Using Adobe Illustrator, vector art generating software, I've begun experimenting with creating very simple digital drawings. This calendar features a series of 12 drawings combined with self reflection practices designed with transformational life coach and great friend, Kim Jordan (www.emergeinnerlifecoaching.com). This is our second calendar collaboration. We wanted to pare down design and text into the simplest forms possible so that each month was very easy to understand. Self reflection is about looking inside of oneself to understand who we are. It takes giving yourself time to just quiet down and check inside for answers about how we are feeling, what we are wanting, and what we are doing. I began a personal growth quest in the 1990's because I realized that if I wanted to have more peace and love in the world, I needed to first find peace and love within myself. Self reflection takes a lot of humility, and it is an ongoing work in progress. It's learning to be very honest about how you are feeling in any given moment. I wanted to create a easy to use tool based on personal growth practices that have been most beneficial to me over the years, by collaborating with Kim Jordan who has been on the same journey of developing inner peace, as a way to create external peace. The exercises in the calendar are open to interpretation and are not meant to force any ideology, they are simple tools anyone can use of their own free will. They work like road signs that point to different directions of your choosing. What Kim and I wish is for our project to help manifest more peace in people's internal as well as external lives. This perpetual calendar allows you start the year off at any month, and end exactly one year later. If you are interested in finding out more about this project, it is available in my Red Bubble store here.
Wishing you and everyone around you, a happy, healthy and fruitful 2018! May each moment be a joy to encounter! Leading up to this day, I've begun creating new artwork using Adobe Illustrator. Here's a new design for the new year. It's a celebration of the Year of the Dog. 2018 is a Dog year in the Chinese Astrological calendar which Japanese people also celebrate. The Japanese celebrate each January 1st, while the Chinese will celebrate new year's day on February 16th this year. I created a drawing based on a cute Japanese hariko icon that people use to bring fortune, especially for mothers and children. The hariko inu is a small paper mache dog. Here's a Pinterest board of them: https://www.pinterest.com.au/nancmeister/hariko-inu/. I'm not sure how old the design is but it dates over 100 years old. I find the design pretty adorable and definitely an antique version of kawaii style. The dog symbolizes loyalty, intelligence, friendliness, honesty, and holiness. I LOVE dogs and made the art work thinking about some of the great dogs I have known. Do you know Japhy the Wizened Chewenie? He's a great dog hero! I've also updated my website and am making a resolution to upload a new post each week. Let's see if I can meet this. I have so many fun projects to report about and collaborations so there'll be more to write about. In the meantime, please check out my new Red Bubble shop! It's got the year of the dog image in cute stickers and other fun items plus an awesome calendar created with transformational life coach, Kim Jordan . Click here to check it out!
Next week is the start of spring! In anticipation of the new season, here are two designs to celebrate the emergence of the true self: a new sticker and poster set titled, EMERGE. This is part of my ongoing collaboration with inner life coach extraordinaire, Kim Jordan (emergeinnerlifecoaching.com).
The image in the poster and sticker depict a loving individual emerging forth from the generations of human beings that came before it.
Through our work together, Kim and I aim to bring positive messages of cosmological love and personal growth through our universal green character. Check out our other products, like the Be Your Own Coach Calendar in the Hoshi Hana Zazzle Store!
Please be sure to read through our product descriptions to get the best versions of the on-demand items. For instance, the poster will print best at sizes 24 x 24 inches or smaller. You can click on any of the images here to see them in the Hoshi Hana Zazzle Store. For best pricing, check out the daily coupon codes available at the top of the page.
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I’ve just completed a new calendar design project with my great friend, Kim Jordan. Each month focuses on a specific exercise, that in our words, “you can use to resolve inner conflict, deepen your relationships, liberate your essential gifts, fine tune your self awareness, embrace the present moment and engage with the world fully.”
The artwork features a green universal individual who represents the person using the calendar, in a variety of liberated stances related to the exercises. Here is one of our favorite images from March which is about understanding generational perspectives.
Kim is a “inner life” coach who has over 12 years of professional experience helping her clients reveal their best, authentic selves through a practice called VAI (Voice Activated Integration) that she developed along with her colleague, John Hoyle. She designed the exercises, wrote all of the text and guided the ideas for the images. I designed the calendar, created the images and helped edit the text. As one of Kim and John’s clients, I have always felt their techniques could be shared with others to use on their own, with meaningful results. The Be Your Own Coach Calendar is not a replacement for traditional therapy, psychiatry, or a professional coaching relationship. However, for people who are already on a path of inner self refining, it can provide a positive boost towards self awareness and liberated, presence.
Words, like inner awareness and authentic self, might sound hokey. We use them to describe a process of self knowledge. I am a fan of personal growth, and have been on a quest to learn how to navigate each moment, to be as authentic as possible, with myself and others. It’s been a continuous journey I’ll probably be on for the rest of my life. I believe that everyone will find a path that will suit their own ways. This project is an offering that Kim and I hope will help.
If you know of a special someone who would benefit from what the Be Your Own Coach Calendar offers, please consider gifting it this season or sharing the following links with them. It’s available in medium and large sizes through my store at Zazzle.com. Zazzle is a print-on-demand (POD) company which prints items as they are ordered. The links below will take you to each item to purchase on their site. Be sure to use the day’s discount codes located at the top of their pages to get the best deal. 😊
To learn more about Kim Jordan’s inner coaching practice click here:
Emerge Inner Life Coaching website: https://emergeinnerlifecoaching.com
Independence Day! What a great thing to celebrate. The independence of a nation and freedom for its’ people!
Hope you and your family enjoy a great relaxing summer holiday. Here’s an image symbolizing freedom of the soul I created with Kim Jordan. Another collaboration created for her work at Emerge Inner Life Coaching. Enjoy!