CLE Comic Con – Wizard World 2018

So. I finally got to go to my very first Comic Con EVER this past weekend, and I think I have officially fallen in love. Like. Wow.

I was really anxious about going in the first place. I usually don’t fare very well in spaces that are crowded and hard to get out of, but the entire day wend without a hitch and I am so happy that I got to experience my first comic con with some of my favorite people and do an obnoxious amount of shopping.

Wizard World is a convention that tours the states, stopping major cities, bringing vendors, celebrities and panels for guests to enjoy during the day (or weekend). I don’t have much to compare it to, but overall we had a really great time.

We weren’t sure if we wanted to dress up in cosplay, with none of us ever trying it out before outside of the normal times to dress up (i.e. Halloween). We decided pretty early on that we wanted to dress up as a group (with myself being horribly indecisive about my costume for months on end), but we headed to the convention up in Cleveland in full on Star Wars costumes. I guess in my eyes thats like the way to experience it fully, and being a total nerd, I was really pumped to get to dress up like Captain Phasma for the day.

My absolute favorite part of the experience was the sheer amount of shopping there was to be done. So many artists and vendors had brought their pieces to sell, and I fell totally in love with so many new artists and their work! Of course it didn’t hurt that most of their art is themed around my favorite games and movies, but it was really cool to get some original art and chat with the people who make the pieces. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite vendors on my instagram this upcoming week so be sure to stop by and check out some of the people who are making amazing stuff!!

Another really cool thing was getting to see everyone in their costumes that they worked on. Mine was purchased online, but you could tell that some people had spent months getting their costumes together and getting to show it to everyone was a serious sense of pride. Maybe sometime I can spend some time and make a really cool cosplay, but the people we saw had serious skill on their side.

I left with a better understanding and appreciation of conventions (and convention goers) in general. I can’t wait to go to another, with another costume, and get to meet some new amazing people, find new artists to follow, and do some serious damage shopping. Overall, it was a seriously positive experience and it was super fun to get to be a total dork for a day. If you’re interested in information about the convention that I attended, you can visit their website here.

Have you ever had the chance to attend a comic con? If not, would you? Share in the comments below <3

XOXO Em

Down Days – Tips & Tricks For Better Mental Health

Living with anxiety (& the subsequent depression) for pretty much my entire life, I’ve had my fair share of days that really are less than amazing. Tons of days where I don’t feel like getting out of bed and facing the day, and my bed and space seems a thousand times more comforting than the rest of the world. Living through these experiences for years, I’ve picked up my fair share of tricks to help break out of the funk and get back to business. School doesn’t have time for a lot of down time, so finding myself back into a productive sort of mood is super important. Mental Health correlates to your overall wellbeing, so it’s important to take it seriously.

Some of my favorite tricks are:

  • Read a good book. Even better, take that book someplace outside of the house; a park, coffee shop or even backyard are great options.
  • Walks. Exercise is one thing that seriously can kick sad feelings to the curb, just from a chemical standpoint. I like to go for walks in the evening, bring some headphones along, and just try to clear my mind of everything that could be cluttering my head.
  • Go on a tiny day trip. Even if its just to a nearby town or city, getting out and experiencing new things can help to lift your spirits.
  • Have a spa night. If you can’t bring yourself to leave the house, you can always pamper yourself at home with face masks, nail polish and snacks! Sometimes I like to put on a favorite tv show, and just hang out while my nails dry.
  • Call up friends. Support from friends & family is super important!
  • Clean up your space. Living in a clutter free & clean environment can make everything  a little better!
  •  Listen to music. Sometimes it’s just nice to lay down and listen to some music and reflect.
  • Go to the gym. Again, exercise is key to chemically beating bad feelings and boosting up energy.
  • Indulge in a new hobby. I’ve recently started to care for some tiny plants, and sitting and caring for them always makes me feel better. It’s a whole new hobby for me to learn about and keep me occupied.
  • Bake/cook a treat. There’s nothing better than something home cooked and tasty to help you feel better!

Of course, as always, everyone has their own techniques and tricks to help themselves feel a little more energized on days that drag. Finding them might be a little bit tedious, but it’s worth the energy!

Do you have any techniques that help you feel better on bad days? Share them in the comments below.

XOXO Em