Well hello there. Long time no see. I’ve taken a needed breather from the blog and it did we a world of good. I think I can say that I no longer look at this space as a “thing I need to do” and instead, I’m coming back looking forward to sharing. Sometimes breaks are good. I mean, Aubrey and I took a ton of them when we were teenagers and dating – and look at us know. So maybe that’s what my blog needed was a break to see other people.
It has been a quietish few months. I’ve been trying to get back into illustrating, and digging deep for some new inspiration for works of art. It has been a bit of a struggle, I’m chalking it up to the Canadian winter and being so BLEH. I’ve been helping girlfriends with the branding on their businesses and I love to seeing others just go for it.
Anyhow, it has been nice to step away from the blog to focus on everyday life and I’m looking forward to popping back on here to write some more. If you don’t already, pop over to Instagram where I’m posting the occasional sketch video as I dive back into showing how my art and products come to be. I thought it would be a good insight into what I actually DO over here. Plus it’s a nice focus for me, the ability to share my process.
*I’m just going to randomly make up numbers from now on.
Sorry for the quietness around here. I went through a little detox from social media/ blogging for the last bit. Sometimes the pace of life needs to shift, and I found myself craving, needing calm, clarity and quiet.
I’m always worried that when these things start to happen – that I feel my moods shift – that it may be an incoming black cloud of depression – which I have experienced in my life. But I found that meditation, self care, saying no to things and keeping life simple seems to have gotten me through that stage, and I’m on the other end feeling lighter and my mind is clearer.
I’m still being kind to myself, and giving myself the permission to not overdo it. I used to think being busy = being successful. That one had to say yes to friends in order to keep friendships. But our priorities in life sometimes shift, and I found myself needing to retreat and enjoy my little man, go swimming as a family after school, go to the cottage with family, take a day off to be with my sister and work at my own pace – which is still sometimes at midnight in bed on my laptop, but it’s not with the feelings of guilt that I had to do something.
Anyhow, here’s to self care, long hot baths, snuggling with your loved ones, sleeping in on the weekends. I hope that if you ever feel unsure about what direction your life is going, that you give yourself permission to say no to things and let your mind be quiet. I find it’s truly helpful and has gotten me through some gloomy days. xo
As Summer moves into Fall, I’m sensing a move to more earth tone colours and the crave for earthy wares. Tones that evoke the feeling of the 70’s with oranges, pinks and rust. Here are some items I’ve bookmarked and have in my cart…