Friendship Gratitude: My Doodle Dream

From the desk of Cherish Flieder

Today’s doodle dream is all about FRIENDSHIP GRATITUDE inspired by fabulous illustrator and author Jenipher Lyn!

No matter where you are in life, you’re probably painfully aware of one thing. Life is difficult!

Life is filled to the brim with challenges as well as opportunities. Being yourself and doing your thing always comes at a cost. Life can be discouraging and lonely, no matter how hard you work and how much you want to change things for the better.

Mainly, I choose to focus on the positive side of life, but I can’t ignore the hardships, the setbacks and everything that makes fulfilling my dreams seem so impossible. I know because, while I am a visionary and dreamer with plans and skills to make a huge difference, I am also painfully human. I make mistakes. I only have 24 hours in a day and I always have more to do than time to do it in. The past two weeks have been filled with highs and lows and more extreme highs and more extreme lows. Many wonderful things are in the works in my art studio and business and at the same time I have to cope with loss, with disappointment, with close family members struggling to say alive in the ER, and my own personal medical issues triggered by all this good and bad stress.

It’s enough to make you want to scream…
or call a friend.

And this brings me to share with you my gratitude doodle. This is not meant to be high-art. It’s not even a sketch… a straight-up marker doodle. The kind I liked to make when I was a girl. Just me and my markers.

Without friendships, I really don’t think anything I do as an artist would be worth it and I’m certain that I would never find the strength to overcome my fears and disappointments without my host of friends cheering me on. Art is wonderful, but without anyone to share it with, it can quickly become meaningless. My friends are a huge source of inspiration for creating and enjoying art.

My friendships are MANY and if you are reading this, you are likely one of them.

Friendships come in many shapes and sizes, for me they include:

  • Family members… husband, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins…
  • Bridesmaids
  • School friends
  • Art friends from RMCAD, CHA, SCBWI, LinkedIn, Facebook and online art classes (MATS!)
  • Small group and mentors at church
  • Students and colleagues
  • Clients, customers, and art fans
  • and most importantly to me is my friendship with the divine Creator of the Universe

My friends inspire, motivate and encourage me to do my best. They understand me and they don’t let me lose hope. They listen. We laugh and cry together. They give me thoughtful advice. And I try to do the same for them as well.

I am SO BLESSED to have met some of the most incredible people in the world, both in person and online! So many lovely spirits with beautiful dreams. I wish I could spend more time with each one, have a nice meal together, or at least a cup of tea. While that is not always possible, I am extremely grateful for Internet and phone technology that helps us to connect—no matter what time of day or which continent on the earth, we can stay in touch. Nothing can separate true friendships!

Friendship Gratitude: My Doodle Dream

Recently, I was invited to post a blog on the subject of gratitude by Jenipher Lyn who just overcame her fears and challenges to create a new book called “How being Stubborn, Depressed, and Unpopular SAVED my life.” I have not yet had a chance to read it, but I hope to do this soon. Jenipher is one of my MATS classmates and Facebook friends. I have been cheering her on in this journey to publish this book that is designed to encourage teens.

Friendship Gratitude: My Doodle Dream

Let’s Be Grateful, Art by Jenipher Lyn


“I wrote a super honest, encouraging, vibrant book with the intent to help teens feel less alone in this world. BUT a book that women [and men?!] in their 20′s and beyond can enjoy as well! By using MY story, and LOTS OF colorful illustrations, my goal is that others realize they aren’t alone on those dark, lowest of low days! This is my doodle dream!” ~Jenipher Lyn

Friendship Gratitude: My Doodle Dream

Art doodling can be a great way to express your gratitude. It’s also a huge stress reliever. Jenipher thank you for the challenge! If you have not ever done this before, give it a try. It doesn’t have to look amazing to work, it just needs to come from you. How can YOU express your gratitude with a simple doodle?



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