Taking Drastic Measures

Betsy is pulling out her greatest weapon. She’s ready to beat the living crap out of anxiety and depression by all means possible. At this rate, Betsy might start a positive vibes only gang. Will you join her?

Webcomic made with Procreate


It ain’t easy living with anxiety and depression. It sucks. Recently, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with moments that, logically, I know I can’t control. But, my heart feels like I can be in control. And while some things may feel like there’s no hope at the end of the tunnel, I’m holding onto the notion that there’s a silver lining after everything else is said and done. Sometimes, I ask myself if what I’m doing is enough. And moments of feeling that I need to give 100% everyday when, energetically speaking, feels like I’m not meeting the quota. Having those talks in trying to convince myself that I’m doing what I can feels like a never ending battle of the heart and mind.

What’s been helping me as of late is writing out my thoughts more via my journal on what I’ve been feeling grateful for and putting in my prayer requests. It allows me to be honest when I’m writing out my day and what I would like to accomplish in my waking life. And perhaps hoping that the Universe would give me a sign (no brain, please don’t resort to the Britney Spears song 🤦🏻‍♀️)

I guess my prayers have been answered when a ladybug landed on me last night while I was writing in my journal! Here she is, roaming around my Kindle and iPad Pro. I remember hearing a *plop* sound when she landed on my desk 😂 I was so concerned that she was dead upon arrival. Thankfully, I saw movement when she moved around my desk.

We decided to set her free by having her go back outside. As much as I wished I could’ve kept her, it was the right thing to let her go back home to where she came from. My husband said that it’s a good sign for things to come.

I guess, in every sense of the word, the ladybug was the positive vibes that landed on me unexpectedly. And perhaps a good reminder that I have the power to do better for myself.

Namaste,

Diana

Betsy’s Emergency Birthday Plan

Betsy almost forgot about Mister’s birthday, so she went to great lengths in making sure his day is special.

Webcomic created with Procreate.


This comic is dedicated to my husband 🥰 his birthday is today so me and Betsy decided to add some humor for his special day. My husband is a bit camera shy, but he didn’t mind me drawing him 😂

Happy birthday to our mister. Me and Betsy udderly love you so much 💓 Now, go eat that strawberry cheesecake.

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

 

The Right Words To Say

On bad days, Betsy is reminded by her family that she’s loved and cared.  In turn, Betsy’s days are better than ever because of their support.

Webcomic made with Procreate.


Happy Friday, friends 👋 a bit of a sentimental post as I’ve been reflecting on the changes happening within my life.

Between my son starting school, the upcoming launch of my jewelry line and my secret project, I’ve been feeling grateful for the support that I’ve received. My husband has been the biggest cheerleader when I post my illustrations. Sometimes, I would have bad days at work and he would cheer me up by telling me, “What would Betsy do?” I’m reminded that my own family will always be there for me. I rely on their support and know that my inspiration comes from the home front.

Who are your biggest cheerleaders in your life that motivates you to keep on going? I would love to read your responses in the comments below.

Namaste,
Diana

Astrology: Before vs After Discovering Your Natal Chart

Betsy discovered that her natal chart delves more than her Sun sign. So she’s making sure that she’s on top of the upcoming astrological changes.

Illustration made with Procreate.


There was a time that I believed my Sun sign was the only thing it should mattered when I read my horoscopes online and on print. Heck, I remember obsessing over the horoscopes section when I was a subscriber to YM Magazine (*cough* thanks Mom & Dad for letting me read them back in the 1990s).

I discovered my natal chart around 2015. Holy cow, it blew my mind that there were other aspects in my chart that I never realized it existed. Things like knowing your Moon sign, your Rising sign, Venus, Mars, Mercury, etc. It answered my questions as to why I didn’t really feel like a “true Taurus to the core” when I’ve exhibited some more fiery aspects of my personality (in this case, both my Venus and Mercury signs are in Aries).

While I don’t consider myself an astrology expert, I can tell you that there are numerous resources available on learning astrology. I highly recommend checking out Theresa Reed (a.k.a the Tarot Lady) on her Star School section where she delves into astrology that’s perfect for beginners. She also released her new book, Astrology for Real Life, where she provides a no-nonsense guide on discovering your natal chart, understanding the retrogrades in various planets, and much more.

If you’re looking for apps that you want to keep track on the astrological transits, here are my recommendations below:

Time Passages (iOS only; there’s a free and paid version).

Co-Star Astrology (iOS only; free to use).

Sanctuary Astrology (iOS only; free to use; in-app purchases).

Please note that I do not have an Android phone at hand, so if you want to sound off the recommendations on which astrology apps are worth checking out, let me know in the comments below. 

What are you thoughts about astrology? Have you discovered your natal chart? I would love to read your responses in the comments section.

Namaste,
Diana

When you don’t eat while using tarot cards

Betsy learned pretty quickly that she shouldn’t do tarot readings on an empty stomach.

Comic made with Procreate App


Happy Friday, friends 👋 hope you’re doing fantastic! I decided to do the webcomic a bit differently. Let me know what you think!

I usually try to eat a full meal before conducting readings. Being hangry while performing a tarot reading is not a fun thing to do.

On the flip side of things – I’m currently working on a secret project that I’m hoping to announce by the end of this year. It’s something that holds dear to my heart and I’m hoping to share this joy with y’all.

I will keep you posted when everything is finalized. Until then, stay udderly awesome!

Namaste,
Diana

When your package is out for delivery

Betsy likes to order packages online. It saves her the trip from walking to her local craft store. Sometimes, the local mail carrier gets fed up with Betsy’s overspending habits and ends up keeping the package in the truck 😕

Illustration made with Procreate App.


Ordering items online can be a hit or miss. And I suspect that my local post office is fed up with my orders coming in on a daily basis. Hey, I’m trying to save on gas instead of driving to and from the grocery store when buying items in bulk at home 😑

I know there’s some good mail carriers out there who are friendly. But goodness, there are some who just don’t want to do the work. As we’re gearing towards the holiday season, online stores are gearing up for the shopping rush. I see myself spending less during the colder weather (with the exception of food). Because you know, survival reasons.

I think one of my “fondest” (note my sarcasm in quotes) memory on a mail delivery mishap was when years ago, I was looking to make aromatherapy sprays for myself and family / friends. I probably paid around $20 for the amber glass spray bottles and essential oils to arrive within the same day via Amazon. Usually with same day delivery shipping, it’s automatically sent via Lasership. I saw the package was out for delivery for about an hour. Eventually, I received an alert on my phone saying it was delivered. I said to myself, Great! I can finally work on my aromatherapy sprays and save myself money from buying premixed sprays.

Except…it was never delivered.

*plays Law & Order theme music*

After checking the areas in front of my home to see where my package went, I decided to contact the local Lasership base in New York. What should’ve taken less than 10 minutes ended up being the most awkward 45 minutes of my conversation between the representative and the manager of the place:

Me: “Hello, I noticed that the tracking number [reads off number over the phone] shows to be delivered but I never received the package.

Agent: “Um…ok. So sorry about it. It shows that it was delivered to the correct address.”

Me: “If it was, then I would have the package in my possession. Is there a way to get in touch with the driver?”

Agent: “He’s out for the day. He did send us a picture that it was delivered to your address.”

Me: “Strange. As I mentioned, it was not there when I checked my mailbox.”

Agent: [puts me on pause for 5 minutes; resumes chat] “Ok, the driver said it was there at the door.”

Me: “Nope. Not there.”

Agent: [puts me on pause for another 5 minutes; resumes chat] “Ok, the driver is saying that it’s near the door where the garbage can is located.”

Me: “…Nope. Did the driver forget where he delivered?”

[a brief pause]

Agent: “Let me connect you with my manager. Please hold.”

[after waiting 7 minutes]

Manager: “Hi there, I’m sorry that you didn’t receive your package. I want to make sure that we understand your situation carefully. So, just to confirm, you didn’t see it around your house?”

Me: “Yes, that’s correct.”

Manager: [briefly pauses, then speaks] “Well…I’m looking at the picture that our driver showed us. That’s a nice house you have here. Really nice house.”

Me: “Thanks, but that still doesn’t answer my question as to where the package went.”

Manager: [nervously laughs] “Well, I think you may have not looked carefully. After all, it’s a large house. You should’ve seen it in front  of the door.”

Me [feeling frustrated]: “Look, I already said this before with the agent. There is no package. My good guess is that right after the driver took the picture of the package, your driver ended up taking my order and placed it back in its car.”

Manager: [quickly becoming defensive]: “Sorry but that’s not true. Our driver made sure it was delivered.”

Me: “I’m not sure why you’re getting upset when I’m pointing this scenario out. If the driver really took the package, then I hope your driver is all right in learning how to create aromatherapy sprays for witchcraft purposes.”

Manager: [hangs up the phone].

And there you have it, folks. Luckily, I was able to let Amazon know about this experience and they were pretty quick to refund my purchase.

Got any stories you want to share about your experiences with your local mail carriers? Let me know in the comments!

Namaste,
Diana