i just spent twenty minutes writing about how being my own boss is hard, and about how for all my striving and hustle, some days it just doesn't feel like

my favorite part of each month is seeing your mail show up. thanks for sharing so many great pictures of your #alimakesmail! this month's collab with @pamgarrison was easily a favorite! THERES STILL A FEW LEFT! stop by the shop (link in profile) for the JULY mail (pictured here!) :) πŸ“·: @instaebeth

how are we lucky enough to live in a world that looks like this? we could explore and explore and keep exploring and never come close to discovering it all.

i'm excited (and slightly terrified 😝) to share with you that i'll be speaking at @storynashville this year! i love this creative conference and people behind it. not just saying that either. @benarment, the founder of STORY is one of the most legit men... (and personally) someone who has believed in me and championed my ideas (however they've shifted) from the get-go. since i discovered it, i've managed to find my way back into one of those seats for the last three years. it didn't matter if i was living on an island in the atlantic, i showed up because i found my people in that room. i've hung on every word, feeling like both my soul and my ambition was seen, known and invested into. its basically a creative conference with depth, a place that engages the raw imagination with incredible, incredible, talented, humble people who share their stories and their work and talent. its not always an immediately-recognizable lineup of names, but i know and trust that whoever ben has sought out are the real-deal kind of people, with a crazy strong work ethic, totally obsessed and devoted to their craft, and open to sharing. its what attracted me to it in the first place, and it's beyond crazy and super exciting and a whole huge honor to be asked to share a little more of my own story and some of my process there. if you're going, if you're thinking about it, let me know. they're still running a special price this week, so get to it. i'd love to see some familiar faces. 😁😁😁 πŸ“·: @amowens23

i'm excited (and slightly terrified 😝) to share with you that i'll be speaking at @storynashville this year! i love this creative conference and people behind it. not just saying that either. @benarment, the founder of STORY is one of the most legit men... (and personally) someone who has believed in me and championed my ideas (however they've shifted) from the get-go. since i discovered it, i've managed to find my way back into one of those seats for the last three years. it didn't matter if i was living on an island in the atlantic, i showed up because i found my people in that room. i've hung on every word, feeling like both my soul and my ambition was seen, known and invested into. its basically a creative conference with depth, a place that engages the raw imagination with incredible, incredible, talented, humble people who share their stories and their work and talent. its not always an immediately-recognizable lineup of names, but i know and trust that whoever ben has sought out are the real-deal kind of people, with a crazy strong work ethic, totally obsessed and devoted to their craft, and open to sharing. its what attracted me to it in the first place, and it's beyond crazy and super exciting and a whole huge honor to be asked to share a little more of my own story and some of my process there. if you're going, if you're thinking about it, let me know. they're still running a special price this week, so get to it. i'd love to see some familiar faces. 😁😁😁 πŸ“·: @amowens23

for every five days of hustle, we're supposed to take two. two to go slow, two to take it all in, two to catch up on the lives of those we love. two to laugh, two to truly be, two to sleep, two to (re)engage with this pretty rad life we get to live. weekends are a gracious, whispery reminder that life is worth really seeing and celebrating, worth dropping workloads and to-do lists to do things like see dolphins and wind your way to find the tallest trees with your friends when they show up in your town. // had the greatest day with @sarahnbuchanan, squealing like a six year old every time we saw a spout or splash that looked like maybe a sea creature was hiding underneath. it's been a solid week for ATL friends out here in CA. tempting my heart south again..... :)

the july #alimakesmail is really, really fun thanks to inspiration from iris apfel, amy poehler, a slew of bright happy colors and a collaboration with @pamgarrison! there are still a handful left, but you have to sign up ✨ N O W ✨ if you want one! (link in profile!) BONUS PRIZE: if you sign up right now and let me know in the comments, i'll be picking three people to receive a couple extra prints! (don't worry if you've already signed up, i'll be doing the same for you, too!)

i'm partnering with @followthelala to do a 3 month giveaway of #alimakesmail to celebrate #theLalabday! go check out their post (it's this same picture) and figure out how to win! :)

one of july's quotes is from one of my favorite fashion and life muses, iris apfel, 93. she studied art history, ran her own textile firm, did design restoration projects for nine presidents. she was a professor at age 90 and says she tries to emphasize the value of curiosity to her students, that pressing a button, googling doesn't count. and now, at 93, she's as incredible as ever; the washington post details her determination and enthusiasm, wit and honesty while describing her style as being worn with

"some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end." // we're told to seize our own destiny... write our own story. and that's great. noble. novel, really. but some stories need to write themselves. i don't know about you, but for the life of me, i can't ever quite figure out where the heck we are in The Story. for every ten true beginnings, there's been twelve soul crushing, heart breaking, or wholly apathetic endings... and then, twenty more fresh starts, most of which happened in spite of my attempts at control. looking back at old photos reminds me of the different chapters: times i naively thought "this is the beginning of meaning." or "this is what i've been waiting for." or "how will i go on?" ...ever been there? turns out, life doesn't really work like that. some moments change the entire trajectory of our lives and most don't. at least not in the way we think they will. and that's okay. nowadays, i feel ten thousand light years and a hundred lives away from those faces. older, definitely, and a little more street savvy. no doubt one day i'll feel this again, but at the woman i watched in the mirror today. i almost wish someone would have spoken up at my naivety, "newsflash, life rarely unfurls the way you would've written it anyway... and, promise, it's so much better that way." now humbled and armed, all i can do is keep at it. keep showing up, keep swimming solidly in the midst, keep writing in some extra adventures along the way. and maybe finally get that lives with simple story arcs belong in books and on sitcoms; it's so much better that way. delicious ambiguity.

here's a glimpse of what has inspired me this month! COLOR! eye candy for sure. something about the vibrancy, boldness, hard work and

this was one of the most incredible places i've been: location scouting for a venue site took us on a twelve minute trek on an ATV through the jungle, looking for howler monkeys and sloths (!!!) the whole way. we ended up at this ridiculous view in the hills of nicaragua, located up a short drive outside of san juan del sur. this is one place i wish i could teleport back to. and bring all my favorite people. and maybe an air conditioner. πŸŒΏπŸ’¨

MAIL SUBSCRIPTION sign ups are live on the site! this month is a teensy bit later than usual to go out (sorry! i made a last minute switch up on the theme last week, which will make both this month AND next month's WAY BETTER.) i was inspired by the color in my travels to nicaragua, and by all the bossladies (and bossmen ;)) i have in my life. it's about being bold and brave and full of color and spirit and alive-ness. this month's collaborator is @pamgarrison, an artist i've long admired and am so, so thrilled to work with. if you don't know her paintings, go look right now. her vivid spirit is so apparent in her work, and i can't see a painting of hers and not feel happy. they'll be going out this week, so sign up now if you want in! πŸ“·: @_hibrid ✨ $25 gets you 8 prints this month, all ranging in size fitting in a 5x9 envelope. (note: envelope pictured is from previous month, march) link in profile. ✨

there's a bottle of farmhouse cider in that basket, you just can't see it. also: riding my bike in the summer rain: βœ”οΈ. wasn't on my bucket list, but i just added it. what's this weather, ca? humidity, thunderstorms? i feel like I'm back in the south!

i'm currently mourning summer's (quickly) impending end. (HOW.) here's a quick list of a few of my (silly) summer must-make-time-for's before its back to school... or whatever it is september holds for me! haha. i think if we get ambitious, we can knock most of these out in a day or two. 😏 who's in? ...what's on your

my maybook design came from this piece... that was included in march's #alimakesmail. it's still one of my favorites. those colors! 😻✨ (speaking of which, sign ups for July mail are open now... a little late, but this month is worth the wait. inspired by the color in all my travels, it's a fun one!) @maydesigns

when your friend's wedding dream is a disco-jungle theme.... don't protest. 🌿 #losTysons

we are not only the dreamers... but the shakers, the makers and the doers. πŸ”¨βœοΈβœ‚οΈπŸ“Œ

i never post videos. (mostly because it takes wayyy more skillz than i possess; and let's be honest, i can't even walk, breathe and carry coffee in sync.) that said, living (a relatively boring) life with my new roomie/little sister means that when she needs material for her snapchat... and i'm constantly within 12 feet of her in our tiny summer studio... we end up with videos of me doing things. trust me, this video is better than the one where i'm shimmy-dancing down the driveway. it's the smallest glimpse of me working, but it's fun seeing what i look like for a good majority of my day. i probably should work on that posture! haha. πŸŽ₯: @aubreynelson

thanks for the tami taylor type pep talk, fortune cookie. i'll totally take it.πŸ˜‚πŸ±πŸœπŸšπŸͺ

these are my @ssekodesigns t-straps. besides being the best summer sandals, i love and believe in what sseko is about: using fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to young women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty using a sustainable model. with these shoes, they also introduced me to Sharon, a radiant woman who wants to use her interests of technology and creative design to pursue electrical engineering and bring electricity back to her village. she's spending her 9 month gap between high school and university working with sseko. when i dream about a brighter future, it's these kinds of collaborations and partnerships i get chills about. creatives and entrepreneurs, dreamers and doers, makers and masterminds finding each other, connecting across town and across the world to collaborate and create a better world for all of us. ps TODAY ONLY (that means Wednesday, the 15th!) in celebration of @ssekodesigns sixth birthday, ALL T-STRAPS ARE 50% OFF! pick a pair up because they're so super cute, and know you're supporting a worthy company. #TheFutureisBright

how do you take care of your soul amidst a busy, crowded, noisy life? this past week, my inboxes and answering machines and messages have all been neglected as i shirked away to the refuge i didn't want to admit i needed. certain phrases and stories had unexpectedly seized my spirit, nudging me to start (re)working (aaaagain) the soil of my soul. beware: the deeper you dig, the more you find. i'm currently reading brennan manning's memoir,

how do you take care of your soul amidst a busy, crowded, noisy life? this past week, my inboxes and answering machines and messages have all been neglected as i shirked away to the refuge i didn't want to admit i needed. certain phrases and stories had unexpectedly seized my spirit, nudging me to start (re)working (aaaagain) the soil of my soul. beware: the deeper you dig, the more you find. i'm currently reading brennan manning's memoir, "all is grace" and in it, one friend recalls his "hellish journey of two steps forward, three steps back" keeping him "entrenched in a prodigal story that he knew over and over and over and over again the outlandish grace of the father welcoming him home." another friend says he learned these truths from him: "that i'm not measured by the good i do but by the grace i accept. that being lost is a prerequisite to being found. that living a life of faith is not lived in the light, it is discovered in the dark." and it's in observing his shaky but admirable vulnerability and feeling the abrasive grit of his humanity, that i feel just a little bit safer standing and sneaking peeks at my own. so i step away from my hustle that i keep on a pedestal, i release my grip of control, and i try to rest in the discomfort of the dark. i sit in the silence and i wonder, i wait, and i watch, and i won't lose heart. // all that to say, i'll be turning back toward the real world and my (terrifying) inbox world tomorrow so if you've written, sorry, and you'll be hearing from me soon. // do you catch yourself becoming so busy you forget to be intentional with your holistic health? does it creep up all of a sudden and get ya? how do you fit in time to be reflective in your busy schedule? share your secrets.

maybe there's a reason i haven't seen this song lettered before... ITS SO DANG LONG! to celebrate, if you can guess the song... comment with your favorite line to win a free print! i'll enter your names into a drawing and randomly choose three winners to send the final pieces to. there are so many gems in these lyrics, so i can't wait to see what stands out to you!

happy 2nd anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law! your wedding was the prettiest, most fun, had the best food (farmers market brick oven pizza!) and was full of intention and dancing! i love watching you learn to love each other better and more and i'll always cherish the memory of celebrating under the canopy of walnuts in gram and gramps' orchard. πŸ“·: @abiqphoto

i LOVE seeing how you display the pieces i've made in your homes, offices and lives! it's so cool to get a glimpse of who is on the other side of these screens and envelopes- to get a glimpse of your worlds, and see which words you connect with! it'll never cease to be mindblowing for me imagining this happening in hundreds of homes all over the world. ⚑️😳⚑️always, and again... THANK YOU! πŸ“·: @andreacollects #alimakesmail

what a night! so many polaroids and a party, cheese, disco balls and dancing- all celebrating a love i truly admire and respect amongst people i adore...the best kind of night. #lostysons

did you pick up one of the gold-foiled (😻) notebooks i created with @maydesigns? i'd love to see the way you're using yours! tag me! in case you missed it... the hand-lettered collection is still for sale over on their site... and they're ALL stunners.

"you will never be the same again." these are the words shared with my friend, a fiercely strong, smart and beautifully spirited woman i admire, as she's grieving the loss of her best friend/father. "what does this even mean?" she asks. // that question brings me back to a time where darkness laid claim to my whole existence, grief bound my being + every bit of color was stripped from my view. unfortunately, life is not fully lived laying tipsily under the shade of some palm trees. it's that + it's also working, loving, living your ass off only to get tripped up, falling facedown in front of thousands. it's seasons of watching others win + waiting for yours. it's getting up every day + noting the light, even when you really don't want to. whether it feels like it or not, the fact that you are doing this… shows your strength. you are living. facing it. gracefully, bravely, boldly. facing it. // and, though not the same as yours, the traumatic loss in my own life opened me in a way i didn't know was possible. work + bravery that i have not been able to access in any other season spilled out. there is a most unsettling freedom that occurs when all you held dear is stripped from you. fear loses its power. words + work + bravery you didn't know you possessed bleed out… simply because you don't know any other way to cope. in some ways, that time is the truest i've ever felt. while i would never wish trial+ tragedy, heartbreak or unhappiness upon anyone, + it's not an even-trade by any means… the byproducts have been unexpected blessings of incredible redemption for a horrific, traumatic time. // if you are in this season, keep going. keep writing. write so much. paint. use colors that feel like your soul in this season. scream. run. yoga. hike. move to a new city. find ways to get it out + to get up every day. you are loved, believed in, cheered on. // this was a piece i made last year when i had too many feels warring inside. making this made me realize that, finally, five years later, even if they were at war, my insides were vibrant again. // #thingsihadnowordsfor for more

i am putting up a (very!) limited number of last month's #alimakesmail in the shop under the name

...i kind of forgot how much fun @pinterest is. spent [too] much of tonight geeking out over well designed packaging and stunning invitation suites, lettering that gives me more butterflies than my dating life, and color palettes that are sure to inspire months of mail. come find me over there (same name @alimakesthings) to see what's currently inspiring me! (these are mostly from my

no matter how much mail i send... it never loses its magic for me. these pretty little remakes of vintage santa barbara postcards will be going out with my personal packages for a while. isn't it wild to think about the people who have inhabited

red, white and [cutoff] blues. πŸ”ΊπŸ”Ίβ–«οΈπŸ”ΉπŸ”·πŸ”Ήβ–«οΈπŸ”»πŸ”»β–«οΈπŸ”·πŸ”ΉπŸ”·β–«οΈπŸ”ΊπŸ”Ί

hope YOU are really livin it up this evening! and if you haven't found fireworks tonight... i hope you're making some of your own!! 😘😏😘😏 // this is a concept i created for @kohlershowerparty and loved!

new wheels. it's not my rusty old red cruiser, but she'll do for a season. now if i can just learn to ride a bike with multiple speeds πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸš²βœ¨

nicaragua inspired me with its color. expect the evidence to show up in upcoming months of mail!!

if you find yourself becoming stagnant, switch it up. sometimes it's the setting that needs to go and sometimes it's the perspective. a blank canvas can be dauntingβ€” so much promise, so much room to eff it upβ€” but sometimes all that space is exactly what we need to grow.

1. after over a full week of being sick (traveling has its perks πŸŒŠπŸŒ΄πŸ’βœ¨ and also its, uh, not-perks πŸ˜–πŸ˜·) i'm pretty ready to feel human and eat food again. // 2. second to coexisting in their awesome, talented presence, the best thing about traveling with incredible photographers πŸ“· is their ability to capture moments... AND make them look glorious. 3. EVEN when they are very normal ones like sick people finishing up ATM transactions *above* πŸ§πŸ’Έ 4. @jennaraephoto_ snapped this photo of me that made me feel like a million cordobas when i was really feeling like negative seventeen thousand bucks and i'll totally take it. 5. those are not real numbers. just feeling-numbers. and 6. my favorite part of this image is that i've put my fave summer nail polish

even when. even when it's hard. even when it's lonely. even when it's boring beyond belief. even when you don't think you can do it. do it anyway. beginning is half the battle. (committing to it is probably the other half, yeah?) what have you been beginning lately? ...or putting off beginning? 😏

the dreeeeamiest photo of her June #alimakesmail from @cadence_kennedy!

i always want to fix the j on this one, but by that time have just reached the end of the quote and feel convicted to believe the things i'm writing down. // and if you feel like YOU are the odd and imperfect thing, LEAN IN, knowing that you are super intriguing and attractive to people who aren't simple and boring. do you. wholly you. 100% you.

WAY pumped to see that @wellenwomen featured me as a woman who inspires them! i've been following their feed for a while now, so this was a super fun surprise. they even did a little write up, too! //

still trying to find my way home, so in the meantime, reliving all these moments. #losTysons

it's a good thing i have the comfiest travel outfit and a LOTTTT of patience. (because now i've (unintentionally) slept in this romp two times this week while getting stuck in random cities) 😎 cool. πŸ“·: @jennaraephoto_  romper is @anthropologie

welp... yesterday was perfect. #losTysons

can't imagine your wedding going any other way, @renxchristiane. sparkle + forage til death do us part. πŸ‘―πŸŒΏβœ¨ @yaykindred #losTysons

i first met @renxchristiane when i led a improv drama team (😎) for junior highers at a church. let's just sayyy at that point, i never would've imagined that one day i'd be in nicaragua standing by her side at her wedding. we've since started a business (@yaykindred), driven cross country, called my parents attic our

this was the first place we stayed in granada! that night, after wandering the streets and grabbing a meal in a little hidden courtyard, we all laid out on that deck under the stars. and some of us (πŸ™‹) were real party animals, pulling cushions out and falling asleep to the breeze, the whispery scent of cigars and the sweet sounds of friends catching up to leon bridges.

can't help but share this great glimpse of June's #alimakesmail! the theme was light, and is the glowiest yet thanks to the beautiful photography of @haleysheffield! if you're missing yours, email alimakesthings@gmail.com and we can figure it out as soon as i get back! πŸ“·: @meredithmckee :)

helllllo from nicaragua! this place is SO AWESOME! after a really crazy last month or so, it's pretty dang amazing to be with so many friends and so removed from business as usual, celebrating the marriage of people i love! finally really-really taking my own advice: LET YOURSELF REST. and you know what? it's pretty nice. try it soon. :) ps has anyone else been here before?? tell me all you know.

celebrating these two making their love legally legit in central america! πŸ’•

got to see these babies in print this week and celebrate the babe of a bride that goes along with them! what a weekend... can't wait for august! ps this rsvp card (top piece) is my faaaavorite. those colors! i want to make so many more things with that navy, coral and blush combo.

this guy's as smart as it gets and as hard-working as they come. he's incredibly kind and quietly generous, a man of few words and unparalleled integrity. he keeps thousands of acres of plants alive, feeds the world with them, and builds grand-prize winning planes in our garage. when shit hit the fan, and i lost and i let go, he was the strong and steady telling me i could always come home. he trusted me when no one else did, believed in me when i wasn't sure i could believe in myself. even when he doesn't totally

the best part about having @designlovefest feature some of my designs is the way they keep finding their way back to me, long after i first let them into the world... and right about the time i need some reminding. 😴✨🌴 go rest.

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hi! i'm ali. due to some kind-of-awesome things like my new notebook release over on @maydesigns, a collaboration with @kohlerco for @bonnaroo and a repost by dream lady @designsponge, there are so many new faces and usernames around here! it's been a little wild this week... i still have yet to shower and do my laundry, but THANK YOU! this picture is totally me. a little overwhelming by way of accessories, a little reserved in reality. every ring and chain and bangle is a memory, a memento of a person or place in my story. once, i told a fashion blog that my signature style was

i saw this tonight and it made sense. living, you know, is not for the faint of heart. in our loving, our losing, our growing and our going, we watch and we work and we wait and we don't give up. we need to be sure to be grounded in the present, living, not in fear of the future, or slave to our past but fully rooted in the here and now. with open hands, open hearts, fully alive in our lives. clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. ;) //

AH! they're here!! i'm SO excited to share with you the PRETTIEST collab with @maydesigns! these real gold foil stamped  notebooks feature my lettering along with the work of three other amazing artists! (the pretty mint one's mine!! 😻) i had the honor of meeting @micamay, their founder and CEO at @gatherworkshop a few months back and was SO in awe of the way she worksβ€” she's just the sweetest, cutest, firecracker of a powerhouse. obsessive about quality since day one.... these notebooks are beautifully printed, have the best, smoothest (totally customizable!) writing pages inside, held together by sewn-bindings, and are now in gold foil! if you don't believe me, maybe you'll believe Oprah? these notebooks are one of her Favorite Things. and just for you, my friends, I have a special promo code for a supergenerous 25% off! go pick one of these pretties up! ALIMAKESTHINGS25

my heart is so overwhelmed knowing a few special people have a sliver of my life in their homes. i found these vintage ship prints at an estate sale while living on nantucket last fall. it was a season of aloneness, living on an island in the atlantic where i knew not a soul... and now, remnants of that time have been distributed across america with strong words scrawled across the front. life is a little funny like that. πŸ“· and styling: @instaebeth

TODAY is the last day to sign up for JUNE #alimakesmail! these will be going out this Thursday, so sign up on alimakesthings.com/shop to get on the list. This month's theme is LIGHT and its a good one :)

SNEAK PEEK! this is one of the pieces of this month's #alimakesmail! this theme is ✨LIGHT✨ and i've collaborated with amazing photographer and human @haleysheffield to incorporate some of her gorgeous images to show off the warm glow and the stark darkness of the mystery called light. the words are SO GOOD this month. $25, www.alimakesthings.com/shop :) (HURRY because orders are only being accepted in the next 24 hours to best accommodate everyone due to my crazy schedule this week!)

MAIL SUBSCRIPTION SIGN UPS ARE LIVE! (on www.alimakesthings.com/shop, for the next 24 hours only! link in profile) $25 gets you 8 prints this month, all ranging in size fitting in a 5x9 envelope. (note: envelope pictured is from previous month, march) this month's theme is ✨LIGHT✨ and many of the pieces are a collab with the work of super ridiculously talented photographer @haleysheffield. I have a crazy busy rest of the month, so I'll only be able to accommodate the orders that come in in the next 24 hours, so don't delay if you want one! πŸ“·: @_hibrid

the earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don't have, the happier you will be. -amy poehler

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there is a season for wildness and there is a season for settledness and this is neither. this season is about becoming. // as i shared my struggle with indecision recently, my friend shared her tactic to combat it-- instead of making decisions based on whimsy and what feels good in the moment, she works backwards. decides what the end game is... and the right choices, the right path tends to unfurl and reveal itself naturally. i love that. living in the  B E C O M I N G  right now.

you didn't let me go without a fight, i'll give ya that much. i mean, GOOD HEAVENS, ATL. smitten with this skyline and its people. ps i'm not over you just yet. (you're keeping my car and 1/2 my closet, so, hope that's cool.)

another favorite from the @kohlershowerparty collab! #radiatepositivity today!

today, i am challenged by the choice to try to hustle out of my own stress, stubbornness and pride... or accept the freedom, peace and rest offered freely to me if only i lean in and accept it. grace abounds in my deepest waters. and if that's true, it's gonna cover the waves i'm wading through today.

you guyssss. my favorite #saturdaymorningsoulmatesclub members are getting married, i made their invites, and they turned out even better than i could've imagined. i am SO ABOUT these colors and the watercolors! this is the final product from the cut up and collaged process pic a few days back. i'm happy about these. :)) πŸ“·: @stephdjohnson

there are so many ways to be brave. i could really use some inspiration. how are you being brave in your life right now? (my answer's in the comments)

woohoo! the first piece of the collaboration i did with @kohlerco for the @kohlershowerparty at @bonnaroo just went up! believe it or not, out of all the fun and pretty events i get to be a part of, brand collaboration/this kind of work is my favorite. i had this fascination with advertising growing up; i would read every sign we passed on the road, i'd study the ways they tried to connect with people and i'd reimagine them. often, they felt hollow and inauthentic and i didn't feel like they had to be. to be able to work with brands i believe in and seeing my lettering in places i never would've imagined is a total dream. every. single. time. i want you guys to know that while there's a brand name at the bottom, they're not paying me to post here or anything like that. kohler has been awesome to work with, and told me to just do my thing, to create as i normally do. i work hard on and take pride in everything i create, so showing you, my community, is an extension of me and my process. and as its rambled all over the place along with me (weddings, nonprofits, brands, personal, installation, etc) i'm excited and grateful as always to share my work and this process with you. #bonnaroo #radiatepositivity

THANK YOU EVERYONE for introducing yourselves on my recent post. i seriously want to sit down and ask you all questions about the things you shared. i laughed out loud, i knew we'd be friends, and i shared your pain. you all are amazing. because SO MANY OF YOU responded, i decided to offer free mail to 10% of you! so... instead of 3, there's now 8 winners! please email me your shipping address alimakesthings@gmail.com. /// WHAT THEMES WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE? what topics do you wish were discussed more? what kind of awesome, affirming words do you need in your life? i'd love to tailor these themes to things we need to hear! πŸ“·: @catsaunders (thank you!) #alimakesmail

it's been a crazy last week and a half. i was supposed to move twice already. i made these elaborate plans... conferences and cities and concerts and friends and food i was going to sneak in on my way back to california... and then something happened. a one hour walk in the park with a friend who doubles as the older sister i never hadβ€” lovingly, boldly, with all the belief in me and more wisdom, vision than i could have from where i was... shut me and all my grand plans down. the kind of truth where you're like

it's been a crazy last week and a half. i was supposed to move twice already. i made these elaborate plans... conferences and cities and concerts and friends and food i was going to sneak in on my way back to california... and then something happened. a one hour walk in the park with a friend who doubles as the older sister i never hadβ€” lovingly, boldly, with all the belief in me and more wisdom, vision than i could have from where i was... shut me and all my grand plans down. the kind of truth where you're like "yeah, yeah, you're totally right. how annoying, you're 100% right, i know you're right, but now i don't get to go have fish tacos in wicker park" kind of truth. i was supposed to leave a second time today, and after one of the craziest weeks- sad goodbyes, some (not enough) packing, more (awesome) projects all at once than i've had in months, one episode silently uglycrying in an uber (😎), so many booked and canceled flights, and a celebratory texas star with the roomie at superica... i'm glad my friend told me to stay put and to lean in. for one, i think it would've been straight-physically impossible. two, definitely mentally impossible. three, that friendship is calling me to live better and be better and grow up and into the person she believes i am. that's friendship. sometimes all we can do is stay put, show up, lean in, give our best. i'm learning. have you had moments like this? friendships like this? ps i'm excited to reread all the intros a couple posts ago and will let you know later today who is getting freeeee fun mail!