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Life Lessons - Be Good

I'm back today with another life lesson. The last couple weeks have been quiet for me and I had to put down my sketchbook and pencil. Working all day and drawing all night has been putting tremendous strain on my wrist and I've been dealing with some carpal tunnel issues. So to rest and heal I have been limiting the time I spend sketching. This has not been easy and there has been more than a time or two where the husband has walked into the room to catch me drawing. And with that fact I think this is the perfect life lesson for everyone (myself included) today.

Day nine of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project: Be good - most of the time. I believe in being good. I am a rule follower by nature. I don't like to make waves. I think that you should obey the traffic laws and in general just be a good person. I also think there is a time and place to break the rules. I'm not talking about major laws here. I'm talking about the rules we as a society, and as individuals, put in place. The ones about how you shouldn't tell someone you don't like their new hair cut when they ask or keeping quiet just for the sake of politeness. Sometimes you have to speak up. And sometimes you just have to drink coffee at 1am. You know it's not a good idea at the time, but it doesn't matter. The fun you have doing it outweighs the consequences. The risks you take in life are often the things you remember the best.

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This life lesson is extra special because it has been submitted to the Minted + West Elm design challenge. Submissions close on 4/26 and voting will begin. If you get over to Minted keep an eye out for my lettering!

More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Life Lessons: Eight

Day eight of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project -  Stay home if you are sick - Don't be a hero. You don't want to be sick, we get it, but pretending to be well enough to go to work fools no one. And nobody wants what you've got. So don't be a hero. Use those sick days. That's what they're there for. The work will be there when you get back.

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More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Life Lessons: Seven

Day seven of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project -  Use Your Vacation Days. And I mean all of them, because nobody is going to think you are more awesome if you let them expire. Just the opposite actually. So get out there and have fun. Its the best way to recharge and stay motivated. More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Life Lessons: Six

Day six of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project - Write it down. I can't even tell you how many times a day I think of my "most amazing idea yet" and then its completely gone when I come back to it. I haven't the foggiest what my amazing idea was. Or what I went to the store to get. I know we need it, but I couldn't tell you what it is for the life of me. Sometimes it comes back to me when I'm pulling back in the driveway, other times I am not so lucky. Lesson learned, so now I keep a notepad on my at all times. I use my iPhone to keep track of notes and I send myself emails in the middle of the night. I've got a brain that never stops.

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More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Life Lessons: Five

Day five of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project - Finish this project first before starting the next. Amen. I am the queen of starting new projects before I can even finish the last one. I have so many ideas that I am constantly thinking of and am just so excited about all of them. I want to start working on them asap. My excitement gets the best of me sometimes. I received a gift for my birthday this year that is a coffee mug that says "I've got ideas I haven't even thought of yet" which is so completely fitting on the both counts, the quote and the fact that it aids in my coffee addiction. More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.

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Life Lessons: One

I'm excited to announce the official kick-off of my hand lettering project - Life Lessons. I've spent a lot of time already planning this out, coming up with ideas and working on sketches. I've had this one waiting to post for a few days now and could barely stand the excitement. So here with go with Life Lessons Day One: Tip your waitress.

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And if you want to join in on the fun please email me at handletteringproject@gmail.com - the more the merrier! I will give you access to the Pinterest board where you can pin your own work. Make sure you tell us a little about it in your pin and that it links back to your website or blog if you have one.

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Daily Project Kickoff Details
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The official details for my daily project previously talked about are here. As I mentioned before, I've been pulling a lot of inspiration from other designers' daily projects and decided to start one of my own. Lately I have been spending a lot of time exploring hand lettering and have really been loving it. So it seemed fitting to base my project on that so that I can sharpen my skills and build up some work.

Some of the rules I posted before were:
1.) I want to do something unique. and 2.) I want create my work based on a theme.
I know hand lettering projects aren't unique so I am basing all of my drawings on the theme Life Lessons. This will give my project the uniqueness I was looking for and also focus it to hopefully make a cohesive collection.

3.) I want to showcase varied styles of work within that theme.
This is something that will need to be focused on with every new drawing. It is easy to get comfortable in a certain style of work so I really want to push to have varied pieces.

4.) I want this to remain a fun endeavor.
With that being said the illustrations I do can be very time intensive and to make quality work I can't (and don't want to) rush through them. I'm starting out with a 30 day project. I will be posting new pieces on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

And as part of this project it would be so much fun if others joined in. Anyone can join, the more the merrier, and you don't have to use my Life Lessons theme or even my rules. The only requirement is that you are creating hand lettering and it needs to be friendly for all audiences. I've created a Pinterest board where I will be posting all of my new work in addition to here on the blog. To join this project send me a quick email: handletteringproject at gmail dot com with your Pinterest user name.  (ie: www.pinterest.com/jaymesloan - jaymesloan is my Pinterest user name.)

I wanted to give everyone the details a little early so they can plan ahead. This project officially launches next week on March 20th.

View the Project
Day One: Tip Your Waitress
Day Two: Those Shoes Weren't Worth It
Day Three: Your Mom Was Right
Day Four: First Things First - Coffee
Day Five: Finish this project first before starting the next
Day Six: Write it down.
Day Seven: Use Your Vacation Days
Day Eight: Stay home if you are sick - Don't be a hero.
Day Nine: Be good, most of the time.

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