When you lose a parent to a drug addiction and mental instability, you carry around a lot of heaviness, confusion, and shame as a kid. I think that's why I want to create as much love, hope, encouragement, and joy into my artwork as possible. Because life is hard.
But there is hope.
For all the things you feel were taken from you as a kid (for me: a strong, healthy example of how to be a woman), I believe you can give those things back to the world. And maybe that's where the gift in the heartache is.
To anybody carrying the weight of the universe on your shoulders, I hope you use that pain and heartache for good.
I hope you are able to move past the hurt and into forgiveness and maybe even one day gratitude.
I hope you eventually see the gift in the brokenness.
I hope it fuels you to give back to the world 100x what you've been missing.
Because the world needs it. 🌄
- photo of my mom and me.
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“The world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.”
- Helen Keller -
Lion print available in my etsy shop.