FREE Printable Calendar | Better Things Ahead

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. - C.S. Lewis

I hope this new year has been kind to you so far. I've been fighting the urge to hibernate by getting my work space organized, and planning new things for the coming months!

I've talked about it plenty before, but I think this year, I'm finally ready to commit. I'm ready to take a step back from social media (mainly Instagram). Ready to spend less time agonizing over captions + algorithms, and more time developing my other platforms to create meaningful connections with you. That means getting back to blogging, sending more personal emails, and pouring into my current clients and calligraphy students offline, and online.

If you're interested in learning/practicing modern calligraphy; but away from all the noise, I invite you to join my little community - I'm working on something fun, and I'd love for you to be part of it!

SUBSCRIBE to keep in touch, and get on the list! AND...get access to this freebie calendar/coloring page (and other goodies) while you're at it!

PS. If you'd like to learn calligraphy IRL, I added a bunch of new workshops (intermediate classes, too) - go check them out!

Free Download | Screenlock | Done is Better than Perfect

Every now and then, I will offer some of my original work free for download -images, printables, desktop/smartphone wallpapers, etc. I'm still learning as I go in this graphic design/lettering world, but practice makes progress. And practice will inevitably lead to a lot of completed work that will just sit and collect digital dust unless I share them with others. Although the pieces/designs may not be perfect, I hope they will still encourage and inspire. I've learned that some things don't have to be perfect to be shared.  Done is better than perfect.

To download, tap on image or FREE DOWNLOAD link below. Download/Save image to your phone and set as wallpaper and/or screenlock.

For personal use only. Hand lettering by lillianliming.



Done is better than perfect.
— Sheryl Sandberg

For the last year, I've been trying to make this quote my motto (re: blogging) but somehow I keep getting stuck. Whether it's the blog layout or the photo edits, I get overwhelmed with the idea that each aspect should be perfect - that it should look like this blogger who has properly lit, crystal clear photos or that blogger who has such a pretty & professional blog design. Ugh. Why do we put ourselves through that? 

I need this constant reminder for myself - that's why I created this wallpaper/screenlock. And the irony is that while lettering and editing it, I started noticing minuscule flaws and allowing doubts creep into my brain. So what if there are hundreds of other similar designs out there? NO ONE has my handwriting/lettering style! So what if I don't use professional/paid programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator or whatever you're supposed to use? I make do with the free ones out there, and you know what? The images I create are not too shabby for someone without any formal training in graphic design or the visual arts. 

Hopefully, this freebie will be helpful to at least one other person out there. Please give me a shout in the comments if you decide to use it - and do let me know if I can make any improvements as far as dimensions and alignment goes. I would love your feedback. Thanks!

PS. Eventually, I would like to post a tutorial or write-up of how I create my images but for now, my go-to (FREE) online programs are PicMonkey, LunaPic, and Canva.

What design tools do you use for creating graphics?