Thoughts for a new year

For the past two years, I have set daily drawing challenges for myself. In 2016 it was 100 days of small square line drawings. In 2017 it was to draw every day in a Moleskine accordion fold sketchbook – one continuous drawing all year. In 2018 I did the 100 day challenge and created patterns every day, and then in October I did Inktober and drew the flowers that turned into the most popular product I’ve ever made – my 2019 Birth Month Flower Calendar. In 2019 I decided I would do what I thought was a less intense pace and draw a flower a week all year and draw all the state flowers. I thought it would take less of my time doing a flower a week, but I complicated the process by drawing much more detailed and realistic flowers and adding in the state insect. So it ended up taking several weeks of drawing for each state and I ended the year only completing 27 states. I did get a beautiful product out of it – the Southern States Flowers + Insects Calendar, but it was very ambitious and took time away from other things I planned on working on. So this year, I’m going to continue the state flower and insect drawings, but not on any kind of timeline. I’m going to try to draw a little bit every day, but not give myself a deadline for completing them. When I’m afraid of doing something, I retreat to what’s easy for me – drawing. I do it well, it’s calming and meditative, and I can feel...
Ahhhh… January!

Ahhhh… January!

Ahhhh… January! Somehow I let half of it go by without sending out an email with my flower wallpapers. I started the month – as most of us do – with big plans to get organized, set goals (and actually follow through with them) and accomplish BIG THINGS!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Then I read James Clear’s Atomic Habits and changed my perspective. I still have plans and things I want to accomplish, but instead of focusing on big goals, I’m implementing tiny daily habits. Each one is carefully chosen so that they help me make progress in all of the areas that I have big goals in. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ More about that soon, as some of the habits that I’m working on cultivating are writing more, sharing more and doing one thing every day that scares me. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ But for now, have some pretty flowers and insects to enjoy on all of your devices! Subscribe to my email to get these wallpapers in your inbox once a month!⁠⠀...