The Alone With My Thoughts List

Monday mood: Too often I’ve found myself looking for distractions when I’m alone. Music, podcasts, The Office for the thousandth time, work (always work.) Afraid of what might really come to the surface if left alone with my thoughts. I think it’s time to start leaning into those moments of solitude, time to start recording the snippets that make their […]

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Getting back on track.

blue and white abstract pattern

Hello from the other side! Post employment that is. Some of you may know I recently made the decision to leave an incredibly stressful and often times demeaning job at an unnamed giant sportswear company (just don’t it.) It’s been a month and I’m in the uncertain process of figuring out what’s next. Let’s real talk. I’ve never not had […]

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A Life of Epic Compulsion: Salvation Mountain

I’m fascinated by the lives and processes of compulsive makers. Individuals who dedicate so much time and so many resources to their craft, regardless of a conventional skill level. I’ll be seeking out these individuals and bodies of work in a new series A Life of Epic Compulsion. This past weekend I ventured to Coachella Valley outside of Palm Springs, CA to document the […]

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Sustainable Incrementalism

Incrementalism, aka baby steps. The path to improvement you don’t even know is happening. Freakonomics has a fantastic episode In Praise of Incrementalism that’s worth a listen right now. I need a good reminder of this unforeseen force often. In general, I am not a patient person. Efficiency brings calm, focus. The ability to accomplish something right NOW is powerful, while my […]

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The Importance of External Accountability

Starting a personal project or changing a habit on your own is daunting. Honestly, why freaking bother? I’ve got a running list of project attempts and life hacks that never came to light. Not for lack of trying – when work/life gets busy, priorities shift. But the recurring ideas I keep coming back to encourage me to keep trying. If illustration […]

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List, life, love.

I talked about the importance of list making in my last post, because it’s a creative tool I routinely come back to during times of stress or anxiety. Something about seeing everything bulleted, numbered, or drawn out is incredibly soothing. Breaking down seemingly insurmountable tasks is much more manageable in smaller, achievable tasks. I don’t reserve lists for just written to-do’s […]

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Anxiety, anyone?

Holiday rule of thumb, family = stress. I for one, am doing much of nothing this holiday season other than creative work, by choice. I’m thankful for the off time to focus on POSTFLORAL, and in theory, relax. But more so than ever, I’m feeling the slow creep of anxiety from the lack of a strict, structured week. I’m overwhelmed […]

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Honest Habits

POSTFLORAL came to be out of habit. I’ve spent over two years creating an almost daily pattern design because 1) I love patterns (in a serious way) and 2) I want to improve my illustration skills. I’ve made almost 800 of these bad boys, and my pattern designs have gotten waaay better. I’ve got this visual library of personal progress that reinforces […]

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