Today I have decided to challenge myself and set up a #100daysproject on Instagram. I had seen it before through other people’s social media pages especially that of @elstriggs – an AWESOME illustrator who is pregnant with her first child and documenting it on IG.
I feel that when it comes to routine, I’m terrible. Like I literally have to force my self to brush my teeth everyday. And I got to the point where I’ve seen so many inspirational videos and articles and advice from family and friends to work hard to succeed. I feel I really haven’t been stepping up. I’ve also read that it takes about 60 days to make or break a habit. So WHEN (not if, when- trying to be positive!) I manage to complete this challenge, it will put me in a better headspace to know I can acheive what ever I put my mind to it, even it is a small task!
The challenge: post on IG everyday for 100 days a visual postcard. This could be a drawing, a poem, a story, a painting or whatever really that is like a snapshot of the day or a significant moment that is memorable. To challenge my creativity!
This challenge is mainly just for me. If no-one gives it a like or a damn, I really don’t care! Lol. If it does, thanks 🙂 It’s about proving something to myself, making myself accountable for my art, thickening my skin (so to speak) of the good, the bad and the ugly that I may share. Hopefully it ain’t too ugly. But thats’s life. Sometimes my work may not be where I want it to be but that’s okay. Just move on and keep creating.
So I’ve decided to create an Etsy shop for some of my artwork that I have put up on my Art page. I just thought, why not? It’ll be another little project of mine. At the moment I have three pieces which I really like and there will be much more.
Labels are everywhere, right? You have Gucci, you have Autistic, you have Terrorist, Millionaire, Gluten-Free, Smart, Tourist, Organic, Quiet, the list goes on. How positive and how useful are labels though? We have them in society for convenience of categorisation. It’s easier to classify someone or something as a label as it seeks to identify and associate an idea or a schema to that label. But I find it so damaging.
You have White, Black, Asian, Latina, Poor, Rich. And you have a lot of stereotypes.
This really annoys me.
It annoys me because people are lazy or perhaps don’t have the time to look beyond the label to see who or what it is that they are dealing with.
Black: We all associate the term Black with negativity. And the ‘black race’ (i.e. people of African descent) with negativity. At least refer to people as Brown. That would be more logical. And it’s even more odd when people assume that I must be mixed race because I don’t look ‘black black’. What’s that even supposed to mean? “Oh right, you’re not in the ‘Black’ club so I’m not going to respect your ancestors?” It’s an issue that many people of Ethiopian and Eritrean descent face including me, as we have features very much similar to that of Arabs or European.
Ethiopia geographically and genetically is at the birthplace of the Homosapien whether people care to recognise or appreciate it, or not. We are about as ‘black’ as you can get – if you were to refer to that scale. As a continent, Africa is the most genetically diverse in the entire world and Africa is pretty huge. People forget. It’s bound to be genetically diverse. What people are really referring to when they mean ‘black’ is people from west African societies as there are probably more descents of West African/Bantu origin outside of Africa then the other ethnic societies in Africa ( although Ethiopians are everywhere, especially in Washington D.C.). And don’t get me started on those Ethnicity Monitoring Forms which get you to label yourself into a nice little box. For me, ‘Black British African’ or sometimes I don’t even state it.
Labels are damaging and it needs to stop or at least people need to look beyond the label a bit more. That goes the same for clothing labels. Kanye loves him some Louis V. and they sure love his money and advertising! I personally don’t always buy into labels, both economically and psychologically. I’m not going to spend £2,000 on a designer handbag just because it’s popular or a status of wealth. Especially if I know I’ve got bills to pay and food to buy. I’ll buy a handbag because it looks cute and is functional and I actually like it for what it is. Not the label.