Why I Learned to Letter
I'm always a little hesitant to share why I picked up hand lettering, but today I'm spilling the tea.
I was in the middle of the most stressful season of my life. I was studying for the CPA exam 10+ hours a day, 7 days a week, for about 2 and a half months. I didn't leave the apartment without a stack of flashcards in my purse, I woke up at 2 a.m. to receive my test scores as soon as they came out (is it just me, or is that cruel and unusual punishment?), and it honestly was just an all-around rough time.
All of my energy (and self-worth...100% would not recommend this) was going into a test and one day I recognized that the creative side of my brain needed a little bit of love. I ordered some calligraphy supplies and the night they came in the mail, my husband had to peel me away from the kitchen table where I was practicing my lettering so that we could head out for a date night. I'm not going to tell you it was beautiful and perfect from the start (newsflash - it'll never be perfect!), but that night was just the start of my lettering journey.
I would soon find out (after a whole lot of practice) how much I loved lettering, how passionate I was about small business, and how just maybe God had something up his sleeve for me that I didn't see coming.
While I never expected something good to come out of that crazy hard season, I can now say that I'm only a little bit bitter about those dang tests and a lotta bit thankful that it led me to lettering. If you're wishing you could fast forward through a challenge you're facing, hang in there! You just might be surprised what good could come out of it.
P.S. - If you've been thinking about trying your hand at lettering, check out this digital workbook I created that will teach you how to letter using faux calligraphy in 5 simple steps.
P.S.S. - There are a few main misconceptions about hand lettering and calligraphy. I'm debunking them here so they don't have to hold you back any longer!