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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Knowing Your Pain Threshold

My hand is healing and I'm better, but not before going through a full range of hard emotions.

This is not a funny one, but I want to share what I'm learning about stages of pain, both physical and emotional. Doctors used to tell me that I have a "high" pain threshold, but it serves me less these days.

Especially in times of stress, I'm learning that it's important to name the pain you feel, when you feel it. Seems like it's critical to the healing process.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

Hard-On-Yourself Personality Type

Ugh, true story. Some days, creative process is just agony and frustration. Trying to forgive myself when things don't work out.

Sharing this fallback journal comic in case you also need the self-compassion reminder.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pandemic Diary: Quarantine Lonely

I've been keeping a visual diary during these pandemic days and have now reached the stage of self-isolation when I examine all of my personal failings and regrets. LOL.
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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Pandemic Diary: Struggling Mental Game

(Author's note: I've been keeping a sketchbook journal to help me to process and manage anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic, somewhat different from my usual comics.)

This week, I'm struggling with mental game. I think this is normal. Emotions are up and down.

I've been trying different coping strategies, but I find I need to keep adjusting them day by day.

Talking with friends and daily dance breaks have been helpful, but I find I have to balance it out with silence and solitude. I'm also terrible at dancing, it turns out ;)

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Rejected Ideas: Stay-At-Home Life

I've started posting some of these for fun.

Staying at home is a privilege during a pandemic. But that doesn't mean it's not hard. Hope you're hanging in there.

Gratitude for the brave ones on the front lines of this battle.
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Friday, April 03, 2020

Pandemic Diary: A Quarantine Care Package

With huge gratitude to my family for sending me supplies in the mail.

New pandemic diary comic. Big thank you to my cousin Lily and my parents for their special pandemic care packages. I feel loved.

Thanks to them and to everyone who is doing what they can to help and be a light to those around them.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Pandemic Diary: Virtual Dinner

*I've been keeping a sketchbook diary of these pandemic days of the coronavirus outbreak in NYC.

I don't typically like to talk on the phone or do video conference calls. Since most of us are staying home and not meeting in person, I'm doing this more than I ever have. A few friends suggested having virtual dinners and I think I needed the social contact more than I thought I did. When everything feels scary and uncertain, it reminds us of just how much we need each other.

Note on format: These images started as scattered sketch notes and I cobbled it together, so it's hard to read on a single page. Not really meant to be a comic, but sharing it anyway.

It might be easier to read as separate panels on Instagram.

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