Travel

Holiday In San Francisco

November 30, 2017     Like This Post!

This weekend that passed, I hopped over to San Francisco to spend Thanksgiving with my brother. After he moved out there, I joked how I would never come and visit (but I guess it turns out I lied).

Not that I hate California, I think I find it too typical when people boast about how they want to move to California. Moving to Cali is not an original idea and I’ve heard that goal from multiple people. I can’t help but kinda scoff every time I hear someone say it, but when my younger brother told me he was moving there, I thought, “ugh, not you too”. There are 49 other states – why that one? That question really goes to everyone. Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me wondering why he’d leave such a city that has everything he needs here. But then I think to myself, after leaving Portland, I fell victim to the east coast versus west coast rivalry. Being an east coast gal, I much prefer my coast.

Anywho, I started off the trip with a smidge of a stuck up attitude – not intentionally. But I snapped myself out of it because I obviously wanted to have a good time, especially with my brother. It was only the two of us spending Thanksgiving together from my whole family, so I didn’t wanna make things sour.

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Sunglasses Promo Cards

November 28, 2017     Like This Post!

Every so often I get hit with the “freelance bug”. Like, I think “man I need some more income, let me take a stab at freelancing”. And every time I try to become more and more prepared. Seeing what other professionals do gives me motivation and inspiration to keep trying, especially when it comes to necessary “promotional tools” to better my “brand”. It’s hard out there to stand out but I believe it’s possible.

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Ode To A Box On Four Wheels; How The Nomadic Mermaid Got Her Fins

Guest post written by Victoria

November 10, 2017     Like This Post!

Way back in March of 2017, I totaled my sweet little Kia Soul — Aretha Franklin. At just over fifty-thousand miles, she was only halfway through her warranty, one of two major deciding factors in her purchase. The other, and biggest, push to buy was found in the pages of the brochure — a glossy image of a young guy camping out of the back of his car. The trunk was open and he was curled up with blankets, seats folded flat, looking out with a soft smile at a crisp, cerulean ocean view. For the briefest of nanoseconds my heart stopped. This is where I want to be.

Three days later I was the proud owner of a brand new black 2013 Kia Soul — the three miles on her were put there by my test drive. And for almost five years, we learned how to nomad together as she saw me through one of my deepest transformation periods yet!

And then she gave her life to save mine.

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Be Your Own Goddess

November 7, 2017     Like This Post!

I know I haven’t had much of an internet presence lately. I’ve been laying low taking on personal projects or attempting some new illustrations to submit to indie magazines.

One magazine I recently submitted to ended up passing on my art because they received way too many submissions and I didn’t make the final cut. I want to be slightly bitter, but they made such an effort to write me the nicest email apologizing and how to not give up. It’s always disappointing to get rejected after working hard on a project for a specific client, but it was an open submission call, so I can’t be upset. These things happen a lot I’m sure. I’m lucky to have gotten back an email at all. A large portion of the time, if clients consider not using our art, you won’t hear back. It’s happened before. I’ve been ghosted and it’s an awful feeling.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // Full Moon in Taurus

Guest post written by Victoria

November 5, 2017     Like This Post!

It’s a Full Moon in Taurus and it was recently Halloween and All Saints Day so there’s a LOT of energy in the air focused around relationships with others and ourselves as well as art, beauty, love, and the material world. Remember — the Bull has horns. Feel it?! Traditionally, now is the time where humans buckle down for Winter and this spread is a good one to get ourselves ready for the months ahead.

On November 1st, I was giving away readings and found some beautiful messages for others and myself. Today, I’m sharing with you my own personal spread.

The CURRENT SITUATION is NEW BEGINNINGS. I recently started the National Novel Writing Month Challenge to write 50,000 words in a month. WHAT’S AT THE ROOT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION is my HEART CHAKRA because this project is close to it and is what I love the most. THE CHALLENGE is to REJOICE IN CELEBRATION because this project is supposed to be fun, as it’s so closely tied to my heart and soul’s purpose. I pulled one ADVICE card, which is the reminder to reach out and rely on my PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCES when I need to.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // October 23 – October 29

Guest post written by Victoria

October 22, 2017   1 // Like This Post!

Hurricane Irma did a number on my home state of Florida and set me back a few weeks here on Oddball Era. Luckily, most of us have returned to a state of normal and it’s officially time to get that tarot ball rolling again.

Whenever I start to doubt my magic, all I need to do is grab a deck and I’m reminded of just how much power we humans are capable of possessing.


Monday is the day named for our beautiful Luna — Lunes in Spanish, Lunedi in Italian — so pulling this card for this day was a great reminder of source connection. It’s appearance in our spread for the week means Monday (Moon-Day!) is ripe for a lot of self love and introspection. According to Tarot.com, “The MOON card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between the self and the unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality re-enters the ocean of being. What transpires next is between a soul and its maker.”

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