It’s 2023! We should have MORE time than prior generations to do the things that make us feel fulfilled and joyous, not LESS. Enter capitalism, here to pay less than a living wage and ruin your day by pressuring you to monetize every minute of your life and every hobby you have. Human beings are … Continue reading Do You Treat Creativity Like a Guilty Pleasure?
Sometimes, in the middle of a wonderful day, or a beautiful swell of joy and happiness... I start to feel bad. Guilty. Like I'm doing something wrong. Other people in the world are living through terrible things. My own safety isn't guaranteed. But overall, I'm honestly quite happy. And then the guilt sets in. I … Continue reading Art Matters. Right Now.
I'm the anti-hustle, burnout recovery coach. So when I'm doing a lot of work, sometimes I start thinking that I'm doing it wrong. That I should never be busy, because that goes against what I teach. And then I had a human design reading. It blew my mind! First of all, I thought Human Design … Continue reading Busy is Not the Same as Hustle
File this one under advice I give but hate having to take. I set out this month on a thirty day challenge of my own making: Paint every day. The paints I'm using are a set of Basics acrylics that I received for Christmas in 2011. I have been operating under the belief that they … Continue reading Use your nice art supplies
I would have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's cool that it happened twice. I've been looking for a desk. Not just any desk, but a small, basic desk or table that I can use for painting, separate from my computer desk. I like designated spaces. Bonus points for a desk with an … Continue reading If I had a nickel for every time I manifested a desk…
I used to be so fucking judgmental about parenting. I was SURE that I'd be the best parent ever. (Pause for laughter to subside). Now, I'm a lot more knowledgeable, a lot less judgy, and have a LOT more grace for parents doing the hardest work in the world with little to no thanks, and … Continue reading For the parents healing generational wounds
I love Lizzo. I have painted one human portrait in my entire life, and it was of Lizzo. Lizzo helps me feel good about my body. Her music inspires me to sing and dance. I admire her deeply, more and more every time I find out something new about her. Life Lesson One: All Bodies … Continue reading Three Life Lessons from Lizzo
If you're a creative person, it's important to embrace your creative identity. This can be difficult in our society where creativity is often seen as a hobby, self-indulgence, or non-productive trait. But the truth is that being creative is an essential part of who we are and what we do. It makes us human. What … Continue reading Developing your creative identity
I recently completed an art project I've been contemplating for months and working on for weeks. It started when we bought this house a year ago. I wanted a rad background for my Zoom calls, so we painted the office purple and installed a shelf, and my friend offered me a giant framed canvas they … Continue reading When It Doesn’t Happen As Planned
This story is about hair, but it's also about capitalism, and it's also also about burnout. I'm growing my hair out from a mostly-shaved head to pixie cut length, and eventually to some type of queer-coded asymmetrical bob with an undercut. But the growing out stage is awful. If you know, you know. My partner … Continue reading The Burnout Conundrum of Ethical Shopping