Big ‘ol Life Update – March

Hey guys! So much has been going on this past month, so I wanted to pop on the blog and give a little life update.

First of all, I have absolutely fallen in love with creating & editing videos! I’ve been creating weekly videos for my YouTube channel. I will be using my YouTube channel to chronicle my upcoming travels and some massive life changes that I have coming up.

Check out my latest video of a trip that I recently took to Wilmington, DE below. And if you like what you see please pop over to YouTube and subscribe to my channel.

Secondly, starting in April I’ll be adding a bran new listing to my Etsy shop each week!  And in June my store will be going to digital! By that I mean I’ll only be offering digital downloads, no prints for the foreseeeable future. I’ll explain exactly why this change is necessary in a future post. In the meantime, if you want one of my art prints snatch them up quick!  Also, I just posted a bran new listing! These cute little greeting cards make me smile ever time I look at them! Check ’em out here.

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Third, my website/blog will be getting a massive overhaul in the coming months. I’m going to be transitioning to a more professional website showcasing my art, illustrations, and travel videos. This blog will still exist, but will be a smaller part of the whole.

Fourthly, I will be making a big, no huge, announcement over on YouTube at the end of April, so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it!

Last is a give you a quick reminder to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! With everything going on in my life the past few months my self care has been lacking, and I’m really feeling the impact. Lets take time to journal, meditate, cook nutritious meals, work out, take a long shower, etc. whatever we need to do to de-stress and feel centered. Even if that means getting less “work.” Put your wellbeing first and everything else will fall into place.

Love,

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I Started A Vlog!

I recently discovered that I absolutely love creating and editing videos. This is something that I’ve been interested in trying for a long time, but my insecurities have held me back. I don’t particularly like the way I look or sound in video, I feel super awkward while filming myself, and I’m worried that people may judge me if I really put myself out there through this medium.

However, my desire to try this new art form, share my story, and connect with people all over the world in a more intimate way has has overcome all of those insecurities. So, I started a YouTube channel and I’m jumping into this vlogging thing head first!

My Very First Vlog:

Talking a bit about how much fun I’m having with this channel:

If you want to go on this vlogging journey with me please give those videos a “like” and subscribe to my channel “Eva Is Lost.” I have some seriously EPIC journey’s coming up, including a tip to Nepal and the Everest Base Camp, that I cannot wait to share with you!

Love,

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Planning for Everest

Later this year I will be in Nepal, climbing to the Mt Everest Base Camp. The base camp sits at an elevation of 17,598 feet above sea level on the southeast face of the tallest mountain in the world. To give you some perspective, the base camp is 10 times the height of One World Trade Center and over 3,000 ft taller than any mountain in the continental US.

The hike to the Everest base camp is tough. The trek takes about 8 days of hiking at very high altitudes. Apart from the unpredictable mountain weather, altitude sickness is the most dangerous and potentially deadly risk. As my trip grows nearer and I tell people about my plans I often get the same response. “Why? Why would you want to do that?”

Well, spoiler alert. I don’t really know how to answer that question. I don’t really know why.

This awe-inspiring and unforgiving mountain has just always been in the back of my mind, calling me. Hiking in the Himalayas, and particularly Everest has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I had this coffee table book titled, “The 10 most beautiful hikes in the world” and in that book was the Everest Base Camp trail. In college I read the book “Into Thin Air,” about an ill-fated 1997 Everest expedition and my fascination with the mountain intensified. As I grew up and climbed taller and taller mountains the pull to experience Everest continued to grow.

My fascination with Everest is not unique. The native people of the Himalayan region considered Everest and other peaks in the region to be sacred. They are revered as protective deities, and in the native name for Everest means “Mother of the World.”

There is also a rich history of westerners, like us, being captivated by Mount Everest. At over 29k feet high, this mountain is seen as the ultimate challenge for the world’s top explorers and mountaineers. The dangers of the mountain – altitude sickness, severe weather, avalanches, crevasse, ice falls, and extremely high winds – have done little to deter thousands of people from attempting to climb to the summit. Everest is so incredibly tall that its peak extends into the upper troposphere and penetrates the stratosphere, so it is exposed to extremely fast and freezing jetstream winds that reach over 175 miles per hour. People have literally been blown off the mountain. There are well over 200 frozen corpses on the main climbing routes and many now serve as landmarks for other climbers.

The first documented attempt to climb Mount Everest was in 1921. After a number of unsuccessful expeditions two of the greatest mountaineers of the time, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, made a summit attempt on June 8th of 1924. They were seen high on the mountain in the late morning by their support team below, but clouds obscured the summit from view the rest of the day. The two never returned to their camp. They disappeared into the mountain. To this day the mountaineering community hotly debates whether or not they were the first climbers to reach the summit of Everest. The first climbers to officially reach the summit did so 29 years later in 1953.

In 1999, after over 7 decades of searching for the bodies George Mallory and his partner, the climbers who disappeared back in 1924, his body was finally found. Interestingly enough, my uncle was on the expedition team that discovered Mallory’s body. Months later, over Thanksgiving dinner, my uncle recounted the story to my family and I, showing us pictures from the expedition.

Now I am not going to attempt climbing to the top of Everest like the late George Mallory, although the thought has definitely crossed my mind. I want to climb to the base camp.

I want to stand in awe of the tallest mountain on earth.

To stand in the footprints of the incredibly brave and strong humans that have gone before me.

To push my mind and body to extreme conditions that I have never before experienced.

To prove to myself that I can do it.

To share in the rich and sacred history of the Himalayas.

Why do I want to hike on Mount Everest? I think the late George Mallory himself said it best. In 1923, they year before his final and fatal summit attempt, Mallory was asked by a New York Times reporter, “Why do you want to climb Everest?” Mallory responded with three simple words, “Because it’s there…”

Love,

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Inspiration from Everest

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“But there are men for whom the unattainable has a special attraction. Usually they are not experts: their ambitions and fantasies are strong enough to brush aside the doubts which more cautious men might have. Determination and faith are their strongest weapons. At best such men are regarded as eccentric; at worst, mad.” – Walt Unsworth

“We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.” – George Mallory

“It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves” – Edmond Hillary

I’m writing a speech about my upcoming treck to Everest Base Camp and came across these super inspiring quotes. I just had to share! The first one in particular resonates with me. Enjoy 🙂

Love,

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Well hello there!

Confession time!

As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet on the blog front. It’s been a minute since I posted anything (okay more like 3 months). Why? Well, to be honest I quite abruptly lost my desire to write. I’ve still been creating. I post sketches on instagram daily and I’ve been working hard on getting an Etsy shop off the ground, but I’ve let this blog lay dormant.

So, why? Why did I loose my desire to write?

Three months ago I decided to go more public with this blog. I linked to it in my social media accounts. Of course some family members, friends, and even co-workers found it. I, in turn, freaked out.

This blog has been my free space to write whatever I want without worrying about any “real world” judgement or controversy. When I shared it more publicly that anonymity disappeared, and I realized I was no longer comfortable writing freely. Then another truth sunk in; if I can’t write freely and authentically then I don’t want to write at all.

I quickly realized what was going on and I removed all links to the blog. And then I let it sit here. For months. Hoping they would all go away.

Sometimes there are parts of us that we’re not yet ready to share with the world. That we only share with a few trusted people (or anonymously on the internet – wink wink). Parts of us that we’re still developing. And that’s okay.

Love,

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Wise Words from Dallas Clayton

In a recent Instagram story Dallas Clayton said something very profound that made me stop in my tracks.

“Making art has almost nothing to do with being the best.”

Now, when I first heard him say this my old perfectionist mind did a quick, “Say what?! Not true.That’s just an excuse.” But, then he elaborated.

“I’d rather be a mediocre bowler and have fun every game than be really good and be mad when I  get a 299.”

Oh Dallas, you are so wise! Making art has nothing to do with being the best. If we do make it about being the best then we’ve missed the whole point! We become the tortured artist instead of the happy doodler.

Every day I create art.

Every day I choose happiness not perfectionism.

Every day I choose collaboration not comparison.

 

72 Days of Drawing

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Day 72 / Little jellyfish

A couple months ago (72 days ago to be exact) I started a project. I committed to posting a sketch on Instagram every single day. Why? Well, allow me digress for a moment.

It’s easy for us to loose ourselves as we grow up. At least this was the case for me. I spent much of my adolescence and adulthood trying to please other people, trying to fit into a mold deemed by others as “right” and “moral.” Then, a little over a year ago, I made the decision to follow my own heart and intuition. I won’t go into the details here since I’ve written about this time elsewhere on the blog, but let me just say that my life changed dramatically.

In the midst of this existential crisis I asked myself over and over again, “Who am I?” The advice I got, again and again, was to reflect back on my childhood. What did I love to do before anyone told me what I should and shouldn’t like?

As a child I sketched all the time, sometimes hours a day, for no reason other than because I loved it. I drew people, animals, flowers, whatever came across my path. Art flowed through me. As an adult I decided to peruse Architecture. I found architecture school an interesting mesh of the artistic and the technical. However, as with most professions, school and professional practice are very different things. Soon after graduating all hand drawing stopped as the computers took over. I’ve been out of school for about five years now, but only recently realized how much I’ve missed my first love – art.

Since making that decision to listen to my intuition the call to create art has been getting louder and louder. Seventy two days ago I finally decided to listen. I decided to commit to doing something every day for no reason other than because it gave me joy. I also decided to put it out into the world. This world could us a little more joy and love! And, to be honest, I knew I could use a little accountability!

The past 72 days have BLOWN ME AWAY! I’ve gone from hardly creating any art to drawing and painting every single day. Not only has this daily practice been incredibly fun, but through this project I have connected with other artists from around the world!

Through art I am able to explore myself, and share my whole self with the world. It’s an amazing feeling.

I’m so excited to see what the next 72 days bring.

Love,

Eva