Cooking Joys for @greatjones (I illustrated their care card which comes with every order! 🥘)
Oooo what an exciting month! World Pride in NYC and I can’t wait to see a whoooole lot of internet friends! 😍
Postcard from my post-TED vacation on a Greek island 😍 Taking a small break here but I’ll see you when I get back!
What a beautiful experience speaking at @tedxathens today. The audience was so engaged and lovely and I was so appreciative for their attention! I was also so nervous I forgot the T in the word “night” but I remembered the important things :) It still feels surreal, but I’m grateful and excited now to explore a bit more of Greece! PS. I’ll share the video when it’s available 💗
All my creative energy this week is going toward my talk at @tedxathens, but here is one from the archives as I’ve been thinking a lot about what it might look like to treat these bruises.
Get ready for 4 months of me complaining about the heat
Hi! I’m in the mood to give you some updates: Update 1: I’m speaking at TEDxAthens on June 1 and I’m pretttttyyyyy nerrrrvous…but I’m okay with being nervous! I’m also very honored, curious, and delighted: This is a different topic and format than I’ve done before, and what a gift to get to stretch my mind. PS. If you’re in Greece, I would love to see your beautiful face at @tedxathens! Update 2: Over July 5-7, I’m teaching a weekend-long workshop at the gorgeous @1440multiversity in Scotts Valley (near Santa Cruz), CA. What a dream!! There will be goooood food, plus wellness classes, PLUS the ambient scent of redwood trees…and we’ll be talking about creativity, career, love, and loss. We’re going to figure it all out! In the woods! Details at bymariandrew.com/events Update 3: I have a lot of personal travel coming up as well, and I hope to write my little brains out during those trips. So, if I’m slightly less expressive on Instagram, in theory it’s because I’m being expressive elsewhere. ;) I can’t wait to share some thoughts with you through more rambling talks and essays, and thank you so much for being so receptive! Update 4: Inspired by my beloved friend and teacher @ruthielindsey, I’ve been doing a lot of healing work for the past six months. It’s truly been WORK but entirely perspective-changing and heart-enlivening. I really believed that certain things would cause me pain forever (at one point I asked my therapist if it was okay to just suppress those feelings) and, like many artists/writers, I thought that pain was what fueled my work and empathy. Learning that I actually CAN heal has been transformative and I look forward to sharing some of that journey with you! Update 5: I’m learning how to put in contacts but I hate touching my eyes. Any tips?
A page from my book -> A scene from my home 🌻
Not year-specific, I guess
Epilogue: I went to Storm King in October with Someone Else and it was very nice AND it still did not negate this original feeling 😌
Swipe to see a couple cards from my new postcard book called LITTLE GESTURES, available in most booky places (Booktopia for Australia, Book Depository for free international shipping!) ☀️
Rejection Series: When I was trying to get my book published four years ago, I got rejected so many times that I started making paintings of all the rejection emails—to turn my shame and disappointment into something beautiful. It didn’t really help that much. But it made me laugh, and made me feel like I had some control over my own story (and both are essential to combatting shame feelings!).
A few pages from my new workbook GETTING THERE 🎨 Find it on my website or where you buy books, on Booktopia for Australia, and Book Depository for international shipping 🌱☺️
Below, just a few of my teachers whose work and wisdom have had direct effect on my work and life (and they can affect your life too!). Some I know, most I don’t. You don’t have to know your teachers personally! Hafiz Mac Miller Anne Lamott John Keats Ruthie Lindsey Amy Krouse Rosenthal Broderick Greer Ram Dass Jon Batiste Ashley C Ford Brené Brown Jedediah Jenkins Maira Kalman Timothy Goodman Richard Rohr Noor Tagouri Michael Leunig CS Lewis & the Inklings …lots and lottttts of others. Grateful to have a ton of people teaching me all the time, just by living their lives and allowing us to witness!
🌟Giveaway🌟 I’m giving away my new workbook and postcards to three people! Leave a comment telling me something kind you’ve done or witnessed recently, and I’ll message the winners on Sunday evening, New York time :) International entries welcome 🌍 • The fine print: No purchase necessary. Enter between 19 April and 21 April at 5pm EDT. Open to world residents, 18 years and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
I’ve always drawn souls as purple clouds?
See also: a crush
If there’s one thing I want you to take away from my work, it’s this: YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! I don’t have some magical power; I just express what’s inside. If you want to do the same but don’t quite know where to start, I’ve collected many of my favorite prompts and put them in this guided journal for you. “Getting There” is out today, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it! • In addition to the workbook, I made you a book of postcards—also out today! Both on bymariandrew.com 🌱🌻
Today my heart is with this majestic witness to history, which has generously served as a bright beacon of beauty during so many dark times.
Especially when he has a new look for spring 🙄🥴🤪💔
I once wrote an essay called “Optimism Is Exhausting.” You can read it in my story today or google “optimism is exhausting” :) And much love/many thanks as always to my soul brother @jonnysun 🌱
I’m giving this recent note its own space because there is all of a sudden an actual DAFFODIL PASTURE by the DOG PARK near my home (swipe for bad photo!). I’ve been visiting it on my sunrise walks every morning, really astounded by the abundance and by how wild it is that the world is holding so much pain and heartache and dogs and daffodils at once.
This is my drawing of a French hotel room (swipe to see the real thing!) where I drew many of my recent illustrations and did a LOT of reading and writing. @HotelTonight selected such a beautiful space for me in Bordeaux to experience a change of scenery (all of their hotels are so beautiful!), with an inspiring "home" to do my work in the evenings. Isn't it so peaceful to return to a hotel room after exploring a new place? #ad