Musings | It Is Well

When I picked up a brush pen four summers ago, it was during an uncertain time in my life. Hubs and I were six months into what was supposed to be a long-term move to Taiwan. It had been a tough adjustment, though it probably didn't look like it from our photos. Sure, we had plenty of adventures but things didn't really go as planned, job-wise (amongst other factors).

So we decided that summer, that we'd return to New York at the end of the year. We didn't know what we'd do about work or living arrangements when we got back so I spent every day that summer lettering my worries away (or tried to, at least).

Lettering became my form of meditation and prayer. Meditating on positive quotes, and God's word got me through the rest of the year - from dealing with a scary vertigo episode (on my birthday, no less) to getting my wisdom tooth out while hubs returned home for job interviews, to coming back, apartment hunting, and readjusting to life stateside (reverse culture shock is real, yo).

The reason why I'm sharing all of this is because I want to get back to that. I want to get back to a place where I can sing these words in any circumstance. My heart, mind, and soul need it. And maybe, you need it, too.

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul…

- Even If, Mercy Me

Free digital wallpaper available in my  Subscriber Library !

Free digital wallpaper available in my Subscriber Library!

FREE DOWNLOAD | LOCKSCREEN | BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO BE BAD AT SOMETHING NEW

Why, hello there. It really has been a while since I graced this blog with my presence, huh? ;)

I have every intention of blogging again - but, for now I wanted to share these fun phone lockscreens/wallpapers! I recently shared this quote by Jon Acuff on Instagram and someone mentioned wanting it on their wall. I figured I'd give you something better - wallpaper that you can carry everywhere. Hope you like them!

See download instructions below --

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Click on the "DOWNLOAD" link next to the corresponding style and save to your phone. Set as lock screen or wallpaper. FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.

Gold Style 1 | DOWNLOAD

Gold Style 2 | DOWNLOAD

Black Style 1 | DOWNLOAD

Black Style 2 | DOWNLOAD

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.

F  REE DOWNLOAD  | SCREENLOCK | DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

FREE DOWNLOAD | SCREENLOCK | DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

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?