My personal life musings

How my 31 day social media fast went

How my 31 day social media fast went

During the month of December 2015 I decided not to use social media, read blogs, watch videos, or listen to podcasts. What I hoped to achieve was to get some clear head space and dedicate more time to exploring my personal art. It was also a nice way to wrap up the year and make sure that what I’m doing in my business is what I really want to be doing. You’re probably curious to hear what it was like, so here we go. Read more...

My WordPress Meetup talk and thoughts on roadblocks

My WordPress Meetup talk and thoughts on roadblocks

Why do opportunities often seem to come with a side dish of pickles? (Metaphorical ones.) I wish I knew the answer to that question.
It's just too big a coincidence, hearing all these stories from people who had a total shit storm happen as they were preparing for something big. One of these things happened just last Friday, as I was on my way to WordPress Meetup in Zagreb. Read more...

Creative Clarity Retreat – 31 days without social media

Creative Clarity Retreat – 31 days without social media

Let’s cut straight to the point, because I’m not in the mood for introductions: I’m taking a break from social media. Again. This time for longer than usual, and I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am. It feels like going for a trip to a foreign land, except this foreign land is in my own home, and I get to bring all my art supplies with me, not just one (okay, two) sketchbooks. If that piqued your curiosity, I’m glad to share the why and the how in the rest of this post. Read more...

Why I hate personal development blogs

Why I hate personal development blogs

You know which blogs I mean. You’ve probably read them, too. Those blogs that feature a new post every day of the week – a post that looks and feels exactly the same like the post from the day before, and if you've read one, you've read them all. Those blogs that seem to talk a lot, yet say very little. Those blogs that are listed on every life coach’s sidebar under the title “As seen in”.
I wanted to like them. I truly tried to enjoy them, but I just couldn’t. One by one, I unsubscribed from those blogs, and continued my search for meaning without them. And what a great decision that was.
What triggered me so much that I want to dedicate 2000+ words to this now?
An epiphany. Read more...

On being in the Process

On being in the Process

The Process. The growth period. The transformation. We all love being at the end of it. It’s a badge of honor to be through with the Process. To be a survivor. A winner, even.
Being in the middle of the Process? Not so much.
I am in this Process right now, and I want to collect my thoughts on this and share it with you, if it’s something you need to hear. Read more...

The ways I've changed in 2 years of freelancing

The ways I've changed in 2 years of freelancing

September 1st was the second anniversary of me going out on my own and becoming a full time freelancer. On occasions like this, bloggers usually write recap posts where they share about how their business has grown, the goals they've achieved, how much money they’ve made and what their newsletter list growth was like... If you've been paying attention, you know that's not the real focus of this blog. I'm not living a six figure dream working 4 hours a day. I don't have an Amazon bestseller, or a course hundreds of people have gone through. But there are other things I value, that have improved so much in the past 2 years, and that's what I want to talk about. Read more...

When your passion becomes a chore (My love-hate relationship with design)

When your passion becomes a chore (My love-hate relationship with design)

My path hasn't been very straightforward, and I don’t see any signs of that changing... But one thing remained a constant for the past 15 years, and I wanted to write about it today – graphic design.
In this post I share the story of how I became a designer, what my first enthusiastic years were like, and how getting a job woke me up to a different reality. Good thing is, this story does have a happy end. Read more...

Everything I know about depression

Everything I know about depression

Six months ago, I could not have even fathomed that I would ever feel this good again. Six months ago I wasn’t able to imagine a brighter future or what would it take for me to reach it. Six months ago I was at my lowest of lows since 2008, and the years in between weren’t exactly Disneyland. Six months ago I was wondering, “what if this is the real me, and what if the happy, content me was a fake? What if there’s no way for me to ever feel better because that’s just my melancholic nature?” You may be wondering why I feel so compelled to write about depression, on my art and business blog no less? Read more...

International Fairy Day art show

International Fairy Day art show

This Saturday, June the 20th, was the opening reception to a group art show called "Visions from the Fairy Realm" featuring art by me and a fellow fantasy illustrator Karin Bogdanic. Here are some photos from the show opening. Read more...

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