I just added a new magnet in my shop!
A wonderful reminder for your loved ones and/or for yourself, of course.
I just added a new magnet in my shop!
A wonderful reminder for your loved ones and/or for yourself, of course.
Winter holiday season is by far the busiest for me.
I’ve been non-stop with holiday shows (including two back-to-back out-of-town shows) and order fulfillment for the last month, I’m feeling pretty run down 😵
I’ll be on my mini sabbatical this week and am gonna try to prioritize self-care as much as I can.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to take care of yourself this busy holiday season, know that you have my permission 😘
That’s right, friend!
First run of my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is officially SOLD OUT ✨🙏🏼
Thank you for your support!!!
When I created the calendar, I knew I’d made something awesome, but I didn’t quite expect this much demand 😅 Oops.
And, if you’ve purchased it and LOVE it, please keep your reviews coming! They warm my heart so much…😭
(Go to the product page and scroll down to “Write a review” section and tell me how much you love it!)
Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to print more calendars 🤷🏻♀️
I thought, it would be a nice clean end. I made calendars. They’re all gone. The end.
Now I can move on and focus on promoting other holiday things. I wouldn’t have to deal with pesky inventory issues. What if I have a bunch of leftovers after the holiday season?
While it would’ve been an easier option for me to say “no more”, I also knew I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t restock them.
I mean, listen to this.
Really. Seriously. YOU are the BEST.
So, good news, I’ve ordered more calendars and they’re back-order now!
I’ll bring them to the shows while supplies last, and your back-ordered calendars will ship on November 15th.
ps. Hot tip: 15% off promo code is good through today, Sunday, November 3rd. Subscribe to my VIP email list and grab your code now! It’s in your welcome email.
I’m back from my mini sabbatical week.
Sadly, I caught a tiny cold last weekend 🤧 so I’ve been taking it easy this week.
Even though getting sick is a bummer, I have something that’s keeping me pretty happy…
That’s your positive comments and reviews on my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish Calendar!
Here is a happy message I got on Facebook:
This one on Instagram:
(Just a little context 👆🏼- she shared an image of the calendar on her Insta Story, and I accidentally responded with a sad face emoji 😢😆)
And these thoughtful reviews on my website, of course…
My Love Language is words of affirmation, so I soak up all the love from your kind words. THANK YOU 🙏🏼 You made my day.
If you’ve gotten your calendars and love them, will you take a minute to leave a positive review?
Your review not only makes me extremely happy 😜 it lets other customers know that my products are legit.
All you need to do is go to the product page on my website, scroll down to find the “Write a review” 👇🏼 button and tell me why you love your calendar/what you’re going to do with it.
It doesn’t need to be an epic novel, either – just imagine you’re texting me to say you love the calendar. That’ll do😉
(Of course if you were not happy with anything you purchased from me – write me first and let me take care of you, ok?)
Are you a procrastinator?? Well, let me get you in on a behind the scenes realness.
I have 30 calendars left right now.
That’s not very many… 🙄
If you haven’t treated yourself lately, make it “treat-yo-self” day today!
You’re allowed ❤️
ps. Subscribe to my email and get an exclusive promo code! Offer is good through Sun. 11/3.
Just a reminder, my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for preorder now, and I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten so far 🥰
If you already placed your preorder, THANK YOU!
Your ship date is October 15th, and I can’t wait for you to see it in person.
I’ve got all the calendar pages from the printer now, and they look absolutely stunning. Better than I’d imagined if that’s even possible 😻
And the gold wire binder clip looks perfect, too!
I’m currently running a 20% off promo (yup 20!) for my email subscribers.
If you haven’t already, sign up for my email and get the code in your welcome message!
Have an awesome day, my friend 💝
My 2020 “Self-care is not selfish” monthly wall calendar is in production and available for PREORDER now!
Ship date is Tue. 10/15 or shortly thereafter.
Here are the deets:
– includes 12 full-color nature-inspired illustrations with hand-lettered messages that encourage self-care and self-acceptance
– measures apprx. 5.5″ (14cm) w x 8.5″ (20.60 cm) h x 1/5″ (5mm) d
– printed on heavy card stock
– gold wire binder clip keeps all the calendar pages together at the top and serves for easy hanging
– perfect for small space : your office, studio, bedroom
– great holiday gift for co-workers, teachers, clients, friends, family, and social workers/therapists (or anyone in helping profession)
– packaged in 100% compostable clear bag 🌿
– after each month, you can cut the dates off and enjoy the art on your wall or send as post card
I’m very excited for the calendar and can’t wait to hang it in my new studio!
How about you? 👀
Have a self-care-fillled week 💝
ps. are you on my VIP email list yet? sign up because you get an exclusive promo code for your preorder! watch out for your welcome email 😽
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 ❤️
At the time this post goes out, I’ll just have gotten back from my trip to Yellowstone National Park with my mom 👯♀️
(I’m on sabbatical next week, but I’ll probably share some pics with you 😉)
Rather than skipping my post for a week, I wanted to send you a quick reminder…
Yes, that’s right. Say YES to yourself!
Give yourself what you need to feel good and whole. It’s not selfish. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being is very important. As important as your family and friends’, if not more.
And according to my therapist, whom I trust very much, needs are not negotiable.
So here you go, my friend. You have my unconditional permission to say yes to yourself. Today and always.
I was on my mini sabbatical week off last week.
What the heck is a “mini sabbatical”?
I take every 7th week off to rest and recharge. 6 weeks on, 1 week off, then repeat. (I still take the weekends off in the meantime, or the weekend equivalent 😬)
It’s on my Google calendar perpetually, so I don’t even have to think about it.
Brilliant, right? The idea is not mine. It’s seanwes.
(BTW, he’s writing a book about it. Totally check it out if you want to learn the hows/whats!)
I’ve been practicing it since October 2015, and I’m pretty certain I would’ve been burnt out in my biz a long time ago if I hadn’t been taking the regular time off.
During my mini sabbaticals, I still engage in my biz to keep it going, like replying to my customer emails and fullfilling orders.
But other than that, I try to keep my calendar open and do what I feel like doing.
Last week, I had a few obligations that took me out of sabbatical mode, but I still got to do things just for fun.
Here are some highlights 👇🏼
Self-care is super important, my friend.
And NOT selfish.
Hope you’re doing something to recharge your energy as often as you need!
I was much braver when I was younger.
I said goodbye to my friends and family and moved to Seattle from Japan when I was 18.
I wasn’t afraid. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. I knew we’d stay friends and family even if I was no longer there physically.
I was SO excited for my future in the U.S. None of the “what-ifs” could’ve held me back.
(And I wasn’t asking a lot of what-if questions back then 😆)
As I got older, it’s become scarier to take risks.
Changes are hard because letting go of what’s safe and known is scary. The older I get, the more I’m attached to what’s “mine.”
I have more to lose.
But I still say yes to things that are scary.
Some things are small, like should I be wearing overalls? Would they make me look like a weird 40-year-old teenager?
You be the judge. I think I look pretty cute in them. Ok I may have posted this because I do look so cute 😀 haha!
And really, who cares?? I’m sure you have much more important things to worry about than my outfit choices 😂 I know I do!!
(But what’s up with my left hand in this pic? 🖐 It wasn’t a bad Photoshop job, I swear!)
Other decisions have more serious and long-lasting consequences.
Like, quitting my job 4 years ago to work in Honeyberry Studios full-time.
(👆In this case, Dave was the true brave one.)
When I hear a little voice in my head say, “Don’t do it! It’s dangerous. You’ll fail and everyone’s gonna know about it!!,” I have to pause.
I remind myself of what I’ve heard on a podcast once that the regret of not doing something is much worse than the regret of doing something.
So when I created a bunch of new work for my 2020 calendar (coming in October!), this message resonated with me the most.
Here is the thing – I tend to deflect when someone tells me I’m brave.
I think, “No, I’m not brave. It’s no big deal. It happened because of _______ (my parents, my partner, my situation, my age, my luck, fill in the blank!)”
Do you do that, too??
(Did you notice I did that earlier when I mentioned it was Dave who was the brave one when I quit my job? 💁🏻♀️ Correction: It took both of us to be equally brave to make that decision.)
I’ve been practicing owning my own bravery – no matter how small it is.
The more I notice myself being brave, the more confident I feel in business and life. And it helps me put myself out there more and share my gifts with others.
See? It’s a win-win.
You’re brave, my friend 💛
ps. My new collection offers this and other encouraging new designs 😘 Go get inspired today.