Floral Series & Some Life Updates

Happy July!

I'm excited to share that I've finished another #30for30 days project, where I stick to a subject and make a daily(ish) painting for 30 days, and then sell them on Instagram for a super special low rate of $30. It's a fun way for me to share my work, and reward all of you for supporting my paintings!

For the month of June, I decided to take on florals so that I could expand my portfolio of flower and botanical paintings. It nicely coincided with my growing hobby of turning my house into an indoor jungle. More about that later. For the florals, check out my tag #30for30florals on Instagram to see the rest; or see a selection of my favorites in my portfolio.

I'm going to take a little break from doing a 30 day series in July as I focus on big, exciting freelance projects (can't wait to share those) and working a ton on my book!

Now that we're halfway through the year, I took a little time to reevaluate my January goals/resolutions. I'm happy to see that I've made good progress on checking off half of my resolutions list. Now I'm focusing on health – both physical and mental health. It's been a change for me to really focus on defining work/life balance for myself. But in order to have a sustainable, healthy life, I have to start making changes before I turn into an anxious, gollum-y creature hunched over my Cintiq as a permanent state of being.

Ryan and I signed up to go to the gym and work out with a personal trainer 3x a week, and we've already been 4 times in the past week. That's more than any form of exercise I've stuck to in the last...oh, 9 years.  I'm also trying to make some changes in my diet, and that part is especially challenging now that I work by myself in my studio. I'm tackling a little change at a time, from drinking 80oz of water daily (I just fill up my tumblr 4x a day), to meal prep for lunch for the week, and now adding in working out!

I'll update ya on how it's going as the summer progresses. Any health tips or thoughts appreciated!

P.S. I started writing more about mental health balance as well, and then the post started getting so long I decided to split it into a second post. Look out for that on Monday, and have a great long holiday weekend!