talented and I wasn’t.

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Learning to be kind to myself

I had this huge post scheduled in my mind for today, I started researching and writing since last Friday but it was yesterday 9 pm and I couldn’t write it, something was off. After talking with my husband I realized that what I was trying to express wasn’t clear and that writing this post was going to take longer than I thought 🤷‍♀️. I couldn’t break my own commitment nor could I just write whatever thing came to my mind and post it. I felt it had to be something academic, groundbreaking, long and with lots of research 🤓.

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I contradict myself 🤫

Cognitive dissonance – The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes Reference

I started thinking about this term because of a video that I watched back in March about how musicians contradict themselves in their song 😅:

Video 1. Artists contradict themselves compilation

I didn’t know there was a term for this experience, I remember feeling that discomfort but not being able to put words to it 😵‍💫.

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Fear of flying

When I was little I didn’t use to understand why people were scared of flying but I don’t remember when my mind changed and I started feeling lots of fear of flying. 

This video has been very helpful and that’s why I thought that it would be a good idea to share it.

I’m definitely watching it again.

Love,

Paola

This close 👌 to not post today but here I’m writing 🤷‍♀️

Hi!

Paola here 😇 I was this close 👌 to not post today but here I’m writing 🤷‍♀️. 

This has been a busy week so I have been re-planning and rethinking about my posting schedule for this blog and YouTube. It has been confusing because editing YouTube videos and blog post takes a while and I have been pressuring myself to post constantly in both platforms. 

When I planned my schedule at the beginning of this journey I thought I would just post fast stuff here and there in both platforms but during these months it has changed. I discovered that I love dedicating time to these projects so it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought.

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Why a “No” is a “Yes” to myself?

 

“A question is just an opportunity to be honest” –Byron Katie

I started wondering why it is so hard for me to say “NO”. Sometimes, I say it but I feel guilty afterwards, like wrong and I was wondering why it is so hard inside my mind to be honest. So I started researching on google and I found this article:

25 Ways to Say No by Kim A. Flodin

I liked it, I think that is a good introduction to the main question: “Why is it so hard to say “No”?” but for me it wasn’t completely clear, so I continued with my research and as always I decided to look for Byron Katie’s experience and I found this video:

Video 1: How to be grateful for the opportunity to be honest — The Work of Byron Katie
 

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