with Jody Holford
I struggled with what to share for this Do It Yourself post because a lot of what I spend my time doing is writing. However, I’m one of “those” people who can’t just watch television without needing to do something else as well. So, I doodle. I’m not saying I’m great at it, but I’m getting better and I find the activity very soothing.
You can look up any style of doodling, bullet journaling, or zentangling online (how did we live before Pinterest?), but I’d like to think mine is a little unique. Because I often get stuck on what to doodle, I go back to my comfort zones: writing and reading.
I start with a book I love or a book I’m working on and because words are my everything, I choose a quote that I love, whether it’s from my book or another. Sometimes, I just get stuck on a quote and go from there…you’ll see the progression below.
I find when I start with a central quote and then an image, I can do lines, swirls, and shapes surrounding the rest of it. Really, as long as you’re creating movement with the designs, your end product will be captivating. It’s a nice outlet when my brain doesn’t want to type full, coherent sentences. I love doing this while I’m watching television. It keeps my hands busy and doesn’t require a huge amount of focus if I’m just drawing the lines. Of course, there are more elaborate ones you can do that require your concentration, but in terms of just an idle pastime, this works for me. I’ve tried coloring instead since there are some amazing books you can purchase, but I prefer the act of actually filling the page to coloring it.
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Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Gabby Michaelson. So when his mom pressures him to come home for the holidays, he tells a little white lie…that he’s spending the holidays with his new girlfriend. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, Owen pulls the best friend card and asks Gabby to play his fake girlfriend.
Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with her best friend Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his “fake” girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. The more she tries to deny the attraction between them, the more obvious their chemistry becomes. But even though she’s not the only one feeling it, putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take.