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Faith, practice, and our wily demons

On May 15th, I (along with 157 other intrepid souls) launched a 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. Before I tell you how that went, let me tell you a little bit about my history with self-love and 30-day challenges. Six years ago, I dedicated all of 2011 to living a more love-filled life. I called it my Year of Fearless Love  and every month that year, I assigned myself tasks intended to get me out of my comfort zone and into the world, building community and spreading love in as big and public a way as I knew how.… Read more

A hard truth about self-love

I’m in the midst of my 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. As I type, it’s Day 23, in which we are “practicing pleasure,” not just doing what we love, but relishing it, letting time fly in that way that it does when you’re completely engaged with whatever lights you up inside. I say “we” because I’m doing the challenge with 157 people who signed up to do it with me.… Read more

Books, podcasts, and upcoming events

Hello! I’m popping in to share some news, some links, and some upcoming events… It’s been a little over seven weeks since the April 4th release of my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. You can read what people are saying about it on Goodreads and NetGalley. I’ve posted my last personal copy of Find Your Awesome  in my Etsy shop.… Read more

It’s not too late to join our self-love challenge

It’s official! Our Find Your Awesome 30-day self-love challenge has launched. Today  is Day 1: We’re texting love, talking about the stories we tell ourselves, and acknowledging how those stories (for better AND worse) shape the way we move in the world. I’ve got so much planned for the next 30 days: daily challenges (taken from my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome), daily emails of love and encouragement, fun animated videos to entertain and inspire, and a private Facebook group where we can talk about our experiences and help each other do this self-love thing (which really shouldn’t be as hard as it so often is).… Read more

It’s almost here!

You guys, my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your  Playful, Imaginative, & Colorful self, comes out next month. Next month! I’m very excited. In fact, this illustration (from the book) looks just like me right now. The book is divided into 30 days. Each day, I suggest a self-loving theme, and a way to bring that theme to life.… Read more

Arming the resistance… with art!

The past couple of months have been almost as chaotic for me personally as they have been for the country. Almost. My father passed away suddenly in December and my mom, who is more fierce than anyone knows, has had so much to deal with over the last several weeks that I don’t think she’s fully processed his passing. Since he died, I’ve been straddling two households so I can be there for her, bringing my work back and forth because I don’t want to lose the opportunities that have opened up for me over the past year.… 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

My voice in your head

So, over the course of a few nights, I drew this doodly cat portrait in my sketchbook. Each day, I posted the previous night’s progress on Facebook. When I finished, someone commented that before this, they’d thought I simply doodled, and the shape of things magically came into being. She was a little disappointed to see that I penciled in guidelines first.… Read more

Power struggles

In my last post, I talked about one of three powerful ideas that I took away from Deepak and Oprah’s most recent 21-day meditation experience: the value of letting yourself be awed. It’s so easy to look around at all the meanness, intolerance, and cruelty in the world and feel hopeless and sad. But the truth is this world is just as full of love, compassion, and beauty.… Read more

That thing where they ask you to make a video…

… and you do! Okay, so a couple of weeks ago, Kim, the Director of Communications at HCI Books, called to ask if I’d mind making a meet-the-artist video for the launch of their Inkspirations coloring books series this month. Here’s how our conversation went: Kim: We’d love for you to make a video. Me: A doodle? Kim: A video. Me: An illustration?… Read more

Shaking off the cobwebs

  So after three months of crazy work hours, I’ve come up for air and – holy cow! – it’s 2016! I know this is a little late, but I wanted to share my annual practice of saying goodbye to the year that has passed and launching myself into the new one with some well chosen make-my-heart-sing goals. Every year, I approach this process a little differently.… Read more
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