How I Stay Organized: My Bullet Journal Journey

Bullet Journals - Cecile @ Cissy's Art Café

I have always been a very meticulous planner. My neuroticism and perfectionism in my projects lend themselves well to creating a robust planning system, and ever since I got my first school-issued planner in 9th grade, I created a detailed timetable and assignment system that helped me keep track of all my work and figure out how I could...

On Treating Yourself: Having a “CC Day”

On Treating Yourself: Having a "CC Day"

“Maybe this is our version of treat yourself day and he needs his version… Wyatt, if you could blow big money on one thing, not sock money, what would it be?” – Parks and Recreation S04E04 I’ve loved the concept of a “Treat Yo’ Self” day ever since I watched this Parks and Rec episode a few years ago,...

Project Focus: Star Wars Baby Blanket

Project Focus: Star Wars Blanket

When my baby sister was born, one of the best things was that I had a tiny human to make things for: dresses, toys, blankets, sweaters - you name it, I probably at least attempted it. Even now, I make her a dress every Christmas and throw in a few other gifts to truly spoil her. What can I...

Practicing Love

Practicing Love

One of the things I continue to work on and to struggle working on is practicing love – not to others, but to myself. Somehow, I have a huge capacity to love and forgive those around me while being cruel and unforgiving to myself; at the same time, I’ve found that I am better at practicing self-love when I...

On the Thrills and Fears of Pursuing a Childhood Dream

On the Thrills and Fears of Pursuing a Childhood Dream - Cissy's Art Café

I think most children have dreams and aspirations that end up falling by the wayside. When I was little, one of the first things I wanted to be was a writer. I used to write little stories on the clunky, 2000-era family iMac about princesses, named Cissy, who saved herself, and princes that existed as ultimately unimportant entities in...

Documenting Adventures: Christmas in the Galapagos

Documenting Adventures: Christmas in the Galapagos

One of the things I enjoy most about traveling is documenting my adventures in as many forms as I can. For my past few vacations (Thanksgiving in Italy, with my boyfriend, Christmas 2017 in Spain, with my dad, and Christmas 2016 in Ecuador with my family) I’ve gotten a small softcover notebook of various brands to journal and draw...

Doodling Memories of 2017

Doodling Memories of 2017 - Cissy's Art Café

I’ve always had a fondness for planners and for journaling. I’ve done both on and off ever since I can remember, and when the bullet journal system came into my life, I was immediately hooked: I liked the versatility of the system and the ability to combine both. I moved to New York after I graduated college in 2016,...