Back in January, I created had the idea for an illustration that would feature some of the things I was feeling that weren’t exactly the most “positively present.” I wanted to showcase the fact that, though I strive to be optimistic and mindful, I, like everyone else, struggle with a range of experiences and emotions that make it difficult to embrace positivity and present-ness at all times. When I first drew it, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post it because, after taking a step back, it seemed random (who would want to look at a coffee cup with a list beside it? like, why?), but I decided to put it up anyway, and it was a hit!
I decided I’d make one every month with a different theme and list of things I’m feeling / experiencing (or, in some cases, things I’d seen others experiencing), and they’ve been some of my favorite things to create this year. Since I know not everyone here on the blog is following along on Instagram, I thought I’d share the set (so far!) here, just in case you might identify with any of these experiences or emotions.
January / Get it in the shop here!
February / Get it in the shop here!
March / Get it in the shop here!
April / Get it in the shop here!
May / Get it in the shop here!
June / Get it in the shop here!
July / Get it in the shop here!
August / Get it in the shop here!
I have the whole set hanging on my bedroom wall (Is it weird that I have my own art up? perhaps, but I make it ’cause I like it so why wouldn’t I hang it! Plus, the prints from my shop are so bright and colorful that they always cheer me up!), and I honestly find it so helpful to see these reminders and recall that life is filled with ups and downs and some of the things that ruffled me in January are no longer relevant and some of the things I’m feeling now in August are unexpected. We don’t know what life will bring, but it’s nice to remind yourself every once and awhile that whatever you’re going through, it’s okay. It’s okay to be flawed and confused and not certain. It’s okay to feel anxious or unsettled or imperfect.
I’ve still got four months to go on this little project. What would YOU like to see in one of these prints? Leave your ideas in the comments section below and maybe they’ll make it to one of the four remaining prints!