Escape the chaos for just a few minutes with a doodle a day.
For the last month I’ve been trying out a new habit before I go to bed. I doodle the highlights from the last 24 hours in a notebook.
No fancy equipment, I just use a standard biro and notebook. I saw this idea on the lovely @libbypagewrites’s instagram and imagined it could be a nice way to switch off.
So I’ve been trying it out just before bedtime, which is when I usually endlessly scroll through my phone at completely trivial content.
The problem I thought I would have is that I cannot draw to save my life. I’m creative, but drawing does not come naturally to me.
But to begin with I sorta thought, who cares, this is an alternative to journalling, this is for me, so why does it matter?
Then after a few days, I started to get into it more and wanted my doodles to look a bit more creatively illustrated shall we say! So one night I googled ‘how to draw a baby’ as my attempts of drawing my 1 year old were pretty poor! And google instantly displays step by step instructions. You can do this for pretty much anything.
My drawing is definitely still questionable, but who cares!
Most of all, it’s been nice having this output to think about the day, what I loved, what I could do tomorrow that could make it better. It also calms me down and distracts me from any worries or anxiety that might have sneakily crept its way into my mind.
Here’s a few of my musings… now don’t laugh!
Of course doodling a day isn’t going to transform your mind into a positive haven of tranquillity over night, but if your go to is reaching for your phone at night time, this activity is much more life giving. Fancy giving it a go too?
Who are we?
I’m Becky, a 30 something mama of two, from West London and I run this creative little business together with my mum Wendy.
When covid landed on our doorstep in 2020, one thing we did to help encourage sales of our craft kits, was create the Shop Small Christmas Gift Catalogue. We posted it out to thousands of homes, advertising gift ideas, all sold from small businesses, including my own, encouraging people to shop small at Christmas.
I loved helping other companies, I wondered about converting our catalogue into an in-person event.
So in summer 2022, we hosted out first ever pop-up market in Westfield shopping centre, encouraging the nation to shop from small businesses. I absolutely loved meeting so many inspiring business owners and helping them increase exposure and sales, it’s made me want to organise more events. It’s naturally turned into a business itself, hosting in person shopping events, helping diversify the high street with products from small businesses.
As a product selling business owner myself selling a range of craft kits, I know full well how hard it can be to generate a regular income and to keep the business going especially with big brands dominating the high street
From my own experience I’ve found if you have a good product, selling in person can be such a beneficial way to get your stock off the shelves and into the hands of your ideal customer. I’m passionate about helping small businesses thrive and the I Do Handmade Pop-Ups will hopefully do exactly that.