Hello and welcome!
My name is Cole. Welcome to my blog where I share my adventures in art + biz!
I’m a writer, artist and entrepreneur. I’m also a wife, mom, student, part-time employee and so much more. Life is busy, but that’s okay! Because for the last year or so I’ve been pretty damn happy and that’s a big deal for me.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been dealing with depression and anxiety, and until recently it pretty much controlled my day-to-day life. On top of that, I was down-in-the-dumps, couldn’t-give-a-fuck, plain ol’ miserable! I hated everything in my life from where I lived to where I worked, and even my daily routine. I was pessimistic, angry and stubborn!
Then something amazing happened! I pushed myself out of that cushy, warm comfort zone of misery and hate and plunged headfirst into a world of possibilities! With my hands-shaking, mind-racing and heart-aching, I opened an Etsy shop, starting blogging and fell back into love with life! Before I knew it, I was genuinely happy for the first time in a long time.
Changing wasn’t easy though. It took me years of constant turmoil, battling inner demons I thought nobody could imagine. Depression and Anxiety joined forces and decided to run the show – my show! – and for a long time I let them. They were the bullies you didn’t face out of fear of further torment. Those kids you’d rather pretend you can ignore, than deal with. So instead of facing them, I accepted them. But that age-old advice of ignoring your bullies until they went away didn’t apply here. When that bully is your own mind, it knows all your secrets and just what buttons to push.
Eventually I decided to stand up to myself for myself. I decided I was worthy of happiness and success and joy. I took back my life, and now those bullies only visit for short periods of time. I guess that’s okay though. They keep me humble 😉
And I want the same thing for everyone. I truly do! I want people to wake up and love their life, even if it isn’t perfect, even if they have a long way to go, even if they still feel sad or lonely or depressed once in a while. Because I truly believe that we have the power to not only design our dream lives, but live it! Even if it takes a while, even if we fall down and scrape our knees, even if it’s not 100 per cent of the time. We can learn to get back up, wipe the dirt off ourselves and keep going. We can learn how to deal with the little bumps in the road, and to appreciate their lessons.
So let’s do it! Let’s take control and live our dream lives!
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I create compelling content for a variety of publications that gets shared hundreds of times! To see samples of my work check out my Contently page.
Or if you’re looking for an experienced writer for your blog or website, please contact me 🙂
I also make illustrations, zines, buttons and more, which are available in my Etsy shop.
Interested in having a custom piece made? You can contact me for that, too!
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