I think it's almost time for a change in scenery.. #puzzlegrid
Although I've loved making & animating these aliens and galaxy theme, to be honest, it has felt a little forced and not particularly "on brand". Which, along with launching the website, has made me think a lot about what that is exactly.. not only the Ikigai Creations brand, but my own personal brand as well..
You see, as much as I try to avoid it, everything always seems to point to "cute". So it makes me wonder.. have I been trying to avoid a part of me that is authentic? Am I denying an intrinsic tendency to be cute?? (Gross.🤢)
Take the website for example, I was aiming for "modern & sophisticated". What I ended up with? CUTE. And well, just check out my feed. Cute. And me personally? Since I was young I've been described as cute *shudders*..
Okay sure, I get it.. I've always been small, I'm not and never will be the smokin' hot grown-up type but look more like an anime character (so I've been told - Hinata from Naruto often comes up🤷♀️), I often get laughed at when I'm trying to be mad, & I have a high-pitched squeaky voice which gets squeakier (& more annoying) the more excited I get.
So yes, I can understand how "cute" might be a way to describe me. But in my mind, 'cute" is like being the Comic Sans of fonts - i.e. trying too hard to appear cute but really, just super annoying. In other words, trying to be someone you're not.
So do you see my dilemma? In my version, I've attributed "cute" to being inauthentic.. and all the while I've been avoiding what may potentially BE the authentically cute me..?
I suppose the problem is that my version of "cute" has been tarnished. Tarnished by annoying drunk girls thinking they are super cute. Tarnished by Hello Kitty and that obnoxious pink colour she's all about.. so annoyingly cute-uncute. Are you feeling me?
Despite all this, I've decided I'm going to try my very best to embrace this "cute" thing. Ugh. (Clearly, I haven't fully committed to the idea yet lol)
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