A Year In Doodles

Doodles, Everyday

As I mentioned in my last post, 2013 was the first year I ever made any New Year’s resolutions. After having sworn against doing “silly resolutions” for most of my life, a friend of mine encouraged me to do some, just because. This simple challenge became a yearlong project I like to call The Daily Doodle. For 365 days I drew a doodle a day. Subjects varied from what I did that day to random things in my head, and ranged from goofy to obscure. I posted these doodles on a Tumblr and shared through social media.


Little did I know how big my little project would become. Over the course of the year I received hundreds of likes and reposts on Tumblr, 83 Tumblr followers, a Tumblr “Featured Artist” tag, hundreds of likes on Instagram, comments galore on Facebook, and multiple favorites on Twitter. I even got requests from friends and family for custom doodles. But, most importantly, people told me that they looked forward to my doodles every day. Suddenly, something I had never expected happened: my personal project became a social community – purely because people were able to interact and engage with my doodle process.


So, what did I take away from this year? I’ve learned that people like to be involved. They like to engage, interact, approve, “like,” critique, and share. I’ve learned that people like watching other people achieve something. By acting as an audience, they feel a part of it. I learned that 365 unique doodles are hard to come up with, no matter how creative you think you are. And I’ve learned that I like challenging my creativity every day, even if it’s a little thing like a doodle.


With the year ending and a new one beginning, some people have asked what will happen to my daily doodles. Do I keep going? Do I extend the project? Although my compulsive doodling will never end, I’ve decided to end this project as planned. But that means it’s time to start a new one. On January 4th, I will begin my new adventure: a 365-sentence story. Follow along.

What A Year


Typically, I am not the kind of person to get sentimental about a new year. A year is just a year to me. The only thing that changes is the date I write on my checks. However, I have realized that this year has been an exceptionally big one for me and deserves some reflection.

2012 in Review

My Dad got remarried and I gained a step-mom and three new step-sisters whom I adore.


After four years of hard work, I graduated from SMU with honors and went out with a bang.

I had my last ever “incident” as a Resident Assistant.

I experienced the joy of unemployment.

I spent two weeks gallivanting through Scotland and London.197660_10151729515532837_416097891_n

I moved to Houston and, for the first time ever, got to start a life of my own.


I started my first fulltime job at FKM as a Copywriter, a position I’d been aiming for since 9th grade.

548115_10151080908624365_770553630_nIn the past 7 months, I’ve already gotten to do so much in the ad world…including writing this video:

I got to watch four of my friends get married – and was even a bridesmaid in one of the weddings.

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After 20 years of being a Christian, I finally took the plunge and got baptized at my church in Houston (Ecclesia) and got to celebrate the event with my new church family and small group.

546869_10151332764774365_881629391_nI moved out of my first (temporary) apartment and into a new one with my first “real” roommate (womb-mates don’t count).



My moving crew posing in front of King Neptune, the patron saint of my new apartment complex.

I’ve made new friends that have blessed my life in so many ways.292716_438710766187600_1371004382_n 309359_500442779969193_1887571246_n


And these are just the highlights. I’ve learned so much about myself this past year. I’ve had ups and downs, experienced losses, successes, failures, joys, and pain. I thank God for every lesson I’ve learned these past 366 days (leap year, y’all).

Although I never expected to be where I am today, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And I can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2013. 

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.