Saturday, August 30, 2008

I am ALIVE!!

So week one of my double life is coming to a close. I have been living off of two hours of sleep a night. Last night i slept well though. It wasn't too bad but I am going to take it easy on the weekends to be able to keep it up. I am literally home 3.5 hours a day during the week. I am a workaholic so I think of it as a challenge.

I think the most impressive part of this is that I have done this without a single drop of Red Bull. It was hard, I won't lie. I did buy a can but I did not consume said can. It sits on my desk at work. I will abstain until next week and see how it goes. However, if I do start drinking it again I will not drink as much. Mostly because I have to be careful not to interrupt my careful ecosystem. I f I do not get those two hours I will have a big problem.

I finally got to see my familia. My cousins were like hey stranger. Anyway, I am alive and not too worse for wear. I am going to try to work on my own stuff on the weekends because I want to keep my dream going. Having my own t-shirt line has been that for me as long as I can remember and I am not stopping until I accomplish that. I have many aspirations but that is by far my most consistent one.

Side note: I still have that headache. My excedrin supply is dwindling. And I think I need to invest in a case of gum.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Uggh... life stinks when you cant have wings

So we are on day five of my Red Bull-less existence. To add injury to insult, I cleaned out my car and found a brand new 16.9 oz can in my car and I was deeply saddened. My cousin stole said Red Bull and proceed to drink it in front of me. To top that off, in an entirely unrelated situation, my headache has continued. I have had it since the the previous Friday. I have swallowed so much excedrin my costco bottle is almost empty. I think I have cerebral leak. For those of you who do not know me, I am a little bit of a hypochondriac so this is a self diagnosis.

So back to the Red Bull Scenario. I decided to back off of the Red Bull for a few days in order to avoid the possibility of my heart exploding in my chest (see above for info about being hypochondriac). I made the mistake of mentioning this to a friend, namely Dawn, the amazing owner of Greatest Commandment in Simi Valley. 1520 E Los Angeles Avenue. Yes I do have this memorized. Don't ask. So I told her I was laying off and she said I should stop and I tried to explain that it completes me. long story short i was essentially dared to refrain from consuming this drink, this nectar of the Gods. Now I do not like to be challenged or told I cannot do something so I am refraining at the very least until this next weekend. At which point if I feel I no longer need Red Bull I will set it free. If I feel empty inside, like my heart has been ripped from my chest and I can live no longer then I will happily consume my Red Bull again.

On to my profession. I am still working at my job and I have gotten another job. I assure I do not have a death wish. I like to work. Sadly this puts my line on the back burner, but I have to do what i have to do. I did do a few designs for Life Without Limbs and from what I hear they are doing well. Once they are online I will get a link. Im excited to say the least. I really need to get my new site up I LOVE it. I think it really represents my aesthetic.

So I miss Red Bull, my head is leaking sporadically( I think), and I am about to work myself into the ground. This is my life thus far.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


So I guess I haven't written as much as I let on. But the year is young. Maybe I should start from the top. Aunika is my cousin. we have decided to join forces and create a t-shirt line. Right now it will be exclusively mens casual apparel. For the time being, t-shirts and maybe a sweatshirt. She is great with numbers and has an eye for design. I am pretty savvy myself and I am a graphic designer that has some fairly okay skills. I started off working for her dad at his screen-printing business when I was eighteen. I have done everything from catch shirts to design and separations on and off for the last ten years. She grew up with her dad working out of their garage. We both have had a desire to create our own lines. Until recently we have talked a whole lot but have not acted on those discussions. This is a new year and we are pushing forward. We are working with a small budget but we have a lot of people who believe in us. And mostly we know that we are led by a higher power.

So right now we are trying to muscle out some designs to get some samples made up. Once everything is in place I can post some visuals for everyone to see. But for now we aren't ready to show our hand. We have an opportunity to go to the Magic Apparel Show and I am so excited. It feels like we are gaining momentum finally. we have a lot of work and I am eager to get the bulk of it done. This, ladies and gentlemen, is uncharted territory and I am scared but excited. I was more scared before however. The thought that we would never move past the dreaming stage was frightening. I am prepared to try hard and possibly fail. I don't think I could live with myself if I never tried.

Anyhow, enough of that. So samples should be done in the next week or so. Our business cards should be here any day and I will let everyone know when the site is up. Line sheet and a few other documents are next on the agenda. In my next post I will show our business cards and maybe give a more in-depth view of our design and the name and all that fun stuff.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Year, New Pains, New Plans

So here we are again. Another year. It never ceases to amaze me how everyone expects the New Year to feel different. Instead most wake up feeling like crap and vowing never to do that again. But I guess it helps to have hope for the New Year. I chopped my hair off today because I just had enough. This mop was driving me nuts. I had to keep my hair long when I was younger so know once it starts getting past my shoulders I freak. So I am feeling balanced.

So this year is going to be a busy one. I am started a new t-shirt line and I think it would be good to document it via blog. I am partnering up with my cousin. Generally family and business does not gel but we can do this. I have got to make a change for myself. I am tired of bending myself all over the place and busting my ass to make others money. I think I need to apply myself to create a better life for myself as well as a future.

So if someone out there reads this, join me on this new road. It should be interesting.