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Cool your heels, Toots

Do you ever feel like you bite off more than you can chew? 

Do you love to say ‘yes!’ ‘absolutely,’ ‘fan-fucking-tastic,’ or ‘oki-doki-artichoki’?

Do you take on so many projects, you forget to leave time for, oh I don’t know, yourself?

No?…yea, me either…I think in my last post I kind of jinxed myself…

It definitely reminded me that I’m in this for the long con though. By ‘this’ I mean…well life, but also growing as an artist, and figuring out how to turn a passion into a business. I need to do things slow and steady, be ok with making mistakes, learning, and building a good foundation rather expecting things to balance nicely right away.

But oh, how I love when things work out just the right way.

 August had me in a headlock. If I wasn’t doing something F-U-N (i.e. glow-ball golfing with in-laws, celebrating a best friend’s engagement, and seeing the eclipse totality at the family reunion) I was in an F-U-N-K. No mistake about it, that one letter makes a BIG difference, K?

So this month, I’m taking things s-l-o-o-o-w-er-ish.

I’m trying to be #mindful of more than whatever bright shiny thing draws my attention that moment, and making time to create some space between myself and this big, crazy, loud, beautiful, but draining world.

I’m doing that by painting more, learning from people I admire, working out, making time for yoga, eating healthy, but still always saving room for dessert.

Well writing all of this has been very theraputic, but let’s see if the proof is in the puddin’, Puddin’.

 

Want to try? Here’s something I’ve been practicing more…

Turn off your audiobook, remove your earbuds, and look up from your phone when your walking down the street. Just keep walking. Looking straight down doesn’t count, eyes up! Don’t freak out, there’s no need to make eye contact and shake hands with each person you pass (I’m in DC, and personal bubbles are a THING, so don’t touch mine!). Just keep your eyes straight ahead or slightly above that big honkin’ crown of yours. Now, walk.

You don’t realize what a habit you’ve made, or how hard it is to break, until you start seeing.

 

 

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Make it Pretty

  Several years ago I received a comment about my work that really stuck with me. Mainly because it reminded me of those back-handed compliments Old Hollywood stars, and genteel southern ladies are notorious for making. The only difference is, this was made by the head of my University’s Art Department. She was also an instructor I had nearly every semester, was my student advisor, and had a pretty good idea of my work.

‘Oh, Lily, you just always want things to be so pretty, don’t you…’

Maybe this was meant to be taken light-heartedly, but those words have been stuck in the back of my mind with the intolerable tenacity of body glitter after a music festival. You’re tired, hung over, and just want to move on….but

ITS STILL THERE

  In my case, niggling away in the back of my head every time I look at a piece of my artwork. The reason I bring this up, is because as I was looking at a painting I made this week, I thought of this comment for the first time in a while.

 

As someone who tries to stay positive, despite dealing with depression and anxiety, this was a comment that irked me for a long time.  I saw my art as an escape from my troubles. Even today, I still strive for my work to be ‘pretty,’ because I find satisfaction and comfort in something bright and uplifting, rather than spiraling down a dark hole.

I am in no way discounting artists or individuals who feel differently, but I felt there had been a line drawn in the sand, and I was standing on the wrong side. That statement, to me, meant – if your work is ‘pretty,’ it’s shallow. Art can not be meaningful, and ‘pretty’ at the same time.

  Obviously this is untrue, the world is filled with beautiful artwork, and the artists who have worked to create it by pouring their heart into what they do. Besides, beauty is relative. I for one, think my cats are WAY cuter than any baby, but that is neither here nor there.

Long story short, you do you boo. Embrace what you make, find inspiration from others, but don’t be confined by the parameters of someone else.

 

 

 

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Confessions to my side piece…


I wouldn’t typically do this… I mean grand gestures, flash dance mobs, and airing my dirty laundry in public isn’t really my go to move, but in this situation I feel it’s necessary. I know our relationship is new, but I really see this going somewhere…so I want to be honest.

You’re my side piece.

Not only that, but your the side piece, to my side hustle.  Actually it’s my passion…but things got all twisted up between my love of creating, and a need to eat and have a roof over my head.

So now I’m here…with you. The side piece, to my side hustle…

 

  I know, I haven’t been the most consistent person with my time, but I’m just, you know, figuring some things out right now. Like mailchimp, society 6, instagram, and etsy; not to mention creating new work! Don’t forget, I’m doing it for us. Hang in there!

What I’m saying is, this is my pinky swear. I promise to post once a week, every Friday unless I am on vacation, in a sugar induced coma, or facing the zombie apocalypse.

Every Friday I’ll have updates on new work, my progress with laying the foundation for my creative adventure, and any awesome resources I come across along the way. I’m also hoping to include some fun process videos, product promotions, and even a couple tutorials.

For my first step toward consistency, I wanted to include the first printable I ever made, a weekly scheduler. You can get it for FREE by using the code ‘weekly’ to unlock the PDF. I still use this every week at my full-time job to keep track of all my daily to-do’s. It also works great as a template for anyone into bullet journaling!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE HERE!!

Now please, go forth, get organized, and be productive.

 

 

If you have a passion, side hustle, or just a hobbie you love, leave a comment! Let’s build a community to cheer each other on, and help each other out! I’ll read and respond to every comment!

 

 

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I’m Lily, and I have no idea what I’m doing

I’m an artist located near Washington D.C. and I have been trying to write this post since Monday. Why did it take so long, you ask?

Well, aside from my own internal struggle of putting not just my artwork, but also my thoughts out there for everyone to judge (what if no one likes me!?). I have been utterly paralyzed by the massive amount of information out there. Despite all the Skillshare videos, youtube tutorials, and thousands of articles telling me how to:

Write the BEST POST EVER,

Get a million loyal followers overnight,

and of course

Avoid the pitfalls EVERY new blogger faces…

  I have yet to find something that provides a copy/past insert of what I want to express, with my exact tone, in a concise manner, all rolled up nicely in a post of 500 words or less.

So, the point is… I’ve created this in the hopes of sharing my work, helping others with theirs, maybe including a few images of by fur babies, and telling you, internet friends, my experiences of getting some of the things I make out of my home, and in to someone else’s. Maybe even yours!

Now just since you made it all the way through that…Here is a picture of my newest coffee cup. It get’s the party going before the coffee even kicks in.

Capture

So share your ideas, thoughts, experiences, and what you’d like to see in the future! I’ll be sure to respond to everyone and take all suggestions seriously.

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Artist Statement (a.k.a. Am I doing this right)

Constantly; I’m bombarded with images, colors, daydreams, and words, words, words.

I’m prone to being accosted by spurts of laugher, and can be frightened to tears. I always feel inspired, fidgety to make something.

My doodles and trinkets share the flecks of hope, love, humor,

and little connections I find along the way.