If you follow me on social media you know that I have been reacting to an article I read lately, “Things no one will tell fat girls… so I WILL!” and one of the take aways (everything in the article is worth while) is how many people I know personally who are ashamed of their arm flab and don’t feel brave enough to go sleeveless. I knew my own issues with my arms, I have always felt my arms were way bigger than they should be, even at my tiniest I was ashamed of my arms. It’s stupid and silly, arms have flab, without it we can’t put our arms up over our head. Some have more flab that others, but it’s skin, it’s fat, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In the last year I have been trying to force myself not to cover up my arms unless I’m cold. I need to get over my own insecurities. After talking to some people and seeing how that scares them, I decided I had to go sleeveless (and started using the hashtag #sleevelessandfearless). For the past six days Î have been sleeveless every day (I’m starting to run out of tanks) and my inbox was filled with thank yous and messages from people calling me brave. It’s a sad thing that so many of us living the privileged lives we lead are scared of sleeveless shirts or dresses.
So I drew this in honor of the momentum I’ve been feeling. It works well that the weather has gotten nicer, but all the more reasons to go Sleeveless and Fearless!
This year for Lent I started l my daily creativity project late and I made myself a deal, I didn’t have to do one every day. Mostly because it was a rough lent for me, very busy, and lots of stress. I didn’t need this project to become an added stress and then become something to push me further from my relationship with God and further from art itself. If you want to know more about my personal struggles we can chat over a soda/coffee/tea sometime, but for the blog, it’s not important. I was able to manage 26/40 images. I have a pair of shoes that will be posted once they are fully weather proofed, that was part of my creativity, and some baking projects too. I think I did well, and I’m happy with the results. four of my creations have been ordered as prints, so that’s 3 more than last year, that’s another win. I would like to look into making stickers from some of the works, like the Pi symbol and possibly an updated version of the Rocktopus, I like the RedBubble stickers and think I will make a few of these things available there. I wish they could go larger than 3″x4″ but they will die cut it too, so that’s cool.