Illustration: Siamese cat

Siamese cat | Illustration by Leysa Flores

In keeping with one of my New Year’s resolutions, I have been making time for personal projects more of a priority this year. There’s only so much work, chores, parenting, study and sleep you can get done in one day and why should ‘me time’ be always put on the backburner?

Actually, there’s an answer for that. Because if you’re like me and always striving for the most efficient output of items to be actioned in one day it’s easy to override it for ‘more important’ items. A change in perspective made me realise that it’s actually not so efficient to be continually running on empty, because then when you are trying to action all those daily things without having rested creatively and mentally, it’s harder to focus and easier to make mistakes which slows you down. Efficient? Not any more.

Plus, it’s fun, skill-building and satisfying for me to sit down and illustrate. Along with some regular classic drama viewing sessions and drinking wine and/or coffee with friends, these are the things that are gonna keep me sane in 2017.

I referenced this kitty from the Siamese breed, but I think my heart kinda also blended in bits of my tortoiseshell girls as well (Poodgey, who went missing last year and utterly broke my heart, and our current girl Bonnie). Anyway, I really like how he turned out.

If you love cats and freebies as much as I do, you might like to use him as a wallpaper on your desktop (or your phone like I have).

Download here. Personal use only.

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