Spring Ahead

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For my birthday this month – with snow on the ground three days into spring – we headed upstate to do two of my favorite things: thrifting + veggie eating. I am much more selective when I thrift shop now, bringing back only a few affordable gems. Here are my curated purchases; the most expensive item being a $12 raccoon skull:

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Below are my handpicked cast of characters for finishing up The Sketchbook Project illustrations. So exciting!

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*shops: Goodwill • Hodge Podge • Salvation Army • White Whale

Happy New Year!

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This is an exciting time to reevaluate our lives and set goals. For me, it’s about accountability in 2015. I am a good worker, accountable to others when they need me. Admittedly though, I am not as accountable to myself. For some reason, when doing things just for me, I’m a little all over the place. It’s easy to slip when you work from home most of the day (the only overseeing pair of eyes being the cat’s).

Case in point, I have signed up for The Sketchbook Project before and never completed it. I keep a personal sketchbook regularly; my sacred place of both inner calm and sketchy rage; the place I can draw whatever I want without judgement. I couldn’t bring myself to share that kind of vulnerability with the world back in 2012, yet its incompleteness still haunts me.

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When Tim asked me what I do just for fun, I came up empty. I hadn’t given fun much thought lately. Ask my Dad what he did on his day off and he’ll say you, “organized my receipts.” Like father, like daughter.

So I am holding myself accountable. In order to become a better freelancer, maybe even a better person, I need to do fun things just for me too. I signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2015 for this very reason, and my book has just arrived in the mail!

How do you hold yourself accountable?