Category Archives: self-care

Thank you past me for thinking of future me ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Hey friend,

I’ve been sick this week ๐Ÿ˜ท Sad.

So rather than creating a whole new post (I was gonna share my recap about the NY show), I want to re-post from that got a lot of positive reactions this week.

(be sure to zoom in on the caption๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ)

and here is the front of the postcard ๐Ÿ˜

When I sent it, I thought it was super cheesy and kinda embarrassing, but it was really delightful to get it ๐Ÿ’•

Good job, past me, for thinking of future me!!

Don’t be shy about showing yourself love ๐Ÿฅฐ You deserve it and will appreciate it.

Take good care, my friend.

xo

Your holiday self-care reminder

Winter holiday season is by far the busiest for me.

Iโ€™ve been non-stop with holiday shows (including two back-to-back out-of-town shows) and order fulfillment for the last month, Iโ€™m feeling pretty run down ๐Ÿ˜ต

Iโ€™ll be on my mini sabbatical this week and am gonna try to prioritize self-care as much as I can.

If youโ€™re feeling overwhelmed and need to take care of yourself this busy holiday season, know that you have my permission ๐Ÿ˜˜

xo

SOLD OUT ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

That’s right, friend!

First run of my is officially SOLD OUT โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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 ๐Ÿ˜… Oops.

And, if you’ve purchased it and LOVE it, please keep your reviews coming! They warm my heart so much…๐Ÿ˜ญ

(Go to 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 ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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 while supplies last, and your back-ordered calendars will ship on November 15th.

Enjoy ๐Ÿฅฐ

xo

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.

Help me out?

I’m back from my mini sabbatical week.

Sadly, I caught a tiny cold last weekend ๐Ÿคง 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:

ย ย ย 

(Just a little context ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ- she shared an image of the calendar on her Insta Story, and I accidentally responded with a sad face emoji ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜†)

And these thoughtful reviews on my website, of course…

๐Ÿ˜ญ

My Love Language is words of affirmation, so I soak up all the love from your kind words. THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ 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 ๐Ÿ˜œ 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” ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ 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 do๐Ÿ˜‰

(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… ๐Ÿ™„

If you haven’t treated yourself lately, make it “treat-yo-self” day today!

You’re allowed โค๏ธ

xo

ps. Subscribe to my email and get an exclusive promo code! Offer is good through Sun. 11/3.

Back from the printer ๐Ÿฅฐ

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 ๐Ÿฅฐ

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 ๐Ÿ˜ป

And the gold wire binder clip looks perfect, too!

Swoon…โค๏ธ

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 friendย ๐Ÿ’

xo

2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for PREORDER now!

Hey 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 ๐ŸŒฟ

– 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? ๐Ÿ‘€

Place your preorder here!

Have a self-care-fillled week ๐Ÿ’

xo

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฝ

2020 Self-care calendar sneak preview!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‘ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 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 needย routine for my well-being. Check.)

Needless to say, it’s taken longer to finish the calendar…๐Ÿ˜€ but I still aim to get them out to you sometime in October โœจ

Here is the sneak preview!

So pretty, no?? ๐Ÿ˜ป

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 ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ), 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 โค๏ธ

xo

Say YES to yourself ๐Ÿ’

At the time this post goes out, I’ll just have gotten back from my trip to Yellowstone National Park with my mom ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

(I’m on sabbatical next week, but I’ll probably share some pics with you ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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.

xo

Back from mini sabbatical โญ๏ธ

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.ย 6 weeks on, 1 week off, then repeat. (I still take the weekends off in the meantime, or the weekend equivalent ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

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 ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

I’ve been baking more lately. I wanted to eat chocolate-y cookies, so I made these Chocolate Crescent Cookies. They were delicious ๐ŸŒ™
These porcelain cuties came out of the kiln. I turned them into little pins โค๏ธ They’re not for sale, but I’ve got a few more kitties and birdies and plan on putting them in my shop when I have the time. Sign up for my newsletter if you wanna hear about it first!
Dave’s working on Orcas Island for a couple of weeks, and we share one car, so I took him there last Wed. I miss his big smile ๐Ÿ’—
On my way back from Orcas, my ferry was late for over an hour ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ so I doodled this. I’d had a difficult confrontation with someone the day before and had been processing it. Making art about my emotions and situations always helps.
And then I was back to work at Redmond Arts Festival last Friday – Sunday. It was a great show and I was so happy many of you came out!

Self-care is super important, my friend.

And NOT selfish.

Hope you’re doing something to recharge your energy as often as you need!

xo