Week 21 – I don’t have to be busy all the time

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My BuJo looks quite empty this week. But that’s because I know and honour my energy levels at the moment. This is a difficult thing for me to do, as I have a tendency to plan too much. That I tend to ignore signals from my body and mind. Because I have so many ideas and projects I want to do.

Leaving a lot of blank spaces in my calendar on weeks I know I will be tired feels like a very mature thing to do.

I was planning on writing this post yesterday, but I decided to go to bed early instead and listen to my body. Today I was substituting in a year 1 class in the morning and in the afternoon I worked in the after-school club. So I planned for rest afterwards. I think this is something I have to do more.

Tomorrow I hope to update my webshop again with a new print I’ve been working on. I might even do it through Instagram, as the last sale went so well and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Apart from the usual daily diddies with editing illustrations and keeping Instagram up to date, I want to be able to lay on the couch watching Queer Eye if I feel like it, or taking long walks in the morning with Lily the dog.

On Sunday the plan is to go for a day trip with the boat, if the weather allows. I can’t wait to feel the salty air on my face.

In addition to my three daily gratitude notes, I will add one word that sums up the day. This is part of the weekly challenge in our Facebook group for Highly Sensitives.

Week 20 – feeling trust during uncertain times

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For those of you who don’t know, I am back in Sweden for two months to see my family. I also have the opportunity to work parttime as a substitute teacher. Something which I’m very happy about. I’m happy about feeling happy, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I gave myself last week to land and getting back into routines a bit. It feels like that is everything I do these days; getting back into routines. But on the other hand, I have been traveling a lot lately. And I worked Monday to Thursday, and that took a lot of energy. When I came home, I usually couldn’t do much more than laying on the couch drinking coffee. But that’s absolutely ok.

As a substitute teacher, you either get booked in advance or you have to be stand-by in the morning. Ready to go when if they call you. This means a lot of uncertainty and being able to adapt to any new situation. That includes not being booked at all one day. Therefore I have written an alternative daily task list that I can work on those days. This makes me feel a little bit more in control of the situation.

Apart from that, I’m leaving the days quite open. There are the usual things that need to get done, like scanning and editing illustrations and updating the webshop. But I also have #the100dayproject still going, and dogsitting my sister’s dog on Saturday (fun!).

I decided to start tracking my daily movement also. The upward triangle stands for walking, something I need every day. The downward triangle stands for more strengthening exercises to build muscles. I aim to do this three times this week.

On Saturday we have a full moon in Scorpio. To prepare for this, I have watched this video by darling Barbara Goldsmith. I’ll probably be reflecting and journaling a lot this day.

I wish you all a good week, whatever you have planned. Let me know what you are up to – I’d love to connect ♥︎

 

As imperfect as I am

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Yesterday I printed the letters that were going into the envelopes with illustrations I wrote about in my last post. I placed the A5 sized paper into the printer in what I thought was the correct way and pressed start. The text got printed on the wrong side, in landscape mode instead of portrait. Naturally.

Sigh, why do I always do this? Why can’t I ever do anything correctly and perfectly?

This is what I thought to myself. And it’s true. I never seem to get it just right. There is always a torn edge, a smudge, a stain, a mistake, a wonky line. A lost word or a letter in the wrong place. Always.

Then I thought, well I guess this is who I am. I am a wonky line and a smudge and a crinkled corner. 

And I thought about how I have always loved being able to see artists through their work. Like actually see. As stains of ink, badly cut lines, Tipp-ex and washi tape corrections.

So I decided not to reprint but instead, trust that people who support my work and buy my art do so because of what I do and how I do it.

I decorated the blank space with one of my wonky characters, signed the letter and put them into the envelope.

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Original drawings for sell

I was going through my big folder of sketches my last afternoon in Santo Domingo. As I have mentioned before, I am not precious with sketches. I usually draw on both sides of a paper, I write around the edges and sometimes even draw over an already existing sketch.

But that morning I went through the pile and actually found a few pieces of work that I felt I didn’t want to use as new sketch paper. So I have decided to sell them as originals!

The price is €7 a piece + shipping (From Sweden, free national shipping). Write me a message if you’d like to buy one. Indicate the number of the drawing. These are one of a kind originals, rugged and torn but made with all my love. Some pieces may have other sketches on the back… but that’s kind of charming I think ⭐︎ I’ll sign them of course!

 

Finishing up, getting ready to move on

It’s Friday afternoon and I have ticked off everything I wanted to do this week, everything I wanted to prepare before the trip to the US. I am trying to get away from celebrating busy-ness and quantity of work, but I am actually feeling very proud of myself. I even managed to do some extra things that will simplify my life later, and some small but exciting news I’ll share with you another time.

I’m also proud of myself that I listened when my body told me to rest on Wednesday afternoon. I respected the signs and took the rest of the day off, trusting my ability to rearrange and reschedule what needed to be done. And I did manage in the end.

Tomorrow morning, Aurélien and I travel to the US for our road trip. Words can’t describe how excited I am, and how much my body is looking forward to hiking again, to move and breathe fresh mountain air. I’ll bring my journal, my 100 day project notebook and a sketch book so I can continue to draw and document my days. I’ll of course share as much as I can with you on Instagram.

Till next time, I hope you are kind to yourself and remember to rest when your body is telling you to ♥︎

Here is one last picture from yesterday, one last batch of drawings ready for scanning and editing.

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Branding commission

I got the most fun commission the other day. Desireé Cid is an analog photographer and storyteller here in Santo Domingo and she is currently developing her own brand. As brand strategy and communication is something I’m really passionate about, she asked me for some advice on how to make her message clear and strong. It was such an inspiring and fun afternoon! She also asked me to help her design the Highlight covers for her Instagram stories. I think they turned out quite well. I had som much fun making them ☔︎

Desiree Highlights

If you are a small brand looking for help and support, either with design or strategy (or both), I’d be more than happy to help you ♥︎ Just send me an email and let’s talk about it.

Gratitude List no.2

 

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I have recently started a practice to write down three things every day that I’m grateful for. This is the list from last week.

✴︎ I received a very honouring and important job offer in London. Even though I was not able to accept it, it felt very good to be considered.

✴︎ Seeing how mindful planning and a methodical approach to work gives result.

✴︎ Getting a positive response from my old work coordinator in Sweden. It seems like I will be able to work a bit when I go there in May and June.

✴︎ Having an art date with a friend – listening to music, drinking coffee, drawing and talking ♥︎

✴︎ Creative Pep Talk Podcast is my favourite thing to listen to at the moment. Andy is an absolute star. He makes me feel seen and his words inspire me so much.

✴︎ Taking a long nap when my body needed it.

✴︎ Getting shelves to our bedroom closet. Small things that makes a home more homey.

✴︎ Creative flow in the afternoon.

✴︎ They have veggie hotdogs at IKEA, so Aurélien and I went for a date there ♥︎

✴︎ Starting a new creative project

✴︎ Clean hair. I only wash my hair about once a week, so it’s a bit of a treat.

✴︎ Making good coffee. When you get it just right.

✴︎ Feeling competent solving technical issues.

✴︎ Faerie lights around the bed

✴︎ Blue water colours. Half of my container consist of different shades of blue.

✴︎ Spending a whole day with friends.

✴︎ Talking about things I’m passionate about with people who are the same.

✴︎ My new beige linen trousers. A gift from Marlene.

✴︎ Laughing listening to Morgonpasset and PP3 – Swedish public service radio shows.