GOOD MORNING! It’s Suzanna from Squillustrate, where illustrations help people with great ideas express their vision. Happy Saturday! And happy second week of 2019 / start to your New Year intentions. How are they going so far? Whether you’re drinking more water, doing more yoga, doing less yoga, writing the next great American novel, etc., I can’t wait to see everything you accomplish.
Now, one of mine? Start sharing updates more often. People are supposed to write blogs with their websites, right? But after typing away for a while, I thought to myself, “Wait a second. What would I actually want to read from me after a long work week?” The choice became clear, and I hope you’ll agree; a good old Saturday morning cartoon is just what I’d want to see.
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for—
WHY did I start this all off by making water puns?!
Maybe because, as of yesterday, you can find Squillustrated water bottles in Nashville’s loveliest outdoor store, Cumberland Transit.
That’s right, folks. I recently created a print (which you can find in the Squillustore) featuring an illustrated map of Outdoor Adventure in Tennessee. The awesome staff at CT decided to put it on their water bottles — what a nalgenius idea! Here’s hoping it brings joy, hydration, and inspiration for new adventures to all.
Real quick, here are four reasons to GEEK OUT over water bottles:
1) If you chose "drink more water" as your New Years Resolution
2) If you're interested in a happier mood, fewer headaches, and better physical performance
3) If you've ever lost your favorite water bottle, now may be the time to introduce a new one into your life
4) If you truly want to be #VentureReady !
I had wondered for a while about when to start releasing artwork… Then, the government shutdown happened, and I knew it was time.
Why do those relate, you may ask?
When I first heard about the shutdown this year, I didn’t get the implications. For instance, I didn’t realize that our National Parks lost thousands of workers, including dedicated park rangers who were forced on furlough. They can’t be there to take care of the parks, and as a result, visitor impact takes a heavier toll each day on everything from visitor centers, to trails and campsites!
We can’t prevent that from happening right now, and we can’t turn the government back on. BUT, we CAN support organizations who organize volunteers and raise funding for meeting the parks’ urgent needs. Since 1993, Friends of the Smokies works every day to serve the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—and as a Tennessee resident, I wanted to do my part to help! And you can, too! I’ll be donating $10.00 to www.friendsofthesmokies.org every time someone purchases one of these prints. Join me in taking care of our state’s beautiful National Park and visit the Squillustore today to get started. If you’re local to Nashville, you can skip the shipping fees and contact me directly for order and pick-up arrangements.
Wrapping up now, I promise.
So far, the new year and newer Squillustrate has looked like: putting together a fresh website update (focusing on clarity and explanation), releasing artwork into an online store for the first time ever, AND BEST OF ALL, having a blast working on exciting projects with every client (from developing children’s book #2 to creating custom maps and diagrams, logos, podcast artwork, website illustrations, and more— eep!).
I can’t say thank you enough to every single person who has shared a kind word or provided an opportunity to work with / learn from them. I remember each day that I would not be doing this right now without the grace of countless wonderful people choosing to believe in me and the encouragement of family, friends, college professors, clients, mentors, even strangers.
If you’re receiving this email, I’ll let you in on a secret: you’re an inspiration, seriously, and I am so grateful to know someone like you.
I suppose now that I’ve shared a doodle, some fun news, and my true feelings, we’re probably set for the rest of the weekend. And hey, maybe we’re still getting started… but I’ve got a good feeling we’re (venture) ready for 2019.