The Anxiety of meeting new people – pt 3 (making small talk)

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The adventure continues. Hey look! I learned to use a ruler. Ha ha.

Small talk. Probably one of the scariest things of meeting someone, or interacting with them. It’s not that I don’t have something to say. There’s always a billion things running through my head at any given moment. Mostly it’s sarcasm. Just when you’re on the spot, you just don’t think of something to say. And your brain turns to goo.

Of course when you are talking to people then they are looking at you and all those insecurities open up. The struggle is real.

That’s where breathing, relaxing, and getting out of your head really comes into play here.

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For the record, I am more a cake person than pie fan. And I mean all the cake. Not like those who scoop off all the frosting and just eat the rest. You’re eating bread. It’s no longer cake. 🍰


The anxiety of meeting new people – pt. 2 (making eye contact)

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The adventure continues, with a journey through anxiety and meeting people. In comic form. Sorry that the writing is a little crooked there. Or perhaps it’s me that’s a little wonky.

Eye contact is something I have struggled with for a long, long time. A lot of it does stem from self esteem issues. Something that many who suffer with anxiety are also plagued with. A lot of that self esteem issues stem from being teased growing up, or hearing that I was ugly. And when you hear it enough you start to think other people think it about you. Which makes trying to make eye contact so much more challenging.

Yet like most anxious thoughts these are really just our own thoughts that are playing out. When truthfully some people are jerks, but they have no power over us, unless we give them that power over us.

And yes I do wonder… “are my eyebrows on fleek?” Can eyebrows be “too on fleek” that it intimidates people? Ha ha. 😜

The anxiety of meeting new people – part 1

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Growing up cartoons were always my escape. When anxiety was rough, or the world was tough, I turned to cartoons and animation. They got my through so many of my rough times as a child and adult really. I’ve always connected with them and I’ve always loved to draw.

So I thought to myself “why don’t you use art as a form of expressing how I feel?” This blog has been so therapeutic for me it’s been such an outlet to allow me to vent what I am feeling. And to share with others who have been through or are going through the same thing. I have met so many like minded people and they have shared so many stories as I have.

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Do what you love.

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They say one of the secrets of happiness is to do what you love. They also say if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. They also say one of the keys to a successful blog is consistency and continued blogging. Who is this “they” and why do they keep saying things?

On top of my weekly adventure(s) this week, I spent the weekend doing something I love. I spent it just drawing, and doodling, and coloring. Having fun. I had forgotten how much fun it is to just loose yourself in something you love to do. How the hours just pass you by and everything else just disappears into the background. Doing something you love for a few hours or so, is a great way to kick back, relax, and just have some good ol’ downtime. Great for letting loose, letting things go, and just enjoying yourself and the moment. It has been a fun weekend, and a perfect way to end the week, and start the next week. Perhaps enough of these relaxing weekends drawing and I may actually get good at drawing. Anything is possible. Who knows now that I am going out more and more may I could take a little art class or something. And then really get close to reaching my dream of illustrating a children’s book.

The sky is the limit if you just believe… OK, yep, that was cheesy. Quick, say something funny. Burrito. Boom! Nailed it.