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This grown-ass lady is officially on vacation!!! The last of the orders go today, and then it's time for relaxation! I love working, which I know is weird to say, but it's very true. However, I try to spend this time of year not thinking about Holly Oddly the brand, and instead think about Holly L'Oiseau the actual human being. The new year is going to bring the coolest stuff yet, so I've got to get my energy stockpiled for it!
In case you haven't seen my stories, these came in the mail yesterday! They aren't being released until 2019, but I'm so happy with how they came out! I also have sneak peeks of some new journals in my stories, so check those out!
All of my journals are getting revamped for 2019, and I'm pretty excited about it. I've decided to embrace my love for colors by having "colors of the year." Before I thought I had to use the same colors forever and ever, and now I know that's just not true. So excited for the new year!
Today I'm 36, and I'm feeling the weight of time on my shoulders. I would never be able to explain this to my 20-something self, the way time feels more finite now than ever before. I've seen a lot. I remember the Gulf War. I remember when Princess Diana died. We watched in horror on the tv in my high school as two boys my own age in Colorodo shot their classmates down. I was between classes in college when the twin towers fell. I've also seen the first black president get sworn in, the Me Too movement, the legalization of gay marriage, and a tiny step forward towards the acknowledgement of a transgender person's right to be themselves. But positive change isn't moving fast enough. Just the other day I saw another maker who had a quote and the name from a convicted rapist on a shirt she was selling. When I told her, she decided that she liked the lyrics too much to be bothered that they came from someone who had sexually assaulted a woman. At first I thought "she's in her 20s. She's just a baby." But fuck that. She's a grown woman. Do you know who's a baby? My not yet 3 month old daughter. And if I want to see the world change for her before I die, then I have to stop being afraid to speak out. I'm too old to worry about backlash. I lived through being poor and hungry. I lived through sexual abuse. I lived through foster homes. I've watched my father die. I can handle it.
Sneak peek of a new design for 2019! Anyone else feeling like this new year just might be a good one?? This will be a print, pencils, and a journal!
In high school I remember not seeing eye to eye with everyone but being able to have some constructive (and often fun/enlightening) debates....except for with two girls. They called me names and were never willing to listen or speak kindly. Some days I wished that I would walk into class and learn that they had transfered to another school across the US or, better yet, the globe. That never happened, but now I'm so glad that the virtual world isn't like high school. Well, it can be that petty...but luckily I have the ability to "transfer" anyone who is unreasonable or rude across the virtual globe by muting them, unfollowing, or blocking. It makes me feel relief that I don't have to stress the way I did when I was a teen. Don't be afraid to lighten your anxiety by removing the people that don't add to your life.
This typography is in one of my prints, and even though it's a bit uncharacteristic for me, I love it. There's an optimism behind it, yet a hint of melancholy. After all, why would you want to create a who new reality if you like the one you are currently in? If you're stuck or hurting in this reality my hope for you is that you're able to create a new one because I've been there.
I have to remind myself that the crazy things I stress about don't really matter, so I thought I'd remind you, too. 😊