Everyone is saying this year is going to be the best yet – why should it be any different than the last few years. I say that in all honesty and without malice.
If you want this year to be better than last year, what are you doing to make it so?
This new year could still throw you some rubbish you have no control over. Will that make everything else pointless? Does that mean you should right the whole year off?
Or, are you going to acknowledge that yep rubbish is gonna happen but let’s make the rest count anyways.
2022 saw the arrival of baby J. For me the second I saw his squishy little face I knew it was perfect, everything I never knew I needed and wanted. Prior to that though, I was was scared as hell. My mental health had already taken a beating, how and why did I put myself in this position? I was petrified.
I learnt so much over this last year and I would not have been able to appreciate the good that has happened and the bad. All events of this last year shaped me. Changed me.
I used to think those people that write a daily “what am I grateful for” were a little froo froo. After all, who actually writes anything of substance down everyday. I’ve come to realise that it’s not that we need to be grateful for profound things every single day of the year for it to matter. Being grateful is about acknowledging there is beauty, no matter how small in every day. Being able to work towards your goals, even if there is a mountain of work in front of you. Having goals, having things to work towards is a wonderful thing.
So this year, Instead of wishing on a star that this year is your year. Take those small steps towards your goals even if it takes a while to get to your destination. Make it your year.
We are 9 days into this year already. The time has flown by so quickly and I am determined to make even more happy memories this year than last.
I have been working hard the last 6 months. Really hard. I’ve been building my business and slowly but surely I am starting to see some results. I’ve been writing and drawing and creating all sorts of new things. Practicing and leaning new techniques. I am really happy to release a brand new Floral Garden Colouring.
It is now available for purchase through Amazon in many countries. I have been working for about 6 months on this book and it’s now here.
Here’s a brief description of what it’s all about.
Floral Garden Colouring book: An adult colouring book featuring beautiful hand drawn flowers with mandala style borders for the beginner artist/colourist.
Each floral sketch has been lovingly hand drawn and digitally enhanced for a superior colouring experience. The mandala style borders allow the artist to emphasise the floral designs without becoming overwhelmed by large intricate details.
With in the book:
20 unique hand drawn floral sketches designed to enhance the colouring experience
Simple one off mandala style borders for relaxation
Illustrations specifically designed for beginners to encourage maximum creativity
This year we welcomed a new addition to our family, it is now perfectly complete. I forgot how precious babies are. Our biggest baby graduated primary school and is becoming a beautiful little lady. Marcus is cruising around and kicking goals at soccer and at school. Overall this year has seen some beautiful moments, we have created some amazing memories.
I’ve experienced some lows, my mental health took a bashing this year. However along with the bashing I have also learned a lot, about myself and how to deal with people better. The arrival of James has really brought into perspective what’s important in life.
I’ve been working on something new that will be released THIS WEEK! With that, here is a look back at some of what I’ve created this year.
I’ve had a lot of fun this past year. I’ve got so much planned for next year. Let’s have some fun this coming year. Wishing you all love, happiness and health in 2023!
The latest chapter and artwork has been released for my short story The Island of Ramichi. Read the next chapter HERE.
So far, I’m finding the artwork has been the hardest to create. Which surprised me a little I must admit. Trying to create and execute fantasy artwork in the same style he been very challenging. I am having fun with it however and can not wait to show you all the rest.
Please let me know what you think so far, I’m pretty happy with it but there is always room to improve and learn. I would love to know what everyone else does for fun? Am I the only one who dabbles in just about everything? Let me know what you’re up to on my socials!
It’s all fun and games until someone knocks over my Orchid – or even worse, bans me from buying any more house plants!
The last few months has seen some massive life changes for my family and I. We’ve welcomed a new edition to the family. Who has caused utter chaos in the best way. Baby James has really brought me back down to earth and helped me realise what is actually important in life. He is ADORABLE! At only 9 weeks old he has started rolling…. Nothing is safe.
I’ve also been able to work on many things for myself for a change. I’ve been able to focus more on the things I want to continue with. Which is where this monthly update comes in. It will be a collection of things I’ve been up to over the last month or so. It will also include what’s coming up and when new works are being released.
This month I released the first chapter of The Island of Ramichi. My first illustrated short story. I’ve had some good reviews. I’ve also had a couple of people make some suggestions and edits – which I’m very grateful for. I know this sounds strange, however it’s my first story that I’ve let people read. I hope to get better as I continue to write so constructive criticism is a welcome. If you would like to read the story so far CLICK HERE.
The second chapter is set to be released next week! Keep your eyes peeled. For now though, I would like to introduce you to Oriana. The main character. What secrets will we uncover while she is on the island?
THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
Has anyone else ever watched a nature documentary and been so totally over come with emotion when the mumma loses her little one? Or are my hormones still making me crazy? I can’t even watch those little clips you see on the socials with out getting teary. It breaks my heart, I automatically think of the kids and then it’s all over. I’m blubbering like a baby. Anyone else?
**Brand New Phone backgrounds and wallpapers have been released.**
I have been working on a number of different kinds of wallpapers and backgrounds for phones for a little while now. With more and more being released monthly.
Please go and check them out HERE. For only $2 (AUD) you can’t really go wrong.
I am happy to alter them, or make a completely unique one for you as well, just drop me an email!
Coming up in November.
Christmas Cards and Free Colouring sheet! This month I’m releasing my Christmas Cards again. I am also giving away a free colouring sheet, you don’t even have to buy the cards. All you need to do is go to my website and download the PDF! Simple as that.
Finally, I have released the first chapter of an illustrated fantasy short story I’ve written. I’m so nervous about it. I’m not worried about the artwork, I’m pretty happy with that. I’m terrified that I put all this effort into writing and no one likes it! Or worse, it’s totally rubbish and everyone hates it.
Opinions are welcome. Although it’ll hurt, constructive criticism is absolutely appreciated. I know I’m going to have the odd armchair critic being an a**hat, but I will have to learn not to take everything to heart so much. Life is full of people how are not nice just because they can be.
I’m new to this writing thing. I’m bound to mess it up. My writing style will be clumsy, probably disjointed and lacking in sophistication. How am I to improve if I don’t put it out there?
I’ve taken inspiration from many people, places and even animals while creating a world. I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s in my head. I could have waited until I created the whole thing before publishing. I think I would have been waiting for several decades!
So, to read the first chapter of my short story CLICK HERE!!!! This fantasy story is set in Pleyon. A world of fairies, dragon shifters and war. Happy reading!