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...

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...

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,...

New Year, New You: Resolutions of 2018

Cissy's Art Café - New Year, New You: Resolutions of 2018

In August, I wrote a post checking in on the progress of my New Year’s Resolutions of 2017. Having felt like I succeeded fairly well in completing the majority of them, I spent a lot of the past two months considering what I wanted to focus on in the coming year. A lot of my goals for 2018 are...

On Disordered Eating and Body Dysmorphia

  I dance with my classmates in ballet class, acutely aware of my largeness compared to their petite figures. I listen as my friend tells me her thighs are too big, and I silently wonder if mine are too big as well....

On Love, Appreciation, and Self-Acceptance

For a long time, Valentine’s Day was my least favorite holidays. It’s kind of funny – I love holidays. I love having excuses to shower people with gifts and show my friends my love and appreciation for them, and it’s why I like to go all out for Christmas.  But Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day was a day where corporations...

On Drawing and Mental Health

I have been a painter and an artist my entire life. Okay, maybe when I was like four, I couldn’t really call myself an artist, although my mom is very adamant that my drawing level was much higher than an average four year old. Something about being able to draw more than just stick figures and smiley faces on...

Enough

Since the last time I blogged, a lot of things have happened. I went home for spring break and cuddled my baby sister. I finally sucked up my pride and went to MIT Mental Health. I stopped eating for a while and survived pretty much solely on nutrition drinks and occasionally mac and cheese from a box. I gained...