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Merry Christmas and a Real Thank You

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 25, 2013, 2:53 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you are having an enjoyable day and that you all got gifts that you wanted. <3 

I mostly just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have helped me have an enjoyable Christmas this year. 
My family all around has been short on money this year so I didn't really get any gifts, save for money and a few clothes, and there has just been no Christmas spirit. It has never felt so unlike Christmas in my life before. (we didn't even put up a tree or lights this year).

But you guys on dA sorta changed that and actually made it Christmas for me, with all of the gifts (exchange or not exchange), discounts, and wonderful feedback on my gifts for you guys. 
Which sorta leads me into my bigger Thank You.

My life this year has been more eventful than it has been in the last two years combined. I lost my high school best friend (the closest friend I have ever had), gained a boyfriend and then lost that boyfriend, flew on my first plane, got a job and then made a stupid mistake and lost that job, finally moved out of my house and then had to move back, regained old friends, and countless more things good and bad. 
But deviantART has been my one constant through all of that. No matter what has happened, you guys have been here as my support even if you didn't know it. You even were so kind as to help me pay my rent one month by donating to me and commissioning me when I really needed it. I have met so many amazing people here that make me smile every time I see their comments or anything else.
And since I don't really have many friends in real life, and the ones I do have sort of... neglect to include me in things or remember that I exist haha, and I don't get to leave my house too much, it really helps to have dA here to look forward to and talk to people so I don't feel lonely.

You all have also supported me so much with my artwork itself. I'm currently 49 watchers away from hitting 1000, and am at almost 42k views.
I remember when I was still new on deviantART six years ago and was so excited and thankful for 3000 pageviews. I even drew a picture for it. I stayed active for a while and then took a year or two complete hiatus and came back (for real) in the middle of last year. I had maybe around 200-300 watchers at that time, which means I gained around 800 watchers since then.
I know everyone says this but I honestly can't believe that so many people are interested in my artwork and I never imagined that I could have 1000 watchers. I am so truly thankful to every single one of you for your interest.

My art self esteem and confidence has skyrocketed because of dA. I have also improved skill wise so so much over the past year and a half thanks to everyone's commissions- though I may complain about having so much, I am so thankful and appreciate every single on of them -and praise. 
dA has such a bad rep about the community but I don't feel as at-home and happy on any other site where I post my art. (especially Tumblr. Tumblr doesn't give two shits unless you're outstandingly fantastic or draw decent fanart)

Anyways, in the end, just honestly, truly I thank all of you for supporting me so much this year and always helping me be so positive about my art and just being great friends and people to come in contact with every day. I love all of you.


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Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You certainly have had a busy year o.o I wish I could've known you sooner to try and support you more, but at least ti seems you've got plenty of support as it stands :D
Agreed about tumblr, that place makes me sad because I feel drowned out by fandoms, no space for OCs :< 
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha yeah this year has been crazy for sure x'D

ANd yeah ): Tumblr just.. ugh lmfAO
I've gotten some notes on fanart before but that's it. It's so obnoxious.
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Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed :< I find some of the gifs and tales shared on there to be amusing, but you also see a lot of stuff that makes you feel guilty for not doing something or pressures you into a certain way of thinking. I mean, I would agree with a number of feminist views on there, but the way they're expressed can be quite nasty, practically calling you scum if you don't think in the same way as they do :( I used to go on there to relax and have a bit of a laugh, but I don't find it such a light-hearted place anymore and at least 75% of what I see is fandom-related. As much as I try, I've never been good at fangirling/fanboying over stuff
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha yeah I enjoy Tumblr like it's a good place to just kinda chill and I don't mind the fandom stuff like the art and all that.
Just some of the people are annoying x'D
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Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I didn't mind the fandoms to begin with but now my friends are all super obsessed with Sherlock and all things related to Benedict Cumberbatch(it's sort of gone onto Hobbit for now, but with Series 3 of Sherlock coming out in two days... well :I)
I have seen far too much NSFW of Johnlock for someone who is bad at fangirling/fanboying/fanning in general
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strxbe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lmaoooo
I love Sherlock but I wouldn't really consider myself a fangirl.
Supernatural is my TV series fandom home uvu

Cept as of late I've been pretty damn into Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
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Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been wanting to watch Supernatural for a while, but I wanna wait until I have no college in the summer so that I can just watch it for hours on end or something, I feel like that'd be the best way to enjoy it 8D

You're not the only one :P I've seen a lot of elf OCs pop up/get attention again lately. I've been reading the book since I haven't actually read it yet
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strxbe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah lol Supernatural is really great I definitely recommend it.

And oh gosh haha I don't think I'd make a LOTR OC really, I just really love everything about the movies/etc x'D
They do a fantastic job. <3
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VonDiezyl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're a beautiful and gorgeous person, and you know that if you ever needed anything you can always come to me :heart: I'd help you in any way I could <33 I'm so glad that so many people love your art as much as I do! :D You have such cool and awesome art, I'll always be a fan of yours :) 

I know what you mean when you say that you don't have many friends in real life, that's the same for me and the same reason why DA is so important to me :heart:  Just know that you'll never be alone or lonely with us here :D

Loves you too girly :heart:
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaa ;-; thank you so much for all of the nice words. It really does mean a lot haha. 
You especially have been so ridiculously kind to me and helpful when I need it and encouraging and just ugh <3 Thank you so so much.

And yeah for sure haha. I mean I have some and they're good friends but I dunno. dA is just my home lmao. Like you said, really important to me x'D
No other site compares ahaha
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VonDiezyl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

You're welcome sweetness! Just saying the truth you know ^^

No problem, I'd always help my friends out anyway I can <3

Yeah I'm the same ~ I just think that my friends online are more genuine tbh. I feel more accepted and loved and appreciated on here ;u; Haha same, that's why I'm like always online X3 I agree, no site beats DA :)

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Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't really know what to say, what you wrote here is so beautiful and touching--
But there's one thing I can do--send you a lot of hugs and love:heart:
:huggle::blowkiss:
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw
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Thank you so much ;-; You especially have been so kind to me. <3 
I really appreciate it hahah
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Dyrinda Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I know that you don't know me personally, but I am always on dA if you need to talk or something. I check it everyday. :iconluvluvplz:
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaa I will always keep that in mind. <3 Thanks for offering your time haha it means a lot!
Same for you also <3
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Dyrinda Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
No prob and yey. You seem mad cool.
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh gosh
thank you so much lmfaooo
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Dyrinda Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
lol. It's true. I might actually try bothering you more if you don't mind. That is, if I'm not too shy to do it. lol
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg of course I don't mind x'D
No need to be shy, though! I'm not mean lmfAO
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Dyrinda Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm just naturally shy. :iconcryforeverplz:
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XXCEbloodXX Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reading this put a smile on my face. ; u ; It makes me happy when other people are happy. I give you major kudos for going through all of these hardships and still keeping an awesome attitude. Srsly, like. You're so nice just JGKDFLSAJKLF :iconuguufaceplz:

And your art. Aw jeez your art don't even get me started-
Everything about your style is so unique and there isn't anybody out there whose art is quite like yours. I may have said this in the past, but just to restate my point, you're one of very few people whose art I actually look at when it's in my inbox. Seriously keep up the freaking amazing work and I can't wait to see the day when you hit 1,000 watchers because you really deserve it. You put so many smiles on so many people's faces, including me. You deserve much, much more than 1,000 watchers. :iconpapcryplz:
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh I don't even know how to respond just ;-; <333333333333
I actually literally cried when I first read this comment lmao like teared up it just made me so happy ahaha
I can't believe you enjoy my art that much x'D CONSIDERING I SEE YOU AS INSPIRATION AND LOOK UP TO YOUR ART PFFFFF
such an honor ugh
Also the same for you lmao I always look at your art when you upload ahah and I definitely do not do that for all of the people I watch hAH

I still don't know what to say just I am so flattered and touched and just happy thank you so so much for the lovely comment and all of the support. It truly means a whole lot. <3
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RoyalMakoko Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
i don't wanna get all sobby but awww steph you're such a cutie omg
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omfg
:iconpapcryplz:

thank you Mako <3
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BobMango4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is beautiful you are beautiful and YOU DRAW NOSES BEAUTIFUL . Your a nice person to talk to and I wish we could be friends
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg lol THANK YOU
I'm really glad you think all of those things <3 it means a lot.

I never say no to friends. uvu
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BobMango4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. And YAY FRIENDSHIP I LOVE FRIENDSHIP 'V'

I have your picture drawn! I need to upliad it and I forgot it at home, would it be okay if I had around 10pm WST
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fine <3
I can't wait to see!
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BobMango4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okayawesome!!!
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Coppeh-and-Paste Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it makes me really happy to hear that all your friends here have made it a good year for you ;u;
I'MMA ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOUUU
and like i'm seriously super glad i made it to kunny's livestream that one time you were in the chat and I LITERALLY WOULD HAVE NEVER MET YOU OR ANYTHING WITHOUT THAT
...towel party ehehehee
and i'm always super excited and happy whenever you post new artwork no matter what it is and i love supporting you :dummy:
you totally deserve all those watchers man your art is fricken RAD
and i love you so much tooooooo and are glad we're friendsies 8D <3
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh I'm glad I went to their livestream too HAAH
That was the first and last of their streams I've ever been to lmao (so far) but MAN DID SOMETHING GOOD COME OUT OF IT. 

But yeah thanks so much ahaha if I had a "awesome friends" box on my profile page, you'd definitely be in it. <3 You've definitely always been super supportive and nice to me and it makes me happy. ;u;

THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND
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Coppeh-and-Paste Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO MUCH GOOD
bbbbbbbb aaAHHH it's literally no problem dude i love making new friends and keeping in touch and supporting them in any way i can ;u;

AND I THANK YOU TOO GREAT FRIENDO <3 <3 <3
...//CASUALLY ADDS YOU TO MY DUMB PROFILE THING AS AN AWESOME fRIEND
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELL YAH FINALLY IN A FRIENDS BOX

I'll probably have a box too once the DaSe contest is over lmfAO
you'll be there my friend (;
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PrinceOfTimes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

we will always be here for you hun!

:hug:2 rvmp :hug:2 rvmp 

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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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PrinceOfTimes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

and im terribly sorry I haven't gave you my address yet :(

my phone has been acting up terribly...

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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! That's fine ahaha
I haven't sent the cards yet anyways xD
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PrinceOfTimes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tries to figure out address viciously
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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
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PrinceOfTimes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

15802 SE Goosehollow Dr. Damascus Oregon

and my name is Hunter and yes im a girl :)

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strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww yee lol
I'll add you to my list!
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