Jackie Barrows is an artist, a writer, and all around creative soul who enjoys bringing new ideas and stories to life. She wears many hats as a Graphic Designer, a blogger, and Lead Production Artist for R.A.W. Productions.
- Runner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
Sometimes It's The Little Things In LifeRunner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
It’s no secret that life works like a rollercoaster, a puff of smoke, or even a blade of grass. Life has a way of shaking things up in an instant. In just a moment’s time, someone has given birth to their long-awaited newborn, lost a job due to unforeseen circumstances, come up with a great idea for a side-hustle business, blew a tire in the rain, or made a decision that changed their life in some way. The list goes on and on. It is because life can, will, and has many times changed up people’s lives for better or worse, that we often see a need for the concept of gratitude.
A Healthy Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Waste: A Resolution and Revolution on Rest
Tiredness comes in a lot of forms; there’s the bodily tired one feels after a long day at work or in class, the mental tiredness that comes from doing complex work or tedious tasks, and moreover, tiredness of the soul that stems from emotional strain and difficult circumstances over time. The last couple of years have shown us what the world looks like when it grinds to almost a complete halt, and the usual busyness so many of us face is minimized in favor of health—or at least that was the original intention we were all given at the beginning.
On Thinking, Creating, and Working Deeply:
An author by the name of Cal Newport recently came out with a popular book entitled, Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World, which outlined in great detail the concept of deep work, how it is utilized even by famous thinkers at different points in history to organize their thoughts and further their careers in knowledge, and ways to apply this to one's lifestyle to better enhance productivity. As someone who has listened to the audiobook version of Newport's work on several occasions, I found the concept of going deep incredibly fascinating and helpful for my projects and career as a graphic artist, illustrator, and writer.
Work As A Mere Facet of One's Personhood and Life Purpose
Work. Making a living. Career. Finance. Wants and needs. In the average American mind at the very least, this is thought about 24/7. Such buzzwords enter our minds without fail and get us caught up in a frenzy of endlessly, well, working (sometimes multiple jobs) towards a reward of some kind - chiefly money.