Patience >:-)

Been over a year since I have last updated or even had the urge to blog about something. I have now graduated college and have been brought into the exciting reality known as “Adulthood”. I now work 40 hours a week, M-F, 8-5, every single day. This schedule does not do justice for an aspiring street artist. It takes time away from what I love and yearn to do. Ideas and quick projects I have in mind that could quickly be done turn into week/month long projects. However, I hate to have excuses. A quote I have come to live by goes, “There is always someone working harder than you”. I take this as constructive criticism. Even though I may not be working the ideal job, this should not be an excuse to discontinue what I love to do. In order to be successful you need to make sacrifices both big and small to make time for what you are passionate about. The passion I have for Street Art burns through every inch of my body. I discovered I had the patience to balance this busy work schedule with a piece I recently completed back in December of 2015. Each night I chipped away, painting small portions of what I believe is the largest piece I’ve completed to this date. It took about 28 hours, the longest I have ever spent on one painting. As I look back at all the work I put into this one piece I can see how far I have come as an artist. I made major improvements in the style and feeling I try to portray to my audience, unveiling what I can and hope to be. This wheat paste was inspired by The Story So Far’s song entitled Framework.

Patience is key. More to come. >:-)

What’s Next?

This coming Saturday, May 9th, 2015, I will be graduating from The University of New Mexico with my Bachelors. It has been a long journey but I am so happy to have come this far. I will be the first college graduate from my family. As for my career I have several options to choose from. I have majored in a field of study that is primarily geared towards physical fitness and health education. There are many ways I can use social media to network myself in this career path. First off, this class has helped me learn the basic foundations and principles of being a blogger. I would have never thought I would create my own blog site and participate in regular blog posts discussing various topics. I can implement blog posts into my life as a personal trainer by blogging about my life dedication to fitness. Within these blog posts I can discuss various exercise routines, diet plans, and ways to improve overall health to different audiences other than those I surround myself with at the gym. Besides being a personal trainer, I also wish to pursue a profession as an artist. I would like to go back to school for graphic design which will give way to me opening my own clothing brand. The use of social media will help me tremendously in this area. I have learned the do’s and do not’s when it comes to posting material online, especially for major corporations and businesses. I may also use social media accounts to my advantage. They can be used primarily for advertising and networking myself to new individuals and audiences. I have been able to gain some credibility due to my usage of social media as an artist. I now have a better understanding of social media and what it is entitled to. This will allow me to become more efficient when it comes to speaking to audiences online and how I can network myself. I will continue to blog regularly about my personal topic regarding Street Art and Graffiti. Through my research I have not found much blogs pertaining to these art forms here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have learned so much from this course regarding social media. I will continue to practice what I have learned in hopes for it to open doors and opportunities in my near future.

Awareness: Maintain a Clean Online Reputation

Every individual more than likely has a social media account whether it is on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, or Instagram. Even high status professionals such as celebrities, athletes, and local congressmen all have some sort of social media account. In some cases they may face threats to their overall online reputation. I believe it is critical to maintain a management strategy in order to prevent negative face value. My rule of thumb when it comes to posting any material online is to first think of the message you are trying to relay to your audience. I use this technique on the regular, since I am an artist and post the majority of my work through my social media accounts. I tend to think: 1) What am I going to post and why? 2)What potential messages, negative or positive, will my viewers receive? 3) How will this affect me in the long run?. These are just a few questions I ask myself prior to posting images or updating statuses on my social media accounts. I have found that maintaining a clean face with your intended audience on social media will not only protect you from criticism but will also market and advertise yourself. For example, some of the pieces I have composed produce numerous amounts of interest among my audience. As a result my audience networks me, tagging friends and family members in my posts. This has helped build my target audience and reputation I would like to have as an artist. Another tactic professionals should use when posting on social media is to refrain from deleting offensive or negative material. Even though I have not posted anything like this on my accounts, this is one major component I have learned in this course. Instead of deleting what is seen as negative or offensive, professionals should create and update positive content that may help them overcome the negativity. This will allow their audience to understand the mistake they have made and how they are attempting to implement ways of change into their work. Overall these are just a few concepts of social media management I have learned throughout the duration of this course. I strongly recommend anyone who posts regularly on social media to follow these key concepts in order to prevent negative feedback.

Fitness Plateaus

Anyone who pursues a lifestyle of being physically active, whether it be in the gym or through various outdoor activities, have all experienced what is known as a plateau. This week I reviewed another blog post from Steve Kamb regarding fitness plateaus. Steve raises several good points on what a plateau is and how to combat this process when it occurs. According to Steve a plateau occurs when, “you stall out on progress despite continuing to do “all of the right things,” usually including eating right, exercising properly, getting adequate rest, etc.” I personally hit plateaus when it comes to the goals I hold for myself physically. There are just days when I feel unmotivated to push myself in the gym. As a result this is a waste of a workout and time. According to Steve, one way to rise above a plateau is by setting small personal goals each day. This is a concept I have been practicing regularly for the past few years. For example, when I go to the gym each day I plan in my head what lifts I would like to accomplish in order to continue making gains. Whenever I abide to to the workouts I have in mind, this leaves me with feelings of success and accomplishment. Another suggestion Steve had was to switch up your routines at the gym. I tend to follow the same workout routine, hitting the same muscle groups, lifts, and having the same rest days each week. A result of doing the same thing over and over, it allows our body to become more efficient at that activity. Whenever I hit a plateau due to repetitiveness, I start my workouts by doing a lift I do not usually start off with or I am unfamiliar with. This allows me to experience new workouts and how I can implement them into my routine.  One of the final pointers Steve leaves us with is to realize we have bad days/weeks at the gym. I could not agree more with him. Life and its stressors can catch up to us leaving us unable to fully focus on what we are trying to achieve in the gym. When this happens Steve suggests that we give it our all on days we feel great and not so much on our down days. I personally do not agree with this statement. When I was a kid I remember always telling myself, “Whenever you have bad days or don’t feel like doing it, these are the days that count. You need to push yourself harder”. By doing this, we not only push our bodies physically but we also build mental strength and endurance. Overall I really enjoyed Reading Steve Kamb’s post regarding Fitness plateaus and how to counter them. 

For more information on Steve’s Blog regarding Fitness Plateaus visit:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/01/21/what-to-do-when-you-hit-a-plateau/

What is Professionalism? Has It Changed?

Throughout the years, the meaning of professionalism has changed due to the rapid advancements being made in today’s society. My generation consists of the “digital age” in which we have access to a resource our ancestors did not have with that being the world wide web. Advancements made in technology have changed the way we behave and communicate with one another in the workplace. From what I have learned in this class professionalism is a specific style of behavior employees abide by in the workplace. This includes the employees personal values and beliefs as well as their professional roles they hold. However, what is considered to be professionalism in today’s day and era has changed. The main reason professionalism in the workplace has changed is due to technological advancements. In the past, businesses and companies did not have outside distractions that were contributed from wireless web devices. For example, some people rely on their phones in order to text, tweet or update statuses on social media outlets. To some business professionals, these are inappropriate behaviors that do not exhibit professionalism in the workplace. A recent study had been conducted regarding college graduates and there level of professionalism in the workplace. According to this study conducted by David Polk, “38.2 percent of respondents felt that less than half of new graduates exhibited professionalism in the workplace. Nearly a fourth said that professionalism in young workers had decreased, while more than 15 percent believed that it had increased”. This is just one example of how professionalism in the workplace has been impacted by the advancements made in today’s technology. I can personally relate to this study and how professionalism among my generation is decreasing in the work force. Many students constantly feel the need to have their smart devices on them at all times. I feel as though my generation as well as younger generations feel the constant need to be in contact with friends and family at all times. This is seen as a rude and unprofessional behavior especially when it is expressed while on the job. I believe our generation needs to understand the old concepts of professionalism and how to manage web usage in order to produce an effective and productive work environment.

If you would like more information regarding David Polk’s study regarding the changes of professionalism visit:

http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/technology/articles/pages/technologyerodingprofessionalism.aspx

Steet Art & Graffiti: How Will They Aid My Future?

Throughout the duration of this semester my personal blog for this course covered my life path of Street Art and Graffiti. Within these blog posts I updated how this art movement is growing in the city I am from, Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as highlighting my trials as an aspiring street artist. Both Street Art and Graffiti will aid my future tremendously for the career I wish to pursue. First off, if it was not for this art movement, I would not be who I am, nor would I have found what I am truly meant to do in life. I owe it all to the creativity Street Art and Graffiti offers to its audience. I have tried expressing myself through various mediums consisting of photography, poetry, and fulfilling an active lifestyle. This all aided some aspects of accomplishment but it truly did not express what I had locked inside. What I love about Street Art and Graffiti is its versatility in creativeness. This art form does not just address what it is stereotyped as, only appealing to rebellious acts and that it is all gang related. Street art and graffiti have both been known to address various concepts such as: political and religious views, portray ethnic and racial messages, and extreme creativity. I look to these two art forms as inspiration which constantly fuel my future aspirations and goals. Several major clothing brands such as Obey Clothing Company and Digital Threads Clothing, both originated from the art forms of street art and graffiti. I am sure many people wonder, “Where do street wear designers get their inspiration from?” and the answer is through art. In the future I wish to open a clothing brand/company that incorporates my work as a street artist. These two forms of art have open a hidden talent I posses in which I am so thankful I recently discovered. I continue to use these forms of art as inspiration to fuel my creativity as an artist and to develop pieces of art and clothing people have never seen before. These are just a few reasons why street art and graffiti fuel my creativity as an artist and make my dreams achievable.

How To Not Suck At Working Out

For this weeks commentary post I decided to look into Steve Kambs blog post on how to “Suck-Proof” your workout. I found this blog post to be very entertaining to read which also provided some great information on how to improve your own personal daily workout routines. Steve first starts off by suggesting the importance of a game plan prior to walking into the gym. This makes perfect sense. If you do not have an idea of what you are hitting that day or what exercises you wish to do, you will just be wasting your time. Another key point Steve addresses in this post is to make small goals for yourself each week. This is a technique I have been using since I began weight lifting 6 years ago. For example each week I attempt to improve what I bench pressed the previous week by adding 2-5 more pounds. Even though I may not be able to put in as many reps I did the previous week, I will be increasing my strength. Steve also addresses another key aspect of gym etiquette which is to “keep your eyes on the road”. To sum this concept up, do not lose sight of what you are doing in the gym. Do not take extended breaks or talk to everyone you know at the gym. Steve states, “Map out your route before you get in there, put in your headphones, keep your head down, take care of business, and get the hell out of there!”. I love this quote so much. The main point I live by and take away from this is to keep your head down and take care of business. I have been doing this since I started lifting. Whenever I run into friends at the gym they always tell me I never make eye contact with anyone and my conversations are short. This is because I am there for one reason and that is to workout. I take my fitness serious and only wish to improve myself. I really enjoyed reading Steve Kambs blog regarding fitness and how to improve your workouts.

If you would like to read more, here is the link to Steve’s Blog:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/10/26/how-to-not-suck-at-working-out/#comments

Audience

I have a fairly unique audience I wish to interact with in the near future after graduation. As I have stated in previous blog posts I wish to pursue a career in the field of art and design. I wish to begin my own clothing brand accompanied by my talented brother. I feel as though the type of clothing and art we have produced and will be creating in the near future is very unique. It sticks out from what people typically see on a regular basis. The products we produce reflect upon our own personal experiences that have not been the most positive. We produce pieces of art that appear to be projecting images of negative feelings such as sadness and sorrow. However, personally I feel as though these images portray messages of hope and the beauty of struggle. Throughout our trials of production we attempt to address major audiences. For example the majority of our customers and clients consist of college students here at the University of New Mexico. Our target audience has consumed the majority of our products consisting of stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, and bracelets. I feel that this is our general target audience since we have easy access to this crowd on a regular basis. Social media has helped out tremendously in making a name for our small business. We have accounts on the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, and Myspace. Our generation is so consumed with the world wide web and we must take full advantage of this in order to benefit from it. We continue to generate posts that promote the products we wish to sell in hopes to expand our audience. Another tactic I may administer into my social media usage is promotional deals and audience interaction. If it is one thing I have learned from this course it is to maintain a steady relationship with your audience. This will insure stability and networking of products. These are just a few reasons why audience is important for business and social media usage and how interaction is a key element.

How Music Will Aid My Future Goals

“Music has been there for me when no one else was and the only thing that stays when everyone else leaves”-Kid Cudi. This is a quote from my favorite rapper that has helped me get through all the good and bad times. Music has the ability to inspire and help people get through whatever life may throw at them. I personally tend to fall and rely on music whenever I am stressed, happy, or looking for a distraction from reality. Music has not only helped me cope with life and figure out who I am, but has also guided me through my creative side and craft my future goals. Music is about expression. Art is about expression. Four years ago I found my creative side through the combination of expressing what I felt lyrically through songs and portrayed it on the city walls and cracks. I am an aspiring Street Artist in hopes to make a bigger name for myself. I wish to create a clothing company with my brother designed around our unique creativity, life experiences, and passion for music. I owe my creativity to the ups and downs I have experienced but primarily to Music. Music is a tool I will continue to use to help fuel new ideas and concepts of art people have not seen before. The main thing I love about using music as a tool for my future goals is that it is versatile. I am a die hard fan of Pop-Punk, Rap, and Hip-Hop. This allows me to explore myself from different perspectives through these various genres of music. One thing I dislike about using music as a primary tool for inspiration is falling into ruts. I tend to over listen to songs and begin to lose vision of my goals. I look forward to bands and artists releasing new material. This gives me a complete boost and puts me back on track. If it was not for music I would not be who I am today. I believe music will help aid in my success and make my goals become even more achievable.

Over Training

It is good to be an active individual that partakes in a routine of physical exercise. I personally partake in daily workouts that consists of 2-3 hours involving both strength and endurance training. Sometimes it is difficult to tame my dedication to the gym and just simply take a break and allow my body to rest for a few days. I believe I over train my muscles and I know I am not the only person who falls under this category. According to Nicks blog, he makes several great points about over training and how it affects athletes psychological statuses. Nick states athletes tend to report feelings of negativity that consist of tension, depression and anger. According to the courses I have taken here at the University of New Mexico regarding personal and athletic training, these feelings are commonly reported from athletes. Nick also provides information regarding the training distress scale (TDS) that is specifically designed to address athletes psychological statuses during high amounts of training. Aside from these points Nick made about over training about athletes these feelings are also common among the average person who lives an active lifestyle. These feelings of negativity are also accompanied by the following behaviors and actions. 1) a decrease in performance. This may involve the reduction of speed as well as lower amounts of strength. 2) Lack of concentration. To much exercise and lack of rest/sleep may result in the inability to concentrate and fulfill daily tasks. 3) Insomnia and restlessness. Often times a body that has been over trained is sometimes unable to slow down and return to a relaxed physical state. This makes it difficult to recover and rest between workouts. These are just a few examples of what over training can do to the body physically and mentally. Nick provided great information in regards to how over training impacts athletes but some of these symptoms are present among active individuals.

Here is the link to Nicks Blog: http://exercisescience.tumblr.com/post/51075155924/overtraining-psychology