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?

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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 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ)

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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

A (Not So Simple) Trip To The Local Craft Store

Betsy tried her hardest when she visited the local craft store to buy some yarn ๐Ÿงถ She wanted to make a simple scarf for her Mister but she ended up buying more than needed.

Webcomic created with Procreate app.


Happy Friday, friends! Took the day off from work for a medical visit. The little one needed his flu shot and a haircut just before school starts. Here’s to hoping for a smooth transition and more time for me to work on my illustrations and programming on all things Betsy related ๐Ÿฎ Did a simple prayer and tarot reading while writing down my intentions on what I would like to achieve during the New Moon in Virgo phase. My Moon in Virgo is feeling this so that explains the need for a more productive day, I guess.

Speaking of projects…I finally got back into loom knitting after putting it off for some time (i.e motherhood and job). Now that things are winding down for a bit, I figured it would be great to work on a blanket for my Pillow Pet Cow. And yes, for the kid as well ๐Ÿ˜› the cold season is approaching so might as well be prepared.

If there’s one thing I know about going to Michaels, it can be heaven to my creative soul but hell on my wallet. It’s even worse when you are a frequent customer at the establishment (as noted in my tweet below):

I bought some yarns that are from Yarinspirations Caron x Pantone brand. I’m also getting a knitting machine in the mail that I hope to use when making scarves and hats in bulk.

I used to crochet, but I find that keeping the stitches straight has been a challenge. Even in making simple dolls was hard on my coordination. The only time I would use crochet is if I’ll do some simple finishing designs at the end of my work or just bind pieces together with the leftover yarn.

Do you happen to knit / crochet? Ever felt tempted to buy almost every single product at your local craft store? Let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ’ญ

Namaste,

Diana

Betsy the Lotus Cow Says – Define your Happiness

Happy Wednesday, friends! Here’s a quote that Betsy wants to share with y’all:

Your idea of happiness can only be defined by you.

So…what is happiness? According to Merriam-Webster, it can be define as the following:

Happiness___Definition_of_Happiness_by_Merriam-Webster

A simple definition on the word happiness. Yet, why do we sometimes complicate this quaint concept? For many of us, defining our idea of happiness can stem from a number of factors (not limited to the following):

  • Our childhood upbringing
  • What our peers tell us
  • What society tells us
  • What we see on social media
  • Our mentors / parental figures
  • Celebrities and people that we admire in a high visibility setting
  • What we find comfortable in our daily quo
  • Seeing others appearing successful (online and offline)

Growing up, I was fairly happy in the sense that I had a home to go to and spending time playing video games, conversing with my family, my cats and just being sheltered. My introverted nature came from my willingness to stay hidden in my room, while having an overactive imagination that resulted in dabbling on artistic pursuits (i.e. writing, drawing, painting, etc.).

As I’ve gotten older, my idea of happiness began to change as I was exposed to more situations that made me question my sense of what I originally defined during my childhood years. The thing about happiness is that our concept on what we originally learned many years ago usually changes (either for the better or worse). I do believe we have that ability to understand why our defining moments of happiness changes in our waking life. Some of us may not have an immediate grasp on it. Some already know what they want out in life to stay happy.

At the time of this writing, I can tell you that what makes me happy is helping others and being creative. Spending time with my family is also what keeps me going as I consider them my source of inspiration. I define my own happiness in the sense on what helps me improve my mood without resorting to drastic measures. Happiness, in a nutshell for me, is being content on what I have available.

What makes you happy? How do you define your sense of happiness? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Namaste,
Diana

National Lipstick Day

Betsy came to terms with herself that lipstick is just another art medium that you can draw your face with in a tiny tube.


Happy National Lipstick day, friends ๐Ÿ‘‹ I actually don’t wear lipstick as much, except for special occasions. Still, it’s nice to feel glammed up every now and then. My personal favourite is from Besame Cosmetics in “Besame Red.”

What are your favourite lipstick colours and brands? Let me know 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 ๐Ÿ‘‹ 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 ๐Ÿฎ

In a nutshell, July has proven to be a hot mess for medical stuff. Doesn’t help that it’s currently under Mercury Retrograde ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ 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 ๐Ÿฅฐ

Rock your body this summer and all seasons. You are doing amazing and you deserve to flaunt yourself every way possible ๐Ÿ‘

Namaste,

Diana

Rooted in Friendship

Betsy found a new friend and it’s a Venus Fly Trap. It’s name is Vivi. She wanted to name it Sailor Venus, but Vivi sounded easier to pronounce.

Animation made with FlipaClip.

I recently acquired a Venus Fly Trap during my trip to the NY Hall of Science and fell in love with it!

Do you have a Venus Fly Trap at home? If so, let me know!

Namaste,

Diana

Mercury Retrograde Season

Mercury Retrograde is usually a time where we need to take a back seat, mind our business and making sure that we avoid miscommunications. Oh, and expecting the worst from technological equipment.

Unfortunately for Betsy, she ends up picking fights, even if no one intentionally upset her. Poor cow.

How do you cope with Mercury Retrograde? Let me know in the comments!

Namaste,

Diana