I remember the moment so distinctly: I was sitting at work, getting ready to listen to an all-company presentation. I was giddy. And no, definitely not over the hour-long meeting of finance updates and trend graphs I was about to endure. I was giddy because I finally realized what I wanted to do with the year 2017. 2017 was the year I was going to start a doodle Instagram account, and use it as my daily diary. I had been struggling with getting into the swing of “adulthood” after graduating from college a few years prior, and had been searching for something more ever since. I was longing for a creative outlet, one that could help me express my struggles, my wins, my… well, everything. An Instagram account seemed like the perfect way to hold me accountable to drawing every day, and it held a special place in my heart because it’s where I found the artist who inspired me to embrace simple doodling: Mari Andrew.
So, I rummaged around my apartment for some old colored pencils and markers and purchased a small $10 sketchbook. I excitingly drew 10 little (and very bad, now that I look back at them…) doodles I had thought up out of the excitement of starting a new project. I snapped some very bad pictures of them in some very bad light, and voila: uploaded them to my new Instagram account Decade2Doodles.
I posted a doodle a day every day for over a year and found so much joy in doing so. Decade2Doodles helped me grow and express myself in a way I had never expected. And, best of all, it introduced me to a whole lot of wonderful people out there, all feeling and sharing and hoping and living just like me.
Decade2Doodles taught me that you don’t have to be perfect to start something or be understood. It’s also taught me that change can be exciting, no matter which stage it’s at – whether it’s the decision to start a project or the decision to switch it up! I recently went digital with my drawings, which has been a fun change of pace and makes me feel like I’m still learning and growing as an artist.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share my thoughts with so many people, and I smile looking back through my doodles as I remember the different life moments I’ve had over the past few years I’ve been drawing (one of them being getting engaged to my fiancé, who has affectionately been called “Doodle Boy” by my followers, and proposed to me by drawing a doodle! Check out my Instagram stories for that fun day). All of this is to say: for anyone looking to take a creative leap of faith – do it. It will always be worth it for the most important person out there: you. And maybe some others along the way, too!
#1 What You Know
#2 Clothing Mishaps
#3 Wanna Bet?!?
#4 Not All Growth Looks The Same
#5 Heart Evolution
#6 Sometimes You Use Your Cape For Superhero Things, And Sometimes You Just Want To Use Your Cape As A Blanket. And That’s Okay
#7 Friendly Reminder That Loneliness Or Struggle Doesn’t Always “Look Like” What You’d Think
#8 Like Chutes And Ladders
#9 Aaand I Have None Of These Things
#10 Missing You
#11 These Can Be Tough, But So Can We
#12 Mountains That We Climb
#13 Animals Of The Week
#14 Bug Bites
#15 Tip Of My Tongue
#17 We All Have Nights Where We Tell Ourselves We’ll Be Better In The Morning
#18 Treat Yourself Like You’re Your Best Friend
#19 “Goodnight Room, Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Cow Jumping Over The Moon”
#20 A Hard Thing To Do
#21 Dealing With Stress
#22 Also: Anywhere, Really
#23 Not A Crybaby, But A (Go Ahead And) Cry, Baby
#24 Sundays Are For Sweatpants And Little Movement
#27 How It Was
#28 Some Days
#29 Cookie Monster
#30 Rookie Mistake: Not Putting Your Hair Up Beforehand
#31 We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Get There…
#33 Let It Flow
#34 Very Thankful My Dad And I Are No Longer In The Pit Of Despair
#35 Yesterday I Had A Droopy Sunflower Day. Hoping Today Is A Tall Sunflower One
#36 Some All-The-Time, General Thoughts But Also Some Very This-Week, Specific Ones
#37 My Mom Does This Adorable Thing Where She Calls Inedible Things Yummy — And These 4 Things Are Definitely High On My List Of Yummy
#38 There Aren’t Many People Out There Who Know “Why” You Are
#40 Particularly Dramatic
#41 Grass That Is Greener
#42 Sigh. Why Am I Like This
#43 The Struggle That Defines My Summer
#44 Let’s Be Honest With Ourselves. We Always Come Back To It. Always
#45 So Thaaat’s Why
#46 There’s A Difference
#47 Take It Off!
#48 Closing A Chapter Doesn’t Mean The Story Is Over
#49 Feet That We Put Down
#50 Space Doesn’t Always Need To Be Filled With Sound
#52 Going Back To Work Feels Like A Cramp In All Of These Places
#53 Snip Snip
#54 Which Paths Do You Choose?
#55 Bite The Bullet
#56 How Beautiful We Are Alone, But How Gorgeous We Are Together
#57 Don’t Judge
#58 Greetings, Earthling, Please See Attached
#59 Digital Drop
#61 Love Is Love And I Love Cake
#62 You Make Me Bloom
#63 Your Groove
#64 Classic Love Stories
#65 Special Friendship
#67 But That’s Where The Ice Cream Is!
#68 Don’t Look At Me!
#69 Here’s To Finding A Way Back To Level Ground