Thanksgiving Rant!

I always plan on writing this post BEFORE Thanksgiving but time gets a way from me. Multiple years in a row you'd think I'd learn by now! BUT I'm taking a break from my online shopping (gotta get those deals!) to share some thoughts about Thanksgiving. I have so many mixed feelings about this holiday. The older I'm getting the more I reject what it stands for. I use to feel like it was a moment to come together and feel grateful for all life has given us. The more I'm learning the more I realize its a way for people to excuse the atrocities of our colonizing ancestors. I read a post the other day that said "The only ethical way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to spend it educating yourself about Indigenous rights" There is SO much truth in that. The only way to redeem ourselves from the actions on our ancestors is to educate ourselves and do better. The way we treat Indigenous people even today is awful. I was so ignorant to the horrific, systemic oppression we are putting on Indigenous people all across the US. I realize that I need to do more and that I need to educate myself more. I have a responsibility to spend my privilege correctly. One great resource that I've recently found is the instagram account @girlpowersupply She is having Indigenous people take over her account all this week. Hearing from so many people doing great things and educating people has been amazing. The statistics are scary. These are our brothers and sisters and fellow Americans, we need to do better.

With that said this holiday has a dash a bitterness that seeps into my heart. Of course I am thankful for my amazing family and getting to share a very special meal with them. I am thankful for people out there doing good work to better the rights of Indigenous peoples. I hope if you're celebrating this weekend you take the time to check your privilege and educate yourself. Hug your babies and family a little bit more this holiday season, but don't forget about the oppressed and disenfranchised.

October Art Journal!

Octobers art journal! I'm about half a month behind on my art journaling. I'm hoping that I can catch up by the end of the year. I haven't been doing very many spreads but instead taking the time to layer on each page. I've been using these art journals to practice all my layering so I can hopefully make some cool zines. I'm not sure why I think I'll have extra time with the holidays coming up, but one can dream right?

Last Week of Inktober!

Time has gotten away from me AGAIN! This fall is just falling away one cold morning after another. I have troubles lately wrapping my head around how time moves. I can't seem to get a handle on it.  Anyways I wanted to share the last little bit of my Inktober journey! I'm really proud that I could stick with this for the whole month. These are the best drawings I've ever done but they are some of my favorite.
 Day 25- Prickly
 Day 26- Toad
 Day 27- Thunder
Day 28- Raven & Gift
 Day 29- Double
 Day 30- Bride
Day 31- Slice & Frankenstein