I created this illustration for the upcoming Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Draw This contest. The prompt word was “Ritual” which naturally got me thinking about the rituals I do daily. (I’m pretty sure my dentist doesn’t read my blog, but in case he does, I DO brush and floss daily.) To be honest, as a teen I used to floss only sporadically, but that all changed one day when I saw a sign in my dentist’s office that read… “You don’t have to floss all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” (And just like that I was turned into a flossing convert.) These days I’m also a yoga and meditation convert. I wish I could say that I’d been smart enough to make yoga and mediation a part of my life all along. Unfortunately, it took many years of Type A behavior – of constantly pushing myself to the limit and eventually getting super anxious – to realize that I needed to reevaluate my life, priorities and the way …
It’s actually that simple. But if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do this most profound of mindfulness exercises, I recommend adding a few inspirational books to your mental “diet” as well. I loved, loved, (REALLY loved!) reading Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda, and plan to reread it often. I’ve also enjoyed listening to Ezra’s one hour talk on Love, Relationships and Spiritual Practice. The talk is conveniently divided up into four 15 minute segments – which makes it easier to absorb and process. If you’re curious, take a look below: And these days I’m reading Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pemo Chodron. Despite working to “wake up” quite a bit over the past year, I’ve discovered that old habits, thought patterns and fears still die hard, so a new perspective in how to tackle old issues is always welcome. Remember… “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron
We all know the saying “When it rains, it pours.” But sometimes, GOOD things come in clumps, too! Take today where: A new stove arrived to replace the old one which was leaking gas I had the free time to bake up a storm AND… I learned that yet another of my cartoons has been accepted for publication – this time by a magazine in the UK! In case you’re interested, I adapted the recipe for the pumpkin chocolate loaf (and muffins) from this Taste of Home recipe. My substitutions were as follows: Instead of 3 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour, I used 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour + 3/4 cup almond flour + 1/4 cup coconut flour + 1 cup Cassava flour. Instead of 3 cups sugar, I used 1 1/3 cups coconut sugar + 1 cup protein powder Instead of 1 cup sliced almonds, I added in a handful of chopped crystallized ginger I don’t have two loaf pans, so I made one loaf and then divided the remaining batter between 12 …
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun (and I love to have fun with my brush pen drawings, too!)
Will Work for Food? (Or, a behind-the-scenes look at how we creatives like to work.)
“Into each life some rain must fall”…but sometimes it’s merely our perspective that’s gotten all wet!
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
(Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)
This was me today after I passed a well-to-do looking woman on the sidewalk who was stopping to talk with her young son. She seemed happy, he seemed happy. However, her stylish white T-shirt read “I’m too tired to f**k.” (Note: the asterisks are mine.) I’m still at a loss for words tonight.
Because getting another cartoon accepted for publication is worth jumping for joy!
Monday Madness from Joana Miranda Studio – ‘Cause there’s nothing better than starting off the week with a laugh!