Friday, May 9, 2014

Nightly Doodles Blog Party & Book Launch

Last year when I started Tuesday Talk, I reached out to other Etsy sellers who I thought were worthy of some space on this blog. One of them was Jenipher Lyn from Nightly Doodles. Her illustration style is adorable & positive messages worth remembering.

This year, as she told us she would, Jenipher published a book called How Being Stubborn Depressed and Unpopular Saved My Life. It's a book for pre-teens & teens about navigating that time in your life when you feel like no one understands & everything seems to be upside down. It's the book she wished she'd had when she was that age & struggling.

To celebrate the launch & talk about the sections of the book, Jenipher asked some blogger/creative friends to help out & I was flattered to be asked to participate. Yay for positive messaging!!! Yay for supporting each other!! Yay for Doodle Dreams!

My doodle is going up today on Jenipher's blog, Cherry Runway. It is based on the first chapter of the book - Let's Be Unpopular.

In the 7th grade I got some of the best advice I ever had in my young life:

One day, you won't know any of these people. Maybe 1 or 2 of them. Your lives will move on & so will theirs. So don't worry about their bullshit. 

That came from my step-mom. If it had come from my parents I might have ignored it as so many kids do at that age, so if you are an aunt/uncle/step-parent/person on the periphery of a young person's life, you are in a unique position to make an impact. Know that kids they are listening to you. Her words seemed a little long for a blog graphic but I felt they could be summed up by something my grandmother used to tell me all. the. time. This too shall pass. We all know that nothing is permanent - even if it feels like it.

Anyway - it turned out to be true. The people she guessed I would still be friends with I am, in real life. I've connected with a few others on Facebook, which of course would have been hard for my step mom to anticipate in 1991. The point is - we all survived! Better than that - we all moved on.

Check out Jenifer Lyn's amazing book - How Being Stubborn, Unpopular and Depressed Saved My Life!!

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