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Elizabeth Gray  ✍🏻☕️📚😌🐈 Best known around the internet for being an honest introvert, drinking too much coffee, & lettering my feelings.

Am I playing with moving boxes instead of packing them? 😅 Maybeeeeee. But I couldn’t let a somewhat clever/ slight goofy Instagram opportunity go to waste. 😉🤷🏼‍♀️ I know it isn’t perfect - I’m very human and very aware of my lack of photoshop skillz - but it made me giggle today and I hope it does the same for you. And don’t worry, no cats were harmed in the making of this photo - even though Emmy does look awfully confused. This photo is somewhat inspired by an old post of @stefankunz ‘s and also from the fact that I like to live in the moment and incorporate what I’m feeling/doing that day into my feed. And currently, I have 8 days left to pack up our apartment and absolutely zero motivation. So don’t mind me while I just keep procrastinating over here. 😂🙈 I hope you have a lovely rest of your Thursday, my friends!

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But the new @dyson Lightcycle Task Light might just be exactly what I didn’t know I needed. It simulates properties of natural daylight, tracking the color temperature and brightness of daylight wherever you live and adjusts automatically. 🤯 I’ve only been using it for a week and my mind is seriously blown.

And it doesn’t stop there. It reacts to the ambient light in the room to keep your workspace a CONSISTENT BRIGHTNESS. Plus you can control it all (and create your own custom lighting settings) using the @dyson Link app. Pretty sure the only thing the Lightcycle doesn’t do is unload your dishwasher and pay your taxes.

Soooo if anyone needs me, I’ll probably be working here way too much now because not having to worry about lighting makes creating letters just that much more fun:) I hope you enjoyed this sort of out-of-the-norm timelapse of my day, and I hope you have a great rest of your Tuesday evening, my friends! 🥰 #DysonLightcycle #ABrighterVision

Having nothing to say has become something that I talk about. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ Go figure, right? Being an introvert - or just being human, actually - can be confusing and weird and kind of amazing all at once. We humans are complicated beings, and it can sometimes be tricky to figure out exactly what makes you ‘you’. But once I stopped being almost ashamed of my introverted self and started to embrace it, I started to find my voice. It’s a sassy + sometimes sarcastic, but always kind a voice. This little corner of Instagram has become a place where we can all chat about the good things, the mundane-but-wonderful things, and even the things we struggle with. And it’s proof that you can find something to share, something to connect with other people on, even if it’s about how you struggle to talk to people. 😉💙 It’s ironic in the most wonderful way, don’t you think?

E is for effortless experimenting. ✨🤪 KIDDING. Timelapses make art look easy, but it took me over an hour just to get the pencil sketch correct. ExtREme eXtrA EfFort 😅🤷🏼‍♀️ Also, I get so many requests about showing my pencil process, so even thought it takes three times longer to film, I GOT YOU BOO.

This style of vintage lettering is not typically in my wheelhouse, but I felt like going way outside of the box today. I found inspiration from a photo of a pile of trashed vintage Las Vegas marquee signage - isn’t that random? So I added purposefully an imperfect pattern of wobbly little circles, almost to remind me of what would be lightbulbs. And the some shading because I wanted to. But mostly I just had fun. And I wanted to remind you that it’s ok to just chill out for a day and have some fun too.

I don’t know if I’ll be coming back to this style anytime soon because holy crap those serifs were challenging, but I guess we’ll see. Also, is it just me, or is it awfully satisfying just watching that shiny, juicy ink dry down? 😍 This caption has been one long random ramble, but today I’m ok with that:) I hope y’all enjoyed another peek into my sketchbook, and I wish you a lovely rest of your Thursday! 😉🙌🏻 #bulletjournaling isn’t in my blood. ✨💙 // Can I get an amen? 🙋🏼‍♀️ I’ve been at this point so many times, because despite the fact that I LOVE freelancing (most days), it isn’t easy. At all. And I thought I was the only one who felt like quitting every other week until I talked to other people - successful, talented, hardworking entrepreneurs like @lizcookphoto - and found out that it’s common to feel that way. We’re only human, after all. But what’s uncommon is to stick to it and keep going, despite the fear and the failures and the difficulties.
Because whatever it is you’re doing, whether you’re a nurse or a stay at home mom or a freelancer, it’s worth it. Worth the hardships and the stress and the nights crying into the couch cushions because you’re so freaking exhausted. Because it’s a part of who you are, a part of your soul. And you just can’t quit, because then that would be quitting on yourself. I feel you, I know the struggle. But note to self, to my self and your self - you’re stronger than you think you are. This post is a reminder for when you’re feeling anxious + doubting yourself because trust me, it happens - no matter what level of success you may have. Just don’t let the doubt stop you from achieving greatness. Most things worth doing don’t come easy, but we aren’t quitters - so bring it on. 😉💙
Shoutout to @shawnmendes for this song (In My Blood) that I heard on the radio today that gave me the motivation to keep it up for at least another week or two, and shout-out to YOU if you made it through another long, rambling caption of mine. You tha real MVP:) happy Tuesday, my friends!

Sometimes, it’s the little things. Like a juicy new pen with loads of ink, or the way steam curls up from a cup of coffee (or tea) 😉💙 But I’ve tried to make a little habit of noticing tiny, almost inconsequential things, and cultivating appreciation for the little moments that most would call mundane. And it makes me appreciate the big, crazy kind of moments even more.

So this video isn’t crazy complicated, because I’m feeling a more simple + chill vibe, and I hope y’all enjoy watching me not use a gel pen for once. 😂🙌🏻 Is everyone having a good weekend so far? If anyone needs me, I’ll be enjoying the 70 degree sunshine while it lasts and trying to not be sad at the loss of my sweater weather. ☺️ Happy Saturday, my friends!

and it’ll be ok, even if it isn’t easy. 💙✨ // I’m in a bit of a weird headspace right now. Happy yet overwhelmed, feeling a little bit buried by everything life has thrown at me lately. Current mood: hide in this hoodie all day and just avoid adulting for a little bit longer.
Because despite the current upheaval consisting of all good things that are happening, they’re taking some time to process. My best friend got married, a family member is welcoming a new baby soon, and we’re moving to a new house next month - just to name a few. And it’s just a lot to handle for my emotional, sentimental introvert (INFP) self. I’m happy FOR everyone, if that makes sense, but for some reason I’m crying intermittently as I adjust to this new reality and the changing family dynamics. 🤷🏼‍♀️
But I’ve decided to cut myself some slack with the adjustment period. I don’t have to feel all back to normal all at once, and I’m not going to force it. It’s ok to not be ok all the time. This might be my last kitchen floor corner shot, but I’m not going to mourn in - instead, I’ll enjoy this corner while I have it and look forward to finding more creative corners in the new place.
So if you’re going through a little wobbly emotional time as well, just know you’re not alone, and that you’ll be alright soon. 😌💙 I’m cheering for both of us, ok? I’m so grateful for y’all listening to my little ramble and for letting me be super vulnerable and honest with y’all. I love that this corner of Instagram is a safe space for all of us to just chat. So thank you for that, nd I wish you all a lovely rest of your Thursday:)

🖤 new month + new style for the #bulletjournal // Sound on to make this video 10x better. 😂🙌🏻 Looks like April is for experimenting with Art Deco, and I’m not mad about it:) Seems like I’m into retro styles lately as I attempt to branch out and stretch my creative muscles each month. March was a difficult spread for me, but for some reason I always pictured this month’s cover page with having the geometric flair of the 1920’s. The borders may not have turned out exactly like I expected, and not all my lines are straight, but I’m still so happy with how it turned out and quite pleased with how my use-a-different-style-of-letters-every-month experiment is going. 😉🙌🏻 All in all I’m quite pleased to be back here on the ‘gram with y’all after a little break for my best friend’s wedding, and I wish you all a lovely rest of your Tuesday! 💙

On a scale of 1-10, how tired are you right now? 😂🙌🏻 I’m honestly too sleepy to figure out my number, but thank goodness for Saturdays and the chance to sleep in for a change. Remember when I told y’all I just had that feeling that 2019 was going to be a good year? I’m already overwhelmed and we are barely getting started. But overwhelmed in a good way, with all the good things. Starting with my BEST FRIEND GETTING MARRIED in just a week and there’s so much wonderful wedding craziness leading up to it and oh my goodness I need a nap yesterday. But you and I will all be alright, we just need to slow down our overactive brains and take each day just as it comes and try to get enough sleep if we can, and then just keep going. 😉💪🏻 We’ve got this. I believe in us, ok? So I’ll cheers this cup of coffee to you and get right back to enjoying this sleepy Saturday of mine and try to not be tired when Monday rolls around. 😴💙 happy weekend, my friends! .
// 👉🏻 idea from a tweet by technicallyron

I made this for you 💙✨ // Remember when I said I wanted to fill my bullet journal will a different style of letters each month? And how I REALLY struggled with the March style but really forced myself to go outside of my self-imposed box and do something really different and retro? Soooo yeah, turns out I’m kind of obsessed and can’t stop playing with these thick groovy letters + comic-book-influenced-style. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ And I never EVER would have thought that these would be so fun, so it turns out that jumping outside of your comfort might not be such a bad idea after all. You might just discover a little piece of yourself that you didn’t know existed just yet.
And I wanted to use this little moment to just say thank you. Whether you’ve been here since yesterday or day one, just know that I appreciate the heck out of ya. I know I don’t have the time to answer every single comment or DM (although I try my best 😂) but I want you to know that you are seen and you are appreciated and you are loved and I’m so happy to have you hanging out in my little corner of Instagram. It feels like just a big, happy group of friends hanging out to talk about letters and cats and nail polish and our feelings and life and I’m oh-so-here for it. Soooo yeah, this one’s especially for you, and it also took three hours to film because of those dots/halftone so I’m going to go hunt for a snack. Because, im, I totally need one toooooooo replenish my energy. Heh yeah, that’s it. 😉🍟 I wish you all a lovely evening, my friends, and happy Thursday! 💙

“Show up scared, and prove your courage.” 🙌🏻💙 - lovely words from my friend @jamievaron // Fear and anxiety are normal reactions, our brain signaling us of potential danger. Or maybe just of things outside of our comfort zone, uncomfortable things that will push and prod and grow us.
That process isn’t always fun - in fact, it’s normally quite scary. It’s the feeling of standing in front of an unknown wilderness that’s cloaked in fog, and knowing that there is nowhere to go but forward. Fear is that dreadful, hollow, paralyzing feeling, but bravery is taking the first step into that unknown, despite the fear. You don’t have to be fearless, you just can’t let fear stop you from chasing what you want.
And the results might not be perfect. But perfection isn’t - and shouldn’t - be the goal. If I had waited to start sharing my work until I felt ‘brave enough’, I’d still be waiting. Even now, I sometimes feel the fear creep in whenever I send an important email, or have to stop and take a deep breath right before I hit that ‘share’ button to let a new lettering piece out in the world. But I’m doing the dang thing anyway. Scared, but still brave. Anxious, yet courageous. Flawed, but we’re trying. That’s what makes us human. ✨💙
If you’ve made it this far, just remember: you’re doing great, and you can do it, and you deserve a snack:) Here’s a big hug from me to you, from all the way across the Internet. 😌✨ And I wish you all a lovely evening, my friends:) happy Tuesday!

✨ note to self ✨ Because sometimes, we just need this reminder, right? Even if everything lately seems to be going wrong, even if everything you’ve tried lately hasn’t really worked out the way you thought it would, just remember - you’re still making progress, even if it’s slow. A baby step or a stumble forward is STILL a move in the right direction. And don’t get discouraged if you see others leaping while you stumble. Focus on your own path and don’t compare it to theirs, because yours doesn’t and shouldn’t look the same, and that’s ok. If you’re feeling a little down, just know I’m right there with ya and we’ll make it through:) Because you’re doing great and you’ve got this, alright? This has been a note to yourself and a note to myself:) And guess what? This little doodle will be a GIF soon, so we can all share the positivity with each other even more. 😌💙 On that note, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friends! P.s. - if you made it this far AND noticed the tea in my mug going down gradually throughout the video, then you have a good eye for detail and deserve a snack 😉🙌🏻

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