So, what’s the big story? What’s the big announcement? Before I get into all the happy stuff, we need to have some Real Talk for a hot minute.
First, I need to take a moment to thank you for all of your continued love and support. I love y’all to pieces. Thank you for the many kind messages and emails checking up on me. It means so much to know that this sweet little community cares so much.
Many of you may have noticed that I have been virtually MIA for the past three months. I want to share my recent struggle with you. I feel that I owe y’all at least a little bit of an explanation.
At the beginning of the year, I was asked what I do for work by a total stranger, and I found myself embarrassed to talk about the shop. Embarrassed. Can you imagine? After a year and a half of blood, sweat, and tears… I suddenly was hit by a painful truth.
I wasn’t proud of my work anymore. Why?
Well, a lot of things changed last year. I could blame my embarrassment and funk on a million things: soured friendships, search engine algorithms, artist block- the list could go on. But I would be lying to myself and to you if I claimed any of them for the way I felt. At the end of the day, it all came down to one simple, painful truth:
I was scared.
Failure terrifies me. I will be the first to admit that I can be prideful. I like winning. I kept playing it safe- with my art, with my choices. I kept cranking out designs that were easy. I wasn’t challenging myself. I was producing artwork that I thought others wanted me to make. I was chasing sales. I was dispassionately chasing things that shouldn’t hold weight in my value as an artist.
I am ready to grow. I am adjusting my sails and moving the shop in a new direction. I see all of my potential and hopes out there on the horizon, and I’m going to chase them.
All this to say: it took me months to work through my funk. Months to realize that the fears we don’t face become our limits. My hope is that my story might inspire you. You are valuable and magical and awesome. Don’t ever let anyone- even yourself- tell you otherwise. Face your fears. I’ll be here with you the whole way.
Now for what you’ve all be waiting for! My big announcement, which is fairly simple, if I'm honest. But I’m excited about it, and I’m ready to take a chance.
Over the next few months, I will be phasing out all the current designs in the shop. Every Monday two random designs will go on Flash Sale and will be discontinued permanently the next day. I’ll be announcing updates via Instagram, so be sure to stay tuned!
What this means for you: If you love a design in the shop grab it before it is gone forever.
In addition: every Friday, a brand new permanent design will be released on a variety of products. (Prints, mugs, shirts, pillows, posters, etc.) If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you have seen my new art style!
It will be a big adventure, and I am so excited to share in this journey with each and every one of you. I know we are going to magnificent places.
Thank you again for your never ending love and support of this little dream. I cannot do this without you! Here’s to a year filled with pure magic.