I'm Melissa. This is where I write things down and share new things. Sometimes I even post cute pictures of cats...
if you're looking for my portfolio,
it can be found here, or by clicking any of the links across the top of this page.
I just moved back to Ohio after living in the central valley of California for almost three years. People still mention that I'm all grown up and keep asking how being an adult is going, but I really don't know what they're referring to.
I'm officially a (self-proclaimed) curator -- OF GIFS. GIF CONNOISSEUR. Check it out. My GIF blog even made it to buzzfeed once.
ONE MORE CHECK OFF MY LIFELONG INTERNET TO-DO LIST.
Albums of note UPCOMING/2011/2010/2009
A list of albums from the year that had staying power. Not a top album list, because I haven't heard every album, so that just seems a bit silly to me -- the whole "of the year" thing... although I suppose in my own mind that's what they are...
a place where I keep things that are already memories and store things that are currently in my life that will inevitably become memories. Vague enough?
Vestiges of a Life Soon Forgotten
A photographic series devoted to images taken in and around my apartment where I lived for 3 years in college. I moved out for good in December 2009.
photobooth documentation of sketches i have done and/or found.
Monthly Self Portrait Series
This was a short-lived project that sometimes shows up without warning again on my feed, but definately cannot be considered an "on-going" thing.
My New California Life
What started as an essay series about my experiences living on the left coast turned into a general account of my life here -- through words, photos and other ephemera.
jef etters tips of the day
Jef Etters was a colleague of mine who gave me life tips on a daily basis via a telephone call from a rotary phone. I would then transcribe the tips and post them here for the benefit of all mankind. He didn't know what tumblr was (nor does he now), but he did want to share all his wisdom with the world. enjoy.
PLEASE NOTE: Jef did finally get free long-distance after 7pm EST and will occasionally call to give me tips to transcribe. Be on the look out, it'll change your life.
Funny and or poignant things I feel the need to share with the world via screen capture. This project carries on with the luck that the internet will continue to bring the lulz. I think the odds are in our favor.
This sentiment all started when recently a friend of mine (Ben) sent out a group message containing the following quotation:
“People are often unreasonable & self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have & it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
I was “unemployed” for approximately one week this year. Though this was a situation I’d never faced before and it was something that was difficult for me to process on many levels, I’m thankful for everything that has happened to me so far this year. What I can say I’m most appreciative for is the fact that I’ve had several jobs. I have immensely talented friends who are having trouble finding any job at all. They have many marketable skills, are friendly and willing to work hard, but just can’t seem to get the call back, the interview or the initial shot they need. I am blessed to have been able to find work that is not only engaging, but that I enjoy and am proud to be associated with.
In all of these events, I’ve been reminded that there are genuinely amazing individuals in this world. However, simultaneously, I again was forced to come to terms with the fact that negativity exists; I was tested and almost fell victim to becoming a bitter woman. This is a huge fear of mine: becoming negative, jaded or cynical. I enjoy my positive outlook and don’t feel that I’m being unrealistic, childish or naive. I have a healthy and upbeat outlook when it comes to the world around me. Sure, I have bad days where I want nothing to do with anyone. It’s also no secret that I have my fair share of opinions about things, but I do my best to give every individual the benefit of the doubt. Without question I will be the first to admit that this has gotten me in trouble, broken my heart in a few cases and caused me to question my beliefs a ridiculous number of times.
Putting that much trust in the world might seem silly. I don’t think I could live without believing that love exists, people aren’t all bad and things have the potential to be better than this. I can’t subscribe to the life view of everything is going downhill with no chance of any positive change. That’s not healthy. That’s not what I’m here for. You can believe whatever you want, but I’m not going to just follow suit.
I sit here on a Saturday with a pile of things to get done in front of me, and I’m glad. Every task I have set in front of me is something I can honestly say fills me with at least a slight bit of passion.
It’s overwhelming when I think about it. I’m not even 25 and I’ve already got big plans for myself. Not only that, but I’m actually taking the steps I need to get there. Things are going well, and I’m really astonished how smoothly things are going. It’s exciting and scary all at once… For now, I just keep going.