Going home

It was time for Betsy to go home. She will never forget the sights and sounds from her vacation.

Betsy became fond of the palm trees during her stay. It was a reminder to slow down and enjoy life with each passing breeze.

Floating above the negativity

Happy Friday, friends 👋 I hope the month of May has been treating you well 😊

Today, I wanted to share my new piece that started off traditionally and ended up making the edits via Procreate. I really love capturing Betsy’s expression while holding a balloon 🎈

My husband asked me what was my obsession in drawing Betsy holding balloons 😅 The truth is, I was once afraid of balloons growing up. And clowns 🤡 I think it was because I saw Stephen King’s It movie that made me afraid of them while growing up 😟

Over time, I decided to grow out of that fear and finally embraced them. Perhaps by drawing Betsy holding a balloon symbolises my way of compromising my brain and learning to let go of my childhood fear.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling more down as of late. As May is coming to a close and on the topic of Mental Health Awareness, I wanted to share how I’ve been feeling.

To begin with, I’ve had some doubts on my ability to maintain my sanity while being a decent human being. There were some moments that I felt out of place and often question myself Why am I doing this? On top of working full time, I’ve had some moments where I just felt tired and giving up 😓 Sometimes, those panic attacks creep in and trying to ruin my groove. Often, I would have to take breaks in settling myself to the best of my ability.

It’s also not fun hearing my thoughts with phrases like:

You don’t deserve happiness.

Your coworkers think you’re weird and stupid.

You don’t have any friends because you’re a horrible person.

I’m surprised you’re a mom and wife with the way you are.

You’re fat and ugly.

Your family tolerates you but they secretly hate you.

…and the list goes on.

For me, the idea of “floating above the negativity” is my way of reassuring myself that I do have the ability in rising above from toxic people, thoughts and situations. Is it easy to do so? Not really. But, I do my best in keeping things in stride when proceeding to higher ground than where I was originally at in the first place. It’s a balancing act.

How do you rise above the negativity? 🤔 Would love to hear your thoughts 💭

Namaste,

Diana

My Favorite Form Of Self Care

Sometimes when things get hectic, I rely on one thing that helps me stay sane (aside from eating food). And that is…taking a nap!

I think many of us take naps for granted, especially when we get older. Of course, handling children and trying to squeeze in a few winks is difficult to do so. That’s why I try my best to take one either during my lunch break or when I’m finally finished with my work. Those 10-15 minutes are pure bliss.

What’s your form of self care?

Namaste,

Diana

2019 Birthday Reflections

Another year round trip to the Sun. Happy birthday to me 🎂

I don’t have any major plans on my day, except to have a quiet dinner, watch my favourite movies and catch up on my sleep.

Birthdays tend to be a weird moment for me to sit back and reflect. It’s crazy to think that within the one year, I’ve managed to do the following:

  • Start up a webcomic blog.
  • Create my first visual novel game.
  • Get hired by a job that I love doing during my daytime hours.
  • Seeing improvements on my artwork after putting it off for quite some time.

On a personal note, it was a time where I’ve been more mindful of my social media usage. As someone who has been struggling with depression, taking a step back from the online world has made me more aware of what’s going on.

I’m thankful to have my family and close friends during this time. Getting older feels a bit daunting. But I’m embracing the new year with hope and a chance to become a better person (whether personal or professionally).

Thank you to those who took the time to wish me well during my birthday. Truly means a lot to me (and Betsy) 🐮

Namaste,

Diana