New Colors for the New Year

New Colors for the New Year

I’m indebted to Liz Steel for this ingenious idea of sketching my current palette on the first page of a new sketchbook. Not only is it a useful record of palette changes over time, but it helps get me past the perfectness of a new sketchbook. That unmarred perfectness can keep me from diving in for fear of ruining its pristine white pages. A sketchbook is meant for the messiness of exploration!

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I’m in Love With a Planner: the Hobonichi Techo Planner

I’m in Love With a Planner: the Hobonichi Techo Planner

Desiring to start the year off organized, I eagerly purchased the Hobonichi Techo Planner. The Hobonichi Techo is a Japanese planner that has gained a worldwide fanbase since its creation in 2002. Some features I adore:

  • Portable A6 size
  • One day per page format
  • Graph paper design
  • Fountain pen friendly, bleed-resistant, strong wafer thin Tomoe River paper
  • Thoughtful array of beautiful accessories

What follows is a quick overview and first impressions of the planner and additional accessories I just couldn’t resist. Stay tuned for an in-depth review once I’ve had some quality time with this little lovely.

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My French Debut

The day after I posted this video, a French journalist working for France Info (kind of like the French version of NPR) requested an interview for an article she was writing about the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I gratefully accepted the opportunity to share my story. The original article is in French so I've included a screenshot of the translation. You can read the article in its entirety here (with the use of a translator app).

The ACA (Obamacare) Saved My Life

Dear family, friends and supportive strangers,

In March 2009 I had plans to jump in front of a NYC subway train.

I have bipolar disorder.

I could not afford medication or therapy.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) changed that.

But now our government wants to take away my lifesaving care.

I'm terrified.

Give my story (and millions of others) a voice.

Call your congresspeople.

Share this post.

❤️ Lydia

Join me in calling the people we pay to represent us in Congress this week. If you've benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, tell your congresspeople why; let them know access to affordable care matters. If the current health care law has negatively impacted you, tell your congresspeople why and how they can make it better. 

Why a potentially intimidating phone call? It's the most powerful way to make your voice heard short of visiting congresspeople in person. It's not as bad as you might think, and in less than 30 seconds you'll feel like a superhero! Find your representative here and your senators here.

Bonus tips:

Call your congressperson's district office instead of their DC office. You'll be less likely to experience a long hold time and you'll have a better chance of speaking to someone who is an authentic local in your community.

Prepare a script with a personal touch. It can be difficult to know what to say, so write it down. This post includes a couple of sample scripts, but be sure to include any personal examples if you have them.