Remember my first post in 2013? It feels like a century ago! For those new to the blog, I started Cozy Reverie as a style blog (say what?), and quickly realized that was not my calling. It organically transformed into an art blog before my 1st blogiversary, and by 2015, I was officially a freelance artist. In 2016, the brand finally hit its stride. I had always dreamed of textile design and it was finally happening! Wowzers! Dreams coming true up in here!
From launching a Youtube channel, closing/re-opening the Etsy shop, establishing Pinata Day, and more, this past year was definitely fun but incredibly overwhelming. I was working so hard on creating what I thought was expected of me, and not focusing on the things I love. After an inspiring week at Alt Summit (more on this next week), I have decided to focus on what I want to do as an artist. No more chasing numbers, likes, and followers - that's such a crazy unnecessary stress that does not define me or validate my art in any way.
What I do want is for the brand to be a voice for those that don't have one. From this point on, 10% of the profits from the Etsy shop will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. We will continue to spread joy here all day everyday, and hope that our contribution to the fight for human rights will inspire others to do so as well. Love wins. Love will always win. EDIT 8/17/17: I cannot support the ACLU's defense of white supermacy as "freedom of speech". Violence and hate have no place here. My donations will now be going to Friends & Helpers, an organization dedicated to support domestic abuse victims.
As a big thank you to all you lovely readers that have been on this crazy roller coaster with me, I'm hooking you up with this art print! It is a hint of what's to come in the next few months. Download the jpeg via the button below, and you can print as many as you'd like! I love going to local printers and having images printed on 8 x 10 prints. They make great gifts!