Friday, September 26, 2014

What i LOVE Friday! - Lisa Congdon

Happy Friday!!

On Fridays I'll be chatting about things i Love aka things i think YOU'LL love too! Sometimes it might be a funny video to bring you joy [like in my newsletters] or someone i think is  AWESOME .

 It seems like it would make COMPLETE sense to talk about one of my favorite artists for the first 'i LOVE Friday!' so I'd like to introduce you to Lisa Congdon![although I'm sure most if not all of you know of her already!]

 
 Lisa is a lady of many trades! She paints abstract paintings, she does hand lettering, she's licensing her work, she teaches, and she's a great speaker - She's genuine and has a sweet voice. I've heard her lectures twice already, and i can't wait for the next one!

http://lisacongdon.com/portfolio/be-kind/

The internet is a place where it's so easy to feel inadequate because of how "perfect" everything is: the perfect studio, or cooking experience. Kids that look like they came from a catalog, and a house that's decorated to a Tee. One of the main things i want people to see about my journey is that it's NOT perfect. I didn't spend 40 minutes making my breakfast look like a magazine made it for me, ill just share it and hope that it inspires people the way it is. 

And that's why my ALL time FAVORITE reason i love Lisa so much, is that she is insanely honest on her blog. She doesn't make everything perfect. She shares her struggles, her anxieties, and her progress in a way that makes you realize she's a real person

Take a look around her website, her blog. Count how many different types of work styles shes has! It's amazing. :)

I hope you had an inspired Friday friends!!
-Jenipher

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm teaching a class!! Yay!! :D

Hooray! Happy Wednesday friends! Today [and on Wednesday's] I'm going to tell you about the fun new things in Nightly Doodles land! I've been slacking telling you things AS they happen, so lets start NOW! :D

 
 

I'm teaching an doodle journaling class in Manhattan on October 1st, [eek!] and wanted to personally invite you all to come! There will be watercolors, and micron pens and experimenting galore!!



The class will be at an adorable little shop called "the Ink Pad" in Chelsea. It's going to be super laid back and fun, and the Ink Pad is just the CUTEST!!

I truely hope if you live near by you can come!! 

Have a beautiful day!
-Jenipher

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Encouragement! #1



I've been thinking about blogging consistently for YEARS. Years!! Isn't that crazy?! And it's time! For now, until the end of the year, my goal is to blog at least 2-3 times a week. Wish my luck!!

To get rid of the MOODY Monday's I'll post a happy, encouraging doodle, starting with RIGHT NOW! On Wednesday i'll share what will be in store for that day of the week. Hooray!

Have a beautiful day friends!
-Jenipher

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finding a moment to BREATHE.


Good Golly! 
Holy August?? Where did it go?! 
Hello September.
Hello end of Summer. [hooray!]
Hello cooler weather, pumpkins and warm cozy drinks.
My Favorite. :)

I'm finding lately in the hussle and bussle of life, that it's harder and harder to just take a moment to BREATHE. For me it's taking a moment to sit with a warm beverage [even in summer!], often a treat and my sketchbook. To jot down what the daily anxiousness's are, and to randomly make to-do lists to get things out of my head. [even though i already have them on my list at home!]

However that looks for you...i ENCOURAGE you to take a few moments for self care everyday. It really does make ALL the difference!!

My 'self care' has been watercoloring. :)
 

How about YOU? What can YOU do today to take care of yourself?

-Jenipher

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Watercoloring, to-do lists, and ALL that Jazz!

Holy August!


Lately I've been struggling with super long SCARY to-do lists, and trying my best to catch up with all the things i feel like i 'should' be doing more often... like blog. It makes my heart sad b/c i really DO want to blog more consistently, but other things that need to be done ASAP come up and blogging gets set to the back burner. 

But on the BRIGHT side.. I've been working on an all new "30 Days of Doodles" and it's ALL original watercolor doodles. I'm OVERJOYED and have been happily working on it nightly. It's going to be so encouraging and beautiful and lovely! I would love for you to join me on this 30 days of encouragement if you're interested. :)


I'm going to keep most of them a secret until the launch but here is one of my recent ones on the front page of Women You Should Know's website.Yay!

Today i will CELEBRATE that i got a WHOLE blog post done!! [something off my to-do list! hooray!] ;)

What can you CELEBRATE that you got done today??
-Jenipher





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rest is IMPORTANT to FLOURISH.

Hi friends!! It's been a WHILE!
I just got back from Florida. I was visiting my family, and had the pleasure to 'meet' my nephew! Yay


While i was there, computer-less, i spent a majority of my time exploring my creativity in ways i don't often allow myself to do here in NY. My mom bought me a NEON EXPLOSION of fun crafty things! [sharpies, colored pencils and the COOLEST pencil pouch i've ever seen!!]


I spent time hugging doggies [they have three] and swimming everyday. I learned that computer FREE days are so IMPORTANT. I spent a lot of time just being with friends and family, but i spent a SIGNIFICANT amount of time writing, drawing, and coming up with new designs, and planning my current and future projects.

It's funny.. as artists we wish we had the time to work more on crafty things and less on business things... but this past week I learned that spending a TON of time using your right brain is EXHAUSTING. I guess the balance is okay for now... [even if i still wish i allowed myself to be crafty more often]

All and all it was a good trip and a good reminder how IMPORTANT rest is for not only my body, but for my career too!

Is there anything you've learned [about yourself] recently? I'd LOVE to hear about it! :)

Happy Wednesday friends!!
-Jenipher