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You’re so weird. I like that!

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I remember somebody once signed my year book. “You’re really weird, but I like you anyway!” 🙁 I dont know if I was more offended or hurt. A) I was weird..annnnd the connotation behind that isn’t a positive one.  And B) apparently being weird usually makes people unlikable. As I have matured (like a good aged cheese) I have realized that my weirdness is what sets me apart in the best of ways. I’ve found people like me and I love my little weirdo tribe! I wouldn’t trade my weirdies for the world! Because these are the people that are happy! These are the people who know who they are...

Can you do it for me?

  This is so. True. I’ve noticed this in my own work. I’ve noticed this in others work, and doubt does totally destroy creativity. So often I hear people say “I can’t do it. I’m not artistic…”  (or in the case of my toddler, “You do it, mom!”). All I want to do is shake them and say, “Everyone is creative! Stop doubting yourself!” Seriously y’all, don’t doubt what you can do. You are so amazing and unique. “The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” Amanda Coomaraswamy Take confidence in what you do. If it doesn’t look like everyone else’s, congratulations!...

Be Yourself!

Be YOU tiful bee hive printable by Spotted Pepper Designs

Design work has been a long, hard journey for me. Trying to find out where I fit in the world has been difficult. I spent so much time, energy, and heart trying to figure out how others where doing it, and thinking it was the only way. Because of this, I missed out on the key point. To be myself! When I do ‘me’, is when I create my best work. I don’t question. I don’t struggle. I thrive. It’s so important to be yourself. I’ve gained so much self love and confidence as I have figured out who Designer Rachel is. Designer Rachel loves ugly colors, that don’t match,...

Your soul.

Soul Happy Printable by Spotted Pepper Designs

So many days I get to the end and feel so exhausted. Wasn’t it Bilbo Baggins that said something about not enough butter and too much bread? I feel like the butter. There just isn’t enough to go around, and what is there just can’t handle a whole piece of bread! I get talked out, touched out, worn out, exhausted by politics, tantrums, facebook fights, mommy shaming, physical pain…should I let the list go on? We both know it can. Adulting is hard. At the very end of every the day I just want to crawl in bed and brainlessly watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and giggle to myself forever...

Today I did something amazing!

Today is the Day by Spotted Pepper Designs

Today, I wore a bathing suit. In this pale new mom bod that I am still learning how to love. I love my body, I really do. It has done some amazing things. It’s held up to some strong endurance sports. It’s carried all my babies. It’s fed those babies. It’s felt love and happiness. It eats tacos. I really like tacos.  It’s also done some really bad things. It fell off a wall once. Like 7 years ago. And I still walk with a limp. It has bailed out on supporting a few pregnancies. Apparently, my blood likes to form clots, so I can’t sit for longer than 2-4...

“You are Enough” a rally cry!

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I really struggle with feeling like an impostor sometimes. I’m self taught in almost everything I do, which can sometimes lead to me being paranoid that I am doing it wrong and that I will never be good enough to have value to my peers. Talking to my friends I realize that “Impostor Syndrome”  is actually a common fear regardless of education or skill level. This was a pivotal moment for me. Realizing that people who I deem successful are still trying to figure all this out and that feeling this way doesn’t mean I actually am horrible. Once I realized it was just a mental hiccup, I was able...

Be Still My Soul (a coloring book)

Be still My Soul: A printable adult coloring book for the LDS faith.

This last year has been full of some really rough stuff. We’ve lost babies, gone through fertility treatments, had our daughter diagnosed with JRA, surgeries, moved to a new state,  took out a ton of student loans, pregnancy complications, health problems with our dog,  financial stress and more… It’s been hard! I’ve cried more than my fair share, and been lifted up by the loving arms of friends and family on many occasions.   As I searched desperately for a way to relieve my stress, I found Jude, my friend Leisha’s unborn baby boy.  Jude had a multitude of health problems and was born premature. After a good fight, he...

Why 2014 Sucked and Why Thats Okay

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At the end of August 2013, we decided to move from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Salt Lake City, Utah. By the beginning of September, we were on the other side of the country.  Good bye white sandy beaches of paradise! Hello snow cap mountains in the dry desert! It was crazy fast, and quite honestly, a little traumatizing. We had complete faith it was for the right reasons, although I think it took this last year of trials and growing to manifest itself.  Below is a complied list of things that really sucked for our family this last year, and why I think it’s okay that it happened. 1. Massive...

My Dreams Coming True

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Y’all, I am a girl with big dreams. Today, I was able to take a step towards those dreams. I want my photography edits to be great. I want my blog to be great. (Note to self: still learn CSS.) I want to be a surface designer and do fabrics. I want to just let my creativity to flow into the world. Today, because my parents are AWESOME, I was able to inherit their old computer. Let me get this straight though. It’s not really that old, they just needed a new computer. Score for Rachel! It came preloaded with the creative suites, so hello adobe illustrator and photoshop! It’s...