Frontend software engineer by day, artist by night. I like making zines and going to the library.
Published a YouTube video
3 strategies to achieve your dreams: authentic goal-setting for artists
In this video I talk about the three strategies I use to set authentic goals as a highly sensitive artist. If you struggle to stay consistent with your goals and habits and writing traditional SMART goals hasn't worked for you, this video will help shift your mindset and provide actionable advice for a better way to write goals for the new year.
Published a YouTube video
6 practical tips for getting back to center — how to get unstuck after abandoning your true self
Do you ever feel stuck? Low energy? Burned out? I used to succumb to these feelings and let them take over, losing all motivation and progress on my creative side projects. Recently I experienced a big mindset shift around these "stuck" or "blocked" feelings, and I've become more mindful about why they're happening. I share this this mindset shift in the video, plus the six ways I create my own energy when I notice myself straying from my creative routines and rituals.
Started an Etsy shop
Sam Andrews Makes on Etsy
I'm so excited to announce the launch of my Etsy shop, Sam Andrews Makes, where I sell stickers and prints that inspire you to take the next right step in the direction of your dreams.
My hope is that the products I make remind you to stay centered and grounded in your own creative or spiritual practice.
Taught a workshop
How to Write a Killer Brag Doc with Rubber Ducks NM
Inspired by Julia Evans' blog post Get your work recognized: write a brag document, I hosted an informal writing session with Rubber Ducks, a New Mexico-based community for women in tech. We sat down for an hour and a half to write down this year's career accomplishments and next year's goals.
The goal for writing a brag doc is to have a clear and concise record of improvements we've made at work, as a way to advocate for raises and promotions. It's also nice to review and reflect on the past year. During the final twenty minutes of the workshop, participants were invited to share their document or brainstorm and receive feedback.
Thanks to Erin Scott Adams for organizing!
Finished reading a book
Published a blog post
Finished The Artist's Way, a 12-week recovery program for blocked artists
I started reading The Artist's Way in July and finished the 12-week program in October. I documented the whole experience in a blog post.
These past twelve weeks I practiced returning to myself. Picking up the fragments, gathering energy leaks. Remembering what embodied joy feels like. Making promises—to no longer abandon myself, to nurture my inner artist, to stay grounded in daily ritual. And taking small steps toward my dream.
Ultimately, these past twelve weeks were a spiritual journey toward becoming whole.