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Done? Oh No!

Done? Oh No!Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley
So after you’ve been fired from a job you thought you could count on, what do you do?

First, cry your head off. Rejection hurts.
Second, write in your journal and sketch your jumbled thoughts and emotions on paper. Get it out of your system as soon as possible so the pain feels a little less painful each time you remember what happened.
Third, accept that you are on your own. You will always be self-employed even if you work for someone else. You can not depend on working for someone else to keep you earning money. If you are on disability and are allowed to earn money then this is very important to keep in mind. Give yourself a chance to have some independence even if you are living with your family, your significant other, or on your own.

Fourth, work on a project that you would sell as a self-employed person. If you are an artist, writer, musician or any other creative type of soul, do that. If you start new projects and drop them to finis…

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media StudyCopyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley
Hello everyone,
I am writing a series of posts about Mixed Media. If you want to read my fresh take on Mixed Media you can go to my Tumblr Blog for extra insight on my Mixed Media Series. Fresh Reads about my mixed media art post Thursdayish on Tumblr.
This post is about the technique of how to combine Watercolor Pencil and Crayon to form an abstract work of art that has depth and meaning.
Materials used: Crayola Crayons, Fantasia Watercolor Pencils, Thin Small Paint Brush, Elmer's Purple Disappearing Glue Stick, Water, Cup for Water, Stylus, Mixed Media Paper.








To the right is a picture showing the two mediums on their own and combined. In my opinion, mixed media adds depth to a piece of art. Watercolor Pencil and Crayon on their own are not bad, but together they are dynamic...








Techniques for to make this study:
-Hold Pencil like a knife to color areas. Color Down the page Vertically.




- Lay each col…

Pig-Out And Portion: Triple Your Take-Out!

Pig-Out and Portion: Triple Your Take-Out Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley
If you are committed to losing weight to get healthier like I am, you may have some things that you do that are habits that block you from losing weight. They can also keep you from saving money and splurging with the rest.

Ordering Take-Out from a Chinese Restaurant is something that I enjoy doing with my family. We sit and watch TV, usually MSNBC, and eat our meal.

Sure, there are times where I will order something with lots of vegetables, such as chicken with broccoli, beef with string beans, or a rainbow dish, Chicken or Beef mixed with a blend of different vegetables. I enjoy those dishes, sometimes though, I want something really indulgent. Something with Meat that has a sweet sauce, like Boneless BBQ Ribs.

I ordered a dish a couple weeks back and here is the strategy I used so that it lasts longer, and I don’t feel deprived.



Below is a sketch Infographic that I drew to explain how I was able to Save and…

When Doubt Creeps In, Take Recovery!

When Doubt Creeps In, Take Recovery!
Copyright 2017 by Jessica B. Hensley 

There are days when I believe the people in my life who tell me, "You'll be fine." And there are days I think back to when I was first diagnosed Bipolar and even my doctor said, "Don't worry you won't be in Section 8 Housing." I think sure...and then I think of the day I met someone at a Crochet meetup who said "Oh you're not so bad, my Grandson has Bipolar and (Another condition I don't remember)." What is this? A contest to see who has "Serious Bipolar" and "Bipolar Light"?


I doubt all of them. Surely they are missing some information about me. 

'I may be fine now, but one day I may not'. I think this many times now as I recover from my mental illness.
When I started blogging years ago, I wasn't diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the time and I held myself together on the outside, but then inside I broke and I wrote during this …

Just Two Coupons Can Help You Save On A Month's Worth Of Groceries!

Just Two Coupons Can Help You Save On A Month's Worth of Groceries! 
by Jessica B. Hensley, Jess aka Sketchwriterjess for "Savings and Splurges"
All graphics are pictures I have taken and have varied the colors and shapes in a photo editing program. I hope I did justice to the brands in the photos. I love the brands discussed in this post and I wanted to infuse my artistic vibe into them...


If you are in a situation where you need to budget your money because if you don't you may not have much money buy anything at the end of the month. I have a solution that might just make budgeting a little easier to stick too.

For this week's post about how I saved and splurged, this time at the grocery store, I am writing about shopping with coupons.


This is the first time I've ever shopped with coupons with purpose. In the past, I just cut out coupons once and awhile, saved a little money and thought nothing of it. Now, I need to think about how I spend my money. There …

Free Web Apps for Productivity

Here is a place for Apps designed by me just for you to boost your productivity in a fun way. Have at it!

Time and Write Generator

Words Sprints Minutes
50 2 10
100 3 20
150 4 30

Press down on the button of your mouse and roll over the grid to get your random numbers. You can also use the highlight function on your tablet to get the same result.

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