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Draw My Life: Martina’s Story

April 26, 2013

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It’s my Draw My Life story! It’s a me, Mario! I mean, Martio! I mean…Martina…O….

Whoa guise, like whoa these take a long time. I was like, “this should be fun and easy!” Okay, it was fun, but I spent hours writing out what I was going to say, and then about 8 hours to do all the drawings, seriously. Then, you have to record your voice into a mic and then re-time the drawings to match the story, but I drew too many things!!! I’m sorry! When I had to fast-forward everything, I found the pictures getting all blurred and lots of little text got kind of washed away. Then I drew too much, so I had to cut half the drawing out, and so my pen might pop up randomly but hopefully it won’t bug you too much. Bah! I’ll learn for next time! Which there shan’t be! Or maybe…Draw My Life Spudgy? Meemers?

Trying to mush important aspects of your life into an under 12 minute segment is pretty tough. From the other YouTuber videos I watched, most of the YouTubers aren’t married, so there is an entire story they don’t have to fit in! I wanted to talk about Simon and our marriage, but because Simon talked about it I left it out. Not fair!!! He got all the mushy bits! Some of the stuff I didn’t put in that I would have liked to was about my family. I didn’t get the chance to really tell you all about my childhood and all the good memories I had.

I would have loved to talked more about my parents, and my Baka, and my Nana and Grandaddy who were a HUGE part of my life. I mentioned our family was small. Seven people all together (with cousins that live in Croatia and Newfoundland) that we didn’t see often. My grandparents were a big part of my life, and with them I really had the chance to experience two opposing sides of life.

Growing up in Toronto, I got to go shopping with my Baka at the Eaton Centre, ride the subway, and visit all different parts of city to pick up speciality Croatian food with labels I couldn’t understand. My Baka, like Simon’s parents, had fled her home country, during a war and arrived in Canada a widow who was very very poor. She taught me how to be thrifty but without sacrificing style. Buying normally expensive clothing on sale during the end of season, sewing things to last longer, choosing clothing based on what it was made of so it would last, rather than buying ten articles of cheap clothing that lasted a year. She was an amazing dresser despite not being wealthy and she really taught me how to save money wisely. Every single Sunday we had ah-ha-mazing dinners at my Baka’s apartment, who was just a phenomenal cook. We spent every Christmas Eve at my Baka’s home where we would search the building for signs of Santa, and when we’d return with nothing, I’d be shocked that the tree had gifts under it.

In the summer time I went to Nova Scotia to visit my Nana and Grandaddy where I spent most of my time swimming in a lake or playing in their wonderful garden. My Nana and I would play cribbage and make preserves to store in her cellar, and my grandaddy and I would don rubber boots, a soapy spray bottle, and flashlights to search the garden at night time for pesky slugs trying to eat the vegetables. They grew peas, beans, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, rhubarb, and berries. There is NOTHING so cool as going to the garden to pull up a carrot and some lettuce for dinner that night. My grandaddy and I were both night owls, so we’d sit up in the kitchen while everyone else was asleep and we’d look over flyers from the local supermarket. We’d cut out coupons and circle those items we wanted to buy, and once 24 hour grocery stores started to exist, we’d head out to buy discounted end-of-the-day cookies and pies, and we’d make toast and warm milk and read comics together. Since the town my Nana and grandaddy lived in wasn’t very busy (Bedford), I really learned how to be calm, relax, and just enjoy nature.

I could really go on, I haven’t even talked about my awesome parents, but I will say this to intrigue you. They were both high school teachers and I went to the same school they taught at! That was good fun. :D

Anyhoo I hope you enjoyed this loooong video. I’m not sure how many people can relate to a lot of what I said about EDS, because not a lot of people have it, but I’m also curious if anyone watching this video has EDS or knows someone with it because I’ve never actually met anyone else with it!

If you do want to know more about it, though, I recommend two sites that might be helpful! (The second site requires you to sign up to read and comment!)

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  1. I love Martina’s draw my life story , I literally teared up, first because of how she grew up and liked things no one else really understood or got per say! I feel like that now, & her accident and having that hard time in her life that she saw the good on and said things happen for a reason ! OMG.. that is my life as of late! So i loved this video hands down it inspired me! i watch your videos when i can i love them and share them! also my fam jam is from the east coast! PEI to be exact but im living in NOVA SCOTIA so Hello From NS!! :) and I am married ! my Hubbys parents actually fled from hungary and came to canada in the 70’s so i have a thing for other cultures etc. including south korean/japanese because my brother is the japan guru and i am the South korean!! :) and we are super super close not the kind of sibling that fight at all! :) so .. yep! Thank you for making this video and all of your EYK vids ! :) I recently just started doing video blogging also inspired buy you both and many others and hope to do one about EYK in the near future and talk about this video! :)

    3 years ago
  2. Wow Martina, I have to say I really admire you even more! You are so right about people going through things that aren’t visible to others. I have to say you definitely do not let anything you have faced stop you from being happy, and that says a lot about your character. You managed to stay positive and let that positivity reach all aspects of your life. As a result I believe that is why(in addition to hard work on your part) you have seen so much success! I love you guys, and I love you guys and I wish you nothing but the best!
    Love and hugs from California!
    XOXOxoxoXOXOxoxo

    3 years ago
  3. I’m not as hardcore as you, Martina, I don’t have EDS, just flaccid ligaments (I don’t know if this is proper name for it in english.) So I can bend my joints more than i should, very often I dislocate something like recenlty my fingers tend to dislocate just because they want to without a reason. But it has its advantages like after surgery my knee couldn’t bend it took me only a week to make progress that normally takes 3 weeks. So in some percentage I know how you feel every day. I know that for me it’s not as painful as for you, but now i think pain is more annoying than painful. It’s super inspirational that despite hardships you’re such a cheerful person. Keep being happy!

    Fighting!

    (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

    3 years ago
  4. GYG

    Me too i found sailor moon by chance and boy was i hooked!!! every morning i would watch it before going to school … i loved sailor moon and sailor jupiter…love them still …loved watching your draw my life.. thank you for doing it! :)

    3 years ago
  5. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Didn’t know you had joint problems until now.
    I do have my own set of pain. Both my shin were fractured at some point and now I can predict a coming storm with it. Haha.
    It does gets irritating and painful at times but just like you, I just got used to it.

    3 years ago
  6. Haha, i definitely understand being the one person in high school who liked things like anime, jrock/jpop etc. Only my online friends liked that stuff too (yes on mIRC which i still use… to this day… and also on AIM). It wasn’t until college that i met people who shared similar interests and… who i could sit down and watch it with!! Thanks to watching japanese dramas, i started watching korean dramas but never went farther than that into k-culture until my sister got into kpop (and EYK) and BAM!
    The Korean culture drew me in way more than anything – I hate to say I’m obsessed because that sounds like such a bad word lol but hey, if it looks like a duck…
    A-anyway…. and I definitely understand about the looking perfectly normal but being very sick/hurt on the inside thanks to my sister who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. She looks perfectly healthy and if this were a perfect world, she’d probably be the healthiest person ever – unfortunately she suffers from a ton of health problems that sometimes people don’t believe or understand because it’s not always visible.
    Whoops, i didn’t mean to give you my life story.
    What i was eventually going to get around to saying was that, I loved learning more about you and Simon, Martina!
    You two are so interesting and fun and I super wish I could meet y’all in real life!! (haha, creepy)

    Also i wanted to mention that sometimes it’s a little sad to watch these because Martina looks and acts so much like my one of my best friends in the world (who I met in college and was really one of the first people who shared the same interests as me) who i never get to see anymore because being an adult sucks!
    It really makes me miss her more and more just to see martina lol
    seriously you two look so much alike and have so many of the same mannerisms that it frightens me :I are you guys secretly twins??
    She’s from Texas tho… and also has one older sister… I’m onto you guys.

    3 years ago
  7. I love your super cute drawings. Thank you for sharing all that with us!

    3 years ago
  8. I Loved Watching It When It Showed Growing Up, Sailor Moon Was My First Anime To Watch Then Dragon Ball Z And My Love of Japanesse Music! :) GACKT, AYUMI HAMASAKI, KODA KUMI & BOA I Mainly Listened Too Growing Up :)

    3 years ago
  9. That was cool!! i really feel like i know you guys!!!

    3 years ago
  10. @simonandmartina from now on every time I see the pink in Martina’s hair I would think about Sailormoon or Sailor chibi moon. LOL

    3 years ago
  11. Wow I Really Enjoyed Your Draw My Life Video Martina! It’s The First Time Hearing About EDS, I Haven’t Heard of Anyone With It Here In My Hometown. Sorry To Hear With Your Pain You Go Through Everyday :(

    3 years ago
  12. I don’t have EDS, but I have an extreme case of orthostatic hypotension (the head rush/momentary blindness some people get when standing up too quickly, except it happens to me every time I stand no matter how slowly; sometimes the blindness lasts for over a minute and the longer it lasts, the more painful it is) and I also have orthostatic intolerance: the inability to tolerate standing for long periods of time. I am fine if I keep moving, but I can’t stay in one spot for super long. Sometimes these two things work together against me and those are some good times (I once lost all my senses and pretty much fainted without losing consciousness). I was on the train from NYC to New Jersey last August for the 2ne1 concert and I had an episode of orthostatic intolerance. I was in a crazy amount of pain and needed to sit down. There were no empty seats, but I was desperate, so I sat on the nasty floor of the train. People kept looking at me and my friends kept asking me loudly if I was okay to see if any of the seated passengers would get the picture, but no one offered their seats to me, including the people sitting in seats technically reserved for the elderly or disabled. I was about to turn 23 at the time, so I wasn’t elderly and my physical issues are not visible, so I understood their rudeness. I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone and I was surviving on the floor, so I dealt with it.

    Basically, I just want to say that it really hit home for me when you talked about people not considering that those who look normal externally may be having some type of issue that you cannot see. Thank you for sharing that aspect of your life with us. It only adds to the respect I have for you. =]

    3 years ago
  13. I CRIED D: WHAT IS THIS. I’M TOO MANLY TO CRY T_T THAT TATOO IS SO MEANINGFUL. OMG. THE STORY. MARTINAAAAAAAA *SOBS*

    3 years ago
  14. I hope you two will eventually follow your original attraction to Japan! I have little to no investment in kpop or drama (I mostly watch your TL;DRs, WANKs, and FAPFAPs), but rather MUCH more interest in just the Simon and Martina of it all. But if you guys were to go over to Japan that would be amazing! Do you have any plans to?

    3 years ago
  15. Martina! You’re a Gackt fan? That’s awesome :DDDD he was my first ever Jrock music obsession [long before I found kpop]. That’s so cool >w<

    Also, both your and Simon's video brought me to tears. You guys are such cool, interesting, and amazing people. Thank you for sharing your humor and love of Korean culture with us<3 Even though it's time consuming and there are negative fans out there, we Nasties love you guys so much! Thank you guys as well for sharing some of your storiesl! It's cliche but I kinda feel closer to you guys now^^;; I like it [: and I think I want to try and apply that 2 good 1 bad rule to my life because that's a really good thing to live by, in my opinion. Thank you guys again! Simon and Martina hwaiting!! <3 xx

    3 years ago
  16. Oh My Godddddd…..Sailor Moon! I was obsessed with that (still am) growing up. I remember watching it all the time on TV, trying to search for the manga, going over to my friend’s house to look at pictures online using 56k internet. Also, being sad that it was moving off non-cable TV to cable TV which I didn’t have.

    I remember when MixxZine was released in the US and seeing Sailor Moon in it’s pages. I begged my mom to buy it for me (which she eventually did). Ah…

    3 years ago
  17. I had no idea you were in pain. I want to give you a great big virtual hug. What you said about invisible problems almost made me cry because for years I’ve been dealing with some mental ones and you always get those people who don’t understand and go “you don’t look sick. You’re just making it up.” So, yeah, I feel for you and I guess it’s good to know that there are lots of people out there with similar problems, but at the same time not like “yay! People are in pain!” This is all coming out wrong…

    I want to try adopting that one negative- two positive idea. It’s really nice. There are times I focus too much on the negative and that could really help. You are amazing. Both of you. You make me smile and laugh and tear up. Thank you so much for opening up to us Nasties and letting us get to know you. I wish I could repay you for all the smiles you’ve given.

    Oh, and whoooa! You drew a LOT! O.O I was amazed. It was really pretty ^_^ I can’t even imagine how long that took.

    3 years ago
  18. I loved hearing Martina talk…IDKW but every time Martina talks its like she’s soothing somebody lol! I loved both of your Draw my Life stories but I connected with Martina more though I had a friend who loves Japanese culture and he got me into it, I sprung out into K-Pop after hearing “Run Devil Run” in high school. Other than that one person, nobody in my family likes K-Pop no matter how many times I try and convince my little cousins. My family thinks that I’m the Black Sheep because in their opinion K-Pop music and watching K-Dramas and various anime is childish and I’m twenty-two. I’m glad yours didn’t make me ball my eyes out like Simon’s, Martina I couldn’t take crying two weeks in a row lol. Awesome stories and I love you guys

    3 years ago
    • my sister and i have forced the rest of the family to listen to kpop. my father totally enjoys it! ^_^
      oh, and we’re both 30+!!
      none of my friends get it….but whatev. it’s happy fun music!! i like it and my opinions are mine. so keep on listening!! ^__^

      3 years ago
    • It like me. My friends, family looking down on my because I like kpop, kdramas and other asian stuffs. They are laughting that I am childish because I like pink, hello kitty and cute stuffs. Only my older sister kind of understands my because she like anime. And I’m twenty-twomas well. So i should be boring and mature, but I’m ‘childish’, hyper and always laughting.

      3 years ago
      • And the worst part, they think that all K-Pop artists are like PSY and I have to literally explain the different styles of K-Pop to them…THAT SUCKS!!

        3 years ago
        • Thank you! And I have explained to my friend/fremenies , that there is more groups, and that I do not want, oh wait.I’m telling you my feelings. Oops :s

          3 years ago
        • I’m a little better with it. They know few song (I listen kpop in car and sing freakin’ loud) but they say:
          – my mum: all asian are small, and language is strange soo even if this song is good I don’t want to listen to it – they sing like cats
          – my friend: noo it’s some chinease strange thing, I’m better than it, I listen only to good music
          And them I’m like whatever, I’m like this and I’m proud of it, and I’m cool.
          I’m soo happy to be Nasty, I found people like me, finally!

          3 years ago
        • I feel your pain!
          In my family they call most Asians Chinese (not like they are trying to be racist or anything, they were just not familiar with Asian cultures AT ALL) so they would tease me throughout middle and high school for liking “those Chinese people” and the music in a language I didn’t understand. After a while everyone kind of got used to the idea of me liking K-pop, K-dramas, J-dramas, and manga, my mom even started to like it! Sometimes I would be listening to K-pop and I would catch her singing it (or trying to)… and she watched Hana Yori Dango with me x)

          In school if I told anybody other than my best friend (who introduced me to it) they would be like “how can you like something you don’t even understand?” but… whatever

          I am twenty years old, in college, and I LOVE K-pop, and Dramas and cartoons! and I am proud to day I am not alone! =) you are all my peeps! ^-^

          3 years ago
        • Yeah my mom, thinks that their Chinese. When I wanted to donate she didn’t let me (she didn’t trust Simon and Martina) it was a sad day for me!

          3 years ago
        • Whenever anyone looks down on you liking kpop, kdrama, etc. remember there are tons of us nasties out in the world singing right along with you. (And this is coming from me – a 50ish year old woman – yea my kids roll their eyes when I singing along as best I can – or as I’m crying watching a kdrama – HA!!! They all make me happy – so there! Simon and Martina are absolutely the most inspiring couple for what you want in a marriage – believe me. Marry your best friend – you won’t go astray. Fighting.

          3 years ago
  19. OMG! Your drawings are amazing!!!!! Really! Thanks for such great videos, you guise! :’) Nasties support you~ <3 hugs~

    3 years ago
  20. Gackt….Seriously I promise I watched the vid and thought the whole thing was amazing you guys are so open and your Nasties are able to know so much about you which is wonderful!! but…..Gackt!!! deff don’t know many people who know him. Love him in movies, variety shows, and on stage! Had to share the love!

    3 years ago
  21. all i can say Is i love my nasty family more with every video. Martina fighting!

    3 years ago
  22. I never knew we Nasties meant so much to your Martini *wipes a tear*

    3 years ago
  23. Martina! Thanks so much for doing this. I love, love, loved it. You and Simon are such great examples for us– I know that you really focus on just getting out fantastic videos about Korea, K-pop, the occasional hair tutorial (etc. etc. all of them are wonderful) – but you’re also sending out messages about how to deal with tough things, how to respect and love your partner, (seriously, I’d take your relationship over a K-drama one any day), how to laugh in the face of wonderful adventures that go horribly wrong and make the most of them, how to give your all to something and the crazy things that can happen because of it. I’m your age, and I learn so much from you. I hope you realize how much EYK does. You are the nastiest. <3

    3 years ago
  24. I was a sailor moon fan when I was little too. And my friends still think i’m weird when I talk about japanese or Korean things. XD =)Never heard of EDS before, but I like your positive view of things. <3 You're great at drawing!

    3 years ago
  25. “Aw yeah to ruinin’ a parade!” XD

    Simon. Martina. You guise are seriously so inspirational. Can I give you a guise a virtual hug? Virtual hug. /hug/

    3 years ago
  26. low brass is always missing in bands.. :( I was almost lured into playing baritone for the rest of my high school but luckily I stuck out with my trumpet :)

    I loved the “draw my life” series!! It was such a great way to get to know you guys better!! :D

    3 years ago
  27. Hi Martina, I had no idea that you experience so much pain daily and I’m sorry that you do. I wanted to share that I really like the message that everyone is in some sort of pain (even if you can’t see it) and trying to deal with it. I also think that I’m going to try your 2 good 1 bad recipe since there has been a lot of bad lately and it’s easy to forget that there is so much good in life as well. You have an amazing attitude and are an inspiration.

    3 years ago
  28. A lot more in depth than I thought possible. And yes, I have to admit I only saw the sunshine and lollipop layer when I met you. This helps keeps things in perspective; I really do forget we’re all dealing with life as best we can and often show people what we think they want to see.

    3 years ago
  29. I don’t have EDS but I’ve had two concussions, and after the second one I had migrane headaches daily. Being in pain constantly really can put you in a bad mood, so I really admire that you keep a positive outlook. I definitely had my grumpy days. It sucks when you have something wrong with your body that’s out of your control. You are totally awesome and cool!! Hwaiting!!

    3 years ago
  30. Yay I have doctory problems too (Yay? Probably not the correct word…)!! I LOVE when the doctors have other doctors/nurses/etc come to also witness your weird diseasy-ness. ¬_¬

    3 years ago
  31. As I was watching, I realized that you’re not only a mother to Spudgy and Meemers and Simon sometimes XD but I feel like you’re the mother figure of the Nasties as well. SIMON & MARTINA FIGHTING!

    3 years ago
  32. woah! :o

    3 years ago
  33. I love martina’s positive outlook in life. :”)

    3 years ago
  34. OMG, YOU LOVE GACKT?! *explodes from happiness*

    3 years ago
  35. Great job Martina!!!

    3 years ago
  36. Baritone buddies! (Except it’s called euphonium here…) Carry it around was such a pain ==

    3 years ago
  37. EM-AI-ERRR-SSSIIII!! omg! I miss that time. chatting with new friends is always started with ‘asl pls’
    kekekeke…. ^^

    3 years ago
  38. hah, awesome, i was also obsessed with sailor moon as a kid, made my own SM website (this was like in 1995) and had one of the top sites (ok there was not a lot of competition back then lol)… would be hilarious if you visited it at one point Martina :D

    3 years ago
    • I seriously bet you I did! I googled my old hotmail email address and look what I found on a comment page about Sailor Moon!!! HAHAHAH!!!

      3 years ago
      • lol!! awesome! :D oh guestbooks… those were the days.. XD i remember once getting into a fight with a random girl about who knew more about sailor moon and it ended with us throwing facts about the sailor scouts blood types. nobody looked at us weird at all….

        3 years ago
  39. OH MY GOD YOU LIKE GACKT? MARTINA, I COULD NOT LOVE YOU MORE! ERMERGHEEEEEEEEERD!!!!!! *HUGS MARTINA UNNIE REALLY REALLY TIGHT*

    3 years ago
  40. “a baby SISTAR”! LOL

    3 years ago
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