Getting ready for 2015: Cleaning up my Macbook

Hey Pieces,
Hope the holidays are treating you well, I know I’m super happy to be free from the grips of college for a month! One thing that I noticed about halfway through the semester was that I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE OF ORGANIZATION THIS YEAR! Every year before I have been completely decluttered, organized, everything is a system, I have a bit of an OCD complex and its very difficult for me to function without some sense of order. So yesterday and today I have decided to take a stand and put a stop to the mess that is my life. I spent all yesterday gutting out our bedroom, and completely organized everything, I think we took out about two bags full of things we don’t need (old homework, old coupons, magazines, EVERYTHING (other than clothes, thats another day!)

Don’t worry, you’ll see pictures of the room soon for sure! This morning I have spent my time cleaning up my computer! I have had my Macbook Pro for a little over 2 years now, and I know that a lot of people say that they don’t last very long, but I am so careful to make sure that I clean its keyboard and I regularly clear out the files onto one of my external hard drives. A lot of people have asked me how I organize my files and photos and everything and I guess this is why I’m posting this, A tutorial of sorts! So here is how I cleaned up my macbook!

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As you can see there was an attempt at organization, but between my folder for school, documents, and downloads folder (which gets a lot of love over the year for sure) there are really no guidelines. So first I started off by sorting out the downloads folder, into the appropriate folders. As you can see I also have a lot of folders and messy things on my desktop, so that needs to be cleared up too. Especially after November, I have all kinds of stuff that needs to be put away.

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So I have thrown almost everything on my desktop into a sort folder and figured that I would sort this first so that its less work when I get into the main folders down below. Also on my desktop is a folder of photos that I am currently working with and a folder of photos of Asia, my dog who passed away recently, I just finished my project with those so now I can put those back in my pictures folder, which is such a mess I don’t even want to show pictures of it!

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So I have cleared out the downloads folder, its all nice and empty, so we can put that away and move on to the other things. Not in my mac I have a very distinct system, I have my Documents, which is where everything that is not school or writing. Its also where a lot of random things end up over the year like stray photos or voice recordings. Its just the main drop zone when I am trying not to add to the pile on my desktop! Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 10.29.03 AM

So here is the before photo of my Journalism folder and my Documents folder! I know. Its terrifying!

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Here is how the Documents file looks now after its been cleaned out!

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Here is a peak into the Writing folder, I added some other little subfolders as well! Theres a few things that I didn’t have a place for so I just left them out and about!

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Here is how I ended up organizing my Journalism file! It worked out for me!

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And finally I cleaned up my photos! Theres still more work to do, but its alright for now!

I hope this inspires you to back up and organize your computer a bit! I can’t even begin to express how great it feels to have cleaned it all up!

Send me no ideas on organizing my photos! I need the help for sure!
Have an organized day!
– Mazie

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 50



Keeping my head warm,

when the weather is coldest,

All snug and cozy,


Monster in disguise,

they’ll pretend to be your friends,

but not from behind.


You’re so affected,

You are designed to impressed,

You’re not authentic


Don’t act on impulse,

it will only exhaust you,

and eat your wallet.


Confusion’s spinning,

clouds your brain and alters views.

not the best feeling.


So much hair pulling,

and anxious body scratching,

I can’t stop moving.


Its overwhelming,

all this exasperation,

try to catch my breath.

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 49



They say I’m firey,

I don’t know what that means though,

it could be alright.


He’s such a dream boat,

he doesn’t even know it,

But its enchanting.


He’s the controller,

but never in a bad way,

I’m easily lost.


Stop with the temper,

being cranky helps no one,

so just smile a bit.


What a sight to see,

the frost and ice coated trees,

your breath in the air.


Create everyday,

never let the day bore you,

life is way too short.


The day in the life,

the turn of a century,

we try to get by.

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 47



Divide and Conquer

before you kick the bucket,

completing your list.


Elegant framing,

of ornamental paintings,

victorian style.


Smell the comic books,

flipping through story board dreams,

transporting through worlds.


The art engulfs me,

takes over my brain and mind.

telling a story.


Decorate my walls,

with memories and beauty,

fill my day with love.


Come on grab your friends,

Jake and Finn and LPS,

and creepy Ice King.


Bee and Puppycat,

took to long, candies gone,

and thats what happened.

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 46



Its cold and slippy,

its frozen and still freezing,

and thicker than ice.


My dear Doc Martens.

tear up the backs of my feet,

I don’t even care.


It has been a while,

since I picked up a pencil,

I’m drawing again.


Paint under my nails,

a smeared through my hair again,

its just like old times.


Slush is the worst part,

soaking through boots to the bone,

triple layer socks.


Thank god I’m on break,

it has been a crazy ride.

give me my bed please.


Collecting photos,

finding memories to keep,

and ones to forget.

How to be Happier in 2015

Hey pieces,
It has been a long time since I wrote, just for the sake of writing. The past little while writing has become work and stressful, and every so often, this writer just needs to do something she loves. I was sitting here in my apartment, staring out at the overcast just thinking this morning, Mazie, are you doing what you love? Are you happy? What can you do to make things even better? Yes I have so much to be happy about. My lovely boyfriend, my amazing family and friends and the success in my programs thus far, but it feels like I’m missing the little things. There is so much more in this world that I have been pushing aside to make more time for the big things. But I am not going to do that anymore. I will no longer sacrifice the little moments, and instead, I will do so much more in 2015, that I missed out on in 2014! Here is a super simple list of things you can do to better your life in 2015, if I miss anything, I encourage you to include it in the comments below!

How to be Happier in 2015:
1. Journal and Reflect, Write your Gratitude
2. Stretch more, whether it is yoga, or just stretching, do it every morning and every night.
3. Little adventures. Go for more walks.
4. Don’t procrastinate, plan and conquer!
5. Read more books, be inspired often.
6. Find a non career related hobby.
7. Buy more flowers, often.
8. Take more naps!
9. Write more letters, and less emails.
10. Spend less time connected, minimize your online time.
11. Fast every so often, to practice your control, and to remind yourself that you are lucky.
12. Less coffee, more water and tea!
13. Make your house, or space a home.
14. Reconnect with your past briefly enough to appreciate the present.
15. Call your friends and family, just for the sake of talking!

I hope this list inspires you as much as it has inspired me!
Expect more from me this weekend, as my holidays officially start this Friday!
Best wishes to all of you in all that you do,
Love Mazie

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 45



String together words,

forming the right sentences,

to craft the novel.


Everything piles up,

Between the novel and work,

trouble keeping up.


It’s NaNoWriMo,

scrounging up the words and time,

to rush a first draft.


Dreading November,

but this year was different,

new community.


Fifty K,nothing,

with five days to spare, I won,

Hundreds to go still.


Need to keep writing,

many words left to curate,

keep the momentum.


And all the caffiene,

that went into this novel,

pour through my fingers.

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 44



Sprinkling from the sky,

Softly coating everything,

Snow covered winter,


Its that time of year,

Families reunite again,

and memories shared.


Winter can be sad,

when all the life shrivles up,

but it will come back.


Animals crawl back,

into their caves and borrows,

to sleep through the chill.


The squirrels are frantic,

scowering to find the place,

to hide their acorns.


The deers in the snow,

Are prancing through the meadows,

favourite season.


Mistletoe meeting,

a moment to rekindle,

to kiss and make up.

365 Haiku Challenge: Week 43



The bells jingle on,

Movement notification,

is christmas up stairs?


Lets wrap the presents,

to be sure no one can snoop,

sneaky gift peakers.


Ribbons tied in bows,

Decorating everything,

all silver and gold.


Christmas tree shining,

ornaments hung from before,

pine needles scattered


The tinsel is hung,

sparkleing like icicles!

the holiday charm.


Banisters covered,

cedar garlands and berries,

ung from everything.


Whether real or fake,

pine trees make the holidays,

Snow or light covered.

His world in colour

Originally Written for Niagara News

Staff Writer
David McAllister’s hand-drawn portrait of musician Dallas Green, who is from the Niagara Region. SUBMITTED PHOTOIn a technological age of graphically-designed art, handdrawn artistic talent is hard to find, but thanks to 19-year-old David McAllister, of Niagara Falls, it’s here.
Anyone viewing his art will attest McAllister wields skill beyond his years. As a portrait artist who can draw or paint some of the best re-creations with some of the simplest materials or dollar store paints, McAllister is humble about his brilliant skills.
McAllister said he knew at a young age that art was his love.
“I have been at art since roughly the age of five. It may have been a bit sooner or later, but it was roughly around that time that I knew that I really loved what I was doing.”
Inspired by cartoons and animations on television he began to work improving his skills on his own. It wasn’t until high school at Stamford Collegiate that he started attending art classes.
“I had always tried to just improve on my own, and it was sort of working, but it wasn’t until I met my art teacher, Amy Ballett. She gave me so much help with shading and colouring, and has brought me so far over the years. Inspiration wise, I was never really around a lot of art culture as a kid, so that was introduced much later in life.”
Ballet has known McAllister since he was in Grade 9 and has been his mentor ever since. Ballet said she is always showing his artwork to her students to spark inspiration.
“David will tell you that he wasn’t as talented and that I somehow taught him to be great, but he just wanted it so badly that his natural ability improved steadily all through his years with me, and so maybe it was a bit of both. He earns his accolades because he works so hard on his work.”
Brian McAllister, 26, has seen the progression in his brother’s work over the past few years.
“In my opinion, David has the talent to do whatever he wants to. Whether it is being a tattoo artist, graphics design, a portrait artist, anything in general, but art in particular. Especially since numerous celebrities have noticed him: James Wan, director of SAW, Dead Silence, The Conjuring, Insidious 1&2; actress Lin Shaye in Insidious 1&2, Detroit Rock City; actor Norman Reedus, in Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, Blade 2. All have expressed their appreciation for his talent.”
Throughout his journey as an artist, his friends and family have supported McAllister. Brooke Gilbert, his best friend, has been there to see him and his skills progress.
“I knew he was in art class, but I didn’t really see much artwork from him since he was super shy in high school. I found out about him being an artist when I actually went over to his house to hang out and saw his bedroom and living room walls with all his art. I would say he has always been an artist.”
Gilbert said she hopes to see him attend more conventions and have opportunities to meet some of his greatest idols.
“He has brought a unique perspective to portrait art and he can spot subtle beautiful details that others miss,” said Gilbert. “He isn’t afraid to go out of his comfort zone and try something new and learn from his mistakes. I hope that he stays true to himself and continues to do what makes him happy.”
McAllister constantly strives to better his skills, and it is no secret he has an extremely promising future as an artist. He said he hopes to inspire other artists as much as his idols and mentors inspired him.
“If you’re an aspiring artist who is discouraged, remember that any artist you look up to has been in the exact same position as you at one point in their life. Don’t ever stop trying.”
If you are interested in seeing more of McAllister’s art, his Facebook page is