To be honest, most months I make several different wallpapers before I fully develop the ones I share with you guys. This month, I just couldn't choose! It was a wild ride artistically and mentally while making these. Here's a peak into this artist's stream of consciousness:
See, I started with the black stripes, and I was like "eh" happy with it. You know, there was a classy Parisian thing going on. But then I realized, "whoa, Liz, you are so not Paris."
I'm obviously into traveling and obviously into class, but I wanted something a little more... well, Banana Republic. That's where the beige stripes came in and I almost cried tears of joy when I saw the color I picked worked. I think it is, by far, my favorite wallpaper color scheme to date.
After that, I sporadically thought, "NAVY." And of course, because this is the most patriotic month of the year, I had to keep at least ONE with blue and stripes.
As far as the quote wallpaper, I chose this one based off of a very deep and sentimental reason: I just got my hair cut. I got some of those heavy Zooey Deschanel bangs. While I was resisting the urge to stay up all night re-watching all the New Girl episodes on Netflix, and while I was swatting at these invasive strands of hair poking my eyeballs out, I decided that the quote needed to come from the dark-haired, giant-eyed, quirky girl we all love.
The quote comes from these well known words of hers:
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things.”
If I could share one truth for the rest of my life it would be those words. Well, and that Jesus makes all things new. But it is the always-coming-newness that allows us to remain open, remain tender, remain "too sensitive."
Wow, I loath that. While behavior to certain emotions can be inappropriate, to tell someone that their "feeling too much" is probably the most inconsiderate phrase.
If I had a penny for every time I was called "crazy" or "sensitive" or "emotional" I would be richer than Oprah. If you have been called those things, please hear me: your emotions are valid just because you feel them and they are validated the moment you start feeling them in your chest. I have a sensitive, crazy, silly spirit; and I have come to truly be in love with it.
This means I may cry more than you do. This means you'll probably know when I'm disappointed. And my voice will definitely be heard, on behalf of everyone and anyone, when I believe injustice is present. But it also means that when I'm happy, I'll dance around the room carelessly. It means when I'm feeling goofy, I'll try to make you smile until we're exhausted from laughing. It means when I'm creatively inspired I'll throw everything I am into my art.
Please, please love your sensitive, crazy, silly spirit, too. There are risks, but there is more freedom. You take away the tarnished one's power when you refuse to be tarnished yourself. Remain vulnerable, be the brave one.
If you need a refresher on how to slip these babies on, here's how:
- go to www.elisabethhuijskens.com on your phone
- hold your finger down on the wallpaper(s) you want
- select save image
- then go to your photos and set it as your wallpaper!
With relentless ambition + passion I live intentionally to take my dreams from plans to reality + empower other women to do the same. I'm a Trades of Hope founder, public speaker, and designer living in Washington, D.C. When I'm not following fashion trends, re-heating thai food left overs, or playing with my matching redhead pup, I'm offering up fashion shortcuts, life lessons I'm learning, and free wallpapers to remind you of how much you've got this.