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.
Utopian Idealism: A Figment of Imagination
When a person thinks of a utopian world, one without griefs and troubles, and one where things make seemingly perfect sense and work out to a positive end (for the aforementioned dreamer), it is easy to see why such thoughts would be highly attractive. For some, their ideal utopian world is ultimately fair for all, and when you dig deeper in conversation with them, you find out quickly that not only do they want equal opportunity for everyone (for why should even one person go without when so many have perceivably more than their fair share?) but equal results as well. Others dream of a world where they themselves get what it is they want or feel they have earned in life; this could be a regained relationship with a lost significant other (or better yet never having lost them in the first place), or they might finally get that great job they had been striving for so long. Still, others view a utopian world (and in this case, perhaps a utopian universe) as one without the existential problems of death, illness, and fear of the unknown.
Conflict As Catalyst For The Story:
“If there’s no conflict, there are no stories worth telling—or reading.” ----Veronica Roth Life in our universe on earth is centered around the constancy of conflict with little glimmers and glances of peace shining through it. The scientific law of entropy, or the gradual descent from order into chaos, serves as not only an absolute for our universe, but as a prime example of how conflict occurs within the vastness of our reality, not to mention what results from said conflicts. All living things, terrestrial and celestial alike, struggle and fight for the survival of themselves and their appointed species; even nature itself will go to the trouble of reclaiming everything other lifeforms take from it.
Little Joey and Khloe
Not one to gush too much usually, but these are my two adorable little furball additions to the family, Joey (the tabby on the left in the above photo) and Khloe (long hair, could be part Maine Coon on the right in the above photo). Joey is technically my mom's birthday present from my sister-in-law circa September 2017, while Khloe was rescued quite literally off the street in November of 2019. Both of them are absolutely adored and have brought a lot of life into the household.
Let's Be Real...It's Not Everything
Fine, fine...I'll go ahead and admit it. During two low points in 2020, I had delved deeper than usual into the Zodiac and tarot via watching others read tarot cards on Youtube. I did this out of cowardice because I didn't want to find a direct solution to my problems at the time; I basically just wanted to covertly figure out what others in my life may be thinking or doing based on their sign when I should have simply talked to them directly. As I said, it was a low point for me. And, yeah, I did feel stupid when I looked into it.
Cartoons and Sarcastic Humor
As far as television shows go, the modern shows don't interest me nearly as much as the classic cartoons and sitcom re-runs of my childhood. Saturday mornings, sick days, and even stretches of summer break were spent enjoying cartoons such as Looney Tunes, Dexter's Laboratory, Ed Edd n' Eddy, The Powerpuff Girls, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Dragon Ball Z (to name just a few), as well as shows such as 90s Roseanne, Home Improvement, Full House, Everybody Loves Raymond, and M*A*S*H. These are the kinds of shows from my childhood that I could still watch over and over again if given the chance to either binge-watch or have on for background noise.
Top 2 Trends of 2020 That Need to Die
The year 2020 was an eye-opening year that truly changed the way we view the old adage "hindsight is always 2020". We've seen a lot of strange firsts for society, as well as continuations of problems that have needed to be resolved for some time. We've also seen some severe regressions in cultural thought and behaviors amongst all sorts of people that have resulted in catastrophes that could be prevented if we all learned to get along with one another.