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Doodle Bubble Designs Blog

Thoughts from a third culture kid and small stationery business owner!

Doodle Bubble Designs offers hand illustrated greeting cards, paper goods, and stationery that are perfect for everyday encouragement, birthdays, and holidays! Sympathy greeting cards available as well.  You can also find funny cards such as "You're my Favorite Badass" and "Badassery." Creative and funny gift ideas for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

All designs are handmade in Los Angeles, California.  

Filtering by Tag: you are enough

Dear Self

Ruth Sze

Much needed letter to ourselves:

Dear ________ (Self), 

I’m sorry that I taught you to sing the “I’m not good enough” song—and I left no room in your head to hum anything else, and no strength in your voice to sing anything else.  And I know you started to believe every word.

I’m sorry I didn’t let you take deep breaths of courage—but instead I let you breathe in the stale, old smells of your insecurities, shame, fears. And I know those only took you right back to places of failures and defeat.  

I’m sorry I covered your ears from kind and encouraging words, the compliments and praises—because I didn’t think you deserved them, and so I didn’t let them travel to the bruised and weary areas of your heart.  And I know you really needed them.

I’m sorry I often kept your eyes from seeing the good and the hope, in people, in the unexpected, in the circumstances—but often trained you to notice the darkness, the bitterness, the destruction. And I know everything started looking blurry and grim. 

I kept you just surviving, but I didn’t let you thrive. I kept you moving, but the direction was never forward. Today, and forward, I don’t want to hold you back anymore. 

I hope the muscles in every part of your being will re-learn the rhythms, the movements. I hope you’ll still sing, but sing “I am enough,” over and over again, until your voice knows it and your head holds it. I hope you’ll keep breathing, but breathe in the crisp scent of forgiveness, of triumph, of grace.  I hope you’ll listen to the loving, kind words when they are spoken to you, and let them travel deep and rest there. I hope you’ll see more than the darkness—because there is always, always more to see. 

Today, and forward, this is my hope for you. Will you carry it with you?



The Raw, Imperfect Parts of Us

Ruth Sze

You can find the print above in sizes 5x7 and 8x10  here !

You can find the print above in sizes 5x7 and 8x10 here!

I’m always hesitant to show my doodles and artwork to people because a part of me is always thinking, Who am I to think I’m an artist? I never went to art school or learned any techniques for creating, and sometimes I would imagine a real artist looking at my work and thinking what an amateur I am.  I have felt many times like an underdog, simply because I didn’t have fancy tools and developed skills to be in the artsy world (let alone build a business selling art). My voice in my head would scream those things at me, and I’ll take them in as truth.

The raw, imperfect parts of us--the parts that feel overwhelmingly not good enough, not refined enough--those are the parts that are scary to accept and share with others.  In our eyes, they aren’t beautiful and they don’t have worth and value. But just like doodles, I’m learning to think of us as unrefined, beautiful pieces that can still serve a purpose. We’ll constantly be evolving, but that doesn’t mean that today we have nothing of value to bring forth. If we only strived for perfection in our creations, we would never want to show anything.  If we only strived to be our perfect selves, we would never connect with others.  

I think showing the raw, imperfect parts of us is a process, one that often involves daily doses of courage and learning to love and accept ourselves. I think we start by learning to stand face-to-face with what’s in front of us. We learn to embrace what we already are and can do, instead of what we aren’t yet and what we don’t have.  We hold on to a hope for what we want to become, and accept that through the process we are still valuable and lovable enough to continue to be better.

So when I doodle and create lines and shapes and letters, I’m fully aware that in many ways my work is imperfect, incomplete, and lacking.  I know there are many different creators out there and many who may be more well-trained and refined in their technique. I know there’s always room to develop my creations more and improve them. I can easily take those things and many parts of my story, and feel sorry for myself--or I can not let the circumstances define the rest of the road forward, or keep me from ever reaching my potential. I know that through the process of creating and showing my work, I will improve--and I’ll also improve in the process of loving and trusting in my abilities and worth.

Though I’m still scared every day, I think every morning I'll have to learn to choose to be brave again. I don’t think insecurities and fears just wash away with praises or an accomplishments.  We have to learn to walk with the fears sometimes, and accomplish things even when the fears linger. We have to learn to focus more on what we could gift to others with what we create and who we are, instead of focusing on what we could lose and the embarrassment we could feel. There are days we’ll feel capable, and there are days we’ll feel incapable--but the question really is, are we willing? Are we willing to be brave again, to show the raw, imperfect parts of us and the process?

So I’m hoping to share more with you guys here, and I hope to create a space where we can encourage each other to start be more and strive less. Where we can rest and find joy about who we are today, and keep staying hopeful for what we are becoming tomorrow. So thanks for joining me here, through the raw, imperfect process. I hope it’ll encourage you to be braver to live out yours as well.

You can stay in touch with me by joining the e-mail list below, where I'll be sending free printables, coloring pages, and other goodies that I may never add to the shop.  I’ll also keep you updated when a blog post is up! 

Also, the print above can be found here in sizes 5x7 and 8x10!