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    Illustration: Super Girl

    (This blog post was originally shared on my design + illustration portfolio site at ll-creative.com

    My new friend Alicia recently shared this quote on Instagram:

    “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire; and not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

    This quote is attributed all over the internet to Mark Anthony—but whether that’s the ancient Roman politician, a misspelling of the living Latino singer or a relatively unknown other Mark Anthony is apparently un-Googleable.

    Whoever Mr. Anthony may be, he translated my feelings to words nicely. Saying that you’re an illustrator, a designer, or a writer is scary. Saying: I made this, and I think you should see it (and potentially pay for it) is super scary. I remember having to choose my major in college and wanting to find the business major that most aligned with my love of art. I chose marketing. What if I just chose art?

    If I’m being generous with myself, I would say that I’ve gotten braver since Hudson’s birth because I want to show him that he should chase whatever he’s passionate about regardless of how much it scares him. If I’m less generous, I think that thing is happening that my mother has always said will happen: you simply care less about what people think as you get older. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck, as Mark Manson so eloquently puts it. Whatever forces are conspiring in my favor, I have shared more of my illustrations, writing, and myself in the last year and a half than ever before and have as a result been three to four billion times happier.

    So I recently took a big leap, and am winding down my role in marketing at ThoughtWorks by the end of this year in order to pursue design and illustration.

    And the craziest, most amazing things have happened almost instantly upon making that decision. I remember reading the Secret back in the day because Oprah told me to and thinking she’d officially lost it. Change the world with your thoughts? Come on, Op. I later recall hearing Arianna Huffington speak and share Rumi’s advice to live life as though everything is rigged in your favor. Maybe these ladies are on to something, because I can’t help but feel that just saying, seriously, universe! I’m doing this now! has sent incredible opportunities my way. Design projects, branding work, and the most exciting, dream-come-true illustration project ever, ever, ever.

    I’m so thankful, and so excited for what 2018 will bring. So here’s Super Girl, scared of maybe a lot but going for it anyway in her cape. Cheers, friends!

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    Illustration: Halloween

    I was going to say… I haven’t done an illustration in FOR-EVER but then I realized that’s not true. I actually created a series of FOUR illustrations of women in tech for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Tech–a conference of 18,000 women working in technology. I also attended the conference (my first work trip away from Hudson!) and everything about that event is just amazing.

    Between the conference, a few freelance clients I’m working with, a new OKOT project that I’m SUPER excited to share soon and oh yeah–a curious, mobile Hudson… I’m not sure where September and the first half of October went.

    I shared on my portfolio site where I originally posted this girl that I’m finally feeling into Halloween this year (I was VERY into it in college, then subsequently over it for the last 10 years, ha.) and I think it’s because Halloween marks the start of the holiday season.

    I need to work on a Hudson update so that I can share all of his fun quirks and tricks lately. I think I finally believe every parent in the history of the world who says: “it just keeps getting better!”

    Happy Halloween, friends!

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    Illustration: Morning Coffee

    Originally posted on my portfolio site at ll-creative.com 

    On one hand, this girl COULD be a new mom, based on the way she’s gripping a face-sized cup of coffee and the slightly dazed expression.

    On the other, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most new moms aren’t wearing cute crop top pj’s to bed. Or maybe I’m projecting?

    Cheers friends!

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