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Join my 30-day self-love challenge!

Friends, you’re invited to join me on a 30-day self-love challenge, starting May 15, 2017! It’s free, and by signing up, you could win a signed copy of my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome! Why do you need a self-love challenge? Because self-love is so important. Its presence or lack in our lives affects everything, from our health, to our choice of work and mate.… Read more

FIND YOUR AWESOME is here!

Friends, I’m so incredibly excited and proud to announce that today is the official release date for my illustrated creative journal, FIND YOUR AWESOME! Check out my fun, animated book trailer, made possible by creative mastermind Dillon Wall. It includes illustrations and words taken right from the book. I poured my whole writerly, doodly, love-warrior-self into this book because I believe that if we could learn to love ourselves as ardently and sincerely as we love others, we could change the world.… Read more

How we move on…

For weeks, I’ve been struggling with this question of how do we move on after the election. Nothing got posted here because nothing got written. So many people I love and respect felt marginalized, invalidated, and even threatened by this race; I couldn’t think of what to say to them, couldn’t quite figure out how everyone moves on. As it turns out, it’s a good thing I didn’t post before the election. … Read more

As if our lives depend on it

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been really busy working hard to meet two major illustration deadlines. I often have NPR on while I’m working, and the contrast between what has filled my days and what has filled the news has been striking. On July 8th, the day after 5 police officers were shot and killed in Dallas, I posted that morning’s illustration on Instagram. … Read more

Art for the fun of it (the love edition)

Art For The Fun Of It continues, and I have to say that this is the most fun I’ve ever had doing a 30-day challenge. I pop open my sketchbook at the end of every day, after I’ve crossed the last thing from my to-do list, had dinner, and cleaned up the kitchen. That’s when I sit down with my sketchbook and pens and think, “Now for the fun stuff…” … like these doodly waves (which I think would look really fun in shades of blue and green, as ocean waves in a larger piece)…   … and these doodly arrows.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (half way through my 30-day challenge)

I’m just past the half-way point of my Art For The Fun Of It 30-day challenge. Here are this week’s masterpieces of play! I’m also using this challenge to work on my photography skills. I just set up a table for painting and photographing in a windowed corner of my work space. The light is so much better there. All I need to do now is master my camera.… Read more

“You can always just listen”

I want to talk about something that happened on the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page because I think it’s incredibly important, especially now when we’re possibly feeling less safe and more vulnerable than we ever have before. For anyone who doesn’t follow HONY, it is the brainchild of Brandon Stanton, who roams New York City (and beyond) taking pictures of people and asking them to share their stories.… Read more

Mom Love (illustrated, of course!)

Since my mom broke her hip last April, I’ve spent a lot of time with her. At first that was because she needed me while she convalesced, went to rehab, and figured out the ever-changing landscape of what she could and couldn’t do. Then it was to help get my father and her to their various appointments. Now life is more or less back to normal at my parents’ house, but I still go there almost every week, because I want to.… Read more

The funny thing about our hearts…

In the end…

I painted this for you. Happy Valentine’s Day! ~~~~~~~~ In other exciting news, I was invited by The Good Men Project to illustrate their new weekly feature, The Visual Conversation. My posts go up there every Friday at 6 pm (eastern time, so 3 pm if you’re over here on the west coast with me). This week’s GMP illustration is Valentine’s Day themed as well and it’s a reminder to all of us about what really matters on Valentine’s Day… and every day.… Read more

The things we’d rescue from the fire, illustrated!

In my last post, I asked you guys what things you’d rescue from a fire. I got answers here, on Facebook and Instagram, and in email. Your answers were touching, and so were the stories you shared of your brushes with disaster and your losses, big and small. I took our responses and made this big doodly collage. I loved drawing it.… Read more

The things we’d rescue from the fire

Yesterday, I read a Private Lives piece on the New York Times website, titled “What Would You Grab in a Fire?” In it, the author, Megan Stielstra, tells the story of her 3-flat apartment building catching on fire. From the moment their neighbor pounds on their door, they have just a few minutes to consider what they’re leaving with. She tells her husband she’s going to get their 6-year-old son, and he says, “Great.… Read more
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