Sometimes we fall down... | Inspirational Quote Hand Lettering by @wondershins #quote #inspiration #illustration #handlettering

The Rug’s Topography

Do you ever get the feeling that the things in your life love to huddle up together and come to the decision to throw everything completely off balance for you? There is hardly ever that perfectly balanced zone, where you’re comfortably tucked in the nook that separates boredom and crazy, happily licking an ice cream cone.

I imagine them meeting up every couple of weeks or so, scribbling over whiteboard walls while sipping shitty coffee:

“What if we put together overtime every night this week with a back sprain on Sunday evening, a deflated tire on Monday morning, and extra doses of low-confidence?”

“Yes, yes, that sounds good. How about we toss in a break-up, a broken heater when it’s freezing, mold on the bread that she just bought yesterday, and spilled coffee on white jeans?”

This stuff happens. They just seem to like to happen together.

I understand that there are worse things in the world than spilt coffee, but things like the above can be aggravating and a downer on your day, week, month, or, unfortunately, your year.

Admittedly, I’m not going through many of the above, perhaps with the exception of the moldy bread; I just enjoy exaggerating, and I’m sure many of you can relate at one point in your life. But things at my full-time day job have been a little intense these past few weeks, which meant that I sacrificed the one thing that kept me balanced from my non-creative work – being creative.

Drawing, painting, and making things help me relax better than meditation can. They pump fuel in my energy tank when I’m too tired to do anything but eat potato chips.

Not being creative will take its toll on me, but when I’m head down, in the trenches, focused on getting this one thing done and over with, I forget that I need to make time to be creative. The lack of creativity had me dropping a few inches everyday until I finally face planted on the floor of my apartment.

Soon after, I stumbled upon this quote:

Sometimes we fall down... | Inspirational Quote Hand Lettering by @wondershins #quote #inspiration #illustration #handlettering

It was just the reminder I needed to pick myself up off the floor. But not before I examined the patterns on the rug, you know, to say hello to the rug’s topography.

I was down and stressed, feeling like I wanted to give up the one thing that I actually enjoyed in this life – my dreams of growing my own business. Life can be frustrating, but it can also be wonderful and beautiful if you just know how to look.

Now I know that this roller coaster will continue, but words are powerful and when used the right way, they can lift you up when you are down.


What inspirational quote picks you up when you’re down and out?

Please let me know in the comments below. I would love to illustrate a motivating, inspiring quote once a week to keep my spirits up. I want to practice and improve my hand lettering, so share your favorite and I will get around to imbuing some color and flourish into your quote!

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  1. This is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me that it’s okay to not have full control of what happens in our journey we call life. Because some of the most beautiful things happen to us when they aren’t planned.

    “We must be willing to relinquish the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

    • Thank you for sharing this lovely quote, Shirley! As someone who is always planning things, it has been difficult for me to let go and go wherever life takes me. But like you said, some of the most beautiful things have happened during those times, and I have never regretted a second of it. 🙂

  2. All good things come in threes, and so do these quotes:

    “This, too, shall pass.” – Unknown
    “Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.” – Unknown
    “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

    I’d love to see you illustrate these quotes. Yours is beautiful and so, so true.

    • Oh, such wonderful quotes! Thank you, Mandy! I can’t wait to illustrate them…they’re already inspiring me to power through this week. (I think I can also apply the last one to an intense workout! 😉 )

  3. I love this. All of it. Even the moldy bread. ^.^ Especially, “The lack of creativity had me dropping a few inches everyday until I finally face planted on the floor of my apartment.” I resonate with the physical feeling of these words, and felt similarly a mere couple of weeks ago when I was feeling at a loss of how I was going to grow my business when I felt as though I were on a plateau, outstretched as far as the eye could see. But, then, the “flow” part of “ebb-and-flow” rushed in and carried me along to new hopefuls. Thank you for writing about being human, dear.

    • It warms me to hear that you were able to flow along to more uplifting things, Kimberly, and that this post resonates with you! Starting a business (especially while working a full-time day job) is not easy, so what you have already accomplished is absolutely amazing and inspiring. Your work, creativity, and passion motivates me to keep doing what I’m doing everyday. <3 Here's to more hopefuls and less face planting...and less moldy bread, of course! 😉

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