I remember the moment so distinctly: I was sitting at work, getting ready to listen to an all-company presentation. I was giddy. And no, definitely not over the hour-long meeting of finance updates and trend graphs I was about to endure. I was giddy because I finally realized what I wanted to do with the year 2017. 2017 was the year I was going to start a doodle Instagram account, and use it as my daily diary. I had been struggling with getting into the swing of "adulthood" after graduating from college a few years prior, and had been searching for something more ever since. I was longing for a creative outlet, one that could help me express my struggles, my wins, my... well, everything. An Instagram account seemed like the perfect way to hold me accountable to drawing every day, and it held a special place in my heart because it's where I found the artist who inspired me to embrace simple doodling: Mari Andrew.

So, I rummaged around my apartment for some old colored pencils and markers and purchased a small $10 sketchbook. I excitingly drew 10 little (and very bad, now that I look back at them...) doodles I had thought up out of the excitement of starting a new project. I snapped some very bad pictures of them in some very bad light, and voila: uploaded them to my new Instagram account Decade2Doodles.

I posted a doodle a day every day for over a year and found so much joy in doing so. Decade2Doodles helped me grow and express myself in a way I had never expected. And, best of all, it introduced me to a whole lot of wonderful people out there, all feeling and sharing and hoping and living just like me.

Decade2Doodles taught me that you don't have to be perfect to start something or be understood. It's also taught me that change can be exciting, no matter which stage it's at - whether it's the decision to start a project or the decision to switch it up! I recently went digital with my drawings, which has been a fun change of pace and makes me feel like I'm still learning and growing as an artist.

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share my thoughts with so many people, and I smile looking back through my doodles as I remember the different life moments I've had over the past few years I've been drawing (one of them being getting engaged to my fiancé, who has affectionately been called "Doodle Boy" by my followers, and proposed to me by drawing a doodle! Check out my Instagram stories for that fun day). All of this is to say: for anyone looking to take a creative leap of faith - do it. It will always be worth it for the most important person out there: you. And maybe some others along the way, too!

More info: Instagram | decade2doodles.com

#1

Clothing Mishaps

Clothing Mishaps

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My O My 2 weeks ago

Ahh the wedgie... Btw does this happen to men to?

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What You Know

What You Know

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Hope Floats 2 weeks ago

Very true.. What people go through, moulds them into the person they are.. People make themselves judge and jury before listening..

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#3

Like Chutes And Ladders

Like Chutes And Ladders

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tuzdayschild 2 weeks ago

preach

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Heart Evolution

Heart Evolution

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Magic567 2 weeks ago

an open heart!

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#5

Wanna Bet?!?

Wanna Bet?!?

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Emilia Graf 2 weeks ago

Me this summer hahaha

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Animals Of The Week

Animals Of The Week

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Jessica Temple 2 weeks ago

love this so much, sooooo true

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#7

Aaand I Have None Of These Things

Aaand I Have None Of These Things

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Tiari 2 weeks ago

Matching underwear is totally overrated.

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#8

Not All Growth Looks The Same

Not All Growth Looks The Same

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Sabienn 2 weeks ago

At least you get pretty flowers this way :)

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#9

Friendly Reminder That Loneliness Or Struggle Doesn’t Always “Look Like” What You’d Think

Friendly Reminder That Loneliness Or Struggle Doesn’t Always “Look Like” What You’d Think

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Loneliness without being alone might in fact be harder.

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Missing You

Missing You

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GamerRain 2 weeks ago

That’s sweet!

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Sometimes You Use Your Cape For Superhero Things, And Sometimes You Just Want To Use Your Cape As A Blanket. And That’s Okay

Sometimes You Use Your Cape For Superhero Things, And Sometimes You Just Want To Use Your Cape As A Blanket. And That’s Okay

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ZANDA 2 weeks ago

Way more "other days" than "some days"

#12

We All Have Nights Where We Tell Ourselves We’ll Be Better In The Morning

We All Have Nights Where We Tell Ourselves We’ll Be Better In The Morning

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Gingergirl 2 weeks ago

Love this one ❤️

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Bright

Bright

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Emilia Graf 2 weeks ago

Awwww ☆♡

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Tip Of My Tongue

Tip Of My Tongue

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queen...<3 2 weeks ago

*Three Days Later* *Middle of the night* *Startles awake suddenly* THATS what their name was(~m~)//

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A Hard Thing To Do

A Hard Thing To Do

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Dani 2 weeks ago

How very true.

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Not A Crybaby, But A (Go Ahead And) Cry, Baby

Not A Crybaby, But A (Go Ahead And) Cry, Baby

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sforshann 2 weeks ago

it's okay not to be okay but please don't get stuck in there..

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#17

Sundays Are For Sweatpants And Little Movement

Sundays Are For Sweatpants And Little Movement

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MoodyBlue 2 weeks ago

Or the world in general.

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Mountains That We Climb

Mountains That We Climb

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

Even the longest journeys start with a single step

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Wow

Wow

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Shireen 2 weeks ago

It's all about perspective

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#20

These Can Be Tough, But So Can We

These Can Be Tough, But So Can We

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sforshann 2 weeks ago

I wonder what water should I use to drink that pills..? any idea?

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Bug Bites

Bug Bites

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Captain Newt 2 weeks ago (edited)

Elbows...!!

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#22

"Goodnight Room, Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Cow Jumping Over The Moon"

"Goodnight Room, Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Cow Jumping Over The Moon"

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Tina Parker 2 weeks ago

Add to that the first night NOT drinking!

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Sometimes

Sometimes

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My O My 2 weeks ago

Most days are other days

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Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

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tuzdayschild 2 weeks ago

I'm Cookie Monster all the time.

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How It Was

How It Was

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MoodyBlue 2 weeks ago

While time does not heal all wounds completely, it weakens the memory of the pain day by day.

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We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Get There...

We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Get There...

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Michał Jastrzębski 2 weeks ago

if you need to decide wheter to stay or go, its a sign that you must, indeed, go.

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#27

Treat Yourself Like You’re Your Best Friend

Treat Yourself Like You’re Your Best Friend

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Dani 2 weeks ago

@Aine - I have to agree, vaguely, but with a few key exceptions: (1) Do you truly deserve what you tell yourself? and (2) If realizing your flaws will inspire you to change yourself and grow as a person, then it can be productive but if you only have the intent of putting yourself down then that's not acceptable.

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Some Days

Some Days

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Madzdad the bard 2 weeks ago

Some days your are Sisyphus, some days you are the stone.

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#29

Also: Anywhere, Really

Also: Anywhere, Really

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vogonpoet 2 weeks ago

Try third degree burns in the NZ summer. I have horrid scars and premature skin lesions from shoulder, leg, and face burns, after one day out in the sun when I was 13.

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#30

Dealing With Stress

Dealing With Stress

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Poppy Petal 2 weeks ago

Right, but how!!?

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