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I'm feeling drained, just got back from SWUUSI.
For those uninformed, SWUUSI stands for South Western Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute. Basically a regional summer camp/convention thing for UUs. I went to sell some of my work and promote my business (The LUUvre). All around, things went well, but now I'm a little stressed.
Now that I'm home, I have to start seriously looking for a job (at least part-time). I also have orders to fill from SWUUSI, including several labor intensive ShUU orders. I still haven't unpacked, and of course it's not like I have my own room where a small bit of mess wouldn't be a problem, no, I'm still sharing a room with my sister (not her fault, I'm not mad at her) and therefore any mess is a BIG mess. *sighs*
BUT I did get an encouraging fortune: "Don't worry, your problem will be solved next month."
At the time, I was all like, "What problem?" which I suppose is a good thing in and of itself. But now that I'm feeling stressed, I'm glad to hear that SOMETHING will be fixed soon.
And, oh yeah, I GOT ASKED TO DESIGN THE LOGO FOR SWUUSI 2010 BY SUSAN SMITH.
Aaaand that means practically nothing to any of you, but oh well.
Basically, Susan Smith is one of the higher ups in the UU world. She's amazing... we call her Dumble-smith. XD Aaaaaand even though I'm not getting paid for it, it should at least waive some fees for next years SWUUSI for me, and it'll just be neat to see my work on letters and t-shirts and hopefully it'll be good publicity for me...
Except now I'm stressed because it's kind of a lot of pressure, I mean I got asked IN PERSON by the one in charge of it all, no one higher than Susan Smith in our district, and I really want to do a good job so I don't disappoint her, or Paula (my step-mom). *flails*
And I'm TIRED. Rarwg.
*in best Mickey-Mouse voice* "Faith developement is all we do, ha-ha!"
Anyway... if you run into any UUs, please send them my way (either to my website or to my etsy) and tell them to spread the word---NEW UU ARTIST ON THE LOOSE!!! XD
BUT some up sides, I actually got asked to sign some of my work. XD OMG How flattering! I can't wait for the day that it will be thrilling for someone just to meet me in person! I want to be able to inspire people to be better artists, or to be deeper spiritually... I want to help deliver messages to people who need it. I want to be a channel for the energy of the universe, so give symbols that, even though I don't know what it means (because maybe it's not for me), touch somebody and remind them of something they may have forgotten.
Well. A long road ahead does remain, but I have faith (or rather, imagination XD) that it will all be just fine. ^_^
And kudos for those of you who got the Richard Bach reference. XD
OMG I recently listened to two (really different) musicals; Avenue Q and Jesus Christ Super Star. I LOVE THEM BOTH SOOOOO MUCH. I laughed SO hard during Avenue Q (for those who don't know, think RENT+Sesame Street+South Park ROFL)... and CRIED SO HARD at the end of JCSS. *sobs* And plus I learned something. XD Since I grew up un-church-ed, I know pretty much nothing about Christianity except the dogma I've encountered (that drove me away) and that some Christians think that Catholics don't believe in Jesus.
Just for the record, that's ridiculous, btw. I mean, have you ever BEEN INSIDE A CATHOLIC CHURCH??? JESUS IS EVERYWHERE. Just more propaganda designed to keep us separated and hateful of each other.
*cough* Anyway... Andrew Lloyd Weber is A-F*CKING-MAZING.
Uhm, but yeah. I'd never considered reading the bible before, but now I think it would be a good thing to do, just to be well informed. Plus I wouldn't mind reading more about Jesus. I think I was kind of avoiding the idea that I could like or respect Jesus since he has become the center of such a dogmatic religion. But if I can push that all aside and simply learn about the man himself, I know he has a plethora of messages that I need to hear.
So, JCSS in combination with reading "Illusions" by Richard Bach has helped me heal quite a bit, and I hope I can feel more at ease amongst (some) Christians and not feel so... un-respected and resentful. I hope to be able to hold my own. If I can understand where a person is coming from better, then I can make more parallels between their faith and mine (and I know they're there, even if some would be loath to admit it). Mostly, I just want to practice what I preach. If I wish someone to be accepting of me, then I should do my absolute best to be accepting of them. AND I know that I need to get a hold of the fact that it's okay to not agree with someone. XD I've gotten it stuck in my head somewhere along the way that agreeing with someone is necessary for getting along with or liking them. *sighs* Well. Just knowing that it's there gives me another step towards fixing it, I hope.
Okay, I'm going to stop babbling now (because I am indeed babbling).
Congrats to anyone who actually read through all that. XD
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