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Show up and shine

Posted on: September 25th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

What would you do today if you weren’t feeling self conscious…? How would things be different if you weren’t worried about how you looked or came across? What would it be like if you just KNEW that your story was important and people needed to hear it? Can you imagine how it would feel if you just trusted that your friends (real or virtual) genuinely wanted to hear from you, see your face, or share in the beautiful thing you’ve just created…?

The thing is, they do!

What gets in our way is our own fear and worry.

And I’m done with it. I’m so tired of getting in my own way all the time! I want to be here, to show up and ⭐️SHINE⭐️ and I want to help you to do the same.

There are some wonderful people that I am super inspired by at the moment who are just so sparkly. And I know that the fear is still there for them. But they are showing up anyway and oh how I love them for it 😍

If you need some inspiration too, go and check out:

@sugarandsloth to meet Anita, queen of feeling the fear and doing it anyway, creator of cute and sweary things

@through_this_iris and meet Shiráz, traveller of the world, photographer extraordinaire and mental health warrior

@hedgerowyarns and meet Jane, classiest lady on my feed with the most beautiful photos and fabulous small business

And if you’d like a bit of help stepping up and shining, I’ve got a new little Facebook group called Show up and Shine.

It’s got me as your cheerleader and signposter to useful things that help with social media and other places you can show up, and it’s growing into a sweet and supportive little community.  I’d love you to come and join us 🙂

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What would you do today if you weren’t feeling self conscious…? How would things be different if you weren’t worried about how you looked or came across? What would it be like if you just KNEW that your story was important and people needed to hear it? Can you imagine how it would feel if you just trusted that your friends (real or virtual) genuinely wanted to hear from you, see your face, or share in the beautiful thing you’ve just created…? . The thing is, they do! . What gets in our way is our own fear and worry. . And I’m done with it. I’m so tired of getting in my own way all the time! I want to be here, to show up and ⭐️SHINE⭐️ and I want to help you to do the same. . There are some wonderful people that I am super inspired by at the moment who are just so sparkly. And I know that the fear is still there for them. But they are showing up anyway and oh how I love them for it 😍 . If you need some inspiration too, go and check out: . @sugarandsloth to meet Anita, queen of feeling the fear and doing it anyway, creator of cute and sweary things . @through_this_iris and meet Shiráz, traveller of the world, photographer extraordinaire and mental health warrior . @hedgerowyarns and meet Jane, classiest lady on my feed with the most beautiful photos and fabulous small business . Who are you inspired by? 💭 . And if you need a bit of cheerleading today to help you kick fear in the bottom, leave a comment below and I’ll give you a boost as some #MondayMotivation! . . . . . . . . . . . .#ShowUpAndShine #ShineYourLight #BeBrave #ShowUp #FeelTheFearAndDoItAnyway #YourStoryMatters #ShareYourWork #CreativeLife #SocialAnxiety #MentalHealthMatters #YouCanDoIt

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Dive Down: Swimming off on a new adventure

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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I could really do with expanding my vocabulary… I am seriously over using the word ‘exciting’ at the moment.  I am writing this with the help of a thesaurus…because things are just so blooming exciting! So…. *ahem* …

I am delighted to share with you some exhilarating news about the next phase of Dive Down.

This inspiring journey started with me drawing my way through a difficult time in my life, and led to the creation of an illustrated story called Dive Down.

It’s an autobiographical fairy tale.  A self-help graphic novel.  An illustrated memoir.

It’s lots of different things, and now is also:

A paperback book available on Amazon here

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A free PDF available by signing up here

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And 100 pocket sized books that are being given away and left in different locations, which you can see starting to head off into the world on a map here.

Sharing the images on social media to begin with made me feel very vulnerable – I’ve never done such personal work before, and opening myself up like that was pretty scary.  But it was also thrilling.

Because I was helped by all kinds of creative, compassionate people and resources at the time I did the drawings, sharing my story and spreading the word about the help that is out there feels really important and empowering.  There is a list of the resources in the back of the book and which you can also find here.

As the story heads off into new hands and lives,  I feel incredibly excited.  More excited than I think I have ever been.  So excited I need to find some new words to express myself…

I’ve set up a new website specifically to host all of the Dive Down goodies at www.divedownthebook.com

One of the most moving bits of the process has been asking people for quotes to help spread the word and encourage others to download and read the story.  Here are some amazing words from some of the amazing people brave enough to share them with me:

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Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep launch

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Happy summer solstice!  I’m launching a new project that I am really excited about…

Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep is a very personal story.  I drew my way out of a difficult time and the drawings evolved into a book, which I am sharing to help and inspire others.

Today I start serialising the story via social media, with exciting plans coming up for other ways to share the book in physical and digital form.

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You can find out more on the Dive Down project page here.

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Based partly on Buddhist principles, Dive Down is a story about deep sea diving into the internal sea of our fears and anxieties – somewhere we tend to not want to look.  Through reading lots of books and meditating, I noticed where I was trying to move away from things that hurt me – distracting myself, hoping for something to make me feel better, when really it was that endless searching was the causing me the most pain.

The project became a collaboration between two Sams – Sam Attenborough, a mentor and co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting added the words after the visual story was complete.

With a list of resources for further support included at the end of the tale and an inspiring Spotify playlist to accompany the book, we intend for Dive Down to be enjoyed by a range of people and shared further, to encourage other deep sea divers find their courage, take a deep breath, and dive into their own oceans to find calmness.

Follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook or Google+ and watch out for a picture a day, followed by some special announcements and news about where the project is going next and how you can get involved.

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Drawing Inspiration: First Aid Kit

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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I am increasingly finding music a great source of inspiration – it really is one of the easiest to access modes of creativity, and there is so much to choose from.  Although I appreciate there are some potential issues with Spotify, one of the great things about it is discovering new music.  Swedish band First Aid Kit came up as a suggestion for me to listen to, and lead to me buying albums and pottering off with a friend to see them live in London last week.

Actress and model Nathalie Cox is a big country music fan, and often my partner in crime for girly fun stuff.  I had a feeling First Aid Kit would appeal to her too.  I was right, and you can find her Cowboy Geek Chic blog about the gig here with one of my illustrations.

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Lyrics and imagery from songs sort of sink into my brain as I listen on the train or sing along in the bath.  This band has some really lovely poetic lines that I find haunting me as I go about my day.

One of my favourite First Aid Kit songs is Shattered & Hollow, packed with some amazing lyrics…

 

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Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated adventures

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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One of the things I’ve realised is that, as a freelancer, it’s a bit too easy for me to become a hermit – staying in drawing, spending time with the dog, eating biscuits… without really talking to anyone all day.

So, on a mission to change that and make sure that I connect with all the exciting things that are going on in the world, I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge.  To get out, visit lovely people and interesting places, keep my eye open for things and people to draw, and to try and illustrate some of the ideas I talk to people about.

I’ve called it Drawing Inspiration, and my plan is to have regular blog posts where I share some of the places I’ve been….

I’m really excited about it and did my first little visit this week, so will be adding a post about it soon!

 

 

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