Happy Thanksgiving!! I know the holidays can be a difficult time for some, ranging from the normal stress and pressure associated with travel/plans or more intense emotions (grief, loneliness..). So I hope wherever you are today, whoever you are with, that it is as restful as possible.
I just wanted to share a few of the things I am thankful for this year and then share one new art-related technique I attempted recently.
As for things that I am thankful for… there are so many in this season of life right now that it’ll be hard to list. And I am thankful for feeling like I can even write that. As some of you know, I have struggled on and off with depression since middle school and there have been quite a few thanksgivings that I haven’t felt so thankful. Sometimes it is just so difficult, when you’re in the darkness, to see any light at all. Especially when there is additional social pressure because of a holiday. Or when your brain says, “you really should be happy, you have nothing to be so depressed about, what is wrong with you, look at all the people in the world who are so much worse off than you.” Comparison, though it may seem logical, is not beneficial in those moments. But I digress…
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family, both biological and in-laws. I am thankful for their love for me and each other.
I am thankful for how much effort my parents have put into their marriage throughout the last year. Coming back from the brink of divorce is no small thing and I am so grateful.
I am thankful for my husband who works so hard for our family and who cares so deeply for those he loves.
I am thankful for the time I got to spend with the family who hired me to nanny for them. I can honestly say that I can think of no other way I would have rather spent that time and I can think of no other family who would have been more loving, more wonderful than they are. (Love you Caro!) See you again so soon!
I am thankful for my part-time architectural drafting work and for the free time to pursue art/design/collage/sewing/baking/knitting/children’s book writing. It really has been such a life-giving combination so far.
I am thankful for our new apartment, for no rats, for privacy (and no topless neighbors on the roof outside of my kitchen window), for a guest room I am not embarrassed to have guests stay in, for a washer and dryer in our apartment (!!! goodbye laundromat!)
I am thankful for friends and moments together and laughter and phone calls (even though they definitely aren’t the same as hanging out in person).
I am thankful for the freedom I feel to explore my beliefs and express myself and be who I am.
And I think I can also honestly say in this moment, that I am thankful for the lows… They make the good times so much sweeter, they help me empathize, they provide creative inspiration. But I am also SO thankful that that’s not where I am right now.
What are you thankful for?
And a final little aside: I have been working on developing a children’s book recently and, even if it only ends up on my shelf and the shelf of my beloved little friend, it has been a really awesome experience. This week I attempted to digitally add some color to a couple of the layouts I had drawn during inktober:
These were just quick digital sketches designed to help me plan how I want to physically paint them with watercolors and it was really satisfying to get to interlace analog and digital methods so seamlessly!
Which one do you prefer?
Thanks for reading.
Talk to you soon!