Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Time for a change

Hello there!

Guess who this is?! Yes it is me!! TJ! This is a short announcement that I will be back to blogging again! Hooray! Yes this means regular posting indeed. This isn't the usual rambling post tho. The last few weeks were exhausting and I had some serious thinking to do and decisions to make. After serious thinking (sleepless nights etc etc), I decided to end my studies.

A few of you already knew,  that I was going through a tough time and had a few difficult situations. So for the ones who didn't know it may be a bit shocking. I don't easily share stuff either, so that's why there were no signs via my posts. I tried to stay as positive as possible and I didn't want to add clouds (aka a sad undertone) over this little happy blog of mine. A lot of stuff happened in a short amount of time and without getting too much in was very hard to focus and I kept wondering what I was doing. My health got pretty bad too and the amount of stress was eventually too much. I never thought I would be making a decision like this, but I've been struggling with it for a really long time now.

Some of you may think, 'But I thought you were almost done!?'...

Yeah I thought so too, but every meeting resulted in more editing and proofreading, it wasn't funny anymore. With the pace it was going, I was looking at several months of work again. Time I'm not willing spend on it now. It was time to make a decision. maybe I'll get back to it in the near future, maybe I won't. I do already have a degree and I'm more than happy for this. It's not that I don't have a educational background already. I learned a lot over the past years, but it's time to focus on what I really want now. To all you lovely readers out there, I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate the fact that you were rooting for me, checking up on me and all those things! They were just like little beams of light in a period that was kinda dark for me. Thanks so much for this and also for sticking around ^_^.

So it's time for a new adventure, a new start! And yes. A new header! What do you guys think? I think it's perfect for Summer. Grab a cocktail, enjoy the day and have fun!

Also a quick doodle for you guys. Even tinier chibis hehe. I think I need to come up with a name for my characters now...
Thanks for reading as always and till next time!



  1. YAY - she's back! TJ, I didn't know how bad things were for you. I hope that your struggles and health have gotten better! I think you need a Florida Vacation! :) Love the new blog look! Take care of yourself! xoxox - Kim

  2. Yay! I'm so happy your back. Stressful times are really hard, but I'm glad you pulled through it.

    I love the new header, it's fun and festive. Especially loving the girl swimming in the glass...with a drink in her hand! That's so right up my alley...



  3. TJ, I'm so glad you are back, your drawings always put a big smile on my face. The new header is fantastic! I love it!

    About your decision to leave your thesis, I think you did right. If it was causing you more pain than the joy of completing would then it was time to leave it. You are more important! ;-) XOXO

  4. Hey TJ! Nice to see you writing again. But you should publish your posts at nights in order to get fastest comments by someone who follows you. =P

    As you know, i had pretty tough times this year, too. But it's all gone now. It seems we are sharing the same fortune. =))

  5. I'm a firm believer that the Universe puts you on the path you are supposed to be on and if it doesn't feel right, don't do it.

    I applaud you for making a very difficult decision. Most people wouldn't have.

    But! More importantly, you are back, so this makes us ALL happy! :)

  6. Nice to see you back again. I'm sorry your studies were proving so difficult. Perhaps even just a break will refresh your batteries. Regardless, I hope you're always happy in what you do. What else can we do with life, after all? :)

  7. Well well well... look who came crawlin back! :P Good to see you posting again! I hope that this decision will be good for you, and make you a happy little artist! :) Happy Summer!

    And yes, fun header!

  8. A new post, finally.
    If your studies were giving you too much stress and too many health problems, a break (or a permanent release?) from then may be just what you need right now. If you know what you really want, go for it!

  9. I love the new's just how I remember Amsterdam. ROFL. :)

    I don't know what you're calling your little people, but they're adorable! Like you!

    Sorry things were so rough. I feel your pain. Having reached a decision sounds like it feels better, so onward and upward! Good luck, sweetie!

  10. TJ!!!! hey girl! I'm glad to see you back! I know how you feel, I went through some stuff recently and had a hard decision to make as well. but we take those gambles in life. some turn out good, some not. but we keep on chuggin along. we learn and we grow and that's all we can ask for.

    I am glad you are okay, i'll talk to you soon...maybe facebook ya heh

  11. Yayy you are back!! :D I love the drawing and your new header!! Makes me wanna go on vacation hahah X

  12. TJ,
    you made a decision
    with your head and your heart...
    instincts and intellect!

    you will always find the path
    that takes you to greatness,
    to satisfaction...

    i know this about you!

    all good things
    are coming to you
    BECAUSE of you!


  13. Hi TJ, You got my email on Face book didn't you? If not, I'll resend it. Just want to say once again, how talented you are, and I am so glad we are friends. LOVE U!

  14. @ Soggy Dog Studio: Ciaoooo Kim! Aww yeah I kinda kept it on the low and not everyone knew about it. I'm just glad that I can leave it in the past now! I was really bummed out that I got a massive migraine attack around the time you were in Amsterdam. I was so looking forward to see you! But a new opportunity shall arise! I'm sure of it Oh! I really do wanna go to Florida hehe. Big Hugs to you!!! XXX

    @ Jazz Stanton: Hi Jazz!! I finally posted! Stupid photoshop wasn't working in my favor last weekend, so couldn't post it sooner. Ah well! I'm glad you like what you see here! I LOVE your blog! Oh it would be fun to swim in a martini glass! We should definitely try it out hehe. Or we make it a photoshoot and you try it out and I make the picture! Cyaa Xx

    @ Diana Bleu: Hello Diana! Welcome and thanks so much for strolling by ^_^!! Take care!

    @ Deray: Hola D.!! Aww thanks so much! That makes me really happy! Putting a smile on someones face is one of the best things for me ^_^! You know I already cleaned the college stuff and even sold some books already! It really was the best thing to do now. Talk to ya on twitter/BC!! Big XOXO!

  15. @ Kuday: Hey Sinan! Hahaha yeah I usually post at night indeed ;). There is always a light at the end of the tunnel right! Glad to hear the bad time ended for you too :D! Talk to you soon! Ciao!!

    @ Kristine: Hello hello Kristine!! I'm right behind you with that thought! If you do something you don't believe in and it doesn't feel right, there will be signs that you should take another direction. Thanks so much :D! Xx

    @ Lana G.: Hey Lana! It's going a lot better now! Yes, happiness is very important to me and I was starting to lose that. This isn't worth it for me. So decisions needed to be made! Thank you so much for stopping by! Oh and thanks so much for the mention on your blog! I really appreciate it! Take care & till next time Xx

    @ Andrew G.: Hey Andrew! Yes! The health problems are slowly fading away and hopefully they stay in the past. Fun stuff ahead! Thanks so much! Greetings to Oscar as always :D!

  16. @ Emma M.: Hello Emma! How nice to see you here!! Aww thanks so much! Yeah it wasn't pleasant, BUT all is going better now :D. So will make the best of it now! Big hugs & kisses to you too ^_^

    @ Abz: Hey! Good to see you again! Haha actually I came rolling back! Crawling is kinda old you know ;). Thank you, thank you! I shall check out your blog soon! It has been a while you know :|. Ciao!!

    @ Omar: Heeey Omar! haha yes finally, it was starting to bug me too. For now the decision is permanent, we shall see how the future goes! Thanks so much for strolling by mister! Take care!

    @ Elisa: Ciaoooooo Elisa!! Wow. Where is this Amsterdam, because the one I know isn't like that hehehe ;). I wanna be there tooooo! Oh I just call them chibis for now, because that's the drawing style. To make them more 'me', I want to give them a new name...but it has to be catchy you know! Making a decision was tough, but now it really feels like a weight that has been lifted from my shoulder! I shall email you soon okay! Take care and Xoxox!!

  17. @ Wayne B.M.: Hola Wayne!!! How good to see you here! Oh so sorry to hear that it wasn't a nice time for you either :(. You're right, between the choices you have to never know if it's the right one, but it's a chance you have to take, because it feels like the right choice at that time in your life. So you have to make the best of it and believe in it! Hugs to you and of course shoot me an email via FB whenever you want! waves to your little girl! Ciao!

    @ Ancilla: Yo Kiki!! Hehe, yes I called you that on the webs. Be afraid. Thank you, thank you! Yes a holiday is in order indeed! Xxx

    @ Chuck D.: Ciao Chuck! Thanks a ton! You already know how much I appreciate your words, but I don't think I can say that enough haha. *hugs* xox!!

    @ Surveugirl46: Hi Lisa!! Yes! I got your email ^_^. Thanks so so much, I will reply on it later! Love ya & Big hugs to you!!!

  18. New header, character and profile picture, your blog is FRESH FRESH FRESH, you know that~ ;D your Profile picture is so pretty too *_*

    I just hope you post more often from now on lol~ Don't get too stress and keep healthy kay~
    Take care TJ! :]

  19. helloooo TJ, Am glad you back!!!:)
    Many peoples loves you here and missing you, I can see that!^^

    Sometimes things happen and you cant avoid it right.I just wish all the best in everything you do as you deserve it.*HUGS*

    Be healthy always. Gud friend hard to find and I am sooooooooo lucky to know you and have you as a friend.


  20. @ Bakkanekko: Heeeeeeeey Zadia! Haha why thank you so much!! You're so sweet! I shall post more often from now on and I shall keep my stress level close to non existent and stay healthy! Take care yourself lady! Xx

    @ Dita: Ciaoooo Dita!! Yes! I am back :D! The response so far has been sooo sweet and overwhelming! Thank you for you sweet wished and to be honest I am lucky to have a sweet friend like you as well! Thanks so much! Big Hugs!! XXX

  21. You've done well...and you deserve a chocolate ice cream :)

  22. TJ-love your header. Now that's how to spend the summer. Only there are no guys around the swimming pool, so I volunteer. Yes, to hell with a stressful life-who needs it? With your talent, intelligence and charm you'll sail through life like a summer breeze. Time to travel and visit all your admirers on your side of the world and mine. So glad to have you back in the blogging fold.

  23. @ Celticmusicfan: Helloo! Oh chocolate ice cream would be perfect ^_^. Thank you! Take care & Till next time *waves*

    @ Nothingprofound: Ciaoo NP! How lovely to see you here! Thank you!! Haha yes indeed, that's a great way to spend the summer. I wish I was there now! Oh I'm sure the ladies wouldn't mind you being there ;). I definitely want to travel and meet up with the blog friends, hopefully I can see you too one day ^_^! Then I can stalk you for real hehe. Thanks so much for your compliment too and I'm really glad to be back again! Take care!

  24. Here's to your next adventure. Cheers!!

    Glad to have you back.

  25. Welcome back and I must admit I look forward to all your arts again. Love you very much TJ and keep up the fantastic work!!

  26. Hi TJ,
    Congratulations on quitting your studies.
    No really, I totally mean that.
    Not many people have the courage to do that, so I congratulate you.
    Follow your heart, do what makes you feel joyful and blissful and you'll always find the right path.
    With love,
    ps, nice doodles! Are they doodles, or sketches. Whatever they are, they're cool :)

  27. Hey TJ,
    Its nice to see you back. Your new header is looking super cool and you are looking soooo gorgeous in your new DP :)
    And i loved the tinier chibis. They are cute :)

  28. Yaaay! Welcome back to the blogosphere!

    And at least you already got one degree, thats probably enough ;p and besides its not the degree that matters so much as what you learned, about your studies AND about yourself.

    "never let your education get in the way of your learning" -Mark Twain

    Whatever happens I wish you the best of luck and hope your life progresses into what you want it to be!

    As Spock would say, "Live long and prosper!"

  29. First time on your blog.Love your pictures.

    The one on the left, third from the bottom, going 'Argggh!' Yeah, that's me. Only I have darker hair.

    And happy belated blogoversary. :-)

  30. I love the way you write and tell your stories. It makes it very easy and fun to read your posts!

    I hope everything works out for you :-)


  31. The header looks awesome! I love the styling. Anyway, welcome back to blogging. You sound so passionate about it! I'm looking forward to reading your posts. ;)

  32. @One of the Guys: Ciaooo Sai! Cheers *raises glass* Thanks so much ^_^

    @ Hevn: Ciaooo Bella! Aww thanks so much! Love ya too and stay tuned for next updates :D! XOXOXO

    @ Ben R.: Heey Ben, I already commented on your awesome blog and I saw your sweet comment too. Thanks so much again! It surely wasn't easy, but things are so much better now ^_^. Take care & enjoy your weekend!

    @ Shas: Hey there Shas! It sure has been a long time! I should take a peek at your blog again! Thank you for your sweet compliment :D!! Take care girl!

  33. @ The Kaj: Kajaaaa!! I already emailed you, but thank you for your lovely words again!! Highly appreciated! Stay tuned for next adventures and don't forget....Pirate Penguin & Ninja Penguin ;). Ciao!

    @ Multi-Ainjo: Hey there! Welcome and thank you ^_^!! Haha I can also relate with that chibi, usually when I need to open up a can or something haha! Take care & have a nice weekend! Xx

    @ Ropcorn: Hi Alexandra! Welcome, welcome! Thank you for your nice comment :). I do my best to keep the things fun to read, even tho the topic may be a bit more serious! Stop by anytime!

    @ Justin: Hello Justin! Thanks so much :D!! I do love to do what I do, so with this in the past I can pursue what I really want! looking forward to see you next time! Take care!


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