Going home

It was time for Betsy to go home. She will never forget the sights and sounds from her vacation.

Betsy became fond of the palm trees during her stay. It was a reminder to slow down and enjoy life with each passing breeze.

Floating above the negativity

Happy Friday, friends ๐Ÿ‘‹ I hope the month of May has been treating you well ๐Ÿ˜Š

Today, I wanted to share my new piece that started off traditionally and ended up making the edits via Procreate. I really love capturing Betsy’s expression while holding a balloon ๐ŸŽˆ

My husband asked me what was my obsession in drawing Betsy holding balloons ๐Ÿ˜… The truth is, I was once afraid of balloons growing up. And clowns ๐Ÿคก I think it was because I saw Stephen King’s It movie that made me afraid of them while growing up ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Over time, I decided to grow out of that fear and finally embraced them. Perhaps by drawing Betsy holding a balloon symbolises my way of compromising my brain and learning to let go of my childhood fear.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling more down as of late. As May is coming to a close and on the topic of Mental Health Awareness, I wanted to share how I’ve been feeling.

To begin with, I’ve had some doubts on my ability to maintain my sanity while being a decent human being. There were some moments that I felt out of place and often question myself Why am I doing this? On top of working full time, I’ve had some moments where I just felt tired and giving up ๐Ÿ˜“ Sometimes, those panic attacks creep in and trying to ruin my groove. Often, I would have to take breaks in settling myself to the best of my ability.

It’s also not fun hearing my thoughts with phrases like:

You don’t deserve happiness.

Your coworkers think you’re weird and stupid.

You don’t have any friends because you’re a horrible person.

I’m surprised you’re a mom and wife with the way you are.

You’re fat and ugly.

Your family tolerates you but they secretly hate you.

…and the list goes on.

For me, the idea of “floating above the negativity” is my way of reassuring myself that I do have the ability in rising above from toxic people, thoughts and situations. Is it easy to do so? Not really. But, I do my best in keeping things in stride when proceeding to higher ground than where I was originally at in the first place. It’s a balancing act.

How do you rise above the negativity? ๐Ÿค” Would love to hear your thoughts ๐Ÿ’ญ

Namaste,

Diana

My Favorite Form Of Self Care

Sometimes when things get hectic, I rely on one thing that helps me stay sane (aside from eating food). And that is…taking a nap!

I think many of us take naps for granted, especially when we get older. Of course, handling children and trying to squeeze in a few winks is difficult to do so. That’s why I try my best to take one either during my lunch break or when I’m finally finished with my work. Those 10-15 minutes are pure bliss.

What’s your form of self care?

Namaste,

Diana

Motherโ€™s Day

It’s been a while since I did a comic. Been experimenting with different styles and ended up making it colourful with a bit of a pastel / retro aesthetic.

I decided to create the comics on Procreate since it was easier for me to do the shading along with adding the text. It’s quite a different direction, compared to using Comic Life by plasq.

I created Betsy and baby Betsy for this comic, inspired by my Pillow Pet plush animals. They’re always together, no matter where they go ๐Ÿฎ

Mother’s Day has been quiet, but filled with plenty of sentimental moments since I decided to stay home and celebrate with my family. It was also a dual celebration since my son’s birthday is this week. Can’t believe he will be turning 4 and starting Pre-K this year! How time flies ๐Ÿ˜จ

While I’m grateful & fortunate that I’m able to spend time with my family, my son and being able to speak with my mom – I know that Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for others.

For those who are struggling and doing their best to cope – I want you to know that I’m thinking of you. If you ever need to talk or want to share your experiences about Mother’s Day, I am opening this space for you.

Namaste,

Diana