Motivational Lettering

I tried something a little different this week with hand lettering designs to share on Instagram over the next few days. As a person living with mental illness I want to do my part in reminding others that who they are today is already worthy of love, care, and support. A person's value is not... Continue Reading →

In My Style

Instagram is always full of fun hashtag challenges for users to try, and the artist community is not exempt. Recently there has been the #DrawThisInYourStyle challenge wherein artists recreate other artists' works in their own style. I tried this with two pieces this week. Enjoy! With love, Alyssa

Color Me Satisfied!

Oh my goodness, you all! I got my iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil and downloaded Procreate and started having some fun with it and I made this for you using the symmetry feature! OH. MY. GOODNESS. I am in LOVE and hella excited (if you couldn't tell by my run-on sentence). This is just... Continue Reading →

Uncomfortable

Does it make you uncomfortable
 to digest this defective conception
 that we, with two flowers, stems,
 and one humble home for some 
potential someones ~flower children~
 must collect the soft pillow
 they’d have laid their little heads on
 in a soppy, sloppy bandage,
 or else cork the very rite of passage 
they didn’t go through,... Continue Reading →

New Things

I was working on a different post for this week that I was going to wake up early and finish today for you guys, but then I went to bed at 4 am and got up at 6 pm thus throwing off all my weekend plans. I could have hustled to finish the piece I... Continue Reading →

To A Young Girl

Listen closely, pretty girl, to these words. Others will lie and say they are not true and that you must focus your energy on keeping that pretty look. But that is a lie. You might think that you are less than the girl with blue eyes or blonde hair or clear skin or subtle curves... Continue Reading →

How Can I Convince Her?

I tell her how damaging diet culture is and how it makes us think we must shrink ourselves and deprive ourselves of so many good things, and she nods, agrees,  then takes a bite out of her meal bar. I tell her eating less than 1500 calories a day can cause lasting harm to her... Continue Reading →

Ableism Is Real and More Common Than You Think

Note: I wrote this piece in December of 2017 and shared it on Lyf which is an app/website where you can openly talk about things considered too taboo for social media and receive support from a virtual community. People can't read your full posts unless they support your journey and negative feedback is not tolerated. It's... Continue Reading →

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