I’ll share a little secret with you. Maybe you’ve heard this one before. No one is truly an individual in this world, not really. The truth is, we are one big living, breathing entity sharing emotions, creativity, fear, joy, ideas, culture. We are all shaped by those around us, constantly growing into who we become, individual aspens connected by roots and sharing a dance of leaves in our branches, creating a beautiful forest that is ever changing. We rely on each other for support, we must learn from one another on how to move about this world, gain knowledge from each other through words, art and numbers, share critiques to be better artists, scientists, writers, and really, better humans. An aspen cannot stand on it’s own, it won’t wave it’s golden crown of leaves atop it’s branches alone. It must be connected to it’s sisters, mothers, daughters. Together, aspens thrive and share their beauty and strength together.
March is Women’s Month and today we celebrate women across the globe. So what better time than now to share some of the most amazing and supportive women I have the pleasure of having in my life who make up my forest. Without these ladies, without my sister aspens, I would have given up on long ago on my dreams, would be at an emotional loss when times got tough, missed out on so many laughs and smiles. I am forever grateful to these beautiful women (and so so many more) for their integrity, encouragement, support, accountability and vulnerability.
I found Cara through her beautiful and unique vintage floral watercolor art on Instagram. She was living my dream of being an accomplished stationer and artist so of course I wanted to know about her journey. I soon found that her beautiful pictures are often accompanied by powerful posts. She is vulnerable and honest about her business, about motherhood, about life and about art. And she cultivates a community of sisters who support each other in their art and lives. Cara is absolutely one the kindest and most caring people I know and always takes time out to listen to and connect with women in the community she cultivates.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Cara , go introduce yourself on her Instagram page @rosaliegwenpaperie and read her amazing posts on motherhood, being a boss babe and importance of being surround by other supportive kweens.
Not only is Gina an amazing creative, she is the most encouraging, honest and beautiful friend one could ever ask for. Gina and I met through a similar passion of art on Instagram and quickly became fierce friends. She is always encouraging with my art endeavors but always honest and helpful with critiques and suggestions, something I truly value and appreciate. Her art journey has taken her from lovely watercolor art, to elegant calligraphy, to beautiful Ipad lettering, to turning her own calligraphy pens and creating her own flat lay boards and flat lay mock-up photos. She is always pushing her creativity to create unique and beautiful designs and pens and comes up with wonderful new products and art ideas. Not only is she an incredibly talented artistic boss bade, Gina is a wonderful listener and deeply supportive friend. She never hesitates to check in on me if I seem off or am sparse on Instagram and she even made a stop out my way on a family trip to hang out with me IRL. I’m so proud and thankful to have such an incredible sister.
You can find Gina on Instagram @featherparklettering and see all her gorgeous work and give her a hello.
Yeah, alright, of course mom is an important woman in your life who shapes who you are (be it positive or negative). But seriously, my mom is one of my closest friends and is such a rock in my life that I would be lost without everything she does for me. I’m fortunate to have such a close and positive relationship with my mom because I know so many women don’t get to have that. We act like sisters a lot and share everything. She is the least judgmental and wisest lady I know. She’s always lends an ear to my woes and joys, always has great advice, is incredibly encouraging and nurturing with my business aspirations and makes the BEST popped corn around (seriously, I don’t know how she does it differently, but it’s amazing). She’s also the hardest hustler I know and I’m really inspired by her ambition and fearlessness to move to the most expensive area in the world to start a yoga and art studio. I’ve learned so much from this woman over the last 34 years and I know I have so so much more to learn from her still. Thanks for being so supportive and such a fierce and empowering role model Mom!
Thank you ladies for being the beautiful trees in my forest. There are truly so many more creative and powerful women in my life, I could make a mile long list. I’m so thankful and fortunate to have such a beautiful community of friends in person and across the globe on social media. Without my sister aspens, life would be dull and scary. Take time to celebrate your forest of amazing women today. Send them a little note, a thanks for being their amazing selves and for sharing roots with you. We are better together and need to hold each other up to make it in this world friends <3