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

Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Don’t Stay Comfortable

Hey friends 👋 here’s today’s quote that Betsy would like to share with y’all.

You won’t learn anything if you stay comfortable. Get out of your comfort zone. That’s where real success begins.


It was shared via Twitter this past Friday but I wanted to re-emphasise the quote in this post. It’s worth noting that everyone’s definition of success is different. But one way or another, I think many of us can agree that learning and participating in new experiences requires risks to be made.

Staying in the mode of the “what-ifs” can lead to a mindset filled with complacency. As such, we end up creating our own fears by thinking of the worst scenarios that might happen, should we take those risky routes. We can try our hardest in living a risk-free life. We can try following a path that’s tried and true. There’s some folks that want to stay in the comfort zone until their last days on Earth. And really, that’s their prerogative.

If you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill, take upon a new career, become an activist on a cause that you truly believe in, why wait? What’s stopping you? Some of you may say the following:

  • My spouse / partner won’t support me.
  • My family thinks it’s too risky and won’t bring in money.
  • My friends think that it’s stupid for me to go in (insert field here).

I’ll let you in a secret – some of the people who you love and care about are responding out of fear, jealously or a lack of understanding about the type of work you want to do.

Focus on your own growth, not someone else’s opinions about what you should do. We should start learning to trust in our inner GPS and not some “get successful and rich overnight” schemes.

Growth takes time. There’s no limit. And growth needs to be uncomfortable for us to truly enjoy and appreciate the hard work we put in when we get to the level of our own success, no matter which path we choose.

I wish you lots of love, powerful vibes and plenty of willpower. You got this 💪🏻 let me know in the comments on what you want to do and what risks you are willing to take.

If this post resonates with you, tips are appreciated.

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

Witchy Cow

Happy first day of Autumn / Mabon! My witchy heart feels more alive during this time of year. Seeing the leaves on the ground with the crisp and cool air makes me feel nostalgic.  Betsy is looking forward to posting more tarot card readings on Instagram and Twitter now that we have more time in the day to focus on channeling our messages from the Universe.

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For a long time, I always felt that my plush animal cow was a familiar. It’s currently not viable for me to adopt a cat (although I took care of them while growing up). Mostly due to the heart ache that I’ve felt years ago when I lost my beloved childhood pet to cancer. My husband and I found Betsy during our local trip to the mall (which you can interact from the first episode of Moo Times of Betsy here). Recently, I encountered this post that lovingly explains that yes, it is possible to do so.

Most of my work involves healing, protection and boosting creativity. In a nutshell, I’m an arts, crafts and tech bruja. Additionally, I would channel the motherly and sassy energy from Betsy to the readings that I provide for my friends and family members. My husband jokes that Betsy has a mind of her own whenever we have her sitting on top of the other plush animal cows. On certain days, Betsy would tip over (even if she was sitting up perfectly). I recently got a palmistry pillow from Michael’s Craft Store for Betsy to prop herself up when we share the daily tarot card readings on the Instagram account.

The good news is that there’s no slowing down for Betsy as she’s eager to do more witchy work. Samhain will be here soon before you know it. Now, if only I can loom knit a witch’s hat for Betsy to wear…

Hope you’re having a magickal time, my friends. I’ll see you on my next post!

Namaste,
Diana

Sneak Peak Of My Upcoming Lotus Cow Jewelry and Accessories Line

Happy Saturday, friends! I have some exciting news that I want to share with y’all.

I’ve been tinkering with my jewelry and accessories line to feature my illustrations and I’m happy to report that they will be made available sometime on October 2019.

Here are some snapshots below to give you an idea on what they’ll look like:

Adjustable ring with a 1.25 inch button.

1.25 inch button earrings with hypoallergenic French hooks.

I will also be offering a larger version (2.25 inch) soon for selected designs. On top of the jewellery portion, I’ll also provide mirrors, pinback buttons, clip ons and magnets. More details will be provided soon in a future blog post.

The Lotus Cow Jewelry & Accessories line will be made available via Red Lotus Designz website for purchase. At this time, it’ll be shipped to residents in the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii), Puerto Rico and Canada.

All of the pieces are handmade and will be made in limited batches. If you’re looking to gift someone during the holidays who is obsessed with cows, you’ve come to the right place 😄

Let me know your thoughts!

Namaste,

Diana

Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – No Ordinary Cow

Guess Betsy wanted to make this known for the post –

I’m not here to blend with the crowd. I’m no ordinary cow.


So…many of you have wondered if Betsy is an actual cow. She’s actually a plush animal 😂 it’s how I portray her in the illustrations. She’s more of a plush animal familiar (i.e. Betsy’s full of magic). Sometimes, she likes to pull tarot cards and do readings. You can see it when viewing my Instagram stories at @redlotusdesignz. You can also check out her bio under the IG highlights “Meet Betsy” to learn more about her.

In fairness, Betsy reminds me not to be a cookie cutter. Sure, she may look like a cow. But that doesn’t mean she acts like one (sometimes she exhibits cat-like behaviour 🤔). In any case, being your own person and identifying your unique nature can scare others. Some of us may be accustomed to seeing the same set of people with personalities, looks, etc. Some folks want to be part of a clique crowd (think Mean Girls) that extends beyond the high school atmosphere. I see this happen online and offline.

It’s a general reminder that you don’t need to fit in society’s “standards” in order to be accepted. Be true to yourself. Be authentic. Be you. Because no one can’t replicate your existence and your purpose for living.

Here’s to living in your own truth and to the beat of your rhythm.

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