Honest talk about balancing all the things and still having room for creativity with Mandy Ford.
#002: Margo and Mandy get real and honest when it comes to creativity and finding a balance. Mandy Ford is a licensed illustrator, lettering artist, teacher, and all around creative soul living in Indiana with her husband Dan, twin boys Ben & Landon, and Siamese cat Chloe. She specializes in honest & whimsical artwork that encourages living a life grounded in authenticity. Some topics discussed include: Being described as an artist at a young age Being your worst critic Finding time and balance to make a career being creative while also managing being a mom and wife Working with an agent Giving yourself permission to learn and experience new hobbies And much more! When she isn’t drawing, Mandy loves to art journal, pay attention to (and be surprised by) nature, and has never met a nap she doesn’t like. She’s currently obsessed with moon phases, the enneagram (she’s a 4), and sending snail mail covered with stickers. Mandy keeps herself running on equal doses of hope and coffee. Connect with Mandy: https://www.mandyford.co/ https://www.instagram.com/mandyfordart/ Creating a Vision Board in Procreate
Ep131: Mandy Ford on Following the Joy of Drawing and Illustration (A Lookback Episode)
Jump Start Your Joy
As an illustrator, designer, and artist, Mandy returned to drawing after a fairly long absence. What I’ve noticed about people who have a grasp on joy is that they often are actively making space to do the things they love in their lives. They take the time to listen to what their heart is saying to them, and they are open to the nudges that they get from the universe along the way. In the last month, I’ve been talking a lot about this - and I’m calling “Practicing the vibration of joy.” In a nutshell, it means that joy is more than a simple choice, but it’s also a choice that you must take action on to really feel the benefits of the emotion of joy. Simply put, you’ve got to DO something joyful in order to then feel the emotion of joy, and so, I’ve been looking at ways that people have made an intentional point of actively following joy. Mandy Ford and her work really stood out for me, and so this week I’m re-sharing the interview with her (that originally aired in Season 2 as episode 97). Link: http://jumpstartyourjoy.com/2017/08/inspiration-doodling-becoming-illustrator/ I started putting this all together after speaking to Fred LeBlanc, in episode 125. He made it a point to get curious about what was missing from his life, when he noticed that he was not feeling connected and joyful. He then made an active and purposeful choice to find his way back to joy. I see a ton of similarities in his approach and the way Mandy found her way back to drawing. I love how Mandy has said yes to this inspiration, and following the many nudges she’s gotten from God and the universe along the way. As she says about that moment that she returned to drawing, “my soul knows something that it isn’t ready to tell me yet.” I know you’re going to be delighted and inspired by Mandy. In this look back episode (which was originally episode 97), Mandy Ford and I talk about: - how she loved collecting rocks as a child, along with Lisa Frank stickers and all things “Poochie” - how working at a Earlham College (a Quaker seminary) has changed her life and shaped her drawing - that her journey of taking a writing class brought her back to her love of drawing - how she got a licensing deal just four months after she returned to drawing - how she approaches the creative process - her work with Illustrated Faith, creating scrapbooking kits - her tips for Instagram and finding a community there - the work she's most proud of to date (spoiler: it's being a mom to her twin boys) - what harmony looks like for Mandy, in her life - her thoughts on jump starting your joy - taking time to look up and notice the world around you, being kind, and giving freely to people Resources Mandy Ford's Website Mandy Ford's Instagram feed Mandy Ford's "Create Your Own Crazy Doodle" class on Skillshare Jessica Swift's website (including the link to her Pattern Camp)
Following Your Inspiration, Doodling, and Becoming an Illustrator with guest Mandy Ford
Jump Start Your Joy
This week it’s my true pleasure to have Mandy Ford joining me for an interview, where she talks about following your inspiration, doodling, and becoming an illustrator. Mandy is a graphic designer, and she returned to drawing after many years after inspiration struck her in a writing class, and she found herself doodling. This led to her posting her art on Instagram, and landing a licensing deal with Home Goods only 4 months later. In this episode, Mandy and I talk about: - her early love of collecting rocks, Lisa Frank stickers and Poochie - how working at a Earlham College, a Quaker seminary has changed her life and shaped her drawing - how taking a writing class brought her back to her love of drawing - how she got a licensing deal with Home Goods just four months after she returned to drawing - what her creative process looks like, now - her work with Illustrated Faith, creating scrapbooking kits - her tips for Instagram and finding a community there - the work she's most proud of to date (spoiler: it's being a mom to her twin boys) - what harmony looks like for Mandy - her thoughts on jump starting your joy - taking time to look up and notice the world around you, being kind, and giving freely to people Read all of the show notes at jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode97
Find Mandy here:Website // Shop // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Google+ Mandy Ford is an illustrator, hand-letterer, and pattern designer at This Girl's Doodles. Mandy lives in Indiana with her husband and twin boys. She is a dual professional who balances her day job in higher education and her own business as an artist. She is a lover of coffee, clouds, creativity, and seeing the silver lining in every situation. We loved getting to chat with Mandy! We especially love getting to chat with women who are dual professionals because we loving getting to see that you don't have to choose one job over the other if you don't want to! As we do each week we dive right in and ask Mandy what success means to her!"Being the best person I can everyday...everything else I do just branches off from that, my day job, my art, how I parent, my children, my marriage and my friendships."Mandy shares with us how she got back into drawing. She hadn't really picked up a pencil to draw in almost 20 years after she had a teacher who was too critical. A writing class she took at the college she works at lead her back to drawing. She was feeling stuck in her day job and the class was just the outlet she needed. She also shares with us that her day job has created a lot of opportunities for her art career. She has learned many computer programs for her 8-5 job that also helps her with her art. Mandy would consider herself a life long learner and credits her willingness to learn new things as part of why she is able to run her art business. If she needs to learn a new program or process she is willing and able to learn! We love that Mandy uses her gift of drawing to encourage people!