Hi! I'm Yuko! I'm the illustrator/artist at Honeyberry Studios. I live and work out of my home studio in Seattle, Washington. I like to create art that is joyful, happy, and accessible. I get my inspiration from everyday small things, nature, animals, and food.
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This past week has been about celebrating the joy of sending and receiving a handwritten note.
Which of course is something I can get behind 100%!
Someone commented on my Insta post about Thinking of You Week the other day, saying they try but it’s hard to keep up.
I hear you! I really do… because…I had a hard time keeping up, too!
To that, I said
Don’t let your perfectionism keep you from reaching out to your loved ones!
This “challenge” is just an opportunity to get you thinking about your connections to your community.
If you write every day, that’s great. But you could just send a few or even one card this week – or next month – or year, you know, this is not a competition, and nobody is judging you!!
Well, nobody except you, maybe 😉
I’m being casual about it this year, too – my brain has been a bit preoccupied these couple of weeks, so I’m taking my time thinking about a person and writing a card every couple of days… It’s still fun for me and not as stressful.
I meant to design a monthly calendar last year, but I had too high of an expectation for myself, ran out of time, so it didn’t happen 😑 sad.
However, I’m happy to tell you that it’s coming back for 2020!
My 2020 calendar will be all about self-care, self-acceptance, and confidence.
It’s a strange timing though that I’m working on this calendar now because things have been a bit chaotic in my life lately.
Don’t worry, no divorce or illness, thank goodness 😬 But, I’ve got a new studio space that I’m setting up (unexpected but exciting. more on that later), and a couple of other non-biz-related things have kept me feeling a bit ungrounded and scattered.
(As I write this email, I realized the core issue is my routine has been disturbed by these unexpected events. As much as I’d like to go with the flow and be spontaneous, I need routine for my well-being. Check.)
Needless to say, it’s taken longer to finish the calendar…😀 but I still aim to get them out to you sometime in October ✨
Here is the sneak preview!
So pretty, no?? 😻
I don’t know if you knew this, but I craft these encouraging messages for myself, first and foremost.
And they resonate with me so much more when I’m in a more uncertain space.
As I put together these designs, I remind myself to breathe, acknowledge that I’m in that space, and be present as much as possible.
Nothing lasts forever, and I’ve come out ok through 100% of the past difficult situations (and don’t remember most of them 🤷🏻♀️), so this, I shall survive also.
I’m trying to be gentle with myself and give myself permission to be “meh” in a meantime.
If you’re also feeling “meh,” it’s OK. Take care of yourself, my friend ❤️