I originally created this art to honor the words my friend Lisa Bonchek Adams tweeted to her many followers every day. Her words are beautiful and true even if you don't know Lisa's story, but when she wrote them, she was dying of breast cancer... she knew what it meant to persevere in a way most of us never will.
Before she died, she and I decided to sell the art in the form of note cards. After she died, I discontinued them.
A few weeks ago, I came across the art, and even though I wasn't selling the cards anymore, I decided to re-letter Lisa's quote. I've come a long way, and I just wanted to make the art look like it would if I'd created it today, even if only I got to see it.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Lisa's father got in touch with me asking if he could buy more note cards. Of course I said yes, and during the course of our conversation, he encouraged me to start selling the cards again. He checked with his son and son-in-law, and they agreed with him. They liked the idea of getting "the sentiments and art out to the world."
They were (as Lisa always was with me) supportive and generous. I'm grateful for that, and I did put the cards back up in my shop. It has all felt very serendipitous - that I would feel an inexplicable urge to re-letter the quote just before I unexpectedly heard from Lisa's father.
The universe is strange and quite wonderful sometimes.
I know Lisa was dear to many people who read my posts. I think she would like that her words are still helping people, especially now - when finding beauty does feel hard, and it's maybe more important than ever that we try.