At the start of this year, I started writing in a journal that included a daily prompt for “quote of the day”–I found myself really enjoying that part of my journaling since I have always found lots of inspiration in quotes and words. I found myself dedicating some time to find phrases that really encapsulated how I was feeling that day. I especially felt like it was such a nice and powerful way to set the tone for the day so every Monday I started sharing the words I wanted the week to reflect in my Instagram stories.
That evolved into me wanting to letter the quotes myself and I decided to try something new–every week I’d share one mantra, phrase, quote, etc. that I’ve created on my iPad in 5 minutes or less (to create, let go of being a perfectionist, and use a tool that I don’t normally use but have and should use!)
I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and since not everyone has Instagram or looks at stories, I wanted to share them here! Please feel free to download and use as a background on your screensaver or save if the words really resonate with you (if you would like to use it for anything other than personal use, please contact me first–your cooperation is greatly appreciated! :))
So I’ve been setting a 5 minute timer, busting out the iPad, and here is what I have come up with so far! Below each image is a little background on why I chose those words and images. I have really enjoyed making these and the time I get to spend lettering, even if it’s quick! I hope you like it and I will be sharing these weekly on my blog going forward.
The first quote I created was in mid-April and with all the changes happening due to the pandemic, these words came to my mind. I wanted to set the intention of truly taking time to take care of ourselves and not worry about being productive or feel pressure to do whatever. Our emotional and mental health, what we feel in our souls, should always be top priority but especially in these uncertain times. The image is a free one I found online and I loved the colors and the border it created. (Usually I stick to a black and white palette but also going to experiment with images and colors for these :))
The weekend before the Monday I created this something I had been planning did not go as I had thought it would. I was really bummed by this and even though I know it wasn’t a big deal and could be fixed, I couldn’t stop thinking about it all weekend! The time and work and money I had spent on it. But by Sunday I was feeling a little bit better and it made me reflect on change. Sometimes we welcome change and other times, when it’s unexpected change, it can be harder to deal with. But I do ultimately believe everything happens for a reason and leads you to the right path. These words are a combination of a few mantras I came across. I love the use of the word of “expanding” here and I think it’s so true, change is what creates growth.
The image is actually a picture I took on one of my morning walks with Valentine (my pup :)) I was lucky to get close enough to this beautiful butterfly that had stopped on a flower. Butterflies remind me of change so I thought this was the perfect backdrop for these words.
I had been feeling anxiety during this time over finances–when the pandemic started, I had no idea it was going to be this serious or last this long. I thought I would be able to resume workshops by summer, but at this point in late April/early May, I was becoming more certain that I would not be able to count on workshops as a steady source of income as I had been lucky to do prior to covid. For the past few years I have been really working on my money mindset and the idea of abundance. I was really trying to embrace those lessons and instead of using my precious time and energy to worry, I wanted to remind myself that abundance is always there and let it inspire me to take action to create more products, pivot, etc. But above all, the more abundant we are, the more abundance we can share with others. And when I think of that, I really feel inspired to take action.
The background is a photo I had taken of the sky and clouds–I have noticed myself taking so many photos like this because the sky and clouds have just been so beautiful! I feel like I didn’t really notice it before but now my phone is filled with so many of these pictures!
It was Mother’s Day a few weeks ago and through mom’s day cards for a cause, I was able to help fund 7 new micro-loans for mother entrepreneurs around the world! This year, I wanted to make more of an effort to learn about the places each woman is from. I was able to fund loans for 4 mamapreneurs who are from Tajikistan, a place I have heard of but know nothing about. When I was thinking about what to letter for the week, I really wanted to find something related to Tajikistan to use. I got the idea to look up Tajikistan proverbs and found this one that I thought was so beautiful. And we were actually having a full moon during that time I believe so it seemed perfect!
I also tried something different with the lettering this time and created it in the shape of a circle to represent the moon. The background is a free image I found of stars in the night sky.
And that brings us to this week! This was another Tajikistan proverb I really loved and wanted to letter. This is so true–languages definitely open up a whole new world! I have also been inspired recently by foreigners living in Taiwan who know the language SO well to brush up on my own Mandarin and Taiwanese! The background is an image of an old map.