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


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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

Crop top for ALL bodies

Betsy wants you to know that no matter your body type, you CAN rock that crop top you always wanted to wear.

Don’t listen to anyone who says you CAN’T. Society is the problem, not you.


Hi friends 👋 I hope this post finds you well. As many have you seen, I’ve been inactive while I was struggling with my own health issues. I had to make some visits with my OB/GYN and my primary care doctor in taking the next necessary steps for my overall health. Not to mention, taking care of my son who had an allergic reaction that resulted in an ER visit. He’s doing much better. He’s a fighter, just like his mama 🐮

In a nutshell, July has proven to be a hot mess for medical stuff. Doesn’t help that it’s currently under Mercury Retrograde 🤷‍♀️ In any case, this month was a moment of reflection and self care. I’m pretty sure the words “self-care” gets thrown a lot around, but it’s worth repeating. When I’m feeling that sense of guilt if I’m doing the right thing in taking care of myself, these are my affirmations that I love to say out loud:

Self care is not selfish.

Your body and mind needs self care.

Your own health comes first.

You can’t run on an empty tank without treating yourself first.

Don’t expect to help others if you can’t help yourself.

My biggest reward in self care is actually wearing a crop top. And yes, I’m a plus size woman with a large belly, thunder thighs, a very large butt and a double chin.

When I drew Betsy, I envisioned her being confident, care free and being a total badass in rocking her crop top (it reads Udderly Fabulous, in case you’re wondering). I remember feeling scared and vulnerable when I wore my crop top with my yoga pants at home. But once I saw myself and noticed how cute it looked, I felt great.

I’m always inspired and happy to see plus size bloggers, activists, artists, influencers and models embracing their size without fail. And I love how they’re not afraid to shut down haters who make an attempt to police their bodies.

Don’t be afraid to wear what you want. Your fashion, your choices. You don’t need to be thin to rock a certain outfit. Embrace your body to its fullest extent.

By the way, I absolutely adore Lizzo. Fellow Taurus woman and she slays every way possible 🥰

Rock your body this summer and all seasons. You are doing amazing and you deserve to flaunt yourself every way possible 👏

Namaste,

Diana