I read somewhere that looking at beautiful and happy people who are way cooler than you on social media can leave a person depressed. I remember scoffing at that because the only social media for me has been Twitter (not too many pictures there), Wattpad (we’re writers so there are more words than anything) and occasionally, Facebook (to catch up with family back home though I can never forget my brother, a former fashion photographer, say that we were an ugly bunch – maybe he was joking but it stuck).

Anyway, all that was before I fell right into the rabbit hole that is Instagram. And after looking at picture after picture of people who are obviously way cooler than I am with their flawless selfies, and where one man’s picture of his big toe can get thousands of likes because even his big toe is way cooler than me, it hit me:  I’m totally not worthy!

So yesterday instead of another drop-dead model or beautiful person constantly pouting (it’s kinda the in thing, I guess), I decided I’d draw someone I actually knew – like, in real life.  Someone really cool and approachable. She’s not perfect but as far as I know she’s as real as they come.


Piercing Curious

garrett neff instagram

A lot of people who know me have no idea I draw or make art. I guess I’m more known for my work as a massage therapist than my writing and even my drawings.

With my recent decision to step down from teaching massage after seven years (I’ll keep my private practice though), while it was depressing and one of the scariest decisions I’ve made so far (and not yet formalized), I’m amazed at the creativity that has been unleashed since that last class. It’s like a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders and all because I need to devote time to write and not only that, but after finally coming out of hiding from all the writing, I have discovered my muse and have become more inspired to do more.

It’s scary when one ventures out their front door, indeed.

Anyway while my ramblings have nothing to do with the blog post, this is from model Garrett Neff’s Instagram and his captioned musing over getting an ear piercing – or not.

This picture is also what I sent my mom for Mother’s Day and is her favorite, prompting her to say, “See?  If you only took art when I told you to that summer instead of karate, you’d be a famous artist by now!”

Mothers know best, right?

A Beautiful Day

Nothing to do with Daily Posts or anything – just a quick post to show you how my day started.  I feel like I’m about to die from this walk but heck, the view was gorgeous, so it was worth getting out of my writing chair and allowing my friend to drag me out for a nice walk around the neighborhood…

Once I catch my breath, I’ll return into my mind palace to come up with my Daily Post.