You’ve Got This: Free Printable Goal Chart

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I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with a renewed fitness routine over the past month, but am disappointed to admit that I didn’t do well at all. It’s a new month (and a new day) tomorrow, and I’m ready to really dig in a do this thang!

My ultimate motivation (besides just wanting to feel healthy again) is that my third sister just recently got engaged and her wedding is only a few months away. Wearing a bridesmaids dress comfortably in front of a bunch of people will serve just fine as my current goal. I do best with visual reminders of progress, regardless of what the goal is. So I made up a chart for myself and thought I’d share it with you too. Maybe it will help you achieve a personal goal of your own!

In the past when I’ve used goal charts like this I like to pick two colored pencils; one in my favorite color, and one that I don’t like all that well. Then for each successful day I get to color in a square using my favorite color (it’s so very kindergarten…but eh, whatever works, right). The goal is to have the majority of the chart filled with my fave color by the end of the month. Of course you can feel free to just check the box…or if you really want a grade school throwback, use stickers!

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Download your goal chart using the link button above. There are two version available…one with the days of the week listed and one without (just print the one you prefer). While you’re at it, you might also like these Printable Action Plan Sheets that I shared a few years ago. Oldies but goodies! Here’s to achieving our goals one day at a time! xo Ez

A New Art Print Sneak Peek and An Art Theft Follow-up

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When I shared a post last month about having my artwork stolen by South American fashion retailer Luigi Bertolli, I could have never imagined the ripple effect that the post would make, or what the outcome would be from it…

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Each one of your words of support and encouragement meant the world to me. It was incredible to no longer feel so isolated with my frustration. Many of you spread the word about my situation on your social media channels and within a few hours Luigi Bertolli began removing the posts that you shared on their Facebook page. But you guys didn’t stop…you kept posting, and by the next day Luigi Bertolli said that they’d be reaching out to me. That seemed unlikely, but after several days I finally did hear from them. They offered up a short excuse that “they took the artwork offline and didn’t have any intention to use it improperly,” and that I’d be hearing from their lawyer. Unfortunately by this point I learned that I was not the only victim of this company. One of my favorite artists, Michelle Morin also had her work stolen by Luigi Bertolli for an unauthorized t-shirt design (she posted about it on Instagram).

After that first email, I didn’t hear from Luigi Bertolli again for quite a while. I was starting to think that they were just jerking me around, when many days later their lawyer emailed me. He sent me a brief statement saying that the designs that had been created with my artwork have been removed from their stores and that a situation like this would never happen again. I have no physical way to prove that their statement is true, so if any of you in Brazil find yourself in a Luigi Bertolli shop in the near future, I’d love for you to keep an eye open to make sure that they have in fact removed the shirts as they say they have.

Even without proof however, I still feel a sense of relief that the outcome that I had been hoping for actually came about. And YOU are the reason why this happened! A resolution such as this would have never occurred without you and this amazing community we are a part of. Your support brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

I am endlessly grateful for each one of you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And finally this experience inspired me to illustrate a new print: “When Life Hands You Lemons.” I can’t wait to share the whole thing with you, and add it to my shop when it gets back from the printer! The image above is just little corner sneak peek! xo Ez

Making Memories

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you. My daughter and I are meeting up with my Mom and youngest brother and sister (they came in from out-of-state) for a two-day adventure down at Disneyland! The last time we visited the park, it was icy cold and the kids were much younger (read fussy). This time around I’m really looking forward to the warm forecast, and 3 teenagers who are, for the most part, a delight to be around. This will probably be our last time at Disneyland while our kids are sill “kids,” so I’ll be cramming as much memory making into the next few days as possible. See you here again next week! xo Ez

My Creature Comforts

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Hello lovely friends! I hope you are keeping cozy and warm today. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my personal creature comforts that are making me feel happy in my home lately. First up, my bedroom. After resembling a black hole for almost a year, I finally managed to get it looking like an actual room last week. I hung up some art, used a cheep-o scarf to brighten up the end of my bed, and put up my DIY neon twine-wrapped pendant light (among other things). I still plan to paint, hang new curtains, and find an awesome rug to cover the cold tile floors…but for now, I’m content to finally have a livable room again!

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Next, one of my favorite purchases from years ago is this “faux metal” cuckoo clock. I’ve had it for so long that I can’t remember where I got it from (maybe Urban Outfitters). I tried to find an active link to share with you all, but I struck out. Let me know if any of you find it!

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And lastly, a sneak peek at a sweet little DIY project I’m working on for next week (I’m loving those bright colors)! I can’t wait to share it with you! Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day! xo Ez

When Imitation is NOT the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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This post has been buzzing around inside my head for quite some time, and now today it’s come down to: 1. to post OR 2. not to post. Ack. Okay…since there is a novel down below you can clearly see that I chose Option 1. Here it goes.

Over the course of my time as a blogger I’ve seen countless cases of artists and makers having their creative talents blatantly copied, and in every case it has been sad to see people who put their heart and passion into something unique, have it taken from them so unceremoniously. Sometimes there are accusations of copying, where the lines get a little bit fuzzier…a style that is similar but not identical, and I suppose this is the gray area that can make copying harder to define. However…in growing frequency I have seen artists have their work taken as-is, with very little or no “modification,” and sold without their permission or compensation. It truly saddens me to say that I am now one of these artists (see the image above).

To say that this upsets me is a big understatement. I am someone who is simply trying (and working very hard) to support myself and my daughter by building a brand around my artistic style. I’ve found that one of the worst things about having your work stolen, is the way that it can stifle your creativity and rob you of a desire to continue sharing your work. Ever since becoming aware of this incident I’ve struggled to feel comfortable to put anything new out.

It hurts that a company with a loyal following throughout South America would find it acceptable to blatantly steal from me, simply because they can. I’m not sure if location had anything to do with their decision to steal my work. Maybe they figured that halfway around the world it would be unlikely that I’d ever find out. Thankfully there are good people all over who are looking out for me and other indie artists, and who aren’t willing to turn a blind eye when they see stuff like this going on.

If I had been contacted by Luigi Bertolli about using my illustration work, I would have been delighted to partner with them in some capacity. But finding out that one of my illustrations has been taken without permission, stuck on a t-shirt, and is helping to fill their pockets with absolutely no compensation or credit back my way is such a disappointment. I have been unable to get in touch with them through their site, and if I were able to, all I would ask is that they immediately pull all of the stolen designs out of their stores. I know that legal action could probably be taken (especially since there is no debating that it is my illustration that they used), and I must admit that the thought has been tempting…but at the end of the day I’d honestly rather put my energy into my work and a path that will take me forward in the positive direction that I want to go.

Before I go, I just want to quickly clarify that my reasoning for this post is not to start an online riot against this company. I’ve tried to keep my words here as non-confrontational as possible. I acknowledge that I could have kept this whole thing to myself, but ultimately decided that it was important for me to speak up, both for myself (talking about this has taken such a weight off my shoulders)…and for any other new artists out there who may be going through similar situations and feeling alone (you’re not).

Since starting on this illustration path last year I have been so inspired by each one of you. The support of our creative community has been invaluable to me. Thank you for giving me a chance to voice my frustrations and get a little housekeeping out of the way here today. Now onto better and brighter things. xo Ez