Halloween 2019

Hello, friends! Today is Halloween (Samhain) and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the holiday. Here is Betsy riding on a broom with her pumpkin candy bucket, ready for trick-or-treating! She’s been looking forward to this day 🎃

Despite the wonky weather here in NYC, there’s an undeniable sense of witchy wonder in the air. Even with the mixture of rain and fallen leaves on the ground, I’m reminded of the autumn cycle and its nearing inception of when the veil is at the thinnest between the spirits and humans in this waking life. To me, Samhain is a celebration of life and death. The old and the new. The ability to commune with the spirits who walk among us. I’m reminded of my loved ones / friends who have passed away. As it is a bittersweet occasion, I’m thankful for what they provided during the time they were alive on Earth.

Shop Update

Many thanks to those who checked out my handmade shop! It’s now closed. However, my apparel shop is still open for those who want to purchase my teeshirts and other fun accessories. I’ve added some new designs in the shop. Be sure to check them out! As a reminder, you can get free shipping on your order (USA residents only) by entering my promo code LOTUSCOW.

 

Halloween 2019 Tarot Reading

It wouldn’t be fair for Betsy to keep the post short. After all, she is our resident witchy cow 🐮 She pulled out some tarot cards and wanted to share her message with y’all.

Cards that were pulled

6 of Wands, 5 of Wands, 5 of Swords and 4 of Cups.

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Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot.

Betsy’s message to everyone

We all want to be rightfully recognized for our work and ambitions. But some of us have their egos front and center for all of the world to see. Overshadowing those who worked hard to get where they’re at in their careers, relationships and their personal goals. It’s noted that there will be plenty of push and pull with members of authority. Even some of your peers might doubt your ability to move forward. And while you may be feeling reluctant to step into the spotlight due to the politics, you really need to take a sip of courage and find yourself in the midst of chaos. Be part of the ebb and flow that will require plenty of finesse and calculations. Change happens when you take action. Always be one step ahead. Know when to choose your battles. Your future self will thank you.


What are your plans for Halloween? Leave me a note in the comments section below! If you happen to enjoy my post, a simple donation is appreciated.

Namaste,
Diana

Why Betsy rarely wears makeup

Betsy tried a popular brand of cream blush. But she ended up overdoing it 😅 maybe next time, Betsy. One day, you’ll achieve your perfect rosy glow.

Webcomic created with Procreate app.


This post was inspired by a real life event. And sometimes, my husband reminds me and pokes fun of the situation 🤣

In case if you haven’t seen my Instagram stories and my tweets, I usually talk about how much I adore Glossier. Note that this blog post isn’t sponsored by them. I simply love their products because they work well for me. 

One Sunday morning, I woke up late and I was in a rush to get dressed to go out grocery shopping. Luckily, I’ve already simplified my makeup routine because my focus has been on skincare. I’m a believer on the “less is more” philosophy. Anyways, I had samples from Glossier to try out their Cloud Paint (in shade Dawn). I didn’t realize they gave a generous amount of the Cloud Paint. So when I applied it on my cheeks, it ended up making it super orange. Totally my fault because (1) I wasn’t wearing glasses and (2) I was super groggy.

When my husband saw that I was struggling to wipe off the excess, he couldn’t help but laugh. Then he noted, “You really do look like Betsy struggling with her plushy mittens on wiping away the blush.” And that’s where the idea of this comic came from 😅 Overall, I rarely worry about looking overdone with Glossier since their products makes me look put together and confident to face the day ahead.

Some of my collection from Glossier. 

On the bright side – I had the pleasure in visiting the Glossier flagship store in NYC a couple of weeks ago. Truly worth the experience and wait if you want to check out their products. Also, their decor is super cute.

If you’ve been on the fence in trying out Glossier, you can use my link here to take 10% off your first purchase.

Do you use Glossier? Have you ever had any makeup blunders when getting ready to go out? Let me know in the comments below!

Namaste,
Diana

 

Betsy’s New Moon in Scorpio Tarot Reading for October 27, 2019

Betsy has been itching to write more on her spiritual readings. We decided to start her blog series post called “Udderly Zen Readings.” So, here we go!

Cards that were pulled for the New Moon in Scorpio:

The Hierophant, 5 of Swords & 10 of Pentacles. Using the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck.

In a nutshell:

Moo…this New Moon in Scorpio isn’t going to be a time to take things lightly. Definitely some intense energy to watch out for during this moon cycle. Plenty of willpower to cut away from dead & toxic relationships / situations with some politics involved. A much needed focus to start securing your own home front and ensuring that your loved ones are safe.

Physical Level – The Hierophant

Anyone else fed up with red tape and politics? Seems here that no matter how much we try to reason, we seem to go back to square one. A sense of hypocrisy in the air. Followers are being blindly told what’s right and what’s wrong. No sense in individuality. Uncover the truth, even if it means shaking up a few members in the organisation. Not every advice given has value or substance.

Mental Level – 5 of Swords

Calculating many ways to cut through the red tape requires mastering the art of manipulation and charisma. But others don’t need to know what’s in your mind. In full face value, you’ll appear as getting along with others. However, you’re coming up with ways to make your exit plan before the war gets even worse. You can pick and choose your own battles. But consider delivering the final blow with enough evidence to show that what they’re doing to you is plain unethical.

Advice from the Universe – 10 of Pentacles

There’s more to than just securing the bag. You need to secure your home front. Focus and visualise a stable & abundant environment that you would be proud to share with your loved ones. Protection spells and ritual work can be done during this moon phase. Financially speaking, it would be a good time to work on your budget and see how much you can save up, in case an unexpected change happens.


If you happen to enjoy our tarot reading, a simple donation is appreciated 💕

Having a support system to overcome the bad moments

Betsy understands that her family helps her get through the hard times. She’s misunderstood by others. But Mister & Missy appreciates her unique nature. Betsy is comfortable in sharing her thoughts without feeling judged or ridiculed.


Having a support system goes a long way. To me, I’m grateful for my close family members and friends who have been there for me since Day 1. Being an artist, I sometimes feel that the illustrations I make do not fit in the cookie cutter mould on how art should look like.

But, that’s the beauty about artwork. There’s no limitations to your creativity. Being reminded about my happiness in creating my Betsy illustrations after my last post made me feel reassured that my heart is in the right place.

I don’t have the answers on what an artist should and should not do in terms of their creativity. But what I can share is that it’s so important to find a support system that will build you up, provide honest feedback and cheer you on even through your darkest moments.

We all need love and encouragement. There’s no reason for us to place ourselves in a toxic circle who would constantly hate on our work when deep down inside, their insecurities show through their actions and beyond the surface.

Understandably, not many of us have the luxury on having a support system immediately at the beginning of their creative inception. But, do know that you have others out there (including myself) who believes in your work. There are others who will support your quirks, your witty captions, etc.

Out of the sea of negativity that I’ve seen on social media, there are a few good positive accounts that shine brightly. In the midst of the tragedy, bullying and gaslighting, I’m grateful for seeing others putting on a brave face while posting inspirational work.

I’m still struggling in maintaining my upbeat nature. But I’m glad that I have others who I can lean on and my faith to get me by through the rough patches.

Namaste,

Diana


If you happen to like my work, a simple donation is greatly appreciated. Every share, comment and like on my posts really helps me out. I love connecting with y’all and I hope these posts provide inspiration and humour to your day 🐮

Hello anxiety, my old friend

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Having anxiety and depression sucks. 

For the past two weeks, I’ve been experiencing stomach pains and fatigue. Not to sound like a pessimist, but I sometimes wish I wasn’t so tired. Staying in bed and playing Nintendo Switch helped me cope over the weekend. But I can’t do that forever. 

The thing is, having depression makes me feel tired to the point of not pursuing my passion projects. Add anxiety on top of it and I end up with an unsavoury cocktail of emotions and pain. As a working mother, I struggle with balancing my own health, making sure my kid is healthy, trying to excel at my job and having food on the table. 

I’m not here to garner sympathy from others. I’m just stating the reality of my life. It really sucks feeling this way. Sadly, we’re taught to keep our mouth shut about our mental health, especially to mothers. I’m not going to keep quiet about how I feel.

My old friend anxiety told me in my mind that there was no point in having social media. That I’m wasting my time doing all of this for nothing. Sadly, I believed what it told me. So, I ended up deactivating my Instagram and Facebook accounts, without explanation. I can faintly hear the hissing of agreement from anxiety, as I proceeded with the final confirmation of my deactivation.  

The next day, my husband and close friends asked me why I deactivated the accounts. I didn’t have the right words to say, other than the fact that I was tired of seeing curated images from others online who seem to have their shit together. As much as I’ve learned that the curated images are actually from humans with actual feelings who aren’t perfect – in my mind, I felt that my content wasn’t up to par with others. That no matter how I’m able to post the perfect hashtags to get visibility, it just didn’t feel enough. 

What I said above may sound silly. And you’re right. After writing out my actual thoughts about how I view social media as a whole, I’ve come to the conclusion that I ended up dwelling on something that shouldn’t have bothered me in the first place. 

So in every sense, this post is an apology letter to those who wondered what happened to my social media accounts. As of now, it’s been reactivated.

I was reminded by my husband on one simple factor – “Just focus on creating Betsy. Don’t worry about visibility or those hashtag things. Your enjoyment comes first.”

And I’ll keep doing so. 

Many thanks to those who reached out and checked up on my well being. Means a lot 💕 if you want to support my work, my handmade shop is still open. You can also check out my apparel. If you’re feeling generous, a simple donation is appreciated.

Namaste,
Diana

Shop is now live! Plus, a special surprise.

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After a long wait, it’s finally here! My handmade shop is now live at Red Lotus Designz.

I’m really excited to share my handmade jewelry and accessory pieces with Betsy. I do hope you check them out! I’ve also included a special made-to-order section for those who are interested in the following pair of earrings:

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But..that’s not the special surprise that I’ve mentioned earlier on social media.

I’m proud to announce that I’ve also opened up my apparel shop via Teespring! As an added bonus, you can use the code LOTUSCOW to get free shipping (only valid for members in the United States).

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Hope you’re having a lovely Full Moon in Aries! Let me know which design is your favorite!

Namaste,
Diana

New jewelry designs and an official launch date

Hi friends! Been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy making the jewelry & accessories. I’m happy to announce the official launch date will be on the Full Moon in Aries (October 13, 2019) around 2 – 3 PM (EST). It will be made available directly at RedLotusDesignz.com.

The designs have a pink background along with Betsy’s image. For the earrings, they’re paired with a gem bead. All of the pieces are handmade. Expect some slight imperfections, but each piece is unique in its own way. Like Betsy! 🐮

Here’s a sneak peak on some of the designs:

There will also be a special surprise on that day as well, so be sure to stay tuned for the news on October 13, 2019. If you’re not a subscriber to my blog, what are you waiting for? 😃

Namaste,

Diana