"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, rain-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 was 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 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!
A TON of coffee, poptarts, and micron pens went into the making of this book!! ;)
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 8 months, I was immersed in doodle/writing land and created a book I've never seen in ANY bookstores. The book I WISH I had growing up! The book is 66 full color pages FILLED with silly, encouraging, very honest stories and illustrations! Body Image, Depression, Eating Disorders, and Ambition are just SOME of the topics discussed 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 [at least until I find a publisher!] By self-publishing my book while approaching publishers, this much needed book can go into production immediately and start helping people right away!! yay!
From May 5th to the end of June in 2014, there was a BOOK LAUNCH blog PARTY happening all over the interwebs! 40 amazing people signed up to spread the word AND share an encouraging doodle or message!! I'm SUPER excited!!! Read ALL of them HERE!
* Ahhhh I'm 30 now!!!! Lets eat cake and CELEBRATE TOGETHER! <3