"This is the book i wish i had while i was dealing with depression, body image, and other insecurities that all start in childhood and can follow us through life."
I wrote a super honest, encouraging, vibrant book with the intent to help others [especially teens!] feel less alone in this world. By using MY story, and LOTS OF colorful illustrations, I want others to realize they aren't alone on those dark, lowest of low days! This is my doodle dream!"
My young-adulthood was an extremely rough time. But now, almost in my 30's* I've finally seen the other side of the dark, rainy filled tunnel. Drawing encouraging doodles has helped me get through SO many things, and while on my doodle journey, I realized they helped others as well!
While having a rough "I'm not ENOUGH" day one afternoon in early 2013 I created the VERY FIRST page of THIS book. After creating that page, I became ecstatically excited when I realized what my PURPOSE in life is!! It's to encourage as MANY PEOPLE as possible!! First stop? Tweens and teens! My goal is to write a super honest, encouraging, vibrant book with the intent to help teens feel less alone in this world. BUT a book that women [and men?!] in their 20's and beyond can enjoy as well! By using MY story, and LOTS OF colorful illustrations, my goal is that others realize they aren't alone on those dark, lowest of low days! This is my doodle dream!
Ultimately, my goal was to make THE BOOK I WISH I had when I was younger. Something easy to read and relate to, something that's visually stimulating! Something RAW and HONEST and not all sunshine and butterflies.
For the past 8 months, I have been immersed in doodle/writing land, and have created a book i've never seen in ANY bookstores. And one I WISH I had growing up! The book is 66 full color pages! FULL of silly, encouraging, very honest stories and illustrations! Body Image, Depression, Eating Disorders, and Ambition are just SOME of the topics talked about in the book.
In order to stay true to my original vision I decided to put the book on Kickstarter so i could self-publish the book [at least until i find a publisher!] By self-publishing my book while approaching publishers, this encouragingly honest book can go into production immediately and start helping people right away!! yay!
At this point in the project the Kickstarter went SWIMMINGLY, the manuscript is complete and I JUST got all the books!!!!! yay!
Currently I'm in the process of sending out all the books to my Kickstarter pledgers, and SHARING my book with EVERYONE! :D
From May 5th to the end of June, there will be a BOOK LAUNCH blog PARTY happening all over the interwebs! Right now i have 30 people signed up to spread the word AND share an encouraging doodle or message!! I'm SUPER excited!!! More info about it soon!
* Ahhhh I'm 30 now!!!! Lets eat cake and CELEBRATE TOGETHER! <3